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UKRI North America

The North America office works on behalf of all UKRI to identify and facilitate new research collaborations across the breadth of the UK’s research base. UKRI works primarily with US and Canadian federal funders and endowments to promote dialogue between our communities and create an environment that fosters collaboration.

The UKRI North America team is situated in the British Embassy in Washington, DC. The team works closely with the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) and other teams and departments to align activities and present a coordinated picture of UK research resources and expertise in both the United States and Canada.

Our team

For general enquiries please contact northamerica@ukri.org

Director, Chloë Somers: Chloë has been Director of UKRI North America since April 2018, having joined the team as Deputy Director in January 2017. In previous roles Chloë has led the Research Councils' approach to EU Exit, co-ordinated international policy activities including participation in the Global Research Council and membership of Science Europe, spent a year in Brussels advising on European research funding, and led on parliamentary liaison for the strategic partnership of the Research Councils.

Email: chloe.somers@ukri.org

Tel: +1 202 588 1152

Acting Deputy Director, Sonny Rathod: Sonny joined the research councils in 2003 and has spent most of her time working within international relations for NERC, BBSRC and wider UKRI/ cross-council activities. She has been a team member of UKRI North America since May 2019.

Email: sonny.rathod@ukri.org

Phone: +1 (202) 588-1051

Senior Policy Manager, Lauren Clarke: Lauren joined the team in May 2019. She is on secondment from the UKRI International Development for 10 months. In her previous role she worked on the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Newton Fund, both of which are official development assistance funds. Previously Lauren has also worked at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Email: lauren.clarke@ukri.org

Phone: +1 (202) 588-1125

Partnership Engagement Manager, Brenna Fawson: Brenna joined UKRI North America in May 2019 from another role at the British Embassy in Washington. She has previously managed a project related to international and cultural relations and first developed her interest in research as a content analysis coder at Pew Research Center in Washington, DC.

Email: brenna.fawson@ukri.org

Phone: +1 (202) 588-1229