With two of the strongest research systems in the world, the UK and the US have long been partners in research and innovation. The US is the first choice partner for many of the UK's best researchers and vice versa.

The USA 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 federal funders and endowments to promote dialogue between our communities and create an environment that fosters collaboration.

The UKRI USA team is situated in the British Embassy in Washington DC. UKRI USA works closely with the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), including consulate based teams and others such as the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and the British Council to align activities and present a coordinated picture of UK research resources and expertise.

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Our team

For general enquiries please contact

Director, Chloë Somers: Chloë joined the team as Deputy Director in January 2017. In previous roles Chloë has led the research councils' approach to Brexit, co-ordinated cross-council international policy activities, and spent a year in Brussels advising on European research funding. She has a MA in Literary Translation from the University of East Anglia.

Tel: +1 202 588 1152

Deputy Director, Myriam Volk: Myriam joined the team as Policy Manager in October 2017. She previously worked for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Prior to moving to Washington DC, she lived in New Delhi, India, for three years, where she volunteered with a range of local NGOs. She holds a master’s degree in International Development from the University of Bath.

Tel: +1 202 588-1125 

Senior Policy Manager, Zöe Fitzgerald: Zöe joined the team as Senior Policy Manager in September 2018. She is on secondment from Innovate UK, where she was an Innovation Technologist working on urban innovation and resilience. Zöe has a BSc in Geography (Physical science) from King’s College London.

Tel: +1-202-588-1051