International agreements



The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) works with partners in the UK and abroad to help researchers and research organisations get maximum value from international collaborations and opportunities. As well as undertaking joint funding activities in strategically important areas, we seek to put in place agreements with research funding organisations overseas where opportunities present themselves.

We have also signed an agreement under Science Europe’s ‘money follows researcher’ initiative to allow researchers to transfer grants between the UK and other Science Europe member countries, subject to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) agreed conditions.

Lead agency agreements

Lead agency agreements provide a framework for joint peer review of proposals by two funding agencies in different countries. One organisation takes the lead in managing the review process with an agreed level of participation by the other, and both agencies accept the outcome of the review process and fund the costs of the successful applications in their respective countries.

Through UKRI we have lead agency agreements and opportunities with:

We also have lead agency agreements with:

Money follows cooperation agreement

Money follows cooperation agreements are a mechanism that allow the opening of, under set conditions, national funding programmes for co-investigators from the other signatory country. This strengthens cross-border cooperation and supports researcher-driven international cooperation.

Both organisations involved reciprocally open agreed national research funding opportunities to applications involving researchers from the other country as co-investigators.

Through UKRI we have a money follows cooperation agreement with:

Last updated: 17 November 2022

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