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Work with international organisations

We work with a range of organisations in the UK and abroad to help researchers to get maximum value from international organisations and opportunities. We also have agreements (memorandums of understanding) with funding agencies around the world to share knowledge about schemes and processes. In the UK we work with:

  • Research Councils UK (RCUK), on issues across the research councils, providing a coherent approach to international representation to ensure that the UK research community is well represented.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office, liaising with the science and technology unit and science attaches to share experience of collaborative working and to identify the best groups for working with abroad.
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, working together to ensure the UK gets its fair share from the EU framework programmes and to inform UK science policy.
  • British Council, to share knowledge about opportunities in the UK for researchers, providing information to promote UK research internationally, and assisting in the operation of overseas funding schemes by acting as a UK agent.

We have close links with the Research Councils’ UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels, the US National Science Foundation and the German Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

RCUK overseas offices

With our sister research councils, we support several overseas offices.  These offices help us to deliver our international strategy, build relationships and gain insight into these areas.

The first office, the UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels was opened in 1984.  This office aims to promote the involvement of UK researchers in EU research programmes and provide insight into European research matters.

RCUK opened offices in China and the USA in 2007, and India in 2008. We are working with these offices to understand the research landscape in those countries and to build relationships with key funding bodies.