The key thing we are trying to do is embed international within everything we do.You will have seen this diagram earlier, I just want to take a few minutes to show how we are embedding international across these activities.
In developing the ‘Portfolio of Schemes’ we are been thinking about how these promote and encourage international collaboration.
Supporting the delivery of the ESRC’s international strategy is not solely the work of the International Network. It is embedded into the Terms of Reference of the ESRC’s main policy/ funding committees. For example:Methods and Infrastructure Committee – The MIC will continue and extend the previous Research Resources Board’s strong contribution to the international strategy. The Committee will advise on policy both to use the UK’s strength in data resources to enhance its international standing and to contribute to the development of international research resources and the capacity of UK researchers to access and use these.As well as overseeing the Council’s investment in international data collection and provision (such as support for ESDS International and the European Social Survey) it will also advise on our participation in and engagement with various international forums, such as the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures) concerned with improving the provision and availability of research infrastructure internationally.Research Committee – will advise on ESRC schemes and strategies to promote international collaboration across all funding modes (responsive and directive). In particular, this will include input into where international engagement (such as through Joint Programme and other multi-national funding initiatives) could be most effectively focused to contribute to delivery of the social science challenges.The Committee will be responsible for promoting the International Co-investigators policy on all appropriate funding modes; and advise on the development of the Open Research Area and future bilateral agreements.Training and Skills Committee – will advise particularly on policy to sustain and enhance the capacity of the UK social science research base to compete and collaborate at an international level and to engage with global research challenges; its awareness of and capacity to engage with important developments in social sciences which occur elsewhere; integrating these aims into its oversight of training and skills investments.
ESRC International strategy
ESRC International StrategyMr Mike Bright, Head of International Strategy
Content▶ Overview of ESRC International Strategy and Activities▶ What’s on the international agenda?▶ Role of the Committees
Why should the ESRC engageinternationally?▶ Science transcends national borders▶ Many social and economic problems transcend national borders e.g. climate change, global economic crisis, security, population change▶ Requires global research effort - UK has world-leading expertise (#1 or #2 in most social science disciplines)▶ Aim for UK as partner of choice for potential collaborators (Government Science and Innovation Framework 2004- 2014)▶ Increasing importance of emerging science nations (China, India, Brazil, South Africa)▶ New technologies facilitate international collaboration▶ Maximise the impact of our research
ESRC International Strategy▶ Enable the best researchers to work together regardless of international borders by identifying and removing barriers and by increasing research capacity▶ Encourage UK social scientists to engage with international funding opportunities▶ Embed international perspectives in all ESRC major research priorities and activities from and an early stage▶ Equip researchers with the necessary skills, methods, data and resources needed to collaborate internationally or undertake international comparative work▶ Engage and work with international agencies, other national agencies, our RCUK and other UK partners where this can bring benefits to the UK social science community▶ Evaluate and benchmark the quality of UK social science internationally
International Activities▶ Partnership Building – Overseas Institutional Visits for ESRC Studentships – New International PhD Partnering Initiative – Future Research Leaders Scheme – Research Seminars – International Partnership and Networking Scheme – Indian/ European Research Networking Scheme▶ Responsive Support – International Co-Investigators Policy – Lead Agency Agreements (Brazil/ Hong Kong/ Austria) – Open Research Area
International Activities - Cont▶ Strategic Initiatives – Rising Powers and Independent Futures – ESRC/ Hewlett and Reproductive Health – ESRC/ DFID Poverty Alleviation – Ecosystems for Poverty Alleviation – ESRC/ DFID Growth▶ Joint Initiatives – Health Disparities/ Inequalities (NIH) – Ecology of Infectious Diseases (NSF/NIH/ BBSRC/ ESRC)▶ Multinational Partnerships – NORFACE Religion and Migration Programmes – Co-Reach (Sino/ Europe) Research Networking – ERA-AGE Active and Healthy Ageing Across the Life Course – New NORFACE Programme on Future Welfare States▶ Promoting Other Sources – Framework Programme 7 & European Research Council Grants
International Activities - Cont▶ International Resources and Infrastructure – Strategic Forums: ▪ OECD Global Science Forum Initiative on Data and Research Infrastructure ▪ European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) ▪ International Forum for Resources and Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (IFRISS) – European Social Survey (ESS) – ESDS International – Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) – Pathfinders Initiative – Brazil, China, India and South Africa – Digging Into Data Initiative (US, Canada, UK, the Netherlands)
Embedding International▶ PhDs – overseas institutional visits, LBAS, Library of Congress, PhD Partnering▶ Future Research Leaders Scheme – promoting international mobility▶ Knowledge Exchange/ Follow on Fund – promoting impact on policy and practice nationally and internationally▶ Secondary Data Analysis Initiative – promoting international collaboration and comparison▶ Professorial Fellowships – leading social scientists working in the UK▶ Research Seminars – additional support for international participants/events▶ Research Grants – International Co-Investigator Policy, Lead Agency Agreements and Open Research Area▶ Large Grants and Centre Competition –International Co-Investigator Policy▶ Data Sets and Data Services – ESDS International, ESS, ISSP, Pathfinders Initiative (Brazil, India, China, SA)
What’s on the internationalagenda?▶ Development of RCUK International Framework▶ Horizon 2020 (FP8)▶ Implementation of the European Research Area▶ Development of the Open Research Area (US NSF involvement from Round 3)▶ With European Partners extend our collaborative activity with China and India▶ Strengthen links with North America (reciprocal lead agency with NSF)▶ Increase promotion of International Co-Investigators – seek reciprocal agreements
What’s on the internationalagenda?▶ Commission new transnational programme on Welfare State Futures with NORFACE partners▶ Strengthen international visibility and impact of major investments – Research Centres/ Professorial Fellowships▶ Develop our partnerships with DFID▶ Work to achieve European Research Infrastructure Consortium status for the European Social Survey▶ Increase engagement with TSB and UKTI internationally
Horizon 2020▶ Next EU research and innovation programme 2014-2020▶ Proposed budget of €80 billion▶ Three pillars: – Excellence Science – Industrial Leadership – Societal Challenges▶ Societal Challenges could receive 41% of budget▶ Social Sciences and Humanities shall be integral part of activities to address all Challenges▶ Increased emphasis on: – International/ Developing Country Co-operation – Interdisciplinary Research – Co-Investment
Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges▶ Health, demographic change and well-being▶ European Bioeconomy Challenges: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research▶ Secure, clean and efficient energy▶ Smart, green and integrated transport▶ Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials▶ Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies▶ Secure societies, Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
European Research Area▶ Launched in 2000 - Aim of strengthening Europe’s scientific and technological bases through greater multi-national cooperation▶ ERA Communication, July 2012. Five key priorities for realisation by 2014: – More effective national research systems – Optimal transnational co-operation and competition – An open labour market for researchers – Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research – Optimal circulation and transfer of scientific knowledge▶ Science Europe Statement
Embedding International – The Role ofthe Committees Methods and To take a leading role in developments Infrastructure aimed at enhancing research Committee infrastructure internationally. Research To take a leading role in international Committee research policy and developments and support international collaborative research. Training and To support capacity-building to Skills undertake international research, Committee through schemes such as international people exchange and networks.
ESRC’s Contacts▶ Speaker: – Mr Michael Bright, Head of International Strategy email@example.com▶ ESRC website – www.esrc.ac.uk