ESRC International strategy


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By Mike Bright, Head of International Strategy

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ESRC International strategy

  1. 1. ESRC International StrategyMr Mike Bright, Head of International Strategy
  2. 2. Content▶ Overview of ESRC International Strategy and Activities▶ What’s on the international agenda?▶ Role of the Committees
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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)
  8. 8. Embedding International
  9. 9. 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)
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. ESRC’s Contacts▶ Speaker: – Mr Michael Bright, Head of International Strategy▶ ESRC website –