Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar : Priorities for international research partnerships


Thursday 20 June 2019

The conference takes place as government works with UKRI to develop a new International Research and Innovation Strategy, setting out the UK’s priorities for building international research collaborations and attracting overseas talent post-Brexit.

It takes place with the Government commissioning Professor Sir Adrian Smith to provide independent advice on the design of future UK funding schemes in order to better support international research and innovation partnerships post-Brexit - and to inform a new joint BEIS/UKRI International Research and Innovation Strategy currently being developed.

European collaboration post-Brexit

Sessions will consider how the UK can respond to challenges resulting from its exit from the European Union - including its future participation and role in Horizon Europe from 2021 onwards.

Delegates will look at the implications of the range of options including securing either third party or associated status, and the accessibility of European funding streams such as ERC grants, and the SME instrument for funding innovative projects with the potential to create new markets that are led by smaller organisations.

They will discuss the way forward for creating an effective policy and funding environment that continues to promote the UK as an attractive location to conduct collaborative research.

It comes with concerns that some early career researchers and technicians will fall under the proposed minimum salary threshold of £30,000 for skilled migrants seeking five-year visas, as set out in Government’s white paper on post-Brexit immigration policy - and suggestions that the threshold should be lowered to £21,000.

Priorities for new global partnerships

Attendees will also discuss the next steps for developing new research partnerships outside of the EU, focusing on priorities for reducing barriers to collaboration between universities and businesses in the UK and their counterparts overseas - including issues around visas, joint funding of programmes and forging links between research centres.

Further sessions look at how to maximise the impact of UK research in international development, looking at the future for the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund. Delegates will assess the impact of the funds so far and consider the next steps for addressing priorities, such as building research capacity in developing nations, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals and support for interdisciplinary research. 

The agenda

  • Next steps for the International Research and Innovation Strategy post-Brexit;
  • Facilitating EU collaboration post-Brexit - involvement in Horizon Europe, accessibility of funding, and impact of visa changes on researcher mobility;
  • Supporting and enabling future international research collaboration;
  • The UK in the global research landscape - priorities for funding and developing new partnerships;
  • Promoting international development through research; and
  • Next steps for the Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund - research priorities, delivery of funding and interdisciplinary research.

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