Joint UK-Russia research has a fieldwork citation index rating three times higher than the global
average – and higher than simply UK or Russian research done independently. However, given the funding environment, how can we increase bilateral funding to support this?
There were approximately 20,000 co-authored publications between Russian and UK academics in the 5 years up to 2019. The Nature Index found that more than half of Russian publication collaboration came from the physical sciences, followed by roughly a quarter in chemistry. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have also created a funding partnership for the humanities.
In March, the UK Government announced a research and development road map, a commitment to increase spend of R&D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, an increase of public funding to £22 billion, and in the Autumn latest spending review increased research budget by £740mln.
In Russia, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, and Russian Science Foundation (RSF) remain the main funding bodies but how can we work better together to access funding for UK-Russia programmes? What other funding channels exist to allow early career researchers to collaborate?
The event will have 2 main focuses: a policy dialogue to discuss government strategies and joint priorities of UK and Russia in research and a practical session for early career researchers where foundations and institutions will share information about existing opportunities and some best case studies and tips for succeeding in preparing bids for funding.
Forum participants: International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE), NUST MISIS (Russia), Russian Academy of Science, Russian Science Foundation, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Royal Society, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Bristol, Institutional Links project, Lancaster University, University of York