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The UK and Norway collaborate to support international research excellence

Date: 01/08/2014

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have signed a reciprocal International Co-Investigator agreement with The Research Council of Norway (RCN), allowing Norwegian academics to apply for up for 30 per cent of a total project cost to fund their involvement in ESRC investments. The agreement also allows UK academics to apply for an unlimited portion of funding of an RCN project.

On signing the agreement with RCN Director General Arvid Hallén, ESRC Chief Executive Professor Paul Boyle said: This agreement provides the opportunity for researchers across the UK and Norway to work more closely together, sharing skills and knowledge to deliver truly excellent research that can make an impact not just in one nation, but across Europe. The ESRC is committed to encouraging collaboration across disciplines and between institutions, and as the expertise of our best and brightest is shared I'm sure this will pave the way for many great projects to come. I'm delighted to sign this agreement. The signing took place on 30 June 2014 at the Governing Board of Science Europe.

Commenting on the agreement, AHRC Director of Research Professor Mark Llewellyn said: The UK's arts and humanities research community has a good and growing relationship with partners in Norway through successful multi-nation, multi-funder initiatives such as Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA). This agreement will allow for a deeper reciprocity in the collaborations which are taking forward key research challenges for Europe, and ensure that research projects in both countries that can benefit from skills, talent and knowledge of international standing can advance with confidence.

The Reciprocal International Co-Investigator policy further entrenches the Research Council's ethos of embedding international collaboration as well as increasing engagement with European partners through social science and arts and humanities research. It is hoped that the agreement will provide new ways to share best practice to help deliver a more effective and harmonised European research landscape.

For further information, please contact:

Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk

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