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UKRI primes research collaboration with the US

The first round of UK Research and Innovation’s Fund for International Collaboration has allocated £79 million to programmes with partners overseas, of which nearly £39m has gone to bilateral projects involving the UK and the United States.

The cross-council FIC, unveiled in the government’s industrial strategy white paper, aims to support bilateral and multilateral partnerships with “leading nations with a reputation for excellence”. 

Its first 16 projects, announced on 22 January, include partnerships with Canada, China, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea and the US. Science and universities minister Chris Skidmore said in a statement that these projects “reinforce our commitment to enhance the UK’s excellence in innovation at home and around the world”.

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