Bilateral agreements

ESRC is committed to helping UK researchers to overcome barriers to international collaborative research. We are pleased to announce agreements with research funding agencies in several countries, which will facilitate bilateral collaborations between UK social scientists and researchers in one of these countries.

Agreements have been reached with the following funding agencies. Follow the country link below for more detailed guidance about the specific bilateral agreement and application procedures:

  • Austria: Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF)
  • Brazil: Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Agreements with France, Germany and the Netherlands now come under the Open Research Area.

The bilateral agreements do not represent a separate stream of research funding, but enable international collaborations to be submitted to the open standard grants competition. The agreements only apply to standard grant proposals. Unless specified otherwise, the normal rules of the standard grant scheme applies to proposals submitted under bilateral agreements.

For further information on the agreements, please contact