International Collaborations (United Kingdom)

Research Directorates within NSF have a long-standing history of collaboration with their UK counterparts in supporting research through bilateral activities and multilateral arrangements. As research becomes increasingly global in nature, NSF and the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) agree that it is important for funding agencies to continue to identify and develop flexible mechanisms to foster and support collaborative international research. Through the following links you will find additional information on specific collaborations between NSF Research Directorates and their counterparts in the UK:

Please note that the seven UK Research Councils are:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)


Dear Colleague Letter: UKRI/BBSRC - NSF/BIO Lead Agency Opportunity in Biological informatics, Systems Understanding of Host-Microbe Interactions, Synthetic Cells and Cellular Systems, and Synthetic Microbial Communities

Guidelines for Submission can be found at NSF 22-107.

Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
Guidelines for Submission can be found at NSF 23-549


Guidelines for Submission can be found at the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 23-128.

The Expression of Interest form is found here: NSF-UKRI EOI Form

Participating Programs:

Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF)
Please note: Only small proposals addressing Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Information Science will be considered at this time.
CCF: Algorithmic Foundations (AF)
CCF: Communications and Information Foundations (CIF)
CCF: Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET) - The Quantum Information Science Program Element only
CCF: Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF)

Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS)

No opportunities currently available

Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)
Please note: Only small proposals will be considered at this time.
IIS: Human-Centered Computing (HCC)

IIS: Information Integration and Informatics (III)
IIS: Robust Intelligence (RI)
Foundational Research in Robotics (FRR)

Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC)
Please note: Only small proposals addressing Artificial Intelligence will be considered at this time.
OAC: OAC Core Research (OAC Core)


NSF Engineering Directorate - UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ENG - EPSRC) Lead Agency Activity

Guidelines for Submission can be found at NSF 20-510.

Participating Programs:

Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
Catalysis (1401)
Electrochemical Systems (7644)
Interfacial Engineering (1417)
Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics (1403)
Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (1491)
Engineering of Biomedical Systems (5345)
Biophotonics (7236)
Biosensing (7909)
Disability & Rehabilitation Engineering (5342)
Environmental Engineering (1440)
Nanoscale Interactions (1179)
Environmental Sustainability (7643)
Combustion & Fire Systems (1407)
Fluid Dynamics (1443)
Particulate & Multiphase Processes (1415)
Thermal Transport Processes (1406)

Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
Advanced Manufacturing (088Y)
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (7479)
Mechanics of Materials and Structures (1630)
Civil Infrastructure Systems (1631)
Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (073Y)
Foundational Research in Robotics (144Y)
Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (1638)
Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (7569)
Engineering Design and System Engineering (072Y)
Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (058Y)
Operations Engineering (006Y)

Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)
Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (1517)
Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (7564)
Energy, Power, Control and Networks (7607)


Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/GEO - UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity

Guidelines for Submission can be found at NSF 16-132

Participating Programs:

Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
Paleoclimate (1530)
Aeronomy (1521)
Geospace Facilities (4202)
Magnetospheric Physics (5750)
Solar Terrestrial (1523)
Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) (1529)
Geospace Environment ModelinG (GEM) (537)
Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) (575)

Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)
Cooperative Studies of Earth’s Deep Interior (CSEDI) (547)
Frontier Research in Earth Sciences (FRES) (509)
Geoinformatics (594)
Geophysics (563)
Petrology and Geochemistry (560)
Tectonics (515)
Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry (578)
Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics (547)
Hydrologic Sciences (540)
Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (597)

Division of Ocean Sciences
Biological Oceanography (1650)
Marine Geology and Geophysics (1620)
International Ocean Discovery (5720)
Chemical Oceanography (1670)
Physical Oceanography (1610)
Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (1680)

Office of Polar Programs
Antarctic Research Not Requiring U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Field Support (508)
Antarctic Research Requiring U.S. Antarctic Program Support for Fieldwork (509)
Arctic Research Opportunities (572)

Additional GEO solicitations
Paleo Perspectives on Present and Projected Climate (P4Climate) (612)


Guidelines for Submission can be found at the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 23-128.

The Expression of Interest form is found here: NSF-UKRI EOI Form

Participating Programs

Division of Chemistry (CHE)
No opportunities currently available

Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
Algebra and Number Theory
Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Geometric Analysis
Mathematical Biology

Division of Physics (PHY)
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Experiment
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Theory
Elementary Particle Physics - Experiment (EPP)
Gravitational Physics - Experiments and Data Analysis
Gravitational Physics - Theory
Integrative Activities in Physics
LIGO Research Support
Nuclear Physics - Experiment
Nuclear Physics - Theory
Particle Astrophysics - Experiment
Physics at the Information Frontier (PIF)
Physics of Living Systems (PoLS)
Plasma Physics
Quantum Information Science


NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE): SBE-UKRI Lead Agency Opportunities

Guidelines for Submission can be found at NSF 22-189Y

Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
Archaeology (Arch-SR)
Archaeometry (AMTRY)
Biological Anthropology (BA-SR)
Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro)
Cultural Anthropology
Developmental Sciences (DS)
Human-Environment and Geographic Sciences (HEGS)
NSF Dynamic Language Infrastructure - NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL)
Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC)
Social Psychology
The Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence (SL)

Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB)
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)
Law & Science (LS)
Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)
Science of Organizations (SoO)
Security and Preparedness (SAP)
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCL)

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