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 Councils agree that it is important for funding agencies to continue to identify and develop flexible mechanisms to foster and support collaborative international research. Below you will find additional information on specific collaborations between NSF Research Directorates and their counterparts in the UK.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be created as a result of the UK Higher Education and Research Act. This will be the new funding organisation for research and innovation in the UK. It brings together the seven UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

The creation of UKRI replaces the need for a strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils, in the form of Research Councils UK (RCUK). As a result, the functions of RCUK will be replaced by UKRI, and the management of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NSF and RCUK will be transferred to UKRI effective April 1, 2018.

NSF is working with our colleagues in the UK to update individual agreements under this MoU as needed. Activities and processes that have been agreed under the MoU between NSF Directorates and individual Research Councils will not be impacted.

Please access the following url to view the information of NSF Directorates:

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)

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 EPSRC Themes can be found at:


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)

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

Guidelines for Submission can be found at NSF 19-028


Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

Archaeology and Archaeometry
Biological Anthropology
Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro)
Cultural Anthropology
Developmental Sciences (DS)
Human-Environment and Geographic Sciences (HEGS)
Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS)
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 & Sciences (LS)
Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)
Science of Organizations (SoO)
Security and Preparedness (SAP)
Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Division of SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA)

 Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCL)


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