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International Partnerships to take on Global Grand Challenges

Feb 09 2019 Read 543 Times

A new UK led international project to protect the world’s oceans, the One Ocean Growth hub, is one of a number of new international research collaborations announced in January by Science and Universities Minister Chris Skidmore. Supported with £279 million of Government investment through the modern Industrial Strategy, the initiative will see world-leading UK researchers collaborating with international partners to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges – from tackling the growing problem of anti-microbial resistance, developing the next generation of eco-friendly packaging, to using the latest technology in AI to improve the lives of millions suffering from dementia.

The funding is part of the modern Industrial Strategy’s ambition to put the UK at the forefront of tackling the world’s grand challenges, generating jobs, opportunity and growth across the UK. The projects include:

The One Ocean Hub, led by the University of Strathclyde, which will bring researchers and local communities together to keep oceans sustainable and cut pollution.

A UK-Israel Innovation programme - the first UK-Israel bilateral programme to support business-led innovation, working with the Israeli Innovation Authority to bring together Israeli strengths in start up together with UK companies. It will develop and strengthen commercial relationships, provide access to large markets and enhance business competitiveness.

Tackling anti-microbial resistance - this research programme between the UK and India will develop solutions to tackle anti-microbial resistance which is a growing global health concern.

UK-Korea Health Sciences collaboration to focus on better diagnosis of dementia through the use of AI.

The project teams will work with major international partners and economies including USA, Canada, Japan and Republic of Korea.

Of the 28 successful projects, 16 will be receiving a share of £79 million from the Fund for International Collaboration, which will be match funded by partnering developed nations. Twelve projects will be supported by £200 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund. The successful projects are being managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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