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British Council Science, perceptions and international trust research

Submit your proposal by Monday 4 January at 5 pm (UK time)


The British Council seeks to commission an organisation or consultant to produce a high-quality piece of research addressing if and how science, perceptions and international trust engender attraction and international collaboration, and to what extent.



About the opportunity

The opportunity is for a consultant or researcher to explore the relationship(s) between international trust and collaboration in higher education and science, international perceptions of the UK as a science superpower, building the conditions for cooperation, and the UK’s role in fostering domestic and international research talent flows.

The British Council require the following outputs from this study:

  • An approach to mapping international collaboration in science, international mobility of researchers and students, international perceptions of countries, and levels of international trust;

  • Innovative visualisations of the relationships between these factors;

  • A report of around 10,000 words setting out the role of science in a nation’s soft power;

  • A PowerPoint presentation to support the communication of research findings;

  • Communications content to support global communication of main research findings (including tweetable content, press release content, summary findings for segmented audiences (including internal British Council, UK government, UK research sector, international research actors).

The report should clearly evidence recommendations including:

  • National systems which present opportunities for partnership development;

  • How international trust and attraction may be strengthened through international mobility and collaboration in science and research;

  • What works best in what conditions for international cooperation in HE and Science (and how to create these conditions);

  • Steps to support capacity building, networks and partnerships in science and innovation in DAC-list countries;

  • Recommendations of how the UK can support research talent development and secure sustained access to this international talent;

  • The role of cultural relations in supporting international science.

Who can apply?

They welcome proposals from researchers with experience in international collaboration and excellent knowledge in international higher education research.


How to apply

Proposals should be submitted through the British Council's e-Tendering portal.

You will first need to register for an account before you can apply.

Once registered you will be able to submit your proposal. The reference number for this opportunity is BC/01551.


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