This report, commissioned by the National Academies, found that international collaboration and mobility is integral to life as an active researcher across all disciplines and at all career stages.

In a mixed methods study, 1286 UK researchers (consisting of 762 Fellows and 524 grant recipients across the four national academies) were surveyed to find out about the importance of open access to global partnerships and funding opportunities. The report highlights that international collaboration and mobility hold a critical place in the careers of Fellows and grant recipients and an environment which facilitates these is vital.


  • Europe was reported to be the most likely continent in which respondents travelled (95%) and collaborated with other researchers in (87%).
  • 58% of respondents said they had spent a year or more working abroad, 64% of which had spent this time in North America.
  • 95% said they had been part of at least one international collaboration in the past five years.
  • 77% said that the level of international collaboration is more common now than it was 20 years ago.
  • Nine in ten UK-based researchers believe that international collaborations were important to them and their work.

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