Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica ›› 2020, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (11): 2008058.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB202008058

• Editorial • Previous Articles    

Interdisciplinary Research Funding Mechanisms of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Their Implications

Wencong Li1,*(), Jin Xu1, Jie Shen1, Juanjuan Liu2, Yingjie Fan1, Junlin Yang1   

  1. 1 Bureau of International Cooperation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, P. R. China
    2 Cuiying Biomedical Research Center, Lanzhou University Second Hospital, Lanzhou 730030, P. R. China
  • Received:2020-08-18 Published:2020-08-26
  • Contact: Wencong Li


Newly established in 2018, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) strengthens the strategic coordination of the UK research and innovation system by bringing together seven Research Councils, Research England, and Innovate UK. Through its nine organizations, UKRI funds multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in a number of priority areas. It also runs the Strategic Priorities Fund to support multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in strategic areas identified by government policies as well as the Global Challenges Research Fund to promote challenge-led interdisciplinary research needed by developing countries. The UKRI makes significant efforts to engage stakeholders in the development, design, and implementation of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programs. It has also developed a range of mechanisms to improve the evaluation of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects. Chinese science and innovation funding agencies could draw upon the UKRI experience from four aspects to advance interdisciplinary research in China.

Key words: Interdisciplinary research, Funding mechanism, Organizational structure, Program management, Peer review


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