Science and innovation play a key role in promoting prosperity and growth through the Science and Innovation Network (SIN).

Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. The UK’s research base is second in the world to the US for scientific excellence and is the most productive in the G8, both terms of articles produced per unit of Gross Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) (growth 2.1% per year since 2006) as well as citations per spend on GERD (growth 4.9% per year since 2006).

Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international collaboration. This collaboration provides opportunities to work with the best in the world, exchange students and researchers, and gain access to large scale international facilities. It encourages new ideas, fostering new opportunities for innovation in support of growth. International collaboration in science and innovation is also vital for meeting global policy challenges such as climate change, energy security and pandemic disease.

For these reasons, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the international Science and Innovation Network (SIN). SIN consists of 90 staff, based in 28 countries and 47 cities around the world. SIN officers engage with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas. They create strategic relationships to harness the value of science and innovation discoveries and investments overseas, leading to mutual UK and host-country benefits.

What SIN does

SIN teams develop country specific action plans and work to the following global objectives:

  • influence science and innovation policies of governments, industry and academia to benefit the UK
  • improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges
  • stimulate strategic science collaborations to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
  • harness international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capability

Recent successes

The outcomes and work of the Science and Innovation Network are publicised through the SIN annual report.

Where SIN is based

SIN is organised into four regions.

Europe (including Russia)

Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen), France (Paris), Germany, (Berlin, Munich), Italy (Milan, Rome), Netherlands and Belgium (The Hague), Poland (Warsaw), Russia (Moscow), Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Berne) Turkey (Istanbul)

Asia Pacific

Australia (Melbourne),China (Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai), Japan (Osaka, Tokyo), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar), New Zealand (Wellington), Singapore, South Korea (Seoul), Taiwan (Taipei).

Middle East, Africa and South Asia

India (Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi), Israel (Tel Aviv), Nigeria (Abuja), Qatar (Doha), South Africa (Pretoria, Cape Town).


Brazil (Brasilia, Sao Paulo), Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa), USA (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington).

How to contact SIN

To contact a SIN officer with a specific geographic focus, please follow the link above to the appropriate country, otherwise please email SIN Management.

Further information

Research Councils UK (RCUK) are responsible for investing public money in research in the UK.

UK Science and Innovation Network Annual Report 2012

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