Science and innovation play an important role in encouraging prosperity and growth through the Science and Innovation Network (SIN).

The UK has the most productive research base amongst the G7 (Group of Seven) and other leading research nations. The UK accounts for 3.2% of global expenditure on research and development and has less than 1% of the world’s population, but produces:

  • 6.4% of global journal articles
  • 11.6% citations
  • 15.8% of the world’s most highly cited articles

Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international co-operation. This co-operation provides opportunities to:

  • work with the best in the world
  • exchange students and researchers
  • gain access to large scale international facilities

It encourages new ideas, and new opportunities for innovation in support of growth. International co-operation in science and innovation is also vital for meeting global policy challenges such as:

  • climate change
  • energy security
  • pandemic disease

For these reasons, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign and 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 work with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas. They create important relationships to best use the value of science and innovation discoveries and investments overseas. This leads to mutual benefits to the UK and the host-country.

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 issues
  • encourage high level science co-operation to benefit the UK and achieve wider policy objectives
  • make best use of international technology co-operation and investment to grow UK innovation potential

Recent successes

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

See also the SIN annual report 2013 and SIN annual report 2011 to 2012.

Where SIN is based

SIN is organised into 4 regions:

Europe (including Russia)

Asia Pacific

Middle East, Africa and South Asia


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

SIN newsletters and communications

You can find out more about SIN on these pages:

SIN impact stories

A collection of UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) impact stories highlights the impact of the work SIN is doing around the globe. The SIN impact stories show the impact the network makes and how they provide a UK commercial benefit, UK research win, influence policy for UK or help tackle a global challenge.

How to contact SIN

To contact a SIN officer about a specific geographic area, 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.

Corporate information