Science and innovation underpin the economies of both the US and the UK. Encouraging work between the two countries therefore produces benefits for both.

To promote international collaboration the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network based in 28 countries around the world.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in the USA, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot here.

Operating in the USA, SIN works to:

  • 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 with the US.
  • Stimulate strategic science collaborations with the US to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
  • Harness international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capability

SIN USA News

Our Partners in Science webpage is our main channel of communication – read up-to-date developments, trends, and initiatives coming out of the UK & US

View single-page case studies on the impact of our work under the ‘Americas’ section

Follow SIN on our official Twitter account @UKSINet

SIN USA Successes

Some key accomplishments include:

  • Supporting an international collaboration in rare and lethal cancer research between Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI), followed by 11 clinical trials and several SIN initiated workshops throughout the US to attract additional partner institutes to the collaboration.
  • Fostering collaboration between the University of Liverpool, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), through which joint grants totaling approximately £1,174,000 were secured from the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust to research vaccine development for global health.
  • Facilitating collaborations across the field of weather and climate, and strengthening the UK Meteorological Office’s Relationship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that has resulted in five joint research papers and the UK Met Office provided input to the 2012 NOAA State of Climate Report.
  • Collaborating with UK Trade and Investment to facilitate a strong relationship between Kings College London (KCL) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Through this link, KCL researchers have gained access to top Bay Area biotechnology companies, and this has directly resulted in Genentech developing collaboration with KCL researchers to investigate the biological properties of a disease targeted by Genentech drug.

How We Work

We aim to proactively seek out UK-US collaborations in our priority areas of interest, and to reactively assess any potential projects that are suggested to us. Our work results in joint funding proposals, research papers, and formal partnerships. Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Making introductions and strengthening ties with UK government, universities, laboratories, and other potential partners
  • Bringing US based research staff and science policy makers together with their counterparties in the UK
  • Organizing meetings and researcher exchange visits and initiating MoU’s with both US and UK participants

While SIN US does not fund, commission, or conduct specific research, we should be considered the first stop for aiding US/UK scientific collaboration. If you are looking to make the connections between the UK and the US then please use the contact information below to get in touch with the SIN Officer in the region of interest.

Our People

* Atlanta (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)

Contact: CarriAyne.Jones@fco.gov.uk

* Boston (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Contact: Rebecca.Leshan@fco.gov.uk

* Chicago (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

Contact: Kyle.Dolan@fco.gov.uk

* Houston (Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)

Contact: Lauren.George@fco.gov.uk

* Los Angeles (Arizona, California (Southern), Hawaii, Nevada (Southern), and Utah)

Contact: Nicholas.Hooper@fco.gov.uk

* San Francisco (Alaska, California (North), Idaho, Montana, Nevada (North), Oregon, Washington, Wyoming)

Contact: Victoria.Lee@fco.gov.uk

* Washington DC (Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey)

Contact: Catharine.Young@fco.gov.uk or Fernando.Gouveia@fco.gov.uk

* Regional Director for the Americas Network (Canada, US, Brazil)

Contact: Andrew.Price2@fco.gov.uk

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