The Science and Innovation Network promotes and facilitates international collaboration in research and innovation.

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

To promote international collaboration, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network, based in 31 countries around the world.

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


SIN Australia works to:

  • encourage high-level science co-operation between Australia and the UK

  • influence and inform the science and innovation policies of government, industry and academia, including by sharing and promoting UK science and innovation excellence

  • achieve broader policy objectives and improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities with Australia

  • make best use of international technology co-operation and investment to grow the UK’s innovation potential

  • support the Department for International Trade in development of science, innovation and technology-related trade and investment opportunities between Australia and the UK.

Priority sectors

SIN activities in Australia are focused on the following priority thematic areas: * Clean energy

  • Future manufacturing

  • Future cities

  • Health and life sciences

  • Space

Our services

SIN Australia acts as a contact point for British universities, research institutions and innovation agencies, helping them achieve their objectives in Australia.

Although we do not fund research or business initiatives, we can help identify contacts and sources of funding to develop international partnerships. For more information, please get in touch.


Ms Cate Setterfield

Science and Innovation Officer

British High Commission

Canberra, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT


Tel: +61 (0)2 6270 6642

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