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EqUIP Staff Exchange Visit- AHRC/ESRC

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AHRC/ESRC Welcome EqUIP Partners to the UK

EU- India Social Science & Humanities Platform

EU- India Social Science & Humanities Platform

In this blog,  Jessica Collier, Portfolio Manager in the Languages, Literature & International Engagement team, talks about the up-coming Exchange Scheme, occurring between 13th-15th April 2016.

EqUIP – EU-India Platform for the Social Science and Humanities – is the first research collaboration platform between India and the EU specifically dedicated to Social Science and Humanities. The platform supports a significant corpus of high quality national research funding agencies from Europe and India in building stronger relationships and stepping up international collaborations. Through encouraging transnational research coordination and intensifying communication, EqUIP will pave the way for national agencies to work together and achieve convergence, in both research policy and research practice, improving the environment for Europe-India excellent research collaboration.

EqUIP recently launched its six-step Staff Exchange Scheme (SES) dedicated to research funding and support agencies that are taking part to the project as partners. The Staff Exchange Scheme (SES) represents a key activity for establishing new relationships between the EU and India in the area of social sciences and humanities. AHRC/ESRC welcomed partners from the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the Centre of Social Innovations (ZSI)  to EqUIP’s third staff exchange on 13-15th April 2016, hosted in the UK. The opportunity allowed AHRC/ESRC to exchange knowledge and experiences from core fields of action such as funding opportunities, peer review systems and international collaboration. The session also included a visit to REACT, AHRC’s Knowledge Exchange Hub based in Bristol.

Although EqUIP is not yet engaged in joint funding activities, the funding dimension may constitute a possible future development of the platform. Mutual learning of each other’s practices is therefore crucial: indeed, through staff exchange, EqUIP partners can search for solutions to overcome administrative and regulatory barriers, and highlight any good practices that can make the difference when developing EqUIP’s possible joint research funding activities, enhancing the development of future activities and cooperation on a long-term basis.

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