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Document Number: 7508

Patterns of International Collaboration for the UK and Leading Partners - International research collaboration is a rapidly growing component of core research activity for all countries. It is driven by a consonance between top-down and bottom-up objectives. Collaboration is encouraged at a policy level because it provides access to a wider range of facilities and resources. It enables researchers to participate in networks of cutting-edge and innovative activity. For researchers, collaboration provides opportunities to move further and faster by working with other leading people in their field. It is therefore unsurprising that collaborative research is also identified as contributing to some of the highest impact activity. This report examines instances of research collaboration in nine countries in seven research fields during two time periods: 1996-2000 and 2001-05. (Jonathan Adams, Karen Gurney and Stuart Marshall, The UK Office of Science and Innovation, June 2007)...


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