International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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The United Kingdom joined the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in June 2015, represented by the three research councils, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and NERC.

In 2019 the three research councils agreed funding to continue UK membership for a further 5 years, covering 2020-2024. The first 5 years of membership increased IIASA-UK links, including through the YSSP, and resulted in the NERC-IIASA fellowships scheme. It is expected that the next 5 years of membership will deliver further increases in partnerships between UK and IIASA researchers. To that end IIASA were awarded eligibility as a Co-I on NERC, ESRC and EPSRC calls.

IIASA was established in 1972 as an independent international research organisation based in Austria. IIASA's interdisciplinary research focuses on finding solutions to the complex, interconnected global problems confronting humanity ranging from achieving global food security to transitioning to sustainable energy systems. Underpinning these studies is big data and systems analysis - one of the few research tools with the breadth and depth to explore complex problems across multiple sectors, countries, and timeframes.

Sarah Webb, NERC's Associate Director of International, is the UK IIASA Council member and is supported by a UK Committee.

IIASA UK Committee

  • Professor Jim Hall (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Sarah Webb (NERC)
  • Professor David Fowler for the Royal Society (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
  • Professor Nigel Gilbert for the Royal Academy of Engineering (University of Surrey)
  • Owen Jackson (Government Office for Science)
  • Professor Marina Jirotka (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Rose Cairns (University of Sussex)


IIASA Co-Investigator Eligibility

NERC, ESRC and EPSRC are keen to see even greater interactions between UK and IIASA researchers to maximise benefits of UK membership. For this reason they have collectively agreed to allow IIASA researchers to apply for funding from them as Co-Investigators on UK led proposals.

Please see the NERC funding application pages below for further details:

Young Scientists Summer Programme - external link - the UK will support up to 3 researchers per year to attend the programme.

Postdoctoral research at IIASA - external link - every year IIASA provides full funding for several postdoctoral researchers.

An info sheet is available providing a summary of interactions between the UK and IIASA - external link since 2006 and prospects for enhancing joint activities.


For further details please contact:

Claire Simmons
01793 442587
07704 384120