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Thursday, June 13, 2024

UK launches int’l fund supporting science cooperation

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The United Kingdom (UK) has unveiled an official development assistance (ODA) program as part of the International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF), one of the largest science and technology collaboration initiatives between the UK and international partners. Part of the fund will be set aside for cooperation projects with Vietnam.

This program was publicly declared during a meeting last week between UK Science Minister George Freeman and ASEAN Secretary-General Kao Kim Hourn in London.

Over the next two years, the ISPF will allocate 337 million British pounds to address global challenges, including pandemics, climate change impacts, and the advancement of cutting-edge technologies.

Iain Frew, the British Ambassador to Vietnam, said the UK’s goal with the ISPF is to facilitate cooperation between exceptional research groups and universities in the UK and Vietnam, enabling projects that can fully materialize through international cooperation.

Through the Newton Fund Vietnam, the two nations have jointly invested nearly 20 million British pounds in supporting 240 grants that benefit 62 UK and 92 Vietnamese universities and research institutes.

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