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China Partnering Awards

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 12 September 2016 – 17 November 2016


  • To set up partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories
  • To promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists
  • To promote access to facilities


  • Funds can only be used for travel, subsistence and other activities, such as workshops or exchanges. They are not to fund salary costs, consumables, items of equipment or other research costs, nor to link ongoing single collaborative projects
  • Typically up to £30k over a period of up to 4-years for partnerships with 1 or more Chinese life science laboratories
  • Research groups should try and access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award
  • Chinese partners may wish to explore mutual funding from agencies in China which have signed formal agreements with BBSRC:
    • The Chinese National Centre for Biotechnology Development (CNCBD)
    • The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
    • The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Assessment criteria

Applications are reviewed internally against the following criteria:

  • The relevance of the award and benefit that this will bring to BBSRC
  • The benefits brought back to the UK; e.g. through access to new facilities or unique partnerships that would have been otherwise unavailable
  • The uniqueness of the opportunity to work with international partners in ways that would otherwise be unavailable
  • The level of contribution (either financial or in-kind) from the UK institution or the overseas partner
  • The opportunities for the exchange of scientists, with a balance of activities that are appropriate to the topic area
  • The opportunities for early career researchers that will benefit their future career


  • Open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at National Institutes of Bioscience who are in receipt of BBSRC funding (see guidance notes in application downloads below)
  • UK consortia of academics may apply, with one person acting as the lead

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

  • Read the guidance and regulation notes (see application downloads below)
  • Complete an online application through Je-S

Application downloads (for reference only)

General guidance (PDF 257KB)

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China annex (PDF 168KB)

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Post-award administration – administrative queries

+44 1793 867121

Sania Afzal – eligibility queries

+44 1793 413364

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