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United States Partnering Awards

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 15 September 2015 – 12 November 2015
Next application deadline: 2016 TBC


  • 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

Highlight notice: Animal health, disease and welfare/wellbeing

There are no restrictions on the scientific area for application to the USA Partnering Awards (other than that it must fall within our remit). However, we encourage applications focused on Animal Health, Disease and Welfare/Wellbeing.

The aim of the highlight is to promote improved collaborative working between the UK and USA in the following areas that were identified as high priority for collaboration at the US-UK funders and researchers workshop held in June 2015

  • Immunology and vaccinology (animal health and food safety)
  • Antimicrobial resistance (alternatives to current antimicrobials)
  • Anthelmintic resistance
  • Emerging/re-emerging animal pathogens including zoonoses;
  • Animal welfare/well-being


  • 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 £50k over a 4-year period for partnerships with 1 or more US life science laboratories
  • Research groups should try and access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award
  • US partners may wish to explore mutual funding from the following agencies, which have signed formal agreements with BBSRC:
    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Department of Energy (DoE)
    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Assessment criteria

Applications are reviewed internally against the following criteria:

  • The value added to BBSRC science through the partnership by enhancing priority areas
  • The benefits and future joint research likely to accrue from the collaboration
  • The uniqueness of the opportunity and expertise of the US partners
  • The opportunities for early career scientist exchanges
  • Whether the collaboration is a new linkage or an ongoing partnership (if collaboration is ongoing, what new aspects are brought to the partnership)
  • The level of the contribution made by the UK institution towards the development of the award
  • Alignment of the award to current BBSRC strategy priorities


  • 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 downloads)
  • UK consortia of academics may apply, with one person acting as the lead

How to apply

The call for applications is closed.

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


Post-award administration – administrative queries

+44 1793 867121

Anja Berndt – eligibility queries

+44 1793 413364

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