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China Partnering Awards

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Call status: Closed
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


  • 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 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 Chinese partners
  • The opportunities for exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists
  • 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

Sania Afzal – eligibility queries

+44 1793 413364