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Japan Partnering Awards

Call status: Closed
Next application deadline: 2015 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: Glycoscience in plant, animal and micro-biology

There are no restrictions on the scientific area for applications to the Japan Partnering Awards (other than it must fall within our remit). However we encourage applications focused on 'Glycoscience in plant, animal and micro-biology'.

The aim of this highlight notice is to promote improved collaborative working between the UK and Japan in the development of fundamental understanding of:

  • The structure of glycans
  • Cellular and molecular function of glycans including glyco-engineering of cells, proteins and other macromolecules for improved cellular/ molecular function
  • Tools to allow greater understanding of structure and function of glycans

For further information please refer to the guidance notes.


  • 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 to the UK partners for partnerships with one or more Japanese equivalents
  • Research groups should try and access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award
  • Japanese partners may wish to explore mutual funding from the following agencies:
    • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
    • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

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 Japanese 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 PDF (see downloads section)
  • Complete an online application through Je-S


Sania Afzal – eligibility and administrative queries

+44 1793 413364