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Other Countries Partnering Awards

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 12 November 2015

Other Countries Partnering Awards


The Other Countries Partnering Awards will provide funding to support the development of long-term collaborations with overseas scientists in countries not currently offered though our existing partnering award schemes.


  • To establish partnerships between UK and overseas laboratories
  • To promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists
  • To promote access to facilities
  • To enhance collaborative activities with CGIAR Centres and programmes (Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research Centres)
  • While this scheme will consider applications for partnership activities with any country not currently covered by individual schemes, BBSRC particularly welcomes applications which seek to partner with researchers in Australia, Argentina, Canada and New Zealand


  • 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 four-year period for partnerships with one or more life science laboratories in countries not currently eligible through our existing partnering award schemes
  • Research groups should try and access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award
  • Successful awards should aim to start April 2016.
  • Please note that annual call for Partnering Awards with Brazil, China, India, Japan, USA and Taiwan will continue and that applicants who wish to partner with researchers in these countries should apply to the specific scheme

Assessment criteria

  • Applications should clearly demonstrate the strengths of the collaboration, highlighting the expertise of the overseas partners, the uniqueness of the opportunity and the benefits to the UK
  • The value added to BBSRC science through the partnership by enhancing priority areas
  • 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 benefits and future joint research likely to accrue from the collaboration
  • Alignment of the award to current BBSRC strategy priorities
  • The level of the contribution made by the UK institution towards the development of the award


  • 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

  • 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