National Institute on Aging: co-funding scheme
UK-US collaborative funding in the biology of ageing
Call status: Open
BBSRC proforma deadline (cycle III): 5 September 2014, 5pm
NIA application deadline (cycle II): 5 June 2014
NIA application deadline (cycle III): 5 October 2014
In 2009, BBSRC and National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded six grants via the joint collaborative research on the biology of ageing initiative (see related links) whereby NIA funded the US partners (total $3M) and BBSRC funded the UK partners (total £2.6M).
To continue to encourage UK-US collaborations, BBSRC and NIA have established a co-funding scheme whereby BBSRC will support the UK component of joint UK-US projects submitted to the NIA grant funding system. Currently, up to £2M is available for this scheme.
The funders wish to encourage high quality, innovative collaborative research to advance the understanding in the biology ageing in the following specific topic areas only (ref 1):
- Age-related effects of diet on bacteria and gut health – Discovering how interactions between nutrition, the gut microbiota and host tissues influence health in later life
- Ageing bladder and bowel – The underpinning biology and physiology of the ageing bladder and bowel, and the maintenance of homeostasis and function throughout the lifecourse
- Age-related changes in circadian rhythms and sleep – How the ageing process affects circadian/biological rhythms and sleep, and implications for health and wellbeing in later life
- Understanding the mechanisms by which physical activity and sedentary behaviour effect the ageing process across the lifecourse and impact on health in later life
The UK component must fall within our remit (see 'Our portfolio' in related links). We will not fund research directed at human pathology and disease. The US component should address NIA's remit.
Ref 1: We will consider any applications that fall outside the specified topic areas, but all potential applications must address our 'Ageing - lifelong health and wellbeing' strategic priority (see related links) and applicants must contact BBSRC prior to beginning the submission process. Our decision will be based on the strategic importance of the proposal to BBSRC.
How to apply
- Potential UK applicants are strongly advised to contact BBSRC prior to the application and submission process using the brief expression of interest form (see below)
- The UK component of UK-US collaborative projects will be assessed through the NIA peer review process and funded by BBSRC
- Applications must be submitted to the NIH (including a cover letter asking for assignment to NIA). Applicants should respond to NIH: Department of Health and Human Services: Funding Announcement PA-13-302
- The US partner must be the primary investigator (US nomenclature) and the UK partner should be set out as a subcontract
- A lead investigator (US nomenclature) for the UK component must be designated (note: this would be equivalent to a UK principal investigator). Further UK investigators (co-investigators) may be identified and costed on the subcontract. The institution of the lead investigator will be responsible for receiving and distributing BBSRC funding
- We will supply the applicants with a letter of support which must be included in the application. The letter of support will state that in the event the application is successful, BBSRC will fund the UK component of the collaboration (identified in the subcontract), subject to budget (see supplementary guidance below)
- The NIA cycle due dates (closing dates) are: 5 June 2014, 5pm and 5 October 2014, 5pm (for further details visit: NIH: Department of Health and Human Services - standard due dates)
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Additional information for UK partners
- UK applicants must be eligible for BBSRC research funding and the standard BBSRC responsive mode eligibility rules apply. Full details of eligibility conditions can be found in our grants guide (see related links)
- The UK component must fall within our remit (see 'Our portfolio' in related links) be relevant to our 'Ageing - lifelong health and wellbeing' strategic priority (see related links) and for this co-funding scheme, address one or more of the specific topic areas stated in the 'Scope' section above
- The UK research component should be integrated in the overall research plan
- For the purpose of this co-funding scheme, projects must be up to 3 years in duration
- Applicants are strongly advised to have contacted BBSRC prior to the application and submission process to ensure eligibility and remit criteria have been met
- To obtain a letter of support from BBSRC, the UK lead investigator will need to generate a standard proposal proforma using the Je-S system, but this should not be submitted electronically to BBSRC at this stage (see supplementary guidance above).
- The completed PDF documents (Je-S proforma and CVs) should then be sent electronically to Coll.Age@bbsrc.ac.uk by the specified deadline
- The UK lead investigator must send an electronic copy of the full submitted NIA application form to BBSRC (Coll.Age@bbsrc.ac.uk)
|Cycle II||Cycle III|
|Deadline for submssion of Je-S proforma to BBSRC||8 May 2014, 5pm (closed)||5 September 2014, 5pm|
|Deadline for submission of standard R01 applications to NIA||5 June 2014||5 October 2014|
|NIA scientific merit review||October/November 2014||February/March 2015|
|NIA Advisory Council round||January 2015||May 2015|
|Earliest project start date||April 2015||July 2015|