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Scientific links with Japan boosted by new awards

12 March 2010

Scientific links between the UK and Japan have been boosted by the announcement of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's (BBSRC) latest Japan Partnering Awards. The awards, made to four research groups, provide funding for BBSRC-supported researchers to build and foster long-term relationships with Japanese partners.

For the second year running, the awards scheme has been run jointly with Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to support scientists in both countries in the field of systems biology.

The Japan Partnering Awards provides support from BBSRC to UK researchers and JST to Japanese researchers to fund travel between the two countries, networking opportunities and collaborative activities, such as workshops or early career research exchanges. The awards provide support for up to four years and will assist the groups to jointly produce high impact publications, new grant applications and reciprocal access to facilities.

Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "Modern bioscience demands international collaboration. By working together across international borders we can generate faster progress and higher quality science than we can alone. This scheme, and the close relationship between BBSRC and the JST, allows us to foster and build links between UK and Japanese researchers."

The awards have been made to 4 UK research groups and their Japanese counterparts.

  • Prof Austin Smith, University of Cambridge and Hitoshi Niwa, RIKEN CDB, Kobe - Systems Biology of Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Prof Judith Armitage, University of Oxford and Hisao Moriya, Okayama University - Biological Networks
  • Prof Ken Haynes, Imperial College London and Prof Masaru Tomita, Keio University - Redox regulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida glabrata
  • Dr Dov Stekel, University of Nottingham and Naotake Ogasawara, Nara Institute of Science and Technology - Diversification of transcriptional regulatory networks underlying the genetic variation of E. coli species

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About Japan Partnering Awards

Japan Partnering Awards aim to enable UK and Japanese scientists to forge long-term partnerships. The awards foster the formation of partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories and promote access to facilities and the exchange of scientists, especially early in their career.

A typical Award would be up to £50k over a 4-year period to the UK partners for partnerships with one or more Japanese equivalents.

About BBSRC

BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Studies (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.

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