This call for proposals aims to encourage multidisciplinary pump-priming projects, by consortia of research and industrial organisations in the UK and other European countries, leading to applications to the European Commission funding calls under Horizon 2020.
Funding body: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Maximum value:£ 20,000
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). It is funded by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The BBSRC launched the European Partnering Awards as part of the international Partnering Awards (PA), aimed at fostering links with researchers in other European countries not covered by the established PA schemes. The collaborative research proposals will be developed for submission to the Horizon 2020 funding programme, part of the European Commission funding platform for research and development and successor to FP7, that will run from 2014 until 2020, with a total budget of over €70 billion. The new initiative aims to secure Europe’s global competitiveness and will create new growth and jobs in Europe. The overarching aim of the scheme is to provide resources to leading BBSRC supported research groups for networking to develop consortia with European scientists in areas of research that are of direct relevance to BBSRC’s current scientific strategy.
The current PA calls have forged links between the UK and overseas research communities in China, India, US, Japan, Brazil and Taiwan, leading to successful international research projects. It is anticipated that the European PA will also add to UK science and enhance collaborative programmes through the following:
•To pump-prime consortia building between scientists in the UK and eligible EU countries for the purpose of submitting high quality UK led applications to EU or other sources of funding.
•To increase participation of UK industrial partners (especially SMEs) in European funding calls.
•To encourage applications to EU funding calls aligned with current BBSRC strategic priorities
The award can only be used for travel, subsistence and other activities (such as workshops or exchanges) for a period of 12 to 18 months. It is intended to foster partnerships with one or more EU partners (industrial and academic).
Research groups should try to access other sources of funding in addition to the partnering award.
Applicants should be current BBSRC grant holders, or researchers employed at national institutes of bioscience who are in receipt of BBSRC research funding. Applicants cannot hold more than one European PA at any given time. The applicant to the award does not have to be the lead applicant on any subsequent proposal submitted to Horizon 2020.
Proposals must include collaboration with one or more EU partner, academic or industrial. A consortium of academics may apply, with one researcher as lead applicant.
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