Posts tagged: BBSRC

BBSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC – Industrial CASE Studentships

13 May 2014

New funding opportunity

BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) – Joint funding of research

13 January 2014


BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding of research




Standard responsive mode proposal deadlines (next deadline 29th April 2014)


Up to £2m


Research Councils UK (RCUK) and FAPESP, the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation, have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support applications that may cut across their national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams.

BBSRC will accept applications under the terms of the MoU for responsive mode grants at any time. Collaborative research proposals may be submitted in any area of science that is within the remit of both BBSRC and FAPESP.


Up to 5 years


To receive support from FAPESP, the Brazilian partners must be based at an institution eligible for FAPESP support. These are higher education and research organisations, public or non-profit in the State of Säo Paulo. Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria apply for UK institutions.


Latest Funding Opportunities Digest: 20th November 2013

20 November 2013

The following funding opportunities have recently been announced. Please follow the links for more information. 

UK Funders

Internal Funds

New agreement to simplify joint UK-US research applications

6 September 2013





Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States have entered into a new agreement designed to help support international research partnerships between the two countries.

The new two-way lead agency agreement enables a simplified and flexible process for researchers wishing to apply for UK-US collaborative research funding, using the usual systems and processes of the respective funding agencies.

The new agreement is first being piloted by the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the NSF (SBE) in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

One of the main goals of the agreement is to reduce the current barriers that exist to researchers with an international remit. Previously a researcher would have needed to submit separate proposals to their respective funding agencies with no guarantee both would take on the research. This two-way agreement overcomes this problem.

The agreement allows researchers to follow a familiar procedure to the ones they are used to. Proposals will go through the normal submission and assessment processes of the lead agency and, if selected for funding, the non-lead agency will agree to fund the research in their country.

It also allows the submission of joint proposals between US and UK researchers to either the NSF or one of the participating councils, depending on the balance of research and funds. The agency which the proposal is submitted to is considered the lead agency.

The process will be researcher led so they will decide whether their proposal is to be UK- or US-led. UK-led proposals will be submitted via the standard responsive mode calls of the respective Research Councils which are open year-round which allows researchers to decide when they want to submit.

Further information: Groundbreaking two-way lead agency pilot (ESRC website)

Funding Opportunities Digest – 6th September 2013

6 September 2013

The following funding opportunities have recently been announced. Please follow the links for more information.

UK Funders

  • AHRC – Care for the Future: Large Grants. Approximately two to four grants worth between £2 million and £4m over a period of between 36 and 60 months are available. Closing Date: 10 October 2013
  • AHRC – Collaborative Skills Development Grants. Funding of up to £60,000 for up to 18 months. Closing date: 19 September 2013
  • AHRC – Collaborative Skills Development Grants: Early Career Researchers. Funding of up to £5,000 for up to one year is available. Closing date: 19 September 2013
  • BBSRC – China Partnering Awards. Grants of up to £30,000 over a period of up to 4 years. Closing date: 27 November 2013
  • EPSRC – Energy Management in Non-Domestic Buildings. Funding of up to £500,000 for individual projects. Closing date: 3 October 2013 (Intention to Submit) / 5 November 2013 (Proposals)
  • ESRC/Research Grants Council of Hong Kong – Collaborative Projects Programme. The funding limit is set between £15,000 and £99,999 (at 100 per cent full economic cost; funded at 80 per cent) for UK element of the joint project. Closing date: 18 October 2013
  • TSB/MRC Biomedical Catalyst – Business-led Early Stage Award. Awards may last up to three years and receive up to £2.4 million in funding, with a funding proportion of 60 per cent of eligible project costs for SMEs. Closing date: 2 October 2013
  • TSB – Future Energy Management for Buildings. Projects expected to range in size between £300,000 – £1m, lasting for 1 -3 years. Closing date:  27 November 2013 (for Expressions of Interest)
  • The Royal Society – Paul Instrument Fund. Grants of up to £75,000 available. Closing date: 16 October 2013
  • Defra – Testing Innovative Approaches for Achieving Sustainable Behviours. Most projects expected to be small-scale, lasting between 12-18 months. Closing date: 25th September 2013 (for Expressions of Interest)
  • The Nuffield Foundation – Grants for Research & Innovation. Grants normally range from £10,000 to £250,000, although the majority are worth between £50,000 and £150,000. Closing date: 1 November 2013
  • The Health Foundation - Closing the Gap on Patient Safety Call. Projects will up to £450,000 in value. Closing date: 23 September 2013

European Funders