BBSRC China partnering award

UK Research and Innovation

07 September 2022
10 November 2022
R&D and Higher Education
Research, Development and Innovation

Apply for funding to develop partnership links with laboratories in China. This is part a wider International Partnering Awards programme.

You must hold a current BBSRC research grant that:

  • started before the application deadline
  • has at least six months remaining from the start of this award.

Collaborative activities will include:

  • travel for one or more investigators in either direction
  • visits and access to overseas institutions
  • exchange of staff for scoping studies and skills exchange
  • workshops and networking
  • researcher exchanges.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £30,000. BBSRC will fund 100% of the full economic cost.

Funding is available for up to four years.


Applications must be made by a principal investigator who is currently in receipt of BBSRC research funding. In addition, the associated BBSRC grant must have started before the application deadline and must have at least six months remaining from the start of the award.

The following applicants are eligible to apply:

  • principal investigators on an active BBSRC standard research grant

  • principal investigators on an active BBSRC themed research grant

  • recipients of a current fellowship award from BBSRC

  • principal investigators or co-investigators on a current BBSRC strategic longer and larger (SLoLa) grant or initiative grant with funding of over £1 million

  • principal investigators or co-investigators on a current BBSRC institute strategic programme grant at a national institute of bioscience:

  • Babraham Institute

  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

  • John Innes Centre

  • The Roslin Institute

  • Rothamsted Research

  • The Earlham Institute

  • The Pirbright Institute

  • Quadram Institute.

The following applicants are not eligible to apply:

  • BBSRC studentship award holders, including:
  • Cooperative Award in Science and Engineering (CASE) studentships
  • Doctoral Training Partnerships
  • Industrial CASE partnerships

holders of BBSRC grants which do not have research as the primary objective, including:

  • Flexible Talent Mobility Accounts
  • Impact Acceleration Accounts
  • follow on funding
  • holders of BBSRC funding within an academic department.

We encourage joint applications by consortia of UK partners, which could include industrial and non-BBSRC funded partners. However, a BBSRC funded applicant must lead the consortia and submit the proposal using the Joint Electronic Submission system.

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19 April 2023