For all UK applicants, applications must be made through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).
When applying select:
- council: BBSRC
- document type: Standard Proposal
- scheme: International Partnering Awards
- call/type/mode: 2021 International Partnering Awards
Submission of UK applications
Start your project title with name of the European country you’re proposing your partnership with.
Detailed guidance on how to complete the application process can be found in the Je-S guidance (PDF, 153KB).
The deadline for submission of applications through the Je- S system is 16:00 Thursday 11 November 2021.
In addition to the Je-S form, the application should also include the following attachments.
Case for support
The case for support should be a maximum of three sides of A4 written in single spaced Arial, Helvetica or Verdana typeface font size 11 and margins must not be less than 2cm.
The case for support must contain the following sections:
- the main scientific objectives
- summary of previous contact or links with proposed partners
- details of the work to be carried out
- an explanation of how the consortia have ensured an appropriate team, and the steps taken to consider equality, diversity and inclusion (further information may be included within an optional additional attachment, maximum one page)
- statement of added value, indicating:
- the benefit of the proposed collaboration to UK science
- the relevance to your current BBSRC funding in particular.
Applications must demonstrate how this award will add value to BBSRC science (and in particular their associated BBSRC-funded research grant) and facilitate longer-term collaborations between the UK and the partnering country.
A Gantt chart or diagrammatic action plan that outlines the activities and timelines for the work to be carried out must be included in the application (maximum one side of A4).
A short proposal letter must be included in the application.
A letter of support (maximum one side of A4) from, for example, the proposed collaborators may also be included but is not mandatory. CVs and publication lists are not required. However, applicants may wish to include any particularly pertinent recent publications.
For a full list of information required for collaborative grants with industry and other users, please refer to the BBSRC research grants guide (section 2.9-2.18).
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Additional optional attachment.
Applicants may wish to include further detail about the steps taken to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) (under ‘other attachment’ in Je-S, maximum one side of A4).
Within this document, applicants may wish to include an outline of how they have taken a meaningful, yet proportionate consideration of the steps taken to ensure an inclusive partnership. The following resources might be useful:
Applications should be made at current costs in accordance with subsistence and travel regulations at the applicant’s institution.
For each main activity, indicative costs should be shown. BBSRC may index approved costs so awards made will include an allowance for inflation.
Any award made will be cash limited, and whilst funds should be used for the activities requested, the use of funds to allow activities that were not originally envisaged will be allowed as long as they are in pursuance of the overall objectives of the partnering award and within the guidelines.
No indirectly incurred costs can be applied for under the partnering awards scheme. Consequently full economic costing is not applied to these awards. Applicants should therefore apply for 100% of the cost of the activities which they wish to undertake.
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Taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must follow travel advice set out by their institutions and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office before departure and should check travel guidance for countries of interest when preparing an application.
BBSRC will not cover the cost of any time spent in quarantine as a result of travelling on an international partnering award grant. To manage risks associated with travelling, applicants should make optimal use of remote working solutions.
Support available for access to overseas facilities
Funds may be used to support access to specialist equipment and facilities overseas. These direct research costs may not account for more than 20% of the total value requested from BBSRC and cannot be used to support:
- salary costs
- items of equipment.
Costings should be outlined on Je-S in the ‘other directly incurred costs’ section.
Support available for people with caring responsibilities
Applicants are allowed to request additional care costs as part of an international partnering award grant proposal. These may cover the additional care requirements for visits, meetings and overseas travel undertaken as part of the supported activity.
Costs that form part of someone’s normal care arrangements must not be included and making arrangements for the care to be provided is the responsibility of the carer themselves. Costs should be reasonable and outlined in the ‘other directly incurred costs’ section of the Je-S application. Funds for supporting people with caring responsibilities should form part of the overall budget envelope.