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Canada Partnering Awards

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Call status: Closed
Application deadline: 14 November 2019, 16:00


The Canada Partnering Awards are new to 2019 and have been established to encourage partnership links between BBSRC funded researchers, and laboratories in Canada.


  • To set up partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories
  • To promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists
  • To promote access to facilities.


  • Funds can only be used for travel, subsistence and other activities, such as workshops or exchanges. They are not to fund salary costs, consumables, items of equipment or other research costs, nor to link ongoing single collaborative projects
  • Successful awards should aim to start from April 2020
  • Typically up to £50,000 over a four year period to the UK partners for partnerships with one or more Canadian equivalents
  • Research groups should try and access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award


Applications for the 2019 Canada Partnering Awards are particularly encouraged in the following topic areas:

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Plant health and disease
  • Animal health and disease
  • Artificial Intelligence in bioscience
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Synthetic biology
  • The microbiome.

Assessment criteria

Applications are reviewed internally against the following criteria:

  • The relevance of the award and benefit that this will bring to BBSRC
  • The benefits brought back to the UK; for example through access to new facilities or unique partnerships that would have been otherwise unavailable
  • The uniqueness of the opportunity to work with international partners in ways that would otherwise be unavailable
  • The level of contribution (either financial or in-kind) from the UK institution or the overseas partner
  • The opportunities for the exchange of scientists, with a balance of activities that are appropriate to the topic area
  • The opportunities for early career researchers that will benefit their future career.


  • Open to current BBSRC research grant holders, who are in receipt of BBSRC funding
  • UK consortia of academics may apply, with one person acting as the lead.

How to apply

  • Read the guidance and regulation notes
  • Complete an online application through the Je-S system.

Application downloads

International Partnering Awards: Guidance notes (PDF 268KB)

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International Partnering Awards Annex: Canada (PDF 94KB)

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