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BBSRC makes 24 new International Awards

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BBSRC has committed to fund £795,449 to 24 UK research groups to develop long-term international scientific collaborations through International Partnering Awards and International Workshops.

The International Partnering Awards (IPAs) enable researchers from the UK to establish partnerships with overseas laboratories and colleagues to benefit and add value to BBSRC-funded science.

This year’s awards have been made to establish partnerships with researchers from countries around the world including China, the USA, Australia and Japan. They will collaborate on biological science from across BBSRC’s remit and strategic priorities. Twenty two IPAs were funded this year.

Typically IPAs run for four years. The funding can be used for travel, subsistence and other activities, such as workshops or exchanges, but not for salary costs, consumables, equipment or other research costs.

The International Workshops scheme has been established to facilitate the coming together of experts and others, such as students, who might learn from these groups of experts. Two International Workshops were funded this year, at the University of Dundee and Rothamsted Research.

Steve Visscher, BBSRC Deputy Chief Executive, International, said: “The UK is a world leader in bioscience, bringing economic and social benefits to people around the globe.

“By developing collaborations with leading laboratories and experts through International Partnering Awards we can boost our world leading research, including its wider impact on addressing global grand challenges, which is why I am delighted we have funded these 24 awards.”

The funded awards are:


Grant ref no. Principal investigator Research organisation Title Amount (£)
BB/N021037/1 Professor Douglas Kell The University of Manchester Synthetic biology of transporters and other enzymes in yeast 42,910
BB/N022556/1 Professor Daniel Robert University of Bristol Brazil – The biomechanics and biophotonics of plant health and development 49,800


Grant ref no. Principal investigator Research organisation Title Amount (£)
BB/N022289/1 Dr Richard Harrison East Malling Research A UK-China partnership to understand the genetic architecture of the Colletotrichum gloeosporoides - Fragaria x ananassa interaction 29,260
BB/N022432/1 Mr Henning Hermjakob EMBL – European Bioinformatics Institute China Partnering Award: Proteomics Data Exchange 30,000
BB/N022505/1 Professor Tom Wileman University of East Anglia China Partnering Award: Exchange of vaccine technology for delivery of oral vaccines to mucosal surfaces 30,000


Grant ref no. Principal investigator Research organisation Title Amount (£)
BB/N022599/1 Professor Ian Chambers The University of Edinburgh Japan Partnering Award: Gene regulatory networks in stem cells and primordial germ cells 46,123
BB/N022440/1 Mr Henning Hermjakob EMBL – European Bioinformatics Institute Japan Partnering Award: Establishment of an integrative proteomics bioinformatics platform to enable novel analysis approaches 30,000
BB/N021924/1 Professor Stefan Hoppler University of Aberdeen Wnt signalling in Gene Regulatory Networks: How does feedback regulation affect signalling range in embryonic tissues 10,480
BB/N021975/1 Professor Eriko Takano The University of Manchester Japan Partnering Award: Application of MS-Imaging and Metabolomics in Synthetic Biology Based Strain Improvement of Industrially Important Microbes 49,600

Other Countries

Grant ref no. Principal investigator Research organisation Title Amount (£)
BB/N022033/1 Dr Lesley Boyd National Institute of Agricultural Botany Australia: UK wheat pre-breeding for resistance to new disease threats – NextGenWheat 30,000
BB/N022408/1 Dr Laura Cardenas Rothamsted Research Uruguay: Developing metrics and use of long term datasets in grassland systems 26,250
BB/N022041/1 Professor Alan Dickson The University of Manchester Cuba: Application of 'omics in the metabolic study of high cell density continuous cell cultures of recombinant NS0 myeloma cell lines 19,480
BB/N022114/1 Dr Ross Houston The University of Edinburgh New Zealand – UK Partnering Award: Breeding for disease resistance in farmed oysters using genomic tools 23,700


Grant ref no. Principal investigator Research organisation Title Amount (£)
BB/N022416/1 Professor Rob Field John Innes Centre Taiwan Partnering Award: O-GlcNAc modification and regulation of the NLRP3 inflammasome 25,000
BB/N022564/1 Dr Michael Khan The University of Warwick Taiwan Partnering Award for the Analysis of Digitised Images of Immunohistochemically (IHC) Stained Serial Tissue Sections of Mouse Pancreata 24,950


Grant ref no. Principal investigator Research organisation Title Amount (£)
BB/N021916/1 Professor Matthew Baylis University of Liverpool US Partnering Award: Vector-borne diseases in the UK & US: common threats and shared solutions 49,000
BB/N022386/1 Professor Eileen Devaney University of Glasgow United States-UK partnering award: Co-infection and resistance (CORE) 48,900
BB/N022572/1 Dr Yiliang Ding John Innes Centre UK-US platform for the study of RNA structure in living cells 48,395
BB/N022513/1 Professor Eric Fevre University of Liverpool United States – UK Partnership: antimicrobial drug resistance in a changing agricultural world 49,896
BB/N022548/1 Professor Anthony Hall University of Liverpool From Pathway Discovery to Re-engineering 49,200
BB/N022319/1 Dr Paul Neve Rothamsted Research United States: Harnessing next-generation sequencing technologies for eco-evolutionary studies of herbicide resistance and weed biology 31,145
BB/N021959/1 Professor Christine Nicol University of Bristol Development, validation and refinement of protocols to improve the welfare of pullets and laying hens 32,100

International Workshops

Grant ref no. Principal investigator Research organisation Title Amount (£)
BB/N021908/1 Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker University of Dundee Transformation of plant-parasitic nematodes 9,450
BB/N019628/1 Professor Peter Shewry Rothamsted Research Catalysing collaboration and exchange between wheat scientists in the UK and West Asia 9,810


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