BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) Joint Funding of Research


Co-funded support for research projects involving international collaboration between the UK and Brazil in any areas of science within the remits of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) have agreed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-fund and support collaborative research projects by UK/Brazilian partnerships.

The MoU aims to encourage and support collaborative projects that cut across national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. Both agencies are charged with fostering and supporting academic research for their respective nations and recognise that the best research in all countries may be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally.

The research proposals can be in any area of science within both of the BBSRC and FAPESP remits – principally food security, bioenergy and industrial biotechnology.

Further information:

Information taken from Grantfinder, Idox

EPSRC Call: UK Japan collaboration in civil nuclear power

epsrc logoThe EPRSC, in collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) are looking for collaborative research proposals in severe nuclear accident studies and environmental safety.

This call seeks to support two projects, one in severe accidents and one in environmental safety. The project are to be of fixed duration of approximately two and a half years, having a fixed start date of 17th November 2014 and an end date of 31st March 2016, in order to accommodate the Japanese funding cycle.

This call is the first phase of this new collaboration which will be a springboard for deeper and larger collaborations in the future.

Proposals should be submitted by the 19th June, and for further information please see the call document below: UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme (PDF 135KB)

New Deadline iCalendar for Horizon 2020

A new iCalendar has been produced by the European Commission, providing up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 deadlines for the next two years.

The iCalendar, which can be accessed through the Participant Portal will be kept up-to-date centrally by the EC and can also be downloaded to be used with Microsoft Outlook.

To access the iCalendar, you simply need to click on the calendar icons located next to ‘Calls’ and ‘Call Updates’ on the left hand side of the Participant Portal’s ‘Funding Opportunities’ page.

Source: UKRO

Call for Individual Fellowships under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions opens today

Individual Fellowships from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) will award experienced scientists (postdocs) who want to strengthen their career through mobility. The MCSA offer funding schemes for moving and working at a host institution within or outside Europe. Candidates of any nationality can participate.

Only the country of the institution where the candidate will work is determinant. In that context, and following recent political developments, please note that Switzerland is currently considered as a Third Country and Swiss institutions cannot host MSCA fellowships.

For questions, please contact Research & Enterprise. The 2014 budget for Individual Fellowships under MSCA is €240.5 millions.

The deadline is 11 September 2014.

Further Information

Source: Cyrille Girardin, EURESEARCH

British Academy: Call for applications to Newton International Fellowships

A new round of Newton International Fellowships – an initiative to fund research collaborations and improve links between UK and overseas researchers – has now opened. The Newton International Fellowships are funded by the British Academy and the Royal Society and aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the humanities, the natural, physical and social sciences.

The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Newton Fellows will receive an allowance of £24,000 to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses in each year of the Fellowship. A one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000 is also available. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following completion of the Fellowship to support activities which will help build long-term links with the UK. The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.

Applications are to be made via the Royal Society’s online application system which is available at register through the online booking system by Friday 22 November.

The closing date for applications is Monday 10 March 2014. Further details are available from the Newton International Fellowships website: