Navigation Links
New bilateral pilot opportunity will fund collaborations between US and UK bioscience researchers

This Pilot opportunity is designed to make it easier for research teams comprised of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom to manage funding logistics and to simultaneously obtain funding from both countries. It is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences and the U.K.'s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

This Pilot opportunity will use a simplified, flexible review process that will allow U.S./U.K. research teams to submit a single proposal that will undergo a single review process by only one of the partner agencies. Successful proposals will be funded by both NSF and the BBSRC.

Cora B. Marrett, acting director of NSF, said, "Although NSF has always funded U.S. scientists involved in international collaborations, such collaborations have become increasingly important, partly because of the rapid globalization of research. The many benefits of this Pilot opportunity will include better coordination of funding for U.S./U.K. research teams and increased bilateral awareness of scientific strengths and advancements between the U.S. and U.K. funding agencies."

Jackie Hunter, BBSRC chief executive, said, "Partnerships are vital to U.K. bioscience, offering the opportunity to combine resources and expertise to tackle global challenges. As funders, we are working to reduce some of the barriers encountered by researchers when working with international partners. This pilot is an important step that will help to streamline the collaborative funding process between NSF and BBSRC, making applications easier for those in our community working with the U.S."

The Pilot opportunity was created under a Memorandum of Understanding between NSF and the U.K.'s research councils, which support research partnerships between the two countries. The Pilot opportunity is designed to reduce obstacles that have traditionally been faced by researchers wishing to form international teams. These obstacles include identifying appropriate funding agencies; risking "double jeopardy," where one country's funding agency decides to fund an international team's research proposal, but the partner country does not; and dealing with the different timetables of different funding agencies.

The first step in applying for funding under The Pilot opportunity will be for each research team to select a lead agency based on whether its proposed research would fall more within the scope of NSF'S Directorate for Biological Sciences or that of the BBSRC. Then, each team will submit to its proposed lead agency an Intention to Submit (ITS) that summarizes its proposed research, funding request and other associated information. These documents will be reviewed in August 2014 and August 2015.

Based on each team's ITS, the team's lead agency will determine whether the team will be invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be reviewed in fall 2014 and fall 2015; these reviews will be conducted according to the review criteria of each team's lead agency. Proposals that cover systems biology, computational biology, bioinformatics and synthetic biology (the latter, only for fall 2015 submissions) will be eligible for consideration.

Although the review criteria of NSF and BBSRC are not identical, both agencies' criteria include evaluations by invited reviewers on proposals' scientific or intellectual merit as well as on their broader societal impacts. The decision made by the lead agency on each proposal will be discussed with the partner agency. If a research team receives an award, its U.S. researchers will be funded by NSF, and its U.K. researchers will be funded by the BBSRC.


Contact: Lily Whiteman
National Science Foundation

Related biology news :

1. 5-limbed brittle stars move bilaterally, like people
2. Brain on autopilot
3. Pilot program to let US high-school students experience Antarctic science at a Chilean station
4. Center for Clinical and Translational Science awards new pilot grants
5. Study questions the role of kinship in mass strandings of pilot whales
6. Bioliq pilot plant: Successful operation of high-pressure entrained flow gasification
7. ImpactStory metrics of academic research outreach piloted by Pensoft Publishers
8. Pilot Results Move GHX Closer to Delivery of Healthcare Industrys First Implantable Device Supply Chain Solution
9. Cinega de Santa Clara unchanged after pilot run of Yuma Desalting Plant
10. The first pilot wastewater treatment plant with integrated wood production opened in Mongolia
11. New insights into cancer evolution help define screening window of opportunity
Post Your Comments:
(Date:9/24/2015)... , September 24, 2015 ... september 2015 Kerv ( ... finanstjänster, lanserar idag världens första kontaktlösa betalningsring ... in 77 000 GBP för massproduktion via ... ) , Kerv-bärare kan ...
(Date:9/10/2015)... -- Pursuant Health has collaborated with health experts ... image-based health risk assessment (HRA) optimized for Pursuant ... assessment quantifies user results into an easily understood ... biological age based on personal health habits, characteristics ... Comprised of age, gender, and risk ...
(Date:9/8/2015)... Sept. 8, 2015  Affectiva, global leader in ... a Service, a new data solution, and version ... on Affectiva,s highly accurate and patented science, these ... slated to transform industries such as market research, ... customer experience, online education, HR, automotive, robotics, healthcare ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2015)... , October 12, 2015 cell surface ... billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand ... to rise in incidence of oncology diseases and other cell-associated ... is expected to reach USD 6.49 billion by 2022, according ... growth in demand can be attributed to rise in incidence ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... CAESAREA, Israel , October 12, 2015 ... of the Dario™ Diabetes Management Solution, today announced its ... a patient case study at MobiHealth,s 5th EAI ... Focused on, "Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and ... London, England from October 14 - ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... NeuMedics Inc., is a specialty ... diseases that can safely and chronically be administered as an eye drop, announced today ... by The Cleveland Clinic and taking place October 25th to October 28th at The ...
(Date:10/10/2015)... Maryland , 10. Oktober, 2015 ... Matsui (Abgeordnete der Demokratischen Partei für Kalifornien) ihre ... bis 17. Oktober) in die Aufzeichnungen des Kongresses ... Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) und ihren ... , Hebung des Bewusstseins über Plasmaspenden weltweit ...
Breaking Biology Technology: