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Taiwan-UK International Partnering Awards

Call status: Closed
Call opens: 15 September 2014
Application deadline: 13 November 2014

These awards will be co-funded by BBSRC and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (MOST).


  • To set up partnership links between UK and Taiwan laboratories
  • To promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists
  • To promote access to facilities
  • To enhance food security; bioenergy and industrial biotechnology and basic bioscience underpinning health research in the UK and Taiwan


  • 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
  • Partnerships of up to 2 years are co-supported. In each partnering award, BBSRC will fund up to £25k over two years for the UK partners and MOST will fund up to NTD 1,200,000 for the Taiwan partners. Please read the guidelines for eligible costs
  • Successful awards should aim to run between April 2015 and March 2017

Assessment criteria

Applications are reviewed internally against the following criteria:

  • The value added to BBSRC science through the partnership by enhancing priority areas
  • The benefits and future joint research likely to accrue from the collaboration
  • The uniqueness of the opportunity and expertise of the Taiwan partners
  • The opportunities for young researcher exchanges
  • Whether the collaboration is a new linkage or an ongoing partnership (if collaboration is ongoing, what new aspects are brought to the partnership)
  • The level of the contribution made by the UK institution towards the development of the award
  • Alignment of the award to current BBSRC strategy priorities


  • Open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at National Institutes of Bioscience who are in receipt of BBSRC funding (see guidance notes in downloads) 
  • Consortia of academics may apply, with one person acting as the lead

How to apply

  • Read the guidance and regulation notes (see downloads section)
  • UK applicants complete an online application through Je-S


Sania Afzal - for eligibility and administrative enquiries

tel: 01793 413364

Kate Hamer - for scientific enquiries

tel: 01793 413340