Making science work for development

India Partnering Awards


  • 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 2018
  • Typically up to £30,000 over a period of up to 4-years for partnerships with 1 or more Indian life science laboratories
  • Research groups should try and access other sources of funding in addition to the Partnering Award
  • Indian partners may wish to explore mutual funding from the following bodies which have signed formal agreements with BBSRC:
    • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
    • Department for Biotechnology (DBT)

India Partnering Award - Agricultural Data Highlight

BBSRC welcomes applications from BBSRC grant holders, focussing on agricultural data use and interpretation. Partnerships involving researchers and strategic programmes funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India are particularly welcome.

Applicants should ensure that the title of their application begins with ‘Agricultural Data Highlight’.

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 and researchers employed at National Institutes of Bioscience who are in receipt of BBSRC funding (see guidance notes in application downloads below)
  • UK consortia of academics may apply, with one person acting as the lead.

How to apply

  • Read the guidance and regulation notes (see application downloads below)
  • Complete an online application through Je-S.

Application downloads

International Partnering Awards call guidance notes (PDF 243KB)

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Annex: India (PDF 252KB)

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International Partnering Awards (IPA) - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 185KB)

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A guide to equality and inclusion impact assessments (PDF 245KB)

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Post-award administration - administrative queries

01793 867121

Sania Afzal - eligibility queries

01793 413364

Deadline: 16 November 2017
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council