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Stage 1 - First Links

Developing links with partners overseas can be challenging, and personal contacts are essential in order to ensure clear understanding of the research interests and capacity of potential partners. Such links can also be useful to give insight to the research challenges and cultural background of researchers in the two partner countries. Short term visits may build the trust needed to start joint activities such as sharing data and facilities and encouraging further exchange of staff.

Stage 1 schemes allow for funds to cover the travel and subsistence for short term visits usually from the UK to another country.

Schemes offered by the Research Councils include:

AHRC, ESRC International Placement Scheme USA, Japan
EPSRC Bilateral Research Workshops (N + N meetings) Worldwide
EPSRC Overseas Travel Grants Worldwide
BBSRC BBSRC International Scientific Interchange Scheme (ISIS) Worldwide
BBSRC, MRC European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Courses and Workshops Worldwide
STFC STFC studentships on grants Worldwide
STFC STFC Visiting Researchers Worldwide

Note that funds to cover the travel and subsistence for short term visits may also be requested as part of a grant submission through responsive mode.

Where appropriate, NERC's Research Programmes issue Announcements of Opportunity in partnership with overseas funding agencies, providing further opportunities for collaborative working. A list of current NERC funding opportunities is available from http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/


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