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Stage 2 - A Broader Relationship

Where there is already a more established relationship, researchers may wish to apply for funds to extend this relationship in the country of choice, by longer visits, repeated visits over a period of time or additional activities such as workshops or building of broader networks. This allows further development of plans for larger scale or longer term funding applications, access to facilities in each country and gaining a greater understanding of the broader research environment including visits to other laboratories and institutions.

Schemes offered by the Research Councils include:

AHRC Research Networking Scheme Worldwide
AHRC AHRC-IRCHSS Research Networks Ireland
EPSRC Bilateral Research Workshops (N + N meetings) Worldwide
EPSRC Overseas Travel Grants Worldwide
EPSRC Visiting researchers Worldwide
BBSRC, MRC European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Courses and Workshops Worldwide
BBSRC BBSRC International Workshops Worldwide
BBSRC BBSRC United States Partnering Awards USA
BBSRC BBSRC China Partnering Awards China
BBSRC BBSRC India Partnering Awards India
BBSRC BBSRC Japan Partnering Awards Japan

Note that funds to support activities that help build broader networks 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

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