Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) have launched a joint call to strengthen the existing research links between the UK and China. Funding will be provided to facilitate bilateral co-operation between British and Chinese research groups in the research areas of healthy ageing populations, energy and food security.
A budget of up to £200,000 is available per UK project partner and this will be matched by MoST for the Chinese research partner. It is anticipated that one to two joint projects will be funded in each of the three theme areas of healthy aging populations, energy and food security. The closing date for applications is 12:00 hrs Monday 30 April 2012. Further information and instructions on how to apply is available here.
Since the launch of RCUK China in 2007 the two countries have developed substantial research partnerships facilitated via a number of funding instruments and involving several different agencies. This joint call aims to build on this relationship and offers further opportunities for bilateral co-operation between British and Chinese research groups. It is hoped that a feasible and sustainable cooperation mechanism can be further developed through the experience of this programme.
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Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, business, government, and charitable organisations. www.rcuk.ac.uk.
The seven UK Research Councils are:
- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
- Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
- Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
- Medical Research Council (MRC);
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
- Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).