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Other international funding activities

UK Israel Fellowship Scheme in Regenerative Medicine

A joint UK Israel fellowship scheme has been launched under the umbrella of BIRAX, the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership in Regenerative Medicine, to further enhance collaborations between the countries in this area. The scheme will support research visits by UK/Israel researchers for up to six months to laboratories in the UK/Israel.

Application forms and further information can be found on the BIRAX website.

‘Money Follows Researchers’ scheme

The MRC recognises the importance of increasing UK researchers’ knowledge and experience by working in other European countries and the importance of promoting the UK as partner of choice.

The Money Follows Researchers scheme allows researchers funded by an MRC grant to continue their funded research upon moving to another participating European country. The grant can then be continued at the new research institution within the original terms and objectives.

Since the demise of the EuroHORCs agreements, there is no formal arrangement in place between the countries of the EU and/or the EEA covering the Money Follows Researchers scheme. The MRC will consider any requests for transfer on a case-by-case basis as there are some countries in Europe to which transfers may not be possible.

The following criteria have been agreed by the UK research councils and must all be met before any decision to transfer the grant can be made:

  • The request to transfer a grant must state the date of the transfer which must be a minimum of 6 months before the grant end date.
  • Councils should be assured that the science will not be impaired by the transfer.
  • The principal investigator (PI) will have to make a scientific case for it and will have to explain the effects of the transfer, if any, on the aims and objectives of the proposal.
  • Research grants will only be transferred under these arrangements when the PI moves. The move of a co-investigator will not trigger a transfer.
  • Research grants can only be transferred to an organisation equivalent to a UK higher education institution.
  • Information will have to be given on the impact on any staff supported by the grant whether they intend to move with the grant or not.
  • The normal requirement for the agreement of both the research organisation (RO) being left and the RO to which the grant is being moved must be provided.
  • Only research grants can be transferred – fellowships are excluded from this arrangement.
  • Only directly incurred costs (excluding equipment) may be transferred. All other costs under the directly allocated, estates costs and indirect costs expenditure types are excluded from any transfer value.
  • The transfer will be made to the new home organisation of the PI.
  • The new home organisation must be fully Je-S registered before any transfer can take place.
  • Payments will be made to the new home organisation on the same basis as UK-based grants, normally quarterly and payments will be made in sterling.

If you wish to use the scheme to transfer your grant to a European institution, please contact the relevant programme manager in the first instance or for more information contact:

Jo Frost

International Strategy Manager
joanna.frost@mrc.ukri.org

Bilateral agreements with overseas research funding agencies

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with both FAPESP (State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation) of Brazil and the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) of Luxembourg.

The MoU’s provide for 'Lead Agency Agreements' whereby UK research councils receive and assess collaborative proposals from eligible institutions on behalf of both organisations.

The agreements not only avoid double jeopardy in funding applications, but also demonstrate our commitment to an open and inclusive European research area by removing some of the barriers facing international research collaboration.

It is important to note that the agreements do not represent a separate stream of funding, but enable collaborative proposals between UK and Brazilian or Luxembourg-based researchers to be submitted to existing UKRI competitions.

UKRI/FAPESP (the Research Council for the State of São Paulo) agreement 

UK Research and Innovation has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FAPESP, the Research Council for the State of São Paulo, to help encourage and support proposals that involve UK and Brazil collaborative teams.

The MoU enables Brazilian and UK researchers to apply for funding through a single application and peer review process. The agreement not only strengthens the existing valuable research links between the UK and Brazil but removes some of the barriers facing international research collaboration. For further information on the agreement please see the implementation guidance (DOCX, 108KB).

MRC applications

The MRC will accept applications under the terms of this agreement to its Partnership, Programme and Research Grant Schemes.

Prior to submitting an application to the MRC applicants should email Laura.Joiner@mrc.ukri.org with details of:

  • UK investigator and institution
  • Brazilian investigator and institution
  • project title
  • board and deadline applicant is submitting to.

How to apply

The Brazil and UK team should prepare a single application which must be submitted electronically by the UK-based principal investigator’s research organisation to the MRC grant scheme via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System.

 If you need any assistance to use the system, please contact the JE-S helpdesk:

Tel: 01793 444164

Email: JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org

Project title

Each application should be identified as a collaborative proposal under the MRC-FAPESP MoU by indicating this in the project title field. The text “MRC-FAPESP” should precede the project title.

Brazilian investigator details

The details of the lead Brazilian investigator should be entered in the ‘Project Partners’ section of the Je-S form. Institution, contact details and the FAPESP contribution should be submitted.

Costing

The UK applicant must detail the funding request from the MRC in the finance fields of the Je-S form.

The Brazilian funding request must be detailed in the FAPESP Consolidated Budget Form. This budget form must be attached to the application using the attachment type: Letter of Support

Applicants must also complete the FAPESP Proposal Form. This document should be attached to the application using the attachment type: Letter of Support

Closing date

This is an open funding opportunity and applications can be submitted to the standard board deadlines.

Assessment procedure

All proposals for MRC grant funding are assessed through a two-stage process involving independent expert reviewers and the MRC research boards/panels.

For each application, FAPESP will nominate at least one peer reviewer to provide a written assessment. Peer reviewers will use the criteria and procedures applicable to MRC. These comments will be formally incorporated in the MRC’s peer review processes. If applications are shortlisted to be assessed by the research board, FAPESP are invited to participate in the decision-making process either via correspondence or in person.

Please note that the involvement of FAPESP in the review process requires that each application is shared with FAPESP officers.

For enquiries regarding the MRC implementation of this agreement please contact:

Laura Joiner
International Strategy Team

Laura.Joiner@mrc.ukri.org 

UKRI/Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR) agreement

UKRI works in partnership with Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) in Luxembourg, to encourage and support proposals that involve international collaborative teams.

The Statement of Intent was first signed in September 2013 and in late 2016 was renewed for a further five year period. The agreement not only avoids double jeopardy in funding applications, it also demonstrates our commitment to an open and inclusive European Research Area by removing some of the barriers facing international research collaboration.

  • UKRI receives and assesses the proposals from eligible applicants in both countries on behalf of both organisations.
  • Researchers submit a single joint proposal to the relevant UK research council which processes the application according to its normal procedures.
  • FNR nominated experts are able to be involved with the peer review and decision making process throughout.
  • Funding by the UK and FNR is agreed following the recommendation of the panel of the UK research council.

Due to their respective different modes of funding and procedures individual UK research councils will take differing approaches to the implementation of the agreement.

For further information on the implementation by the UK research councils, and how to apply, please see our Operational Guidance (PDF, 99KB)

MRC applications

The MRC will accept applications under the terms of this agreement to its Partnership, Programme and Research Grant Schemes.

Prior to submitting an application to the MRC applicants should email Laura.Joiner@mrc.ukri.org with details of:

  • UK investigator and institution
  • Luxembourgian investigator and institution
  • project title
  • board and deadline applicant is submitting to.

In order to benefit from FNR funding, applicants from Luxembourg need to be from FNR eligible institutions, that is public research centres, the University of Luxembourg and public bodies, departments and establishments in Luxembourg with an authorisation to undertake research in their areas of competence.

How to apply

The Luxembourg and UK team should prepare a single application which must be submitted electronically by the UK-based principal investigator’s research organisation to the MRC grant scheme via the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System.  

If you need any assistance using the system, please contact the JE-S helpdesk:

Tel: 01793 444164
Email: JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org

Project title

Each application should be identified as a collaborative proposal under the MRC-FNR MoU by indicating this in the project title field. The text “MRC-FNR” should precede the project title.

Luxembourg investigator details

The details of the lead Luxembourg investigator should be entered in the ‘Project Partners’ section of the Je-S form. Institution, contact details and the FNR contribution should be submitted.

Costing

The UK applicant must detail the funding request from the MRC in the finance fields of the Je-S form.

In addition to all forms requested by the UK research council, applicants must complete and submit the following set of FNR related documents:

  • project Plan
  • budget sheet for FNR requested funding, based on an EXCEL template
  • budget justification for FNR requested funding, based on a Word document.

The above documents can be found on the FNR webpage. These documents should be completed, converted to PDF and uploaded as attachments to the JeS form.

All costs requested from FNR should be eligible under the general rules and procedures for FNR research grants

Closing date

This is an open funding opportunity and applications can be submitted to the standard board deadlines.

Assessment procedure

The UK research council will lead on the processing and assessment of the application. By submitting the application, all applicants and individuals named on the application agree that any personal information on that proposal can be shared with officers of the FNR and nominated experts.

For further details, please read the Operational Guidance (PDF, 46KB).

For enquiries regarding the MRC implementation of this Agreement please contact:

Laura Joiner
International Strategy Team
Laura.joiner@mrc.ukri.org

For enquiries concerning the FNR implementation of this Agreement please contact:

Carlo Duprel
carlo.duprel@fnr.lu
Telephone +352 261925-37 

General enquiries

If you have any questions about the international activities please contact:

Jo Frost, International Strategy Manager
joanna.frost@mrc.ukri.org