Scientists in the United States and United Kingdom may have an easier time managing international collaborations on biological research as the result of a new joint program between the nations. The pilot opportunity is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences and the U.K.’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

U.S./U.K. research teams will be able to submit a single proposal that will undergo a single review process by one of the partner agencies. Successful proposals will be funded by both agencies.

Cora B. Marrett, acting director of NSF, said, “Although NSF has always funded U.S. scientists involved in international collaborations, such collaborations have become increasingly important, partly because of the rapid globalization of research. The many benefits of this Pilot opportunity will include better coordination of funding for U.S./U.K. research teams and increased bilateral awareness of scientific strengths and advancements between the U.S. and U.K. funding agencies.”

Proposals that cover systems biology, computational biology, bioinformatics, and synthetic biology will be eligible for consideration.

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