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Grants to UK and Israel Investigators for Collaborative Research Projects in the Field of Ageing

BIRAX (the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership) Ageing Programme

British Council, British Embassy in Israel and Pears Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #138648

Grant Description

Grants to UK and Israel investigators employed in academic, research, and hospital institutions for collaborative research in the field of aging. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to develop scientific collaboration between researchers in the two countries to pursue innovative research in the area of aging.

Research proposals submitted jointly by British and Israeli scientists seeking to further the understanding of aging and its impact on human health are invited. The Council is interested in projects that use pioneering techniques, state of the art technologies, and that showcase the added value of the synergy between the collaborating labs.

Research Focus: Proposals addressing diverse effects of ageing on human health, exploring the basic mechanisms underlying ageing-related disease are invited. The research proposals can address these issues using a broad range of biological organisational levels and scales, from molecular to cellular, tissues to organs and the entire organism and its environment. Multidisciplinary research plans based on synergising collaborations between the partnering researchers are recommended.

Experimental and observational studies that integrate diverse biological models and different system levels are welcomed.

The application of precision medicine and big data in ageing research are strongly encouraged. In particular, the Council is interested in precision diagnostics and personalised effects of treatments specifically for older subjects, preventive measures and predictive analytics for older populations. Research proposals that contain a central "omics" component (e.g. genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) are encouraged.

Specific research priorities

The effect of ageing on human health: preventive, disease modifiying and regenerative medicine approaches to medical conditions and the ageing process. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Proposals must be submitted by two Principal Investigators; one resident in the UK and the other in Israel. Both must be employed in an academic institution, research hospital or research institution in the country in which they are resident.
2. It is expected that at least one of the Principal Investigators to be an established researcher who has progressed in their research career, supervised students and managed grant funding. Allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances.
3. Principal Investigators must hold a position in academic institutions, research hospitals and research institutions in the UK or in Israel, that are officially recognised by both countries
4. Proposals may include a partner from a third country, however BIRAX will fund the activity of the British and Israeli labs only

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 22.00 (GMT) on 04 April 2022.

- 17 December 2021: Call for proposal launched
- 04 April 2022: Deadline for pre-proposal applications
- June 2022: Response letters sent out
- Sep 2022: Full proposal deadline
- March – April 2023: Response letters sent out

Successful applicants whose proposals have been shortlisted by the BIRAX Ageing selection panel will be invited to submit a full application.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of a value up to £400,000 over three years.

Term of Contract:

Research proposals should be for 36 months in duration.

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