BBSRC-DFG Lead Agency Pilot Open to Applications

Funding for collaborative UK/German research proposals on complex microbial communities.

The aim of the BBSRC-DFG Lead Agency Pilot programme is to support complementary research between UK and German research teams that will advance the mechanistic understanding of interactions between complex microbial communities. Collaborative research proposals are invited for projects that aim to answer fundamental functional questions related to how phenomena mediated by microbiomes operate.

Applications might be expected to take a range of complementary approaches and multidisciplinary proposals are encouraged. This includes proposals that are integrated across scales ranging from community ecology, organismal physiology, tissue, single-cell and molecular level interactions. In addition to fundamental research in laboratory model systems, applications in areas involving microbiomes associated with non-human animals including livestock and companion animals, plants including crops, soil or other human-managed ecosystems (for example, greenhouses, aquaculture facilities.) are encouraged.

Applications must include a UK and a German project lead.

UK applicants must meet standard BBSRC eligibility requirements. Institutions and researchers normally eligible for BBSRC funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Higher education institutions (HEIs).
  • Research council institutes (RCIs).
  • Approved independent research organisations (IROs).
  • Public sector research establishments (PSREs).

Applicants in Germany must meet the eligibility requirements of DFG’s Individual Research Grants Programme.

The full economic cost (FEC) of a project, including the UK and German components, may not exceed £2 million. BBSRC will fund 80% of the FEC for the UK component and DFG will support costs of the German component.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 10 October 2023 (16:00).

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)