ESRC announces Health and Social Challenges for Ageing in the UK and China

Deadline: 18 September 2019

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), which are constituent bodies of UK Research and Innovation (URKI), and the National Natural Science Foundation China (NSFC), have announced a high quality proposals between researchers in the UK and China which aim to enhance the evidence base on understanding and addressing health and social challenges facing ageing societies through interdisciplinary collaborations.

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The objectives of the call are:

  • To commission joint UK-China research projects on understanding and/or addressing key health and social challenges facing ageing societies that take particular consideration of inequalities.
  • To encourage and support the development of innovative collaborations between social science researchers and biomedical scientists.
  • To take advantage of research strengths in the UK and China to make advances that would not be possible with researchers from the two nations working separately.

And in doing so:

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  • Make novel contributions to the evidence base on healthy ageing.
  • Provide evidence for key stakeholders in policy and practice in the UK and China.
  • Create new and enhance existing interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships.
  • Enhance capacity through the sharing of infrastructure and data, and opportunities for early career researchers.

Funding Information

  • Up to £5 million is available from UKRI for UK applicants, with a minimum of £625,000 and maximum of £1 million at 100% full economic cost (fEC) available per proposal, of which UKRI will contribute 80% fEC.
  • The UKRI component of this call will be funded through the Fund for International Collaboration (FIC).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call invites collaborative projects between researchers based in the UK and China. Proposals should have a lead applicant from each county.
  • The lead applicant from the UK should be listed as the Principal Investigator (PI) of UK proposal and must be based at a Research Organisation that is eligible for UKRI funding.
  • The lead applicant from China should be listed as the PI of the China proposal and must be
  • based at a host institution that is eligible for NSFC funding. The Chinese PI must be a professor or associate professor or at an equivalent position in a Chinese university or research institute, and must have at least one running or completed NSFC research grant with a minimum duration of three years.
  • UK researchers may only submit one application to this call as Principal Investigator (PI) but may be involved in more applications if listed as a Co-Investigator.

How to Apply

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Applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries : China and United Kingdom

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