Bristol International Online Research Collaboration Awards

BIORCA was launched in 2020-21 to help support virtual research collaborations, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer this scheme in 2021-22, please see below for more details.

Bristol International Online Research Collaboration Awards (BIORCA) are designed to stimulate and support collaboration between the University of Bristol and international partners via virtual platforms. Applicants can bid for a single activity or a small series, depending on what best serves their needs and delivers the greatest potential for enhancing the University of Bristol’s international partnerships and outputs. Some examples of suitable activities could include, for example:

All activities must be co-produced with international partners and must involve international partners in their delivery. Activities should be interactive events which involve two-way knowledge exchange, rather than dissemination events. This funding scheme is therefore not suitable for applications to support conferences.

Applications will be reviewed on a monthly rolling basis until all available funds have been allocated. Applications can be submitted at any time; however, all funded activities must be completed by the end of the current academic year (31 July 2022).

The maximum value of a single activity is £3000; the maximum value for a series is £5000.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the full requirements and guidance outlined in the call specification document before completing and submitting your application.

Bristol International Online Research Collaboration Awards can be developed in complement to other activities, such as Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships or Bristol ‘Next Generation’ Visiting Researcher awards. For example, a Bristol International Online Research Collaboration Award could be used to scope a future visit, or could be used to develop outputs from a previous visit. Please note, however, that individual applications must be submitted to the respective schemes and will be assessed as two separate applications which may therefore have different outcomes. Please also be aware that the visiting researcher and professor schemes may not currently be available due to restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; please check our website for up to date advice.