International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

Call status: Open
Application deadline: apply at any time*

*at least six weeks before travel


To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts.


Funding is available in collaborative areas such as:

  • First contact type activities that require short term travel support. The award could allow researchers to travel outside the UK to initiate collaboration or prepare proposals with partners for international programmes (for example EU Framework, Human Frontier Science Program)
  • Visiting specific facilities not available in the UK, undertaking a particular piece of work, or gaining access to new techniques or materials which would be of benefit to the BBSRC project or the UK research team. Stays of up to one month in another country can be supported.

Funding is limited to travel and subsistence costs only, and does not exceed £3,000.


  • BBSRC-supported researchers are eligible – research grant holders and staff employed at institutes of BBSRC
  • The application must be made by the PI, but it does not have to be the PI undertaking the travel (students are not eligible for travel)
  • The associated BBSRC grant must have started before the application submission and should have at least six months remaining from the start of the award.

How to apply

  • Read the guidance and regulation notes (see application downloads below)
  • Complete an online application through the Je-S system.

Application downloads


Applications are assessed internally by BBSRC against the following criteria:

  • The value added to BBSRC research by developing an international dimension
  • The reasons for choosing this group and why at this time (i.e. what are the anticipated unique benefits?)
  • The benefits likely to accrue from the collaboration
  • How the collaboration will be taken forward post-ITAS support
  • The strategic relevance and pervasiveness of the collaboration (i.e. the extent to which the collaboration will benefit more than one UK group).


All grant holders must use Researchfish (see external links) to record key findings and specific outputs from their grants. Grant holders can enter information into Researchfish at any time throughout the year and submit during the annual data gathering period.

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