California's stem cell funding institute is teaming up with its United Kingdom counterpart to support research collaborations between scientists, the two government agencies said Monday.
Under the new agreement, teams that include United Kingdom and California scientists will be able to file joint grant applications to the state's stem cell funding institute and the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council. For teams that win grants, the California institute will fund the work of the California members and the research council will pay for the research conducted in the United Kingdom.
The state stem cell funding institute announced similar agreements in June with the Australian state of Victoria and Canada's Cancer Stem Cell Consortium. Victoria pledged $100 million to the effort.Found via: UK, CIRM ink collaboration agreement by David Jensen, California Stem Cell Report, October 22, 2008.
See also: UK and California agree to collaborate on stem cell research by Monya Baker, The Niche, October 21, 2008. The first two paragraphs:
California’s stem cell funding agency signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom, expediting collaborations between scientists in the two locations.
Robert Klein, chair of the California Institute of Stem Cell Research and Lord Paul Drayson, UK’s Minister for Science, met in the San Francisco airport to sign the four-page document.