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British-Israel Research and Academic Exchange

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK-based academics have participated in the British-Israel Research and Academic Exchange (BIRAX) scheme since 2008; and what level of funding has been provided by his Department for the scheme. (299734)

The Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange partnerships scheme (BIRAX) is largely privately funded with a start-up contribution of £20,000 from the Government including £15,000 from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The first round of awards was announced by the British Council in October 2009. A total of 15 projects have been successful in obtaining BIRAX grants and these will involve 44 UK-based academics in the current academic year.