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External Funding

MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2018

The MRC and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.

This MRC/DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner. 

Strong applications will meet the four key elements of the scheme, namely:

  • a talented ‘rising star’ African Research Leader candidate,
  • a high-quality research programme proposal,
  • a research-conducive academic African environment / institution,
  • a firm partnership with a UK partner institution (where the principal investigator is based).

Applications close on 27th Feb 2018 16:00 GMT. Please click here for more information.

TRANSVAC: Open Call for Vaccine Development Services

TRANSVAC is a new infrastructure project - funded by the European Commission in the context of Horizon 2020 - that aims to accelerate the development of effective vaccines urgently needed to address European and global health challenges with the ultimate goal to build an efficient and sustainable collaboration of experts and facilities to catalyse vaccine research in Europe.

TRANSVAC will offer high-quality technical services to support the development of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines for both human and animal use. These services are not restricted to any disease in particular. Except for the few cases indicated on the website, services will be offered free of charge!Academic and non-academic research groups, SMEs and industries can apply but only to service infrastructures outside their own country.

The call for application is launched on 15 October 2017 and will remain open for the duration of the project (until April 2022) or until all services have been exhausted. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed at pre-defined cut-off dates occurring every four months. The second cut-off date is on 15 April 2017. Users of the services will be selected via an independent scientific peer review process. The selected projects will then be able to commence work within TRANSVAC shortly after notification.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

BBSRC-NRF Newton-Utafiti fund call in enhancing ruminant livestock productivity

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK and the National Research Fund (NRF) in Kenya are pleased to announce a joint call for collaborative research under the Newton-Utafiti Fund programme. This call will focus on tackling challenges relevant to ruminant livestock production in Kenya. The call will support short term projects of up to 12 months in duration starting on 1 October 2018, awarded to a maximum of £100K (80% FEC) in the UK and up to £50K (KES 6,903,288.54) in Kenya. BBSRC and NRF are looking to support 3 to 4 projects to establish new, or build on existing collaborations and envisage a balanced partnership in terms of research effort.

This programme is focussed on improving farmed animal health and production in ruminants and managed camelids of relevance to Kenya. 

Proposals should investigate one or more of the following priority areas:

Animal physiology and nutrition:

  • Investigating the bioavailability of key nutrients in animal feed and feed conversion efficiency
  • Understanding how nutrition improves resilience to disease and reduction of disease risk, including the effect of the microbiome
  • Investigating challenges to livestock fertility, reproduction, including conditions which affect these
  • Understanding how animals in arid and semi-arid environments are able to adapt to climatic challenges

Vector borne animal disease and epidemiology:

  • Understanding pest/ disease pathogenesis in ruminants and camelids, including vector-borne disease
  • Understanding the genetic basis of host resistance in ruminants and camelids
  • Understanding transmission mechanisms between host species including transmission dynamics and biological factors affecting transmission

For more information, and to apply, please click here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 10th April 2018.

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship

The BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. The DPF will invest in scientists who have shown high potential, can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory with clear evidence of strong scientific outputs and leadership qualities, and are aiming to establish their own fully independent programme of research. As such the DPF represents part of our commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional research leaders to the UK.

Awards are for five years, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1M (80% fEC). 

Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within the BBSRC's remit. They particularly encourage applications that are aligned with our overarching strategic priorities (see related links including our strategic priorities).

For more information, and to apply, please click here. Deadline 4pm on 9th May 2018.

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