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Featured in our Fortnightly Digest, this is a list of internal and external funding opportunities of interest to infectious diseases researchers. 


MRC Confidence in Concept

  • Applications are invited from PIs and early career researchers employed in any University department for Confidence in Concept (CiC) funding. The aim of this programme is to pump prime translational research and to speed up the transition from discovery research to the development of products which will provide patient benefit. It will do this by funding preliminary work to establish the viability of an approach and to rapidly de-risk projects on the translational pathway.  Its remit includes drug discovery, the development of vaccines, cell & gene therapies, medical devices, diagnostics, as well as drug ‘repurposing’.
  • Applicants can apply for up to £50K and projects can last for 9 months (only 100% direct costs will be funded). The purpose of these limits is to enable focused translational research which de-risks future funding applications. Exploratory, hypothesis-based science will not be funded. Overall, projects should be focused on developing a product which will provide real patient benefit for a well-defined unmet clinical need. There should be a clear project plan which is realistic in the timeframe and budget.
  • Because of funding constraints, projects will need to start early in 2024. Applications from Early Career Researchers must have their PI as a co-applicant. As this is an internal call, submissions are direct to the Office for Translational Research (ROO submission deadlines do not apply).
  • Deadline: 29 November 2023
  • Please contact Dr Cathy Boucher to discuss the suitability of your project to the funding and to get an application form.

Bioscience Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

  • The Bioscience Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (IKEF) aims to support the exchange of people between academia and non-academic partners (industry, policy makers or the third sector) to create a two-way flow of knowledge and expertise, allowing both partners to benefit from new perspectives and insights. These projects can support research impact and skills development of both academic and non-academic partners.

  • Awards: up to £15,000 per application
  • Project start date: 31 January 2024 onwards
  • Project duration: from few days to up to 6 months
  • Due to funder budgetary restrictions, all spend must be completed by 31 July 2024
  • Deadline: 15 December 2023
  • More info and contacts here.

Other: Current Restricted Calls

You can find the list of current restricted calls here.





UKRI: Flexible Talent Mobility Accounts (FTMA)

  • Flexible Talent Mobility Accounts (FTMAs) will commit £3 million over three years to support placements and exchanges for bioscience research staff from and to universities, BBSRC institutes, businesses, policy, or other settings, in the UK and overseas.
  • You must be based at a UK research organisation (RO) eligible for BBSRC funding. Eligible ROs must form a partnership of at least two RO partners.
  • The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £412,500 over three years. BBSRC will fund 80% of the FEC. At least 70% of the FEC must support activities within one of the priority areas indicated.
  • Funders: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Deadline: 29 November 2023
  • More info here.

UKRI: Developmental pathway funding scheme: stage one

  • ̌Apply for funding to develop and test novel therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics and other interventions. You must be based at a research organisation eligible for MRC funding.
  • Your project can start and finish at any stage on the developmental pathway from early development, through pre-clinical refinement and testing to early-phase clinical studies and trials (up to phase 2a).
  • There is no limit on the amount of funding you can apply for, but it should be appropriate to the project. We usually fund 80% of a project’s full economic cost.
  • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Deadline: 22 November 2023
  • More info here.

UKRI: Clinical academic research partnerships

  • Apply for funding to develop your research interests through a collaborative partnership. Your research can focus on any area of MRC’s or NIHR’s remit. We will fund 20% to 50% of your salary and project costs for one to five years. We will fund 80% of the full economic cost (FEC).
  • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Deadline: 16 November 2023
  • More info here.

UKRI: UK-US partnerships: ecology and evolution of infectious diseases

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Defra invite you to work in partnership with the USA to understand ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases of animals, humans and plants.
  • We will fund 80% of the full economic cost of the UK component for up to four years. See the website for eligibility criteria.
  • Funders: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • Deadline: 15 November 2023
  • More info here.

UKRI: Funding for early stage development of new healthcare interventions

  • Apply for funding to generate critical preliminary data to build confidence in the development strategy for a new medicine, repurposed medicine, medical device, diagnostic test, or other medical intervention development. The idea for a new product that can improve human health should have already been conceived and supported by other funding. This should be utilised to produce the critical preliminary data needed to support the onward development of the product.
  • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Deadline: 15 November 2023
  • More info here.

UKRI: Tackling infections novel technologies mini sandpit

  • Apply for funding to lead a mini sandpit in the area of novel technologies for tackling infections. You must:
    • be based at a research organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding
    • be part of an existing UKRI strategic institute, network or investment with funding until at least 30 September 2025
  • One award will be made of up to £1.5 million (80% full economic cost (FEC)). The award duration will be 18 months.
  • Deadline: 5 December 2023
  • More info here

UKRI: Transdisciplinary networks to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

  • Apply for funding to support transdisciplinary networks to connect and expand UK AMR communities. Each network will:
    • use a transdisciplinary approach to address challenges related to AMR
      increase collaboration between disciplines and stakeholders, including non-academic communities
    • generate research questions to address key areas of unmet need
      identify and prepare for future challenges
  • The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £650,000. The duration of the awards can be up to four years.
  • Deadline: 13 December 2023
  • More info here.