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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. 

INTERNAL CALLS

Wellcome Developing Concept Fund (DCF) call 

  • Aim: Funding of up to £50,000 (100% direct costs only) for a maximum duration of nine months is available to support early-stage translational research from discovery science into new therapies (including repurposing of existing therapies), diagnostics and medical devices.
  • Deadline: Friday 24 March 2023
  • More details here.

Rosetrees Interdisciplinary Award 2023

  • Aim: To fund research that will study the complex interactions between the human host and infectious agents, ranging from the microbiome to pathogens that include viruses, bacteria and fungi. The project must feature two lead applicants: a biomedical/clinical lead investigator and a non-clinical scientist with expertise in molecular biology, computing, engineering or mathematics.
  • UK Institutions can submit a maximum limit of one application, so an internal selection process will be set up according to University’s Restricted Calls policy. Nominations via this online form.
  • Deadline: 21 February 2023
  • More details here; or contact researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

UKRI: All-council rapid response IAA 

  • Aim: To support a wide range of activities when researchers are confronted by time-sensitive opportunities or need to test new ideas quickly. Funding can support multidisciplinary working within the University and/or engagement of partners, including research organisations, industry and public or third-sector organisations that do not hold an IAA. 
  • Awards up to £15,000 per application; project duration up to 3 months; project start date from 12 January 2023 to 18 October 2024. 
  • Deadline: 4 September 2024 (applications can be submitted for projects at any point up until this date)
  • More details here; or contact Stephanie Swain, iaa@admin.cam.ac.uk.

UKRI: BBSRC IAA Flexible Talent Mobility Account 2023 (extended)

  • Aim: To support activities that increase porosity between sectors by providing a platform for training and skills development. The FTMA enables researchers and technicians to pursue placement opportunities to expand skills, support career development and collaborate more broadly with partners beyond academia.
  • Awards up to £15,000 per application; project duration up to 6 months; project start date from 25 January 2023 to 1 March 2023.
  • Deadline: Call will remain open until all funds are allocated.
  • More details here; or contact Marwah Hassan, iaa@admin.cam.ac.uk.

REF impact fund

  • Aim: To support the development of the University’s REF impact submission. It is expected that successful applications will fund impact activities that may feed into potential impact case studies only where no other monies are available. 
  • Deadline: NA
  • More details here; or contact Impact and Knowledge Exchange Team

UKRI: Develop a UK digital twinning research community with a NetworkPlus

  • Aim: Apply for funding to establish a multidisciplinary research community in digital twinning, complementing the existing industry-led multisector digital twins community.
  • Institutions can only submit one application as lead institution. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure. 
  • Deadline: 6 February 2023 (internal)
  • More details here; or contact researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk for the internal procedure.

Wellcome Trust Access to Expertise - through CATS

  • Aim: AtE is an internal call supported by funds from the Institutional Translational Partnership Award, awarded to the University of Cambridge by the Wellcome Trust. The aim of AtE is to accelerate research, development and application of new drugs, biologicals, gene therapy, software applications or medical devices for human patient treatment, management of diagnosis.
  • Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences (CATS) is offering an access to external consultancy services for translational research projects through its Access to Expertise (AtE).
  • Deadline: NA
  • More details here.

Wellcome Developing Concept Fund - through CATS

  • Aim:This call is funded from Institutional Translational Partnership Award (iTPA), awarded to University of Cambridge by the Wellcome Trust. The Developing Concept Fund is intended to pump-prime the translation of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including repurposing of existing therapies towards a clinical end. 
  • Deadline: 24 March 2023
  • More details here.

 

Coordinated call: UKRI Centre in Climate Change and Health

  • Aim: UKRI will announce a funding call for a single national Centre for Climate Change and Health in February 2023, with a deadline in May 2023. The funding available is £5-9.7M, on 80% fEC basis for 5 years.
  • UKRI is looking for a centre that will address the challenges that climate change poses to population health, in a way that enhances both environmental and health outcomes. The centre should consider the potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to have positive impacts on both health and the environment. UKRI expects the funded centre to include inequality as a cross-cutting theme.
  • Research Strategy Office is working with Cambridge Zero to facilitate discussions about the University of Cambridge response to this funding call. We are inviting interested researchers to submit an Expression of Interest to contribute to an institutional response to this funding call. Once the call is announced, a workshop with all interested researchers will be facilitated to discuss how we may respond.
  • If you are interested in leading or contribution to an institutional proposal, please review the call information and submit the Expression of Interest by 16 February 2023.
  • Note: Cambridge Infectious Diseases is also involved in the discussions, you can contact Maria (mb2464@cam.ac.uk) for further details.

Future of Therapeutics - through CATS

  • Aim: Funding of up to £20,000 is available for projects in the remit of the Future of Therapeutics to progress translational interdisciplinary work in the priority areas of Wellcome: Infectious Diseases, Climate and Health and Mental Health.
  • Open to all University of Cambridge postdoctoral researchers (holding a contract for the duration of the funding) with a PI at the University of Cambridge as a co-applicant.
    Cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.
  • This is an internal run by CATS: please contact Caroline Reynolds to discuss your application.

Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants

  • Aim: This scheme is suitable for early career researchers who have yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher. Proposals are welcome in any topic which falls within ESRC’s remit, including projects at the “interface with the wider sciences”, provided that social sciences accounts for at least 50% of the proposed research. The ESRC will award grants of between £100-300K (covered at 80%fEC). 
  • There is a University internal selection for this call. Interested applicants should submit an online application.
  • Deadline: 20 March 2023, 5pm.
  • More details here; or contact ESRCNewInv@admin.cam.ac.uk.

EXTERNAL CALLS

Wellcome Career Development Awards

  • Aim: This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.
  • Deadline: 4 April 2023
  • More details here.

Wellcome Discovery Awards

  • Aim: This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.
  • Deadline: 11 April 2023
  • More details here.

Wellcome Early Career Awards

  • Aim: This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.
  • Deadline: 21 February 2023
  • More details here.

UKRI: Pre-announcement: diagnostics and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (JPIAMR)

  • Aim: Apply for funding for transnational research consortia to develop innovative strategies, tools, technologies and methods for diagnostics and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
  • Deadline: 7 March 2023
  • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, JPIAMR.
  • More details here.

UKRI: Better methods, better research

  • Aim: Apply for funding to improve the methods used by others in biomedical and health research.
  • Deadline: 14 June 2023
  • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • More details here.

UKRI: Pre-announcement: UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training in artificial intelligence

  • Aim: Apply for funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) within priority areas across the remit of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) addressing UK training needs in the applications and implications of novel and existing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.
  • Deadline: TBC
  • Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • More details here.

UKRI: Pre-announcement: UKRI policy fellowships 2023

  • Aim: Apply for funding to collaborate on research activity to address pressing national and global challenges.
  • Deadline: TBC
  • Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • More details here.

UKRI: Expression of interest: Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund: round 2

  • Aim: Apply for funding to scale up small and excellent research units, clusters, and departments within English only higher education providers.
  • Deadline: 24 February 2023
  • Funders: Research England
  • More details here.

UKRI: NERC large grant to tackle big environmental science questions: Mar 2023

  • Aim: Apply for funding to support innovative, large-scale and complex projects that tackle big science questions and have the potential to produce world-leading research.
  • Deadline: 9 March 2023
  • Funders: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • More details here.

    UKRI: Pre-announcement: MRC new unit funding opportunity: round 1

    • Aim: Apply for MRC new unit funding to tackle complex and interdisciplinary health challenges.
    • Deadline: 21 February 2023
    • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
    • More details here.

    UKRI: Pre-announcement: vaccines manufacturing research hubs

    • Aim: Apply for funding to establish a large-scale research hub to address challenges relating to vaccine delivery or manufacturing in low and middle-income countries.
    • Deadline: 28 February 2023
    • Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
    • More details here.

      UKRI: Pre-announcement: strategic coordination hub for Local Policy Innovation Partnerships

      • Aim: Apply for funding to establish a strategic coordination hub (SCH) for Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIP).
      • Deadline: TBC
      • Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Innovate UK
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Pre-announcement: developing Local Policy Innovation Partnerships

      • Aim: Apply for funding to develop Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIP). The LPIPs will be commissioned through a two-phase competitive process. The full programme will make up to £20 million available over four years. This is the LPIP phase one opportunity.
      • Deadline: TBC
      • Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Innovate UK
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Pre-announcement: artificial intelligence innovation to accelerate health research

      • Aim: Apply for funding to develop innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to be applied to health challenges. Proposals from multidisciplinary teams are welcomed within priority areas in AI for health from across the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) remit.
      • Deadline: 28 March 2023
      • Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Innovate UK
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Pre-announcement: population health improvement network of clusters

      • Aim: Apply for funding to lead a population health improvement research cluster. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, a research cluster is a group of interdisciplinary researchers working together to address an important population health challenge.
      • Deadline: TBC
      • Funders: UK Research and Innovation
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Biomedical catalyst 2023 round 1: industry-led R&D

      • Aim: UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) can apply for a share of up to £25 million to develop innovative research and development (R&D) solutions to health and healthcare challenges.
      • Deadline: 01 March 2023
      • Funders: Innovate UK
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Pre-announcement: UKRI cross research council responsive mode pilot scheme

      • Aim: Apply for funding for interdisciplinary ideas that transcend, combine or significantly span disciplines. This pilot scheme will support breakthrough or disruptive interdisciplinary ideas not routinely funded through existing UKRI responsive mode schemes.
      • The full economic cost of your project can be between £200,000 to £1.2 million. UKRI will fund 80% of the full economic cost. 
      • Deadline: TBC
      • Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
      • More details here.

      JPIAMR: AMR Diagnostics and Surveillance 2023

      • Aim: This call aims to fund research projects developing novel or improving existing strategies, tools, technologies and methods for diagnosis and/or One Health AMR surveillance. Eligibility rules for consortia apply.
      • Webinar for applicants on 24 January 2023 (12pm, see here)
      • Deadline: 7 March 2023 (pre-proposals), 4 July 2023 (full proposals)
      • Funders: Various.
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Innovate UK smart grants: Jan 2023

      • Aim: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable research and development (R&D) innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. 
      • Deadline: 26 April 2023
      • Funders: Innovate UK
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Clinical research training fellowship

      • Aim: Apply for funding to undertake a PhD or to reacquire research skills. Your research can focus on any area of MRC’s remit to improve human health. We will fund your salary and project costs for 3 years.
      • Deadline: 5 April 2023
      • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Innovative technologies for intracellular drug delivery

      • Aim: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million.
        This is to support innovation in intracellular drug delivery formulations.
      • Deadline: 22 February 2023
      • Funders: Innovate UK
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND): Mar 2023

      • Aim: Apply for funding for the early-stage development of an intervention that seeks to address a UK or global public health challenge. Any researcher employed by an eligible research organisation, including MRC institutes and units (including those in The Gambia and Uganda), can apply for this funding opportunity. MRC will fund up to £150,000, for a maximum of 18 months.
      • Deadline: 08 March 2023
      • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Molecular and cellular medicine programme

      • Aim: Apply for funding to support a programme of research focused on molecular and cellular medicine. There is no limit to the funding you can apply for. Applicants typically apply for £1 million or more. We will usually fund up to 80% of your project’s full economic cost. Your programme can last up to 5 years. This is an ongoing scheme.
      • Deadline: 3 May 2023 
      • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
      • More details here.

      UKRI: Molecular and cellular medicine new investigator

      • Aim: Apply for funding to research molecular and cellular medicine, or take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator.
        You must have a postgraduate degree, and the support of a host research organisation eligible for MRC funding. There is no limit to the funding you can apply for, but the typical full economic cost of a project is under £1 million. MRC will usually fund 80% of the full economic cost. This funding usually lasts 3 years and covers up to 50% of your salary.
      • Deadline: 3 May 2023 
      • Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
      • More details here.

      UKRI: BBSRC follow-on fund and super follow-on fund: 2023 round 1

      • Aim: Apply for Follow on Funding (FoF) to help bridge early-stage bioscience research and innovation with achieving wider commercial, economic and societal benefit.
      • Deadline: 21 March 2023 
      • Funders: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
      • More details here.