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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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CID Research Networks Fund

IDNeXt Research Networks Fund Call

A small projects fund to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research interactions in infectious diseases.

How to apply 

Download and fill in a short application form 

Then email it to

By: Round 1: Friday October 25th 2019, 5pm


Infectious Diseases NeXt: A Special Interest Research Networks programme supports groups of Cambridge based academics and early Career Researchers convening together under a common interdisciplinary research interest/theme, bringing together early-career researchers (including graduate and post graduate students), established academics and guest speakers (e.g. from industry) on particular research topics for a year of collaborative work. 

Guidelines- what you can apply for

You may apply for a grant of up to  £1,500 to support an annual programme of planned network activities. Logistical support in advertising meetings and a page on the CID web site will also be provided by CID.

The programme is open to lead applicant groups composed of Cambridge CTOs/UTOs and/or postdoctoral researchers who are CID members from at least two different disciplines. Each convening group should be supported by at least two Faculty advisors from two different disciplines. Networks may focus on a broad topic/project related topic, or a set of related topics relevant to interdisciplinary synthesis, and must have an interdisciplinary question at their core. Networks must meet up on a regular basis through the academic year, and can be large or small in size. Proposed network activities can be flexible; for example:

- an application could be made to support a small group seminar/discussion series scheduled monthly or fortnightly, with occasional visits by complimentary guest speakers to Cambridge.

- networks may opt to use some of the funds towards a half day workshop to stimulate the start-up of less well formed networks.

We will be looking to support exciting, new ideas that need detailed exploration, and above all, the intellectual work of the group must provide a stimulating forum for a cutting edge interdisciplinary question. We especially seek to support topics that address emerging challenge and are likely to lead to the development of further collaborative research grant proposals. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • AI and diagnostics/imaging and infectious diseases
  • Economics and social epidemiology, climate change and infectious diseases,
  • Aging and infectious diseases.
  • Food security and infectious diseases
  • War, migration and infectious diseases
  • Co-morbidities and infectious diseases
  • Productive disruption: opportunities and challenges for innovation in infectious disease surveillance
  • Drug resistance to fungal infections

An example of a networks set up via CRASSH include: Ethics and Big data 

An example of a network set up via CID funding assistance: Cambridge Parasitic and Neglected Tropical Disease Network


Research Networks:  Lead applicants should be Cambridge graduate students, Cambridge CTOs/UTOs, postdoctoral researchers, researchers/clinical researchers establishing themselves within 10 years of completion of their PhD, from at least two different disciplines. Each group should  be supported by at least two Faculty advisors from two different disciplines.  In all cases support will not normally be given to groups whose activities could be supported within a single Faculty  

  • Each proposal should be submitted by a minimum of 2 co-applicants from at least 2 different research discipline groups, plus 2 Faculty advisors 
  • At least one applicant must be a full members of the University of Cambridge and CID for the duration of the project.
  • Applications must include a signed and dated supporting letter from your research supervisor.

Application Dates
•  Deadline : Friday October 25 2019, 5pm 

Eligible Costs

Awards can be requested to meet 100% of directly incurred travel, accommodation/subsistence, and consumables costs. No salary or capital items.

How to apply 
Applicants must complete and submit their application by filling in an a short application form and emailing it to

An awards committee will ensure that the activities supported contribute to the overall objectives of CID IRC, and are grounded in the applicant’s area of research and interdisciplinary in scope, as well as ensuring equal opportunities and gender equality. Notification of funding decisions will be made by mid November.

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  • Conference travel is not supported. 
  • All applications must list the disciplines involved and give justification for how the network activity would facilitate a genuine transfer of knowledge/techniques between disciplines.
  • Applicants must complete the relevant risk assessment and/or ethics forms through their department before travelling. 
  • Funds must be spent, and a short report and 2 jpg photographs submitted together with hard copy receipts for travel costs incurred.
  • Not more than one application should be submitted per applicant.
  • Financial support from the Isaac Newton Trust and Cambridge Infectious Diseases should be acknowledged in any outputs.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Isaac Newton Trust in providing matched funding for this scheme and encourage potential company /industry sponsors to get in touch with us if you would like to contribute to this fund and grow the future.