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Current HIGHLIGHTED Open Research Calls and Pre-Call Announcements

We provide a highlighted selection of the latest research for infectious diseases funding opportunities in the University and UK: focusing on major initiatives, but also including relevant small research grants, workshop and travel grants, prizes and awards, and individual fellowships and studentships. This is not exhaustive and researchers are directed to Research Professional -Latest! to view all the most up to date grant notifications, including USA NIH and DOD opportunities. 

*Restricted The University of Cambridge runs an internal selection process for calls where the number of applications per institution is limited. Please review the Current restricted calls link and contact the Research Strategy Office with any questions. Potential applicants also must ensure they are aware of any internal Departmental deadlines for approval by Head of Department before submission.

University of Cambridge internal support: Preparation of Large Cross-School Research Funding Bids. Up to £10k.

University - Current Restricted Calls full list        University - Rolling Restricted Calls full list          Isaac Newton Trust


Travel /Training Grants:

Policy lab on emerging food trends and their impact on the food system.The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, under the Global Food Security programme, invites expressions of interest fir its policy lab on emerging food trends and their impact on the food system. This enables postdoctoral researchers to take part in a policy lab on the emerging food trends and their impact on the food system, to be held from 6 to 8 November 2019 in London.  £5,000 Closes 04 Oct 2019 

Travel awards British Infection Association, GB. Closes 27 October 2019ProMED awards in emerging infectious diseases International Society for Infectious Diseases, INT $500 plus free conference registration. Closes: 25 October 2019

Mathematical models for infectious disease dynamics course bursaries Wellcome Trust, GB Closes 14 Nov 2019

International travel and subsistence grants Houghton Trust, GB Closes 15 Nov

ECCMID conference travel grants European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, EUR Closes 27 Nov 2019


Two internal BBSRC funding calls are now open, one which is aimed at bioscience PIs who have current or previous BBSRC funding, and the other for early career researchers (ECRs).

The first is an internal pump-prime funding call, the BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). Up to £30,000 is available to create impact from BBSRC-funded research. The types of activity supported by the IAA includes: secondments and people exchange, funding for proof-of-concept studies/trials, developing ways to enable potential users to understand the benefits of novel ideas or technologies, and providing access to expertise to enable exploitation and commercialisation.

The second fund is the BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA) ‘Postdoc Placements Grant’, which provides up to £15,000 for ECRs to spend up to 3 months in industry, or longer part-time. ‘Industry’ can include charitable organizations, (e.g. environmental charities) and non-academic research institutes which have a close relationship to industry.

or more details, please contact Dr Diane Lister ( , (7)65912). I would be very happy to meet you and tell you more about the scheme.

Guidance and application forms can be found at:

Both calls are open now, and close on 7 October 2019.


CARB-X Funding

“CARB-X is funding and providing support to researchers worldwide to accelerate the development of life-saving products in the fight against superbugs.  The scope of each funding cycle meets a critical and urgent need to address the rising global threat of drug-resistant bacteria,” said Kevin Outterson, Executive Director of CARB-X and professor at Boston University School of Law.

  • Direct-acting small molecule antibiotics: Funding Round 4 will open for Expressions of Interest November 12 – November 19, 2019, 5 PM ET. The scope of Round 4 is restricted to new classes of antibiotics and/or new targets for therapeutics.

BBSRC is pleased to announce a second round of GCRF STARS for strategic training awards of up to 12 months in duration to support research capability addressing current global challenges.

Deadline 16 October  2019

DFID-NIHR-MRC-Wellcome, Joint Global Health Trials - Call 10. The purpose of this scheme is to provide funding for the best proposals to generate new knowledge about interventions that will contribute to the improvement of health in low and middle income countries. 

Deadline 17 October 2019

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases  (EEID)  Program 2019 - US-UK, China and Israel call for proposals

For projects focusing on quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. Multidisciplinary teams encouraged. Up to USD 2,500,000. Consortium required with US organisation as a partner. 

Next round closes 20 Nov 2019 (Made annually, third Wednesday in November)

The Biocodex Microbiota Foundation international grants.

These support clinical or fundamental research projects focused on human gut microbiota related to health and disease.The annual grant is set at €200,000 VAT included, independently of the duration of the project (between 1 and 3 years).

Deadline: 30 November 2019

Beyond 2019

The Longitude Prize is a £10m prize fund, with an £8m payout, that will reward a team of researchers who develop a point–of–care diagnostic test that will conserve antibiotics for future generations and revolutionise the delivery of global healthcare. The test must be accurate, rapid, affordable and easy to use anywhere in the world. 

Submissions reviewed every 4 months. 

Final deadline 31 Dec 2020 (extended)