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Current Open Calls

Current Open Research Calls and Pre-Call Announcements

We provide a 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 NIH 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 - Current Restricted Calls full list        University - Rolling Restricted Calls full list          Isaac Newton Trust

Open calls/Pre announcements


*Restricted call: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

 The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF) aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges. (Internal deadline 21 Sep 2018)

Closing date for EOIs 10 October / full applications 31 October 2018

*Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants (internal deadline 12th November 2018)

The ESRC have announced their New Investigators scheme. The call is open to high-quality candidates who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience. 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 at fEC, though as with other Research Council grants they will cover 80% of this cost. Awards will be for up to five years, though they will be typically three years in duration, with a special case being made for the need for five years’ worth of funding. For full details please see the call specification.

This call has a rolling deadline, and applications will be reviewed 3 times / year: in ESRC Panel meetings in March, July and November each year. Roughly 35 awards will be made per year.

Internal Selection process: The ESRC expect the University to run an internal selection process to ensure that we submit only bids from outstanding individuals with the potential to become the research leaders of the future. The University can submit only a limited number of applications. There will be 3 internal calls every year, ahead of the panel meetings in November, March and July. Only applicants whose proposals have been approved and selected through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission of their applications to ESRC.

 The applicants who wish to submit an application ahead of the July 2019 Panel deadline, are required to submit the following documents to by Monday, 12th November 2018 (17:00):

  • The attached internal selection form; 
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department. This letter is very important to the success of the application as it is needed to confirm the details of the departmental support and the applicant’s eligibility.
  • The letter must also specify a department/faculty based mentor, and a reviewer, both of whom have agreed to provide feedback on the full proposal, should the applicant be selected to proceed. The reviewer may be from within or outside the applicant’s department/faculty. Please note that naming a reviewer is an internal requirement, and the reviewer will not be named on the full application to the ESRC.

The mentor and the named reviewer will be expected to provide feedback on the full proposal prior to submission to ESRC. This will be coordinated by the School Research Facilitator.

If you have any questions, then please write to


Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects

The British Academy

Proposals from UK-based researchers across all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities to develop international interdisciplinary research projects with development impact, in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences. We are interested in projects of interdisciplinary nature that examine encounters between academic, professional and lay knowledge, and how valid knowledge, knowledge associations and evidence are built and developed, communicated and disseminated, and the factors which can serve as barriers to this in different political or cultural settings.

Closes  03 Oct 2018 

Policy research programme – infectious disease dynamic modelling in health protection

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR, GB

A stream of dynamical disease and health economic modelling relating to the national vaccination programme. This will provide an alternative or ‘second’ opinion to and run parallel with, that provided by Public Health England (PHE). Up to £750,000.

Closes 03 Oct 2018

Africa- Evidence-informed Policymaking Seminar - Water-Energy-Food-Health -09-11 Dec 2018 


Closes 08 Oct 2018

Multimorbidity in the UK population


The funders are particularly keen to support applications from cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams involving clinicians, epidemiologists, data scientists, social and behavioural scientists, and basic biomedical researchers to tackle the complexity of multimorbidity at all levels.

Deadline 9 October 2018

Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Climate Change and Health Awards for researchers who want to explore the links between people’s health and a changing climate.

Deadline 11 October 17:00 BST

GCRF Global Engagement Networks. 

Proposals invited for community building networks focused around research challenges in the six GCRF Challenge portfolios, which include Global Health. Up to £150,000 per network available.

Outline applications due 11 Oct 2018.

Joint WPR/TDR small grants scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty

Closes 15 Oct

International Flexible Interchange Programme (I-FLIP)

GCRF/BBSRC invites applications for projects of up to 12 months in duration, which involve international people exchanges (interchanges) between UK academic institutions and user organisations that operate within countries on the DAC list. 

Closes 16 Oct 2018

Advances in product development for effective prevention, treatment and management of co-infections and co-morbidities

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, NL

Supports actions that lead to improvements in the prevention, treatment or clinical management of co-infections and co-morbidities in sub-Saharan Africa. Between four and seven grants are available, each worth between €2m and €4m for projects between 36 and 60 months duration. 

Closes 18 Oct 2018

Confidence in Concept scheme 2018


Closes 1 Nov 2018

Increasing Demand for Vaccination Services (Round 22)

Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations

Closes November 14, 2018

Innovations Driving Programmatic Performance in Immunization: Service Experience and Data Use + Measurement (Round 22)

Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations

Closes November 14, 2018

New Approaches for Manufacturing Gut Microbial Biotherapeutics (Round 22)

Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations

Closes November 14, 2018

Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Pest and Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries (Round 22)

Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations

Closes November 14, 2018

International travel and subsistence grants

Houghton Trust, GB These support young researchers of any nationality working in the field of avian diseases/poultry. Applicants will normally be aged 35 or under.

Closes 15 Nov 2018

Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases

BBSRCS:Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB

This supports collaborative UK-US projects on quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics.

Closes: 21 Nov 2018

Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships

Wellcome Trust. This scheme offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.

Deadline 22 November 2018

Research Grants

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, GB

Priority is given to projects focusing on diagnostics, antimicrobial stewardship, virology, antibiotic adjuvants or molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance. Up to £50,000.

Closes 29 Nov 2018

Education Events

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Development or delivery of initiatives that promote awareness and increase public understanding about antibiotics and antibiotic usage;development and assessment of educational interventions that aim to reduce inappropriate and increase appropriate prescribing and use of antimicrobial agents among professionals and public. Applicants may come from anywhere in the world. Grants are worth up to £50,000 each for up to one year

Closes 29 Nov 2018

Modelling and simulation to optimise HIV prevention research (R01 clinical trial not allowed)

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US

This supports the development and validation of modelling and simulation methods and related tools to examine HIV transmission dynamics, make epidemic projections and estimate the impact of HIV treatment and prevention. Two to four awards are available, each worth up to USD 400,000 per year for up to four years.

Closes 13 December 2018



1.Research grants – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council, GB Recurring opportunity £1,000,000

2.New investigator research grant – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council, GB Recurring opportunity Not specified

3. Partnership grant – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council, GB Recurring opportunity Consortium required Not specified

4. Programme grants – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council, GB Recurring opportunity

Closes 09 Jan 2019


Basic Biomedical and Clinical Training Fellowships

India Allianace DBT Wellcome

Fellowships deadlines here



COMING SOON: Hamied Foundation UK-India antimicrobial resistance visiting professorships
Academy of Medical Sciences, GB

COMING SOON: Global antimicrobial resistance innovation fund
Natural Environment Research Council, GB and other funders

COMING SOON: UK-Argentina antimicrobial resistance in the environment call
Natural Environment Research Council, GB and other funders

Regional educational workshops 
British Infection Association, GB and other funders