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Current Open Calls

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


Restricted Call: EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy Centres

 The EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy Centres call is now open.The aim of the call is to support a range of interdisciplinary and user-focused centres which span across a range of technologies within the EPSRC Digital Economy portfolio. The call budget is of up to £20 million, to support up to six centres operating over a five-year period.

 Core requirements

  • Applicants should demonstrate an existing, coherent Digital Economy research portfolio of sufficient critical mass (greater than £2.4 million), held as PI or Co-I, by the named investigators on the proposal. Grants must have been active between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2018;
  • There is an expectation that each centre will attract at least matched funding support (cash and in kind).

For further details please check the call guidance documents and the list of Digital Economy-related research Funding.

**University Internal Coordination

Institutions may only lead on one bid for this call. Therefore, it will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.If you are interested in leading an institutional application, please submit the selection form attached to by Wednesday 5th June 2019.

 Funder deadline for outline proposals: 4pm, 9 July 2019

Restricted call: Alan Turing Institute sponsored project proposals 2019

Applications are invited for Alan Turing Institute sponsored projects.

The aim of the scheme is to support research projects that will have substantial impact in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence. Funding for projects approved via this call will be expected to start in October 2019. Applicants must already hold contracts of employment with the University of Cambridge.

University of Cambridge proposals will be shortlisted through an internal review process and it is anticipated that 3 -4 proposals will be selected for submission to the Alan Turing Institute.

 If you are interested in applying, please submit the information listed below to Ann Enticknap, University Liaison Manager, by 30th June 2019.

1. PI’s name, position and department

2. Name (s) of Co-I (s) (if applicable), position and department

3. Short current CV(s) of the applicant(s) (max 2 A4 pages each)

4. A letter of support signed by the applicant’s Head of Department (including confirmation of eligibility – see call guidance document).

5. A Project Proposal of no more than 4 sides of A4, to include:

a) Research plan for the applicant’s work and its relevance to the Institute’s research foci in data science and artificial intelligence (see;

b) Explanation of how involvement with the Institute will benefit the proposed research, and description of how the applicant plans to engage with the Institute during the fellowship period;

c) Intentions for collaboration through the Institute, such as with other Turing researchers, industry partners, government etc;

d) Prospects for continuation of the project beyond initial funded period;

6. Costing for the proposal: grants will fund 100% of direct costs only. Please consult with your departmental finance team to obtain an X5 costing for your proposal.

For more information or to discuss your proposal, please contact Professor Zoe Kourtzi, Turing University Lead .

Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants (internal deadline 17th June 2019)

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. To meet these requirements, this call will be overseen by a cross-school Committee, as decided by University’s Research Policy Committee.

 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 March 2020 Panel deadline, are required to submit the following documents to by Monday, 17th June 2019 (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

Internal funding opportunity: BBSRC funding for postdocs to build relationships with industry

The BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA) ‘Industry Introductions Fund’ provides early career researchers, working within the BBSRC remit, with up to £3,000 to make initial contacts with industry, with a view to forging longer-term relationships. The activities supported by this fund include: participation in conferences with a high proportion of industry delegates, attending industry-led events, such as trade fairs, and visiting a company (or multiple companies) to explore potential avenues for collaboration.

The call is open now and will close on Monday 8th July.

Guidance and application forms are available at:


If you have any questions, please contact Dr Diane Lister,

Internal funding opportunity: EPSRC IAA Postdoctoral Placements

This funding is available to allow EPSRC-funded postdocs to take up short-term placements in a partner organisation in industry, the public sector or third sector (not at other Universities). The funding is intended to enable the postdoc to apply their research-based knowledge and expertise in a different context, helping the partner organisation innovate and the postdoc to gain valuable work experience.  Funding is available to cover salary and travel costs for up to three months, full or part-time.

Further details can be found on this website

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted to using the IAA form together with a letter of support from the partner organisation confirming the details of their involvement.

Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to

MRC Confidence in Concepts

Confidence in Concepts provides funding to support the earliest stages of multiple translational research projects. It is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.  Please see the Office for Translational Research pages for further details.

For all internal funding opportunities, please see internal funding opportunities website


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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Digital Innovation Hub Programme: Hub Call

The MRC is to run a competition process on behalf of Health Data Research UK, to create Digital Innovation Hubs: centres of excellence dedicated to pioneering the use of health data for research and innovation.The DIH Programme will establish up to five Digital Innovation Hubs with a focus on curated, disease-focused datasets, clinical trials and real-world evidence. 

Closes 07 July

CEH Climate, environment and health

Belmont Forum

For trans-disciplinary projects which seek to improve understanding of the pathways between climate, environment and health. Proposals must be eligible to receive funding from at least three partner organisations participating in this Belmont Forum call established in three different countries and should include researchers from the natural sciences (including climate), health / medical sciences, social and economic sciences or humanities, as well as societal partners (meaning public health organisations, civil society organisations). UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), as supported by NERC, the Medical Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council, has committed up to £3 million (80% full economic cost) to this call.  The following themes are prioritised:

•food systems and nutrition; •heat and health; •climate-sensitive infectious diseases.

Expressions of Interest by 06 May 16:00 GMT

 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.

  • Non-traditional approachesFunding Round 1 will be open for Expressions of Interest June 3 – June 10, 2019, 5 PM ET. The scope of Round 1 is restricted to non-traditional approaches – alternatives to antibiotics – including, for example, indirect-acting small molecule therapeutics, direct acting or indirect-acting large molecules, microbiome, phage, nucleic acid/antisense, and drug conjugates
  • Vaccines and biotherapeuticsFunding Round 2 will be open for Expressions of Interest July 8 – July 15, 2019, 5 PM ET. The scope of Round 2 is restricted to vaccines, therapeutic and preventative antibodies/fragments, and other large molecule biotherapeutic approaches
  • Diagnostics: Funding Round 3 will be open for Expressions of Interest August 12 – August 19, 2019, 5 PM ET. The scope of Round 3 is restricted to diagnostics that will rapidly identify either the bacterial species or antibiotic susceptibility, or both.
  • 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.

Note: You can meet  Kevin Outterson representing Carb-X at the CATS/CID supported CeBil symposium on Legal Innovation to support the development of Antimicrobial drugs . Due to be held in Cambridge on 06 Sept 2019

Register now! 

Travel Grants:

Annual meeting travel scholarships Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, GB £1,600  Closes 05 June 2019

European congress on tropical medicine and international health travel scholarships  Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, GB£3,000 Closes 12 June 2019

International travel and subsistence grants Houghton Trust, GB £1,000 Closes 15 June 2019

EXTENDED DEADLINE: ECCMID travel grants European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases€550  Closes 15 June 2019

Travel awards British Infection Association, GB Recurring opportunity £1,000 Closes 30 June 2019

Young investigator travel awards International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, INT
Recurring opportunity $1,000 Closes: 01 August 2019


Corpus Christi College: Non-Stipendiary Early Career Research Fellowship 2019 

Applications in any subject are invited for one Non-Stipendiary Early Career Research Fellowship tenable for up to three years from 1 October 2019. Candidates must have external funding support for their salary for the term of their Fellowship.

Further details are available on the Corpus Christi College website. Enquiries may be addressed to (telephone: 01223 338038).

The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday 11 June 2019.


Judge Business School 

EnterpriseTECH is a programme with lectures, workshops, supervisions and a team project focussed on the potential commercialisation of an early-stage or emerging technology. It teaches subject relevant entrepreneurial skills to students and researchers from all backgrounds across the University of Cambridge. It is part-time and runs for 8-12 weeks.

Closes 07 June 2019 for September programme start

UK-Israel Call for Symposia in Nanoscience, Neuroscience, Agri Science, Water Science, Cyber and Antimicrobial Resistance 

British Council, GB,  Consortium required £6,500

Closes: 16 June 2019

Clinical Academic Research Partnerships

Applicants should be working at consultant-level in an NHS trust with evidence of clinical academic research excellence. Research partners must already have an ongoing peer-reviewed research programme for the duration of the planned partnership. Awards will be a minimum of one year and maximum of three years in duration. Each award will support between 30-50% of the applicant’s basic salary to support protected research time, and costs for consumables to undertake the project. No additional support for salaries may be requested.

Closes 18 June 2019

Healthcare technologies discipline hopping call 


The scheme is targeted at individual researchers who wish to develop their research in healthcare technologies by developing new skills and collaborations with other disciplines and end users. Researchers may come from core EPSRC research fields and hop into other relevant disciplines and/or user fields (users include industry, clinical or public sector environments). Researchers in other disciplines and/or organisations that hold appointments that make them eligible for EPSRC funding may also hop into an Engineering and Physical Sciences environment.

Closes 27 June 2019

Antimicrobial stewardship in the Latin America region

International Society for Infectious Diseases, INT and other funders
New opportunity Consortium required $250,000 Deadlines:

  • July 1, 2019 – Letter of Intent (LOI) due
  • August 5, 2019 – Anticipated LOI notification
  • September 16, 2019 – Full proposal due

Closes 01 July 2019

Understanding and countering bacterial plant disease 

BBSRC  Defra, NERC and the Scottish Government.

Proposals are invited for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of bacterial plant pathogens and their interactions with host plants, invertebrate vectors and the wider environment.Approximately 20 projects, worth up to £2 million each over up to three years at 80 per cent full economic costs, are available.

Closes 25 July

Horizon prize for early warning for epidemics

Horizon 2020: European Innovation Council, EU and other funders

This supports projects that develop a scalable, reliable, cost-effective prototype early warning system to forecast and monitor vector borne diseases in order to contribute to the prevention of outbreaks, mitigating their impact at local, regional and global scales and providing support to existing elimination efforts. The prototype early warning system should encompass innovative technological solutions integrating big data derived from the Earth observation domain. The solution must be demonstrated at local level, taking into account any relevant societal factors in the chosen geographical area.

Closes 01 Sept 2019

Major Research Grant For support work on the subject of healthcare- associated infections and infection prevention and control. Min 1 year, Max 3 years. Maximum size of award: £99,000, Minimum size of award: £33,000. 

Small Research GrantUp to £10,000 up to 2 years

Health Infection Society

Closes 01 Sept 2019

Pilot Project Grants Up to £5,000( open year round)

Harnessing big data to halt HIV (R01 clinical trial optional)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)- USA

Application budgets must reflect needs of the project. Maximum period five years.

Every 7 September, 7 January and 7 May until 8 May 2021.

Note : many deadlines for NIH funding occur in September; please visit our live Research Professional stream page to view the many NIH upcoming opportunities


Medical Research Council, GB

Research grants – infections and immunity  Recurring opportunity £1,000,000

New investigator research grant – infections and immunity Recurring opportunity

Partnership grant – infections and immunity Recurring opportunity Consortium required

Programme grants – infections and immunity Recurring opportunity

All close 18 September 2019

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases  (EEID) 

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)

Beyond 2019

ANTI-VeC Training and Technology/Knowledge Exchange Visits

Grants are available for training and technology/knowledge exchange visits of up to £5,000. 

No specific deadline, but visits should be complete by 29 Feb 2020. 

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. Next deadline 31 May 2019

Final deadline 31 Dec 2020 (extended)


COMING SOON: Train the Trainer- Capacity building for genomic pathogen surveillance in low- and middle-income countries 

50% bursaries for course.                   

COMING SOON: South Africa-UK AMR Drug Discovery Partnership Hub Initiative

The MRC and the South Africa Medical Research Council (SAMRC) will shortly be launching the South Africa-UK Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Drug Discovery (DD) Partnership Hub Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund.

In total, the MRC will make up to £2 million available to support the UK node of a partnership hub over a three-year period. The UK contribution will be matched by SAMRC who will support the South African component of the partnership hub.

The call for proposals will be launched in the spring of 2019, with a deadline for applications in the autumn, and projects commencing in early 2020.

BD Biosciences immunology research grants

$140,000 worth of BD Biosciences research reagents are awarded annually to 14 scientists.