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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


Travel /Training Grants:

Exploring human host-microbiome interactions in health and disease conference bursaries Wellcome Trust, Cambridge. Conference to be held 23-25 October 2019 Bursary Application Closes 13 August 2019

Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases travel grants – international travel award scheme
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB

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

Travel awards British Infection Association, GB. Closes 27 October 2019

Understanding drivers of antimicrobial resistance in the food chain bursaries  British Council, GB and other funders. Thirteen available bursaries covering food/travel/accommodation for researchers (incl early career) to attend a workshop due to take place between 18 and 20 November 2019 in Guangzhou, ChinaDeadline 19 August 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.

  • 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

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)

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 

Competitively awards grants of between £1,000 and £20,000, for: research costs (such as reagents, fieldwork and equipment), research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa, conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. setting up courses/workshops).

Closes: 02 Sept 2019

MRC-AMED infectious disease research collaboration

Medical Research Council, GB  Supports collaboration projects between early-career researchers based in the UK and Japan in the field of infectious disease

Closes: 04 Sept 2019

South Africa-UK Antibiotic Accelerator Initiative

The UK MRC and South African MRC (SAMRC) are pleased to invite proposals to the South Africa – UK Antibiotic Accelerator under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative research partnerships focused on addressing the growing global burden of antimicrobial resistance, specifically antibacterial resistance in (South) Africa, through drug discovery.

Closes:  05 September.

Wellcome Trust: Impact of Vaccines on Antimicrobial Resistance

This scheme supports researchers investigating the impact of vaccines on antibiotic use and/or antimicrobial resistance. The aim is to support and inform vaccine decision-makers around the world and tackle antimicrobial resistance. Two levels of funding available: Small awards (up to £250,000) and large awards (between £250,000 and £750,000).

EOI Closes 06 September

Final Deadline invited applications 12 September 2019

GCRF Global Multimorbidity – Seed-funding 2019

An MRC initiative that has been developed in collaboration with Wellcome, NIHR, and AMS. The call will support seed-funding projects that develop and test innovative ideas, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, build capacity, and lay the groundwork for future large-scale activity aimed at understanding and tackling multimorbidity in LMICs. Applications are particularly encouraged from Principal Investigators (PIs) based at organisations in LMICs, as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK working in equitable partnership with LMIC colleagues.

It is expected that a total of £2.5 million will be made available to support research grants up to 18 months in duration and up to a maximum of £200,000.

EOI due on 10 September 2019

Closes 09 October 2019 

Vice-Chancellor's Impact and Engagement Awards University of Cambridge

For 2019, these Awards are re-launching as a single set of awards for Research Impact and Engagement. They will recognise outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in engagement and impact plans which have the potential to create significant economic, social and cultural impact. Applications or nominations can be made across 5 categories (Early Career Researcher, Established Researcher, Collaboration, Professional Services, and Academic Impact and Engagement Champion). Winners will be awarded a £1,000 grant to be used for the development and delivery of engagement/impact activities or relevant training.

Deadline 13 September 2019 

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

Public Engagement Starter Fund University of Cambridge

This funding scheme is an exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities. Successful applicants will also be supported by the University Public Engagement team with advice and training

Deadline 20 September 2019

GCRF Challenges Clusters GCRF 250x250

Challenge Clusters should bring together current and/or former GCRF projects, along with associated partners from non-government organisations, industry, charity, civil society and other policy makers who have agreed to collaborate together to accelerate impact against a specific global challenge.

University of Cambridge Global Challenges Network recently held a meeting on 12 Aug to identify joint opportunities.

CONNECT with CID members: Prof Mark Holmes, Petro Cicuta  (developing  AMR Field diagnostics and education for low-resource environments) and Prof Lisa Hall ( Building a sustainable value chain for health (bio)technologies in developing and emerging economies)

Closes 24 September 21019

Extended deadline : Enabling integrated diagnostics for early detection

Up to £20 million is available for multidisciplinary consortia to develop and evaluate integrated diagnostic solutions for early detection and diagnosis.

Deadline 25 September 2019

Transition support scheme

Medical Research Council, GB supports the transition of existing intermediate MRC fellows to research leadership. Only open to existing MRC Career Development Award or Clinician Scientist Fellowship holders

Closes 26 Sept 2019

Selection of consortiums of institutions for testing the efficiency of the Sterile Insect Technique to control Vector Borne Diseases

Joint TDR/IAEA call for expressions of interest

Deadline: 27 September 2019

The Global Grants for Gut Health

A competitive programme for investigator-initiated research into the human gut microbiota, supported by Yakult and Nature Research. The programme will consider proposals for research projects that advance understanding of the impact of the gut microbiota on human health.

Closes 30 September 2019

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) 

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)