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Current Open Calls

Current Open Calls and Pre-Call Announcements

We provide an overview 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 Live feed to view the most up to date grant notifications. 

*Internal 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 Reserach 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.

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Open Calls / Pre-Announcements

*British Academy: Global Professorships 2018 

The response to this call will be coordinated through the Schools. Please discuss interest with your School Office as soon as possible. Funder deadline is 12 September 2018.

*BBSRC IAA internal pump-prime project funding 

Second deadline of 10am Friday 22nd September 2018. Up to £50,000 in total is available in each call.  Please note that IAA funding is only available to previous recipients of BBSRC awards. Please contact Kate Parsley from the Bioscience Impact Team (7)65192 if you have any questions about this call. 

*EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships schemes


I*Internal deadline: 03 Aug; full applications closes

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust has announced the Award for Biomedical Research. One grant of up to £1.7m is offered to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research.

*Internal deadline 14 August

BBSRC and other funders  Stage: Workshop call

This enables applicants to attend a partnering workshop organised in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 10 to 14 September 2018. The workshop is part of the joint call for collaborative research focused on AMR in the environment, scheduled to open in October 2018 closing mid Nov 2018.

EOI by 16 Jul; full applications for call when it opens expected to be mid Nov 2018

Global Challenges Research Fund Networking grants  

GCRF - Academy of Medical Sciences, GB and other funders.

Provides up to £25,000 over one year to support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges. 

Next deadline 03 August 2018 

Wellcome Trust

These support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups in the field of public health. 

Closes 07 August 2018

Wellcome Trust

These enable medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates to continue research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence.

Closes 13 August 2018

Collaborative Award 

Wellcome Trust

Funds teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

Closes 20 August 2018


Closes 21 August 2018

Healthcare impact partnerships  


Intent to Submit stage by 12 July 2018;

full applications closes 23 August 2018

SBRI: Antimicrobial resistance in humans

Innovate UK, GB and other funders

Closes 22 August 2018

Sampling and monitoring strategies for opportunistic pathogens in drinking water distribution systems 

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, US

Supports the establishment of an optimised sampling protocol providing a practical guideline for drinking water utilities to manage the detection of opportunistic pathogens in distribution systems. Project must select at least two pathogens. Applicants may be any qualified organisation based anywhere in the world. Collaborations are encouraged but not required. The grant is worth between USD 300,000 and USD 320,000.

Closes 22 August 2018

Epidemiological studies of Lassa fever in West Africa

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, NL

Closes 30 August 2018

Deadline 30 August 2018

Major Research Grants

Healthcare Infections Society 

To support work on healthcare associated infection, UK or the Republic of Ireland only. This grant would be suitable to support a PhD studentship, MD or other research worker and related consumables/equipment, with a preference towards translational research rather than pure science topics. ( £33,000 per annum for 1-3 years) The grant is awarded annually.

Closes 01 September 2018

Research and development grants

Infection Prevention Society

To support high quality practice-based research and the growth of a research culture within the field of infection prevention and control. The budget is £11,000.

Closes 03 September 2018

*2018 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

*Internal deadline 06 Sep 2018; institutional approval by  19 Oct

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, GB

Closes 10 September 2018

Food & nutrition research for health in the developing world: bioavailability & nutrient content 


To provide an opportunity to learn more about this call and ask questions, BBSRC will be hosting a webinar on the 11 July 2018. 

Deadline 11 September 2018

Developing innovative veterinary solutions for the fight against antimicrobial resistance

International Development Research Centre, INT

Closes 12 September 2018

Global Health Trials


To generate new knowledge about interventions that will contribute to the improvement of health in low and middle income countries.

Deadline 13 September 2018


Closes 18 September 2018


The aim of this call is to enhance livelihoods through interdisciplinary research to improve agricultural systems by understanding, at multiple scales, interactions between the biology of crops and farmed animals, their environments and management.

Forecast close: 19 September 2018

Medical Research Council, GB

Closes 19 September 2018

New investigator research grant – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council, GB

Closes 19 September 2018

Partnership grant – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council, GB

Closes 19 September 2018

Programme grants – infections and immunity

Medical Research Council, GB

Closes 19 September 2018

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - Research Grants

These enable young investigators to conduct research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, specifically fungal, viral and parasitic infections and diseases. Grants are worth up to €20,000 each over a typical period of 12 months, however they may last for up to 24 months. Two grants, worth €50,000 each, are available for exceptional projects.

Closes 21 September 2018

British Academy Interdisciplinary Projects

he British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences to develop interdisciplinary projects which bear on our understanding of the UK’s international challenges and opportunities (past, present and future). Proposals will relate to the themes of Conflict, Stability & Security; Europe’s Futures; Justice, Rights & Equality; and Urban Futures.

Deadline 03 October 2018

MRC NIHR Multimorbidity in the UK population

The call has been developed to catalyse multimorbidity research by supporting both hypothesis-driven and exploratory studies that, in addition to classical epidemiological methods, would utilise new approaches to complex data collection and analysis of datasets originating from multiple sources (such as primary care, prescription, administrative data, survey data, and environmental factors). 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

Science and Technology Facilities Council, GB and other funders

  • informatics and computing for physical and mental health — big data approach in relation to healthcare transferred from STFC technology;
  • early diagnosis and disease detection — imaging technology with higher resolution or sensitivity than existing systems;
  • remote patient monitoring — new technology or software tools to aid remote sensing to measure multiple parameters;

Expected deadline 07 November 2018 subj to change

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