Weekly round-up #213

Grants, Funding, Projects


Training Grants

VALIDATE Training Grant - deadline 20 June 2022

VALIDATE offers training grants of up to £3500 to help our post-doc researchers take advantage of training opportunities that will contribute to their continuing professional development. This can include (but is not limited to): attendance at courses or workshops, laboratory exchanges, and work shadowing. Attendance at an international conference to present a talk or poster is also eligible for LMIC members.

The proposed training opportunity must fall within the VALIDATE remit. Please note that for this call only research focused on tuberculosis vaccine development is eligible. Any aspect of research that will accelerate development of an efficacious TB vaccine is eligible, including biological, physical and social sciences, and humanities.

Applicants must be an Associate member of VALIDATE (and/or a post-doctoral scientist working on research directly related to TB vaccine development nominated by a CTVD member). We particularly welcome applications from researchers based in LMICs.

To find out more and apply, the Training Grants page.

pump priming grants

VALIDATE Pump-priming Grants Awarded 

VALIDATE is pleased to announce that round #5 of our Pump-priming Grants have been awarded and will support 8 exciting research projects. For this round, VALIDATE is proud to partner with the Collaboration for Tuberculosis Vaccine Discovery (CTVD).

Pump-priming grants are available for projects of up to £50,000 (plus up to 15% indirect costs) via competitive application. Projects run for a maximum of 12 months and our hope is that they will lead to relevant and useful data for the field, or produce pilot data that will lead to a larger grant application to an external funder. Find out about the new projects on Funded Pump-priming Grants page.





  • Wellcome Career Development Awards - This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders - deadline 21 July 2022
  • Wellcome Discovery Awards - Provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life - deadline 26 July 2022
  • MRC Applied global health research - Funding to support research that will benefit the health of vulnerable global populations - deadline 28 July 2022

You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.​​​​ ​​

Many more relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.

Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email VALIDATE@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like us to include.

Highlights on Twitter this week:

The Working Group on New TB Vaccines shared a survey for ECRS, the Editor Lancet Microbe is looking for freelance writers and microbiologists, and UKRI are asking for contributions to their New Deal for Postgraduates Consultation. We launched our Training Grants, there was an interesting article on MNA Vaccine for TB, and VALIDATE Network Director Helen McShane and Network Investigator Hazel Dockrell shared their personal view on the slow progress of TB vaccines post COVID. We shared details of our recent Pump Priming Projects. Stay up to date with all the relevant news and opportunities by following @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter.


Published: 20 April 2022