Weekly round-up #55

Researchers working in the lab

Weekly round-up #55



The GCRF Vaccine Networks Vaccinology course began on Dec 3rd in Thailand and will run until Dec 7th - VALIDATE provided travel scholarships for five of our members to attend this valuable training opportunity, and we hope that they are all enjoying the course!


We are also pleased to announce that new calls for VALIDATE pump-priming grants and training grants are now open:


Pump priming grants provide up to £50,000 for up to 12 months. Projects must be scientifically excellent and within VALIDATE’s remit of accelerating vaccine R&D for TB, melioidosis, leish and/or leprosy. Projects should 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. Awards are open to all VALIDATE Investigators and Associates and must include collaborators from at least two different Institutes. Projects in this round may include Affiliate members who were at the VALIDATE 2nd Annual Meeting Ideas Laboratory as collaborators. Take a look at our pump-priming grant page for more info,  the application forms, and guidance documents. You can find previously funded projects here.


Training grants of up to £3,000 are available for VALIDATE Associates (post-doctoral researchers) to take advantage of training opportunities that will contribute to their 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 only. More information about the training grants and the application and guidance forms can be found here.


Get your applications in by 12 February 2019!


MRC Clinical Academic Research Partnerships - deadline 12 March 2019

Have a look at our website for more external funding opportunities.


Training Opportunities:

  • NEF Fellows Programme - platform for young African researchers to advance their careers and inspire future researchers -  application deadline 27 Jan 2019
  • AfOx Visiting Fellowships - 4-8 weeks fellowship at the University of Oxford for residents of an African country - deadline 25 Jan 2019

The training opportunities page has information about all upcoming opportunities that we have spotted.



Our events page has details about any other relevant upcoming external events.


Job Opportunities

The Lancet Public Health Senior Editor - deadline rolling 2018

Further positions can be found on our website.



Publications that might be relevant to our members can be found on our publications page.


On Twitter this week: read an article on how to use the 5 W questions to better communicate your research; find out about how some parents and carers in research have coped with the dilemma of travel for work; take a look at RSTMH's latest newsletter; find out about how vaccination can build stronger economies and prevent poverty; read firsthand accounts of how researchers have navigated the difficult balance of parenthood and their careers; listen to Prof David Dance explain a bit more about the disease melioidosis; find out some important steps to take to become a better leader; listen to Prof Heidi Larson and Dr Joanne Liu talk on Radio 4 as leaders in global health; check out an article about how important mentors are in the process of women becoming succesful leaders; and the TAG Tubeculosis Research Funding Trends Report 2005-17 has been released.

We tweet about our latest news and any articles, podcasts and more that our members might be interested in - follow @NetworkVALIDATE to stay up to date.


Published: 5 December 2018