Weekly round-up #8

Weekly round-up #8

It's been an exciting week at VALIDATE, with our big news being the opening of our first training grant call! These are for up to £3000 for Associate members to be able to participate in training opportunities that will help their career. The call closes on 31st October 2017, so make sure you get your application in in good time. Further details on the call, and how to apply, are on our training grant page.


This week we've also welcomed a new Associate member, Dr Panjaporn Chaichana, from MORU, Thailand to the VALIDATE Network. You can find out more about Panjaporn's research area and expertise, along with those of all our members, at our Members' Directory.


It's been a quiet week for new grant calls, so we want to flag some current calls that will close shortly that we think will be useful to you: 

1. Newton Mobility Grants - travel funding for new UK-Brazil/Mexico/South Africa collaborators to be able to meet - closes 10 October

2. EDCTP-AREF Preparatory Fellowships - fellowships for post-doctoral African scientists and clinicians, with a placement in a lab in the EU or Africa - closes 13 October

3. BBSRC One Health Approaches to Accelerate Vaccine Development - for One Health research into outbreak pathogens (so our focus pathogens might, unfortunately, be a bit of a stretch) -  closes 25 October

4. EDCTP Targeting Control and Elimination of NIDs through Clinical Trials - for clinical trials (phase I-III) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically states NIDs, leishmaniasis and leprosy included. Closes 31 October

5. MRC UK-Vietnam Partnerships for Infectious Disease Research - for biomedical research in infectious diseases important to Vietnam, including vaccines and TB/NTDs - closes 11 November


All grant calls we spot in the VALIDATE research areas are listed on our external funding page. Do let Sam know if you apply for any grants flagged via VALIDATE, or put in any grant applications with a VALIDATE collaborator, so that we can report this in our outcomes to the MRC.


We've spotted one relevant job openings this week for members: a Research Assistant/Post-doc opening in TB modelling at UCL (UK).


Twitter (@NetworkValidate) has been interesting this week:

- the NC3Rs have tweeted about their free online 'Experimental Design Assistant' (EDA), which assists researchers in designing robust and reliable animal experiments and improves the reproducibility of animal research. The EDA has been around since 2015, but is constantly evolving, and it recently featured in both a Nature Methods and a Plos Biology paper so you can easily work out if the EDA would be of use to you too.

- the ASTMH released a list of diploma courses in Tropical Medicine

- if you're planning on joining the British Society for Immunology's 2017 Congress, applications for their travel awards close this Friday (6th)

- PlosOne published a paper about a field efficacy trial of Leish-tec® vaccine against canine leishmaniasis in endemic areas with high transmission rates in Brazil

... and much more! You can follow all our news and views @NetworkValidate.


Published: 3 October 2017