Another week gone! The big news this week is that the VALIDATE pump-priming grant call is now open! This is our first round of pump-priming funding, and offers £20-50k for exciting, scientifically excellent, 12 month projects that fall within the VALIDATE remit of accelerating the development of vaccines against TB, leishmaniasis, melioidosis, and leprosy. Find out more about this call, and how to apply here.
Meanwhile, our training grant call is also open, offering up to £3k for Associate Members to grab a training opportunity of their choice to further their career in vaccine R&D. More details on this call here.
Both the pump-priming and training grant calls close on 31 October 2017, so make sure you get your applications in before this deadline.
We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our two new VALIDATE Associates this week, Dr Nafissatou Leye from IRESSEF, Senegal, and Dr Carolina Herrera from Imperial College, UK. Their profiles will be added to our Members' Directory shortly. The Members' Directory is there to encourage new collaborations between our members, so if any of our current members who are not yet listed would like to be added to the Directory, please just get in touch with Sam (Samantha.Vermaak@ndm.ox.ac.uk).
There have been a number of external opportunities relevant for our Members this week:
Funding opportunities: the AfOx Initiative at Oxford University offers travel grants for new collaborations between researchers at African Institutes and Oxford. Find out more about this, and the many other relevant external grant calls currently open on our funding page.
Training opportunities: The Royal Society is running an "Introduction to Public Engagement" course for early-mid stage researchers at University of Birmingham on 19 Oct.
External events: unfortunately the IVVN had to reschedule its first meeting, planned for the end of this month. This has now been confirmed as moved to 27-28 March 2018 in Nairobi.
Finally, Twitter this week has included highlights from the Wellcome Trust's "Together Science Can" campaign, a reminder of the MRC's UK-Vietnam infectious diseases grant call (very relevant for our members), information about the BSI's mentoring scheme for Early Career Researchers, a great video explaining herd immunity... all this and much more @NetworkValidate.
Published: 10 October 2017