**Round 5 is now open - closing 12 Feb 2019**
Training grants of up to £3000 are available to help VALIDATE Associates (post-doctoral researchers) 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 (general travel to attend conferences is not supported in this fund; travel to the VALIDATE Network annual meeting is funded elsewhere). We particularly welcome applications from researchers based in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Training opportunities can be within, or external to, the VALIDATE Network; we advertise those we know of here but you can apply for other opportunities you hear of as well. The VALIDATE Members' Directory may also give you ideas for potential laboratory exchanges, tech transfer, or industry visits.
The grants are awarded via competitive application to the Network Management Board. You can read about previous awardees here.
Round 5 is now open and will close on 12 Feb 2019. Please ensure you read our application guidance document (below) before you begin writing your application. Please submit your application form (below) and associated documents by email as a single pdf to the Network Management Team (Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4pm (UK time) on the call closing date. Please also contact us with any queries.
List of LMICs (all countries listed on this document count as 'LMIC')
Round 1 - 31 October 2017 (now closed and awarded)
Round 2 - 14 February 2018 (now closed and awarded)
Round 3 - 14 June 2018 (now closed and awarded)
Round 4 - 29 Oct 2018 (now closed and awarded)
Round 5 - open 29 Nov 2018; closes 12 Feb 2019; award in Apr 2019
Round 6 - opens Apr 2019; closes Jun 2019; award in Jul 2019
Further rounds will open on a rolling basis beyond this.