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Bloomsbury SET – Launch of internal funding programme

18/06/2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Over £4 million available for projects related to emerging and endemic diseases of humans and animals 

The Bloomsbury SET, a partnership between RVC, LSHTM, SOAS and LSE, has received a grant from Research England to support a range of activities to address the challenges of ‘pathogen emergence’ in Europe and LMIC through the Connecting Capabilities Fund.  This consortium is expected to lead to major human health benefits, as well as improvements in animal health, welfare and productivity, improved biosecurity and food safety.

Over the next three years, this programme will be advertising a range of funding competitions. Eligible research areas could include:

  • Developing low-cost portable diagnostic tools- e.g. DNA/RNA sequencing devices, data collection, assays etc
  • Developing/testing of effective vaccines for endemic and emerging diseases of humans and animals
  • Mathematical modelling/disease modelling related to disease spread and forecasting, including social aspects of disease
  • Studies to examine the social, economic and political acceptability of current and potential public health responses to disease emergence events e.g. Social tools for assessing effectiveness of vaccines/prevention programmes, Projects to consider acceptability of technological interventions, human- animal studies, medical anthropology etc.

These funding calls will only be open to researchers based at the partner institutions (RVC, LSHTM, SOAS and LSE) and collaboration with external partners and industry is encouraged. There will be different funding models available to address different topic areas, and an External Advisory Board will provide expert review.

Funding will also be available to fund “small grants” via inter-disciplinary sandpit events. These sandpits will connect capabilities in academia and industry by means of Small Grants for disease modelling studies, to include the use of AI/machine-learning techniques.

The Bloomsbury SET is committed to understanding human-animal health and providing real world solutions. The project is funded for three years and we expect the first calls for grant funding to be launched in summer 2018.

We encourage researchers based at these institutes to attend our informal lunch-time launch on 18 June at 12:30, RVC, Camden.  Further events to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations will also be offered later this summer.

How to RSVP: RSVP to reserve your place and find out more to: etomlinson@rvc.ac.uk


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