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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Travel Grants – International Travel Award Scheme

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Call status: Open
Application deadline: 30 September 2019, 16:00

We reserve the right to curtail this scheme, should higher numbers of applications than anticipated be received.


To help UK researchers develop transdisciplinary partnerships with the USA, China and/or Israel in ecology and evolution of infectious diseases research areas.


Funding of up to £5,000 per award is available to help scientists add an international dimension by making and establishing contacts with international counterparts in the area of ecology and evolution of infectious diseases.

This scheme is open to proposals involving collaboration with the USA, China and/or Israel only.

Funding is available to support collaborative activities:

  • To establish first contact type activities that require short-term travel support; and
  • To allow researchers to travel outside the UK to initiate transdisciplinary collaboration and prepare transdisciplinary proposals with an intention to submit for the next Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases programme

Funding is limited to travel and subsistence costs only and cannot be used to fund:

  • Salary costs
  • Consumables
  • Items of equipment
  • Other research cost

Please note that under no circumstance will a “no-cost” extension be granted. It is necessary that funds should be used and travel completed before the end of November 2019. Travel associated with this grant cannot be booked prior to an award offer being made.


  • Any active UKRI eligible research grant holder
  • The application must be made by the PI but it does not have to be the PI undertaking the travel. It is possible for more than one individual to travel overseas under this scheme, and if so, they should be named as Co-Applicants and this should be clearly outlined in the ‘Case for Support’.

How to apply

  • Read the guidance and regulation notes (see application downloads below)
  • Complete an online application through the Je-S system.

Application downloads


Applications will be assessed internally by UKRI funding partners against the following criteria:

  • The value added to UK research by developing interdisciplinary collaboration with the USA, China or/and Israel
  • The reasons for choosing this group(s)
  • The reasons for choosing the individuals intending to travel
  • The benefits likely to accrue from the collaboration, including those beyond EEID programme research grant submissions
  • The strategic relevance and pervasiveness of the collaboration (i.e. the extent to which the collaboration will benefit more than one UK group)
  • A clear breakdown of costs provided, demonstrating value for money


All grant holders must use Researchfish (see external links) to record key findings and specific outputs from their grants. Grant holders can enter information into Researchfish at any time throughout the year and submit during the annual data gathering period.

In addition, all grant holders will be required to submit a short report by 15 January 2020 to highlight the links established and how it has contributed to the UK research base.

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