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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

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UK-US collaborative funding

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 26 August 2016 – 16 November 2016


BBSRC, in collaboration with National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a call for collaborative projects involving researchers from the US and UK under the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases programme (EEID).


The funders wish to encourage high quality, innovative research conducted by inter-disciplinary teams of researchers. The research is expected to address international research priorities that will inform and impact on policy and practice. In particular:

  • The UK component of the US-UK collaborative proposals will form part of BBSRC’s individual Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) allocation and therefore for US-UK collaborative projects, the UK component must be within the remit of BBSRC and have the primary purpose of promoting the economic development and welfare of Low and/or Middle Income Countries (LMICs)
  • The focus of US-UK collaborative projects should be on understanding the ecology, evolution and transmission dynamics of pathogens of farmed animals (including aquaculture) and/or crops grown in LMICs
  • The scope also includes broader related issues, e.g. transmission dynamics of antimicrobial and anti-parasitic resistance, animal pathogens with zoonotic potential and the interactions of pathogens with animal or plant-associated microbiomes

Collaborative projects can include both research projects and Research Coordination Networks.

Further information on the scope of the call, specific areas of interest and how to apply can be found on the NSF website (see external links).

Official Development Assistance

The UK component of EEID US-UK collaborative proposals will form part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) and must clearly demonstrate that the primary purpose of the proposed research is to promote the economic development and welfare of LMICs on the DAC list of ODA recipients (see external links).

The focus must be on pathogens of farmed animals or crops grown in LMICs. The scope is not limited to diseases relevant exclusively to LMICs, but proposals for work on pathogens that are also relevant to the UK, US or more widely must demonstrate how the knowledge gained would be primarily of benefit to LMICs.

UK component of the proposals that do not clearly articulate how the proposed research will address near-term or long-term benefits to the welfare or prosperity of LMICs will be rejected. Guidance on ODA definitions and interpretation is available in the OECD factsheet 'Is it ODA?' and on the RCUK website (see external links).

Working with “in-country” partners

GCRF will deploy world-class research capability within the UK to address the challenges faced by the developing world and whilst working in partnership with LMICs is encouraged as a way to ensure the research will have an appropriate pathway to impact, it is not mandatory.

It is recognised that research strategies and the approach to partnership and capability development will vary significantly, depending on whether the research is oriented towards/conducted with LMICs. In-country partners might also include global agencies and research organisations such as the CGIAR centres.

Regulation and ethical issues will vary across different countries and should be considered from the outset where work is focused in a particular country. Researchers funded by this call are expected to work within applicable international and local guidelines, and to obtain ethical review in the local country(ies) and in the UK.


Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria apply for all principal and co-investigators. For detailed guidance, please see section three of our grants guide.

Applications must be submitted by UK Research Organisations that are eligible to receive funding from BBSRC. Information about eligible organisations is available on the RCUK website.

Non-eligible partners (including those from overseas organisations) may be included, as described in section two of our grants guide, under ‘Collaborative Research Grants’.

Any queries about eligibility for this call should be submitted to

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

This call is administered by NSF.

Applicants should contact the main UK Programme Officer at BBSRC to discuss the remit of their proposal and to confirm that the UK component is appropriate and falls within our remit. Contact details below.

Applications must be submitted via the NSF. Application preparation and submission instruction can be found on the NSF website (see external links).

For UK Applicants:
All UK researchers are required to submit a Letter of Intent to

Letter of Intent for UK Component: For each project under preparation the proposed UK principal investigator must submit a complete Letter of Intent form in order to then submit a full proposal.

The form should be returned to by 14 October 2016.

The Letter of Intent form will be used for the following purposes:

  • To provide information about project numbers and the response to the call
  • To enable BBSRC to assess how the proposed research meets the Official Development Assistance requirements

For the full application: Costing for the UK component of the project should be entered on the Je-S system but Je-S form should not be submitted electronically to BBSRC at this stage but the completed PDF documents (Je-S pro forma and CVs) should then be forwarded to the US Principal Investigator for inclusion as a supplementary document in the proposal and an electronic copy of the document submitted to BBSRC.

External contact

Samuel Scheiner, Program Director, NSF

+00 1703 2927175

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