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Infections Foundation Awards: Global Infections

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Cross-Council initiative led by MRC

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 13 May 2016 - 22 September 2016

GCRF statement

Research Councils UK has received a very high volume of expressions of interest to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Foundation Award calls. We’d like to thank the research community for engaging so thoroughly with calls and to state we appreciate the work that it takes to put together a proposal, even in outline form.

We sincerely regret that we cannot provide individual feedback to applicants to the GCRF Foundation Awards. Although we anticipated and outlined that we would provide generic rather than individual feedback to each applicant, we acknowledge this is not the preference of some of our stakeholders and we will learn from this phase of the programme.


BBSRC will be contributing up to £3 million to this ~£9 million, MRC-led cross-council Foundation call in Global Infectious Diseases. This call provides an opportunity for investigators to develop new or expand existing strands of ODA applicable research and partnerships targeting LMIC infectious disease priorities.

As you can see below, many areas of research within our remit are included in this call.


Funding is available for any activity with potential to rapidly advance novel global health discovery and translation research, which is not immediately ready for submission as a standard project or programme application. In many new research areas, foundation funding will need to build capability at the same time as building towards new knowledge.

We are keen to encourage systems and ‘One Health’ approaches, comparing human and farmed livestock infections, where these add value.

Areas of opportunity include but are not limited to:

  • detection and diagnostic development
  • epidemiology/large scale data analysis/comparative studies
  • cultural, social, economic, environmental and political influences on the emergence and spread of infections
  • modelling
  • pathogen biology, including bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and fungal research
  • transmission, including environmental reservoirs, vector ecology and the behavioural and cultural environments
  • vector/host-pathogen interactions (including immune response development/protective immunity/susceptibility/immunomodulation through the life course)
  • chronic and co-infections (including immune responses through the life course)
  • co-morbidity (infection/non-communicable disease)
  • microbiome - role in resilience/susceptibility/modulating the success of therapeutic intervention
  • early stage prevention, tailored design opportunities and intervention development
  • emergence of resistance, and combatting resistance in non-bacterial infection.

Given on-going calls and highlight notices in the areas of antibacterial resistance and vaccines research and development and plans for further initiatives in these areas, proposals whose primary focus is on these topics are not included in this call.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

For further details on this call, including how to apply, eligibility and assessment criteria, please visit the MRC website (see external links).

MRC are leading the peer review on behalf of BBSRC and the other funders, but if you would like to speak to BBSRC Office about potential applications please use the contact below.

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