Catalyst Pump-Priming Projects

Catalyst funding for pump-priming projects is available to support academics in bacterial vaccinology to explore new approaches and strategies to advance their vaccines in partnership with LMICs and industry, and acquire the data to support substantive funding applications.

Catalyst Pump Projects

The catalyst funds are flexible, typically up to £50,000 and expect to provide deliverables within 6 months post-award. Following the award of up to £1 million of additional funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)’s Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF), we are particularly interested in funding projects that advance the ability to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the development of vaccines against bacterial pathogens. Key reports and other useful AMR related resources can be found here.

The BactiVac Network will be able to provide additional advice as to where to access follow-on funding and how to progress the project.

Key dates

Round three: NOW OPEN

  • Applications open: Monday 11 February 2019
  • Applications close: 12 midnight (GMT) on Sunday 5 May 2019   
  • Notification of funding: by Monday 30 September 2019 
  • Funding available: From Tuesday 1 October 2019 * 

* please note that all projects funded in Round 3 are expected to start by 1 October 2019. 


This catalyst funding scheme will be run up to August 2021 with calls for proposals prioritising projects that:

  • Facilitate onward progression of bacterial vaccines along the pipeline to licensure
  • Offer robust solutions to overcome the difficult preclinical to clinical transition
  • Involve BactiVac partnerships, particularly new partnerships, with a long-term work plan
  • Include LMICs and/or industrial partners
  • Demonstrate a clear pathway to impact
  • Have realistic plans in place to demonstrate intellectual property (IP) has been considered
  • Include plans for achieving further substantive funding at the end of the project

How to apply

Applicants will need to be members of the Network to be eligible to apply. The allocation of funding will be decided by the Network Management Oversight Board (NMOB) and findings reported at the Annual Network Meetings

Catalyst funding is promoted via Twitter – Follow us @BactiVac using the hashtag #BactiVacFunding. You can also download BactiVac Catalyst Funding flyer to circulate and/or display within your organisation. 

Pump-priming projects supported in previous rounds of funding are highlighted in  'Funded Work'

View the Pump-Priming Projects Application Form

Read the Pump-Priming Projects Guidance Notes

Read the FAQ Guide for Pump-Priming Projects

Read the Standard BactiVac Terms and Conditions*

Read the Standard BactiVac DHSC Terms*

* Both these Terms may apply.