BactiVac 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.

BactiVac Catalyst funding

The catalyst funds are flexible, with typically up to £50,000 and exceptionally up to £100,000 available, and expect to provide deliverables within 6-12 months post-award. 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 one

  • Applications open: Monday 26 February 2018
  • Applications close: Sunday 22 April 2018, 12am midnight (GMT)
  • Notification of funding: By Friday 1 June 2018
  • Funding available: From Friday 1 June 2018   


This scheme will be run up to August 2021 with calls for proposals prioritising on 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
  • 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

BactiVac has recently been awarded a £600,000 supplementary award from the UK Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The additional funding has been committed to support further pump-priming projects that particularly:

  • Demonstrate strong industry engagement, with preference given to projects where the lead applicant is industry based
  • Focus on the development of a vaccine against bacterial pathogens that are of interest/aligned to UK health

How to apply

For detailed information please refer to the Pump Priming Projects Guidance Notes and Pump Priming Projects Application Form.

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

Dates and details of future funding rounds will be published on our website and promoted via twitter. Follow us @BactiVac using the hashtag #BactiVacFunding. 

Please download our BactiVac Catalyst Funding flyer to circulate and/or display within your organisation.