External Opportunities

The following external funding calls may be of interest to BactiVac members and we also flag these opportunities on our Twitter feed.

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Funding Opportunities

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HIC-Vac Training grants of up to £5000 are available to help HIC-Vac members pursue training opportunities that will contribute to their continued professional development. This can include (but is not limited to):attending courses or workshops; laboratory exchange/work shadowing; attending an international conference to present a talk. They particularly welcome applications from early career researchers, or those based in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) / wishing to undertake training in an LMIC.
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MRC call for Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs. Apply for funding for applied global health research that will benefit the health of people living in low and middle income countries (LMICs). They particularly welcome proposals that combine expertise from more than one sector to meet a global health challenge. There is no limit to the amount of funding you can apply for. You can submit a proposal of any size, from a small seed-funding proposal to a large-scale programme grant.
14 April 2021 16:00 UK time


NIHR Global Health Research Groups. NIHR Global Health Research Group funding is awarded to collaborations of specialist researchers within universities and research institutes in the UK and ODA eligible countries who are either new to delivering applied health research globally or wish to expand an existing partnership, especially in shortage areas of research. Global Health Research Groups will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and LMIC Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries.
18 May 2021, 1pm GMT


Wellcome Trust - Collaborative Awards in Science, 2021. Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. This often involves collaborations across organisations, national borders, interdisciplinary science and partners outside of academia. You can apply for a Collaborative Award if you want to work as part of a team to answer an ambitious biomedical research question within our remit that requires a collaborative approach.
1 July 2021, 17:00 UK time

MRC Developmental pathway funding scheme: July 2021. You can apply for funding from this scheme for academically led pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including repurposing of existing therapies. We encourage working with charities or industry where these partnerships can add value to the project, for example in terms of access to expertise, technologies, reagents or funding.

21 July 2021 16:00 UK time

MRC clinical research training fellowship: Sep 2021. You can get funding for a research project across any area of MRC’s remit to improve human health. The aim of this scheme is to support clinically-active healthcare professionals to undertake a higher research degree such as a PhD or medical degree. You can apply for:

  • predoctoral fellowships – if you are a clinician wanting to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree
  • postdoctoral fellowships – if you were awarded a PhD some time ago but have not been active in research since, we can help you to reacquire research skills.
1 September 2021 16:00 UK time
MRC career development award: Sep 2021. We are looking for proposals that will focus on any areas of MRC’s scientific remit, ranging from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research. This award can help you become an independent investigator through a programme of research and training lasting up to five years. We will provide your salary plus support for research staff, consumables, travel costs and appropriate capital equipment.
15 September 2021 16:00 UK time