BactiVac funding in bacterial vaccinology

The MRC-supported Bacterial Vaccines (BactiVac) Network, hosted at the University of Birmingham and led by Prof Cal MacLennan and Prof Adam Cunningham, was launched in August 2017 and has a vision to facilitate human and animal bacterial vaccine development focusing on low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our community of experts from multiple disciplines provides a forum to work together to overcome the barriers that inhibit the delivery of new vaccines where they are most needed. 

Our third round of catalyst funding for pump priming projects was launched on 11 February 2019. 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.Please note that all projects in this round must start by no later than 1 October 2019. Applications close on Sunday 5 May 2019, 12 midnight (GMT)and you can find out more information about the funding available in this call on our website:

·      BactiVac Catalyst Pump Priming Projects

Membership of the BactiVac Network is a prerequisite when applying for these funds, with at least one member of the partnership being based in the UK (for free membership apply here).The key benefits of becoming a member include:

  • Access to catalyst funding to pump prime projects and facilitate training visits

  • Access to Members' Directory to encourage cross-collaboration between potential collaborators from multiple disciplines 

  • Invitation to annual meetings where registration costs will be subsidised by the network to encourage members to attend. Travel bursaries are also available to facilitate attendance by members based in LMICs.

We look forward to receiving applications for BactiVac catalyst funding from members of our Network.  In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact us on: BactiVac@contacts.bham.ac.uk