BactiVac Catalyst Training Awards
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). Their 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.
Catalyst training awards is available to support training opportunities and exchanges, prioritising those involving LMIC members and academic/industrial partners, for the transfer of knowledge and skills in bacterial vaccinology.
Up to £6,000 per award is available and each training visit is expected to be up to three months in duration.
The aim of this funding scheme will be to support members to train in vaccine research & development (R&D), targeting the main preclinical to clinical area of focus for BactiVac.
This scheme will be run up to August 2021. Successful applications could include ones that:
Offer opportunities for both UK and LMIC members to undertake a bilateral exchange, to foster reciprocal relationships between BactiVac members
Address key skills gaps within an LMIC, academic or industrial partners’ institution.
The call for applications is an open call, you can apply at any time. Find out more information about the funding available in this call on their website:
Membership of the BactiVac Network is a prerequisite when applying for these funds (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 training awards from members of the Network. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact us on: BactiVac@contacts.bham.ac.uk