Summary

UKRI in collaboration with a number of international funders announce a UK-US collaborative funding multi-agency EEID program supports multidisciplinary research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The call for proposals is led by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and this year partners from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) supported by the Fund for International Collaboration, include:

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) lead for UKRI partners;
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC);
  • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC);
  • Medical Research Council (MRC);
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);

International partners include:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA);
  • United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation;
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Scope

The funders wish to encourage high quality, innovative research conducted by transdisciplinary teams of researchers on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases of animals, humans and plants.

The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants.

Required Partnerships

The Collaborative proposals must include researchers from the UK and US and can include researchers from Israel and China.  Applications for both research projects and Research Coordination Networks that involve researchers from the UK and US, China and/or Israel will be considered.

Note: Applications must be submitted via the NSF. Application preparation and submission instruction can be found on the NSF website.

Key Dates

Application deadline: 20 November 2019

For further details on the call and how to apply please visit: https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/2019-ecology-evolution-of-infectious-diseases/