Global Coronavirus Research and Innovation Network: Pre-announcement.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are requesting proposals to coordinate coronavirus research in the following areas: pathogen biology (including the seasonality, transmission, ecology and evolution of coronaviruses); host response; and effective intervention strategies. The call is open to consortia of academics based internationally, with one UK principal investigator acting as the network director. Principal investigators (network directors) must be of at least lecturer level (or equivalent), be based at a UK research institution and meet the standard UKRI-BBSRC eligibility criteria. The opening date for applications is 4 January 2021 and closing is 23 February: Total grant fund is £500,000.
The objectives of the funded network are to draw together the major global research and industry players working on veterinary and human coronaviruses to compare, contrast and advance the understanding of coronaviruses. The main aims of the network should be to embrace a one health approach to understanding coronaviruses, to facilitate research collaborations, and serve as a communication gateway for the global coronaviruses research community. The expected outcomes of this network activity are as follows: increased integration of human-veterinary coronaviruses research and innovation capacity and capability (one health approach); deeper understanding of coronaviruses; strengthening understanding of ecologies at the animal-human-environment interface; enhancing understanding of coronaviruses and possible intervention tools.
For full details on applying see: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/global-coronavirus-research-and-innovation-network/
BBSRC and DEFRA will be hosting a webinar to provide further information and context on this call for all who are interested and eligible to apply.
Please join us on either Wednesday 2 December 2020 11:00-12:00 GMT or Tuesday 8 December 2020 16:00-17:00 (each webinar will provide the same content).
Webinar joining details will be provided upon registration, you can:
register for Wednesday 2 Dec 2020 11:00-12:00 (Zoom)
register for Tuesday 8 Dec 2020 16:00-17:00 (Zoom).