Research Calls

ERA-NET ICRAD co-funded Call on infectious animal diseases

DEADLINE: 2020-03-31 14:00:00

The first international Call on infectious animal diseases of the ERA-NET Cofund on International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD) is open.

ERA-NET ICRAD builds on the successful work of two predecessor ERA-NETs (EMIDA and ANIHWA) and the global network of animal health STAR-IDAZ under Framework Programme 7 (FP7).

The main purpose of this Call, co-funded with the European Commission (EC), is to support multi-disciplinary research to improve animal health and welfare, addressing some of the key epidemic and (re)-emerging threats e.g. African Swine Fever and Animal Influenza, and developing novel detection and intervention strategies.

Consortia must include a minimum of 3 independent entities from a minimum of 3 different countries being eligible and requesting funding from EU Member States, Associated Countries or Regions participating in the co-funded call and a maximum of 6 independent entities. The consortium cannot include more than two partners from one country.

International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD): Pre-Announcement of a co-funded Call

DEADLINE: 2020-03-31 00:00:00

The International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD) is a new ERA-Net Cofund Action under Horizon 2020 building on the achievements of the ERA-NET EMIDA (Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Animals) and the ERA-NET ANIHWA (Animal Health and Welfare). Its aims to:
• support cross-cutting research to improve animal health and welfare, with associated benefits towards public health, the environment and economy.
• connect research partners with different but complementary scientific and technological expertise to maximise resources and share risks, costs and skills.
The partnership between industrial and academic researchers will improve and accelerate the development of technological solutions for the benefit of animal health and welfare.

Research and innovation jointly funded by the European Commission (EC) and the ICRAD partners will seek concerted approaches towards developing new and improved instruments to address and control infectious diseases, particularly regarding detection, intervention and prevention strategies.
ICRAD has announced the upcoming call for joint transnational research projects on animal health. The Joint Call, with an indicative budget of approximately 23.7M€, brings together 23 funding organizations from 19 countries. The co-funded call covers the major groups of infectious diseases of animals (including fishes and bees), and infections by viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens, prions, and multifactorial diseases, with particular emphasis on ASF and animal influenza. Pre-proposal should be submitted by 31 March 2020.

6th Inter-Carnot annual Call: (Pasteur Microbes & Santé, Pasteur MS and France Futur Elevage, F2E)

DEADLINE: 2019-10-15 13:00:00

The Carnot institutes Pasteur Microbes & Health (Pasteur Microbes & Santé, Pasteur MS) and Livestock Industry for the Future (France Futur Elevage, F2E) are jointly launching their 6th Inter-Carnot annual Call, aiming to strengthen synergies between both institutes. The 6th Inter-Carnot Pasteur MS-F2E 2019 call is a white/open call to support collaborative projects between scientific teams, which belong to both Carnot institutes (IC). Particular attention will be given to projects focusing on:
◦antimicrobial and anti-parasite resistance,
◦emerging and re-emerging diseases,
◦vectorized diseases and vectors.

Scope of the call is open as long as in the frame of the IC following research topics:

Pasteur MS research topics:
◦Microbiota and Non-communicable Diseases
◦Early, rapid and sensitive Diagnostics tools
◦Emerging and Re-emerging diseases
◦Nosocomial infectious Diseases and antibiotic resistance
◦Therapeutic strategies targeting the host – personalized medicine

F2E research topics:
◦Health: animal infection diseases – parasites; insect vectors / microbial ecology / emerging diseases- modelling / diagnostic & therapies / vaccines / precision medicine
◦Nutrition & breeding systems: feed / metabolism / microbiota / animal welfare
◦Genetics: immunogenic / genomic selection


Up to 250k€ for 1 to 3 years.

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Travel Grants – International Travel Award Scheme

DEADLINE: 2019-09-30 23:00:00

Funding of up to £5,000 per award is available to help scientists add an international dimension by making and establishing contacts with international counterparts in the area of ecology and evolution of infectious diseases.

This scheme is open to proposals involving collaboration with the USA, China and/or Israel only.

Funding is available to support collaborative activities:
To establish first contact type activities that require short-term travel support; and
To allow researchers to travel outside the UK to initiate transdisciplinary collaboration and prepare transdisciplinary proposals with an intention to submit for the next Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases programme

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, USDA, NIFA

DEADLINE: 2019-12-18 00:00:00

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is a USA competitive grants program providing funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2019 and FY 2020. Applicants considering applying to the second year should check the AFRI RFA webpage and . The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, to meet the food needs of the growing global human population; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources.

In FY 2019 and FY 2020, applications are sought in 6 priority areas including:

Animal health and production and animal products;
and Food safety, nutrition, and health;

The anticipated amount available for new grants in this FY 2019 and FY 2020 Foundational and Applied Science RFA are approximately $192.585 million and $192.585 million respectively.

Digital Innovation for Development in Africa Online Platform

DEADLINE: 2018-10-19 16:00:00

UK Research and Innovation are opening an online discussion platform to collect thoughts and ideas to help shape research in digital innovation for development across Africa. This Platform will allow sharing of thoughts on issues and challenges faced by people living in Africa to determine where digital solutions could have the biggest impacts. From undemocratic elections, infectious diseases, lack of access to education, to global warming, we want to realise the challenges faced by communities across Africa and consider the potential value digital research and innovation.
The platform will create an online community that will engage and connect local actors, researchers, entrepreneurs, charities, etc., and allow users to exchange ideas and expertise. The ideas gathered from this Platform will be collated and used to shape future UKRI spending activities under the Global Challenge Research Fund. Thoughts collected on the challenges and potential for digital innovation to solve these will provide recommendations for research and innovation in these areas to make progress in addressing these challenges.
To express your interest in joining this platform, please complete this Survey
Expressions of Interest to join the online platform will close at 16:00 BST 19th October 2018. After this, users will be selected and notified from the expressions of interest. Please note, there is a limited number of users permitted to use the online platform, therefore, by completing the survey, you will not be guaranteed an invitation to use the platform.
For further information, please contact

Calls on research and innovation in the area of animal health and welfare

DEADLINE: 2019-01-20 00:00:00

The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.

36 million crowns will be announced for research projects with aim to improve the animal health and welfare. The research can for instance focus on giving scientific base to judgement of the compliance of animal welfare regulations, to improve the legality and fairness of controls or examine the economic consequences of reduced levels of animal welfare. The projects can have a duration of three years, with a maximum budget of six million Swedish crowns per project.

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

DEADLINE: 2018-11-21 16:00:00

UKRI-BBSRC, in collaboration with: National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announce a call for transatlantic partnership involving researchers from the US and UK under the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases programme (EEID). The funders encourage high quality, innovative research conducted by inter-disciplinary teams of researchers. Projects must address the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics.  The focus is on understanding the ecology, evolution and transmission dynamics of pathogens of farmed animals (including aquaculture), crops, and/or trees in managed forests or the wider environment. The scope also includes broader related issues, e.g., transmission dynamics of antimicrobial and anti-parasitic resistance, animal pathogens with zoonotic potential, and the interactions of pathogens with animal or plant-associated microbiomes.

GCRF Vaccine Networks (IVVN, BactiVac, HIC-Vac, IMPRINT & VALIDATE) are running a veterinary and human vaccinology course in association with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO), through the European Commission for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD),

DEADLINE: 2018-09-09 00:00:00

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Vaccine Networks (IVVN, BactiVac, HIC-Vac, IMPRINT and VALIDATE) are running a veterinary and human vaccinology course in association with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO), through the European Commission for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD), from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th December 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The course is aimed at post-graduate students and early career researchers and will address aspects of human and animal vaccinology, the vaccine development process, biomanufacturing, regulatory and ethical issues. The course will be delivered by an exceptional line up of world renowned academic and industrial speakers, and resonates with the ‘One Health’ agenda by highlighting the synergies between the human and veterinary vaccinology fields from scientific, technological and regulatory perspectives. The course emulates the successful series of Jenner Institute training courses in Africa.
The GCRF Vaccinology Networks are providing scholarships that will cover the cost of travel, accommodation, meals and course fees. Prospective attendees are invited to apply through the GCRF Vaccine Networks websites.
There are a total of 40 scholarships available to attend this workshop, of which IVVN will be sponsoring 20.



Pre-announcement: Agri-systems research to enhance livelihoods in developing countries: UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

(27/06/2018) The aim of this call is to enhance livelihoods through interdisciplinary research to improve agricultural systems by understanding, interactions between the biology of crops and farmed animals, their environments and management. The call will