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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Medical Research Council (MRC) and Kementerian Riset Teknologi Dan Pendidikan Tinggi Republik Indonesia (RISTEKDIKTI) are pleased to invite research proposals to the UK-Indonesia Joint Partnership on Infectious Diseases through the Newton Fund.

Call type: bilateral research proposals


Communicable diseases continue to be the major cause of morbidity and mortality in Indonesia. Building on the success of a prior UK-Indonesia Joint Health Research Call, this present MRC-RISTEKDIKTI partnership will provide support for additional excellent research partnerships focusing on infectious diseases of relevance to Indonesia.


The funders encourage hypothesis-driven research proposals including, but not limited to, the following:

  • pharmaceutical technology:
    • small molecule drug discovery
    • vaccine development via high-quality fundamental science
    • cellular regenerative medicine (including stem cell technology)
    • biosimilars and blood product development
  • medical devices and diagnostics:
    • in vivo diagnostics (IVD) for detection of infectious diseases and associated biomarkers
    • development of diagnostic electro-medical devices.


This call will fund partnerships between UK and Indonesia based researchers working in the area of infectious diseases of relevance to Indonesia. Applicants must be eligible to apply for funding from their respective country’s funding agency.

Funding Level

In total, up to approximately £2,370,000 of funding (£2 million from MRC) will be made available for this initiative for three-year research projects.

For full details of this funding opportunity please visit the MRC website.

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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