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The UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) are inviting research proposals to the UK-Vietnam Partnership on Infectious Disease Research, through the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects focused on Infectious Diseases.

This is the second UK Medical Research Council (MRC) -Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Infectious Diseases Partnership initiative and provides substantive support for joint Vietnamese-UK working in the area of infectious disease research. The call will deliver research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between scientists from Vietnam and the UK that will allow the pursuit of shared research interests.

The funders wish to support biomedical research in infectious diseases of importance to the Vietnamese population, which will lead to health benefits in Vietnam, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. This call for collaborative proposals will require applicants based in Vietnam and the UK to work together in partnership on research projects.

Areas of particular research interest within the infectious disease space include, but are not limited to:

  • HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Neglected Tropical Infections
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (excluding epidemiological and surveillance activities)

The funders welcome proposals across the spectrum of biomedical research activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Basic research on pathogen; genomics; aetiology of disease
  • Understanding mechanisms of diseases
  • Development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, and other health interventions (public health, behavioural, nutritional)
  • Population health sciences, clinical studies and epidemiological research which will provide data needed to conduct future interventions development work.

Projects must start in the UK and Vietnam by 1 April 2019. Projects may be up to 3 years in length. All projects must be completed by 31 March 2022. 

The MRC will make up to £2million available for this scheme to fund the UK collaborators. MOST will make approximately £750,000 available to fund the Vietnamese collaborators applying to this scheme. The funding agencies intend to provide support for approximately five joint projects subject to quality. The size of the grants will vary according to the needs of each research project. UK and Vietnamese applicants do not need to request equal amounts from both sides. The difference in values should reflect the difference in costs covered and local prices. The agencies also expect the costs on each side to accurately reflect the research effort to be carried out. It is expected, however, that the research effort on both sides should be comparable.

Please find more information and apply here.


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