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UK-Vietnam Partnerships for Infectious Disease Research (expression of interest: 7th November 2017; proposal deadline: 12th December 2017)

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.

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BBSRC Other Countries Partnering Awards - Brazil, China, India, Japan, USA and Taiwan (deadline: 16th November 2017)

The Other Countries Partnering Awards will provide funding to support the development of long-term collaborations with overseas scientists in countries not currently offered though our existing partnering award schemes.

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BBSRC International Workshops (deadline: 16th November 2017)

This call aims to to stimulate joint working in topics important to BBSRC’s strategy; to match numbers of scientists from the UK with other countries to identify areas of commonality and explore the potential for international collaboration; to receive applications involving collaborations with any other country, although they are particularly interested in promoting further links with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU Member States, India, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the USA.

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BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding of research (deadline: 4th October 2017)

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and FAPESP, the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation, have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support applications that may cut across their national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams.

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BBSRC Follow-on Funding Call (deadline: 10th Oct 2018)

A Follow-On Grant enables researchers who have a sound understanding of the market opportunity for their intellectual assets to execute a defined programme of work of up to two years in length that has clearly defined and complementary technical and business plan development milestones. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic benefits of their research.

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BBSRC/GCRF Translation Award (deadline: 25th October 2017)

The GCRF Translation Awards call will fund activities that aim to achieve outcomes that deliver impact. The call aims to enable research outputs of current or previous BBSRC-funded (or other research council-funded research activity that falls within BBSRC remit) to be further developed into practical application, which delivers benefit and impact in developing countries.

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Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants - UK and Peru (deadline: 25th October 2017)

Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.

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AHRC-MRC GCRF Global Public Health: Partnership Awards Call 2 (deadline: 26th October 2017)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the MRC to launch a global public health initiative that responds to the challenge of bringing together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with arts and humanities research bringing an understanding of local knowledge and history, cultural and historical contexts and dynamics, community engagement, and trust.

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Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) – Catalyst grants (bid outline deadline: 21st November 2017; full proposal deadline: 10th April 2018)

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) is a new international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development, NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council. The overall SHEAR programme focuses on four areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making.

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EPSRC/RCUK Inclusion Matters - furthering equality, diversity and inclusion in Engineering and Physical Sciences research (deadline: 7th November 2017)

EPSRC is launching an open, competitive call to fund projects aimed at improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering and physical sciences. This call is the first of its kind in the Research Councils and is being managed as a pilot by EPSRC as part of the Research Councils’ collective approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion during the transition to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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