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UK-Vietnam Partnership for Infectious Disease Research: 2017 workshop launched

  • Date: 10 Oct 2017 00:00 - 12 Oct 2017 23:59
  • Venue: Hanoi, Vietnam

This is the second UK MRC -Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Infectious Diseases Partnership initiative, and aims to build on the first call by continuing to provide substantive support for joint Vietnamese-UK working in the area of infectious disease research.

The joint funders will soon be launching a second round of 3 year 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.

To provide researchers from the UK and Vietnam the opportunity to establish new partnerships, there will be a workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam on 10-12 October 2017. This workshop is open to potential applicants to the call and aims to support the development and/or enhancement of UK-Vietnam research partnerships.

How to apply to attend the workshop

If you are interested in attending this workshop on behalf of your University, please send an expression of interest including;

  • one page cover letter outlining the interest of your institution in developing partnerships for infectious disease research with Vietnam
  • a biography (200 words) highlighting your interest in attending this workshop and outlining your area of expertise (please note, this information would be shared)
  • your CV and publication list (no more than 3 pages)

Reasonable costs of UK attendees will be covered by the MRC.

Due to a limited number of spaces, we will only be able to invite one academic per institution to attend. Therefore, attendees will be expected to represent the wider interests of their institution as well as their individual interests.

Please submit any queries and applications to international@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

​The closing deadline for expressions of interest is at 16:00 on Friday 8th September.

Information on the forthcoming call for proposals

The funders wish to support biomedical research in health areas 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.

The focus of this call is research into infectious diseases of relevance to Vietnam and particularly those impacting the most vulnerable in society. Areas of particular research interest within the infectious disease space include, but are not limited to:

  • HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • TB
  • 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

  • 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.

It is important that the proposed research fits within the MRC and MOST standard remits.

The Newton Fund

The UK contribution will be channelled from the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.

The Newton Fund requires that the funding be awarded to research projects that are of specific relevance to the Vietnamese population. All applications under this call must be compliant with the RCUK Newton guidelines. For further information visit the Newton Fund website