ANTI-VeC Network Funding Opportunities

The Network provides an opportunity to stimulate new lines of research and new collaborations, increase interactions in these emerging fields, and share experiences/expertise - from lab techniques to best practice in running field trials and to expand the links between UK scientists and excellent researchers based in disease-endemic countries. 

ANTI-VeC funds several initiatives including:

  • pump-priming grants (up to £100,000)
  • training and knowledge exchange visits between members' groups (up to £10,000)
  • international conference bursaries (up to £2,000)
  • travel bursaries to attend ANTI-VeC meetings (up to £2,000)

CLOSED: ANTI-VeC African Anopheles Symbiont Survey, Deadline: 31st March 2021

The ANTI-VeC Network announce a call for applications to undertake a survey of Microsporidia MB diversity and prevalence in An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus populations across Africa. 

Awards will be up to the maximum value of £40,000 each.

Awards will be up to 12 months duration. 

Funding has been made available by the Open Philanthropy Project.

 

Timescales

  • Application deadline: 31st March 2021
  • Application outcome: 30th April 2021

 

Call Summary

The discovery of Microsporidia MB in Anopheles arabiensis / gambiae, and that these symbionts can completely block transmission of Plasmodium falciparum1, provides opportunities for developing novel integrated malaria control approaches. The funding aims to undertake a survey of Microsporidia MB diversity and prevalence in An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus populations across Africa. For this purpose small grants will be awarded for screening Anopheles colonies and field-collected samples (both larvae and adults) using PCR/qPCR assays for Microsporidia MB, using standardised methodologies. Collections at regular intervals would cover at least two seasons and different larval site ecotypes, with temperature and rainfall to be recorded from collection sites. Microsporidia MB strain diversity patterns will then be determined by genome sequencing at KEMRI-Wellcome in Kenya (the costs of which will be covered separately). Genome analysis training will be available for participants if needed. In addition to the investigation of Microsporidia MB prevalence and diversity, applicants may propose additional experiments investigating the biology of Microsporidia MB.

Areas of potential interest include (but are not limited to);

a) Colonization of lines potentially novel Microsporidia MB strains to confirm vertical transmission and / or other characteristics.
b) Interactions with other symbionts (e.g. Wolbachia) or intestinal microbiome

  1. Herren JK et al. (2020) A microsporidian impairs Plasmodium falciparum transmission in Anopheles arabiensis Nat Comms 11:2187. 

 

Eligibility

Funding is available to ANTI-VeC network members.  Applicants must apply to become a network member if not already one.  Membership is open to all those with an interest in the field and the network is free-of-charge to join via the ANTI-VeC website: https://ww.gla.ac.uk/research/az/antivec/join/

Principal Investigators: the application must be led by an Africa-based Principal Investigator with a contract that lasts at least up to the proposed end date of the project. 

Early Career Researchers (ECR) are encouraged to apply.

Principal Investigators must be resident in the country in sub-Saharan Africa specified on the application form for the duration of the proposed project and must be based in a recognised higher education institution, or in a ‘not-for profit’ research intensive organisation which can demonstrate compliance with the following:

  • Research Capacity and Capability: in-house capacity in terms of staff and infrastructure to support and lead excellent research programmes.
  • Governance and Financial Stability: robust assurance around managing and accounting for grant funding, demonstrate good governance and control functions including policies and approaches to control risk and mitigate fraud and corruption.

Early career researchers must be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • a track record of excellent research
  • the support of their institution
  • the resources and facilities to conduct the project

Co-Investigators: these are not required to be Africa-based.  Otherwise, all Co-Investigators must satisfy the same criteria (outlined above) as Principal Investigators.

The Application Guidance document should be referred to, as it provides further important eligibility information. 

 

How to apply

The following information will be required to complete the application form:

1. Project title (maximum 150 words)
2. Summary (maximum 300 words)
3. Proposed Project Start Date
4. Project Duration
5. Investigator details (Name, contact details, relevant experience and hours per week on project for Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators)
6. Description of the Proposed project (maximum 1000 words)
7. Project Budget
8. Justification of Resources (maximum 300 words). The budget requested must be fully justified. Please note that there may be a challenge process on value for money, which may result in the actual funding offered being less than the amount requested.
9. Project Partners/Collaborators
10. Ethical Concerns
11. Applicants should also submit the following attachments with the full application form:

  • CVs including recent relevant publications for all collaborators (up to 2 sides of A4 per person)
  • Letter of Support from Research Group Leader for applications involving early career researchers (either as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator)
  • Letters of Support from Project Partners/Collaborators, where appropriate, confirming the availability of the necessary facilities, resources and infrastructure in a project-specific letter of support (up to 2 sides of A4 per partner)

12. Applicants should identify the following named contacts for all organisations on the application form requesting funds, to assist with:

  • Contract review and award acceptance (per partner)
  • Finance claim for cost reimbursement / Due Diligence checks (per partner)

 

Further Information and Downloads

Please read the Application Guidance document carefully as it provides further information on the application, assessment, and post-award stages. 

A list of reference documents is provided for download:

ANTI-VeC African Anopheles Symbiont Survey Application Guidance
ANTI-VeC African Anopheles Symbiont Survey Application Form

 

Submission

The completed application form and additional documents should be submitted as a PDF file(s) to anti-vec-network@glasgow.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2021.

 

Useful Resources

List of LMICs (OECD DAC List)
https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm

 

Contact

Michelle Connolly, Network Manager
Michelle.Connolly@glasgow.ac.uk 
anti-vec-network@glasgow.ac.uk 

 

 


CLOSED: ANTI-VeC Training and Collaboration Awards

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ANTI-VeC have revised the training scheme to support online training and collaboration in genetic and symbiont vector control strategies and related fields.

The ANTI-VeC Network announce a call for applications for Training and Collaboration Awards, up to the maximum value of £10,000 each, for training and short projects ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months duration.  The budget requested should reflect the duration and scope of the training.

All projects must be within the scope of the ANTI-VeC network and its remit. Further information on this can be found on our website www.anti-vec.net

The Network aims to encourage Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and career progression amongst its members. These awards will help increase research capacity by giving researchers a broader outlook and range of skills and experience.

You can apply for an award to:

  • Undertake online training and transfer of knowledge, skills, and techniques
  • Undertake online collaboration between members’ groups in UK and OECD DAC-list countries
  • Participate in online courses or workshops

Awards should be concluded by 30th November 2020, to allow time for reporting within the term of the ANTI-VeC Network.

The ANTI-VeC Network focuses on the development of genetic / symbiont vector control strategies and related fields. This includes:

  • suppression and replacement / transmission blocking approaches
  • vector-pathogen/symbiont interactions and line creation
  • symbiont discovery
  • underlying vector biology relevant to genetic intervention
  • relevant aspects of vector ecology and behaviour
  • social science of community acceptance
  • mathematical / economic modelling

All applications must be within the scope of the ANTI-VeC network and its remit. 

Timescales

  • Application deadline: 30th June 2020
  • Application outcome: 31st July 2020 
  • Completion date for awards: 30th November 2020

How to apply

Funding is available to early career ANTI-VeC network members based for work in UK or DAC-list countries.  Applicants must apply to become a network member if not already one.  Membership is open to all those with an interest in the field and the network is free-of-charge to join via the Join us section.

Applications are welcome from:

  • Registered PhD students based for work in DAC-list countries
  • Early career researchers including post-docs and lecturer level staff based for work in the UK or DAC-list countries 

Please refer to the DAC list of ODA recipient countries for LMIC eligibility: https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm


Further Information and Application Form

Please read the Application Guidance document carefully as it provides further information on eligibility and reporting. 

A list of reference documents is provided below for download.

ANTI-VeC Training and Collaboration Awards Application Guidance 2020

ANTI-VeC Training and Collaboration Awards Application Form 2020

 

The completed application form and additional documents should be submitted as a PDF file(s) to anti-vec-network@glasgow.ac.uk

The closing date for Training and Collaboration Award applications is 30th June 2020.

 

Useful resources

OECD DAC List countries
https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm

 

Contact

Michelle Connolly, Network Manager

Michelle.Connolly@glasgow.ac.uk 

anti-vec-network@glasgow.ac.uk


Testimonials from ANTI-VeC Training & Technology / Knowledge Exchange Visit Awardees

Roger Sanou, IRSS Burkina Faso

 

Training on machine learning analysis to interpret infrared spectra for Mosquito trait prediction

"This award allowed me to attend the "machine learning" training in Glasgow. I much appreciated the training in regards of what I learnt in terms of analysing my data, exploiting my results to identify and predict the age and the species and later the other traits of malaria mosquitoes. 

In addition, it was a great opportunity for me to establish partnership with other scientists. Thanks to the organising team for his support".

 


CLOSED: ANTI-VeC International Conference Bursaries - 7th PAMCA Annual Conference

** Call closed - 7th PAMCA Annual Conference postponed to 2021**

Grants are available for international conference bursaries of up to £2,000, via competitive application to the Network Executive Committee. 

Our conference bursaries are intended to support attendance at leading international conferences.  Funds are specifically available to support network members presenting work at scientific conferennces.

This specific call is for applications for bursaries to attend the 7th PAMCA Annual Conference, 21-23 September 2020, Accra, Ghana.

 

Timescales

  • PAMCA Abstract submission deadline: 31st May 2020
  • ANTI-VeC bursary application deadline: 5th June 2020
  • ANTI-VeC bursary application outcome: by 31st July 2020

 

How to apply

Funding is available to early career ANTI-VeC network members based for work in UK or DAC-list countries.  Applicants must apply to become a network member if not already one.  Membership is open to all those with an interest in the field and the network is free-of-charge to join via the  us section.

Applications are welcome from:

  • Registered PhD students from DAC-list countries
  • Early career researchers including post-docs and lecturer level staff staff from UK or DAC-list countries

Applicants must also indicate on the application form if they have submitted an abstract for an oral or poster presentation to PAMCA, and include the title and abstract text.


Please refer to the DAC list of ODA recipient countries for LMIC eligibility.

Please read the Application Guidance document providing further information.  It provides important information on the eligibility of applicants and costs.   

A list of reference documents are provided below for download.

The completed application form should be submitted as a PDF file to anti-vec-network@glasgow.ac.uk


Further information

The following documents are available to view and download:

ANTI-VeC International Conference Bursary Application Guidelines - PAMCA 2020

ANTI-VeC International Conference Bursary Application Form - PAMCA 2020

 

Useful resources

OECD DAC List countries


CLOSED: ANTI-VeC International Conference Bursaries - 6th PAMCA Annual Conference

Grants are available for international conference bursaries of up to £2,000, via competitive application to the Network Executive Committee. 

Our conference bursaries are intended to support attendance at leading international conferences.  Funds are specifically available to support network members presenting work at scientific conferennces.

This specific call is for applications for bursaries to attend the 6th PAMCA Annual Conference, 23-25 September 2019, Yaounde, Cameroon.

 

Timescales

  • Abstract submission deadline to PAMCA: 15th June 2019
  • ANTI-VeC bursary application deadline: 21st July 2019 
  • Notification of funding: by 1st August 2019

 

How to apply

Funding is available to early career ANTI-VeC network members based for work in UK or DAC-list countries.  Applicants must apply to become a network member if not already one.  Membership is open to all those with an interest in the field and the network is free-of-charge to join via the Join us section.

Applications are welcome from:

  • Registered PhD students from DAC-list countries
  • Early career researchers including post-docs and lecturer level staff staff from UK or DAC-list countries

Applicants must also indicate on the application form if they have submitted an abstract for an oral or poster presentation to PAMCA, and include the title and abstract text.

 

Please refer to the DAC list of ODA recipient countries for LMIC eligibility: https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm 

Please read the Application Guidance document providing further information.  It provides important information on the eligibility of applicants and costs.   

A list of reference documents are provided below for download.

The completed application form should be submitted as a PDF file to anti-vec-network@glasgow.ac.uk


Further information

The following documents  are available to view and download:

ANTI-VeC International Conference Bursary Application Guidance - PAMCA

ANTI-VeC International Conference Bursary Application Form - PAMCA

 

Useful resources

OECD DAC List countries
https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm 


ANTI-VeC Travel Bursaries June 2019 London Meeting Reimbursement

Please see the following updated documents regarding reimbursement of Travel Bursary Awards for UK Annual Meeting in London, June 2019

 

 

Other documents required for reimbursement will be emailed to recipeints prior to the Meeting.

 

30 May 2019


Testimonials from ANTI-VeC Travel Bursary Awardees

Here are some testimonials from the Travel Bursary Recipients who attended the Anti-VeC Annual Meeting in July 2018.

 

Ms Assétou Dionégué Diarra, ICER Mali

 

 

This first meeting of Anti-VeC was a very nice experience. The organizing team was up to it.
The trip to Glasgow was well organized and the information was clear. Congratulations to the whole team.

 

Mr Sawdetuo Aristide Hien, IRSS Burkina Faso

I would like to thank you for allowing me to participate in this very informative conference and also for allowing me to know several imminent personalities from the world of science in general and my specialty (Medical Entomology) in particular! May this type of conference be ongoing and ongoing to enable young researchers like us to learn new knowledge. I thank all staff and all the participants of this conference.

 

Mr Magellan Tchouakui, LSTM/CRID Cameroon

 

The Anti-VeC meeting of July 2018 was a great opportunity of collaboration and very well organised.

 

Mr Godfrey Nattoh, PAUSTI/JKUAT Kenya

 

Those were interesting presentations; I got enthused by the comments too. I acquired new insights that would shape my approach in science. Thank you for the invite, providing travel grant, and accepting my poster.

 

Ms Nidya Alexandra Segura Guerrero, Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia

 

The ANTI-Vec meeting allowed me to met people from different continents sharing the same aim. I as a researcher definitely I will take advantage of the opportunities that the network offers.

 

 


CLOSED: ANTI-VeC Pump-Priming Funding

ANTI-VeC is delighted to announce the successful awardees of our pump-priming funding call.  Following a highly competitive two-stage review process, we selected 9 projects which are aligned to the key themes of the Network, relating to vector-pathogen interactions, novel symbionts and transmission blocking, gene drive systems, mosquito behaviour, as well as social sciences and stakeholder engagement to deliver information about genetic control measures.  

We received 34 expressions of interest at the first stage and the overall quality of the proposals received was very high.

The 11 projects selected for funding are: 

Project Title Investigators / Organisations Award Value   
The impact of feeding method on Anopheles mosquito midgut microbiota and P. falciparum infection rates
  • Mara Lawniczak (PI), Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
  • Arthur Talman, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
  • Abdoulaye Djimde, University of Science, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Mali
£57,799
AnDAPT - Lab adaptation of Anopheles gambiae s.s.
  • Andrea Crisanti, Imperial College London, UK
  • Sekou Fantamady Traore, University of Science, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Mali
£55,991
Roles of insect-specific flaviviruses and immune priming in arbovirus transmission blocking in mosquitoes
  • Jandouwe Villinger (PI), International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • Seth Barribeau, University of Liverpool, UK
  • David Tchouassi, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya
£100,000
A Novel Malaria Transmission Blocking Strategy: Microsporidian Symbionts of Anopheles Mosquitoes
  • Jeremy Herren (PI), International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • Steven Sinkins, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Mara Lawniczak, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
 £99,928
Targeted disruption of the steroid hormone inactivation pathway in Anopheles mosquitoes for malaria control
  • Mark Paine (PI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Luc Salako Djogbenou, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
 £95,400
Determining heritable microbe incidence, prevalence and impact in sandfly vector species
  • Greg Hurst (PI), University of Liverpool, UK
  • Jandouwe Villinger, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • Damaris Matoke-Muhia, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • Claudia Ximena Moreno Herrera, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia
  • Rafael Vivero, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia
  • Gloria Cadavid, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia
 £99,952
Functional genetics tools for Anopheles funestus: opening the door to genetic control and to an understanding of its vector competence (FunFuncGen)
  • Tony Nolan (PI), UK
  • Charles Wondji, Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID), Cameroon
 £97,592
Should tsetse symbiont, S. glossinidius, be engineered to control African Trypanosomiasis
  • Alvaro Acosta-Serrano (PI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Daniel Masiga, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • Lee Haines, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
 £98,334
Effects of co-infection of Wolbachia and the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium pingshaense in Aedes aegypti
  • Abdoulaye Diabate (PI), Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Sante (IRSS) / Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso
  • Etienne Bilgo, Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Sante (IRSS) / Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso
  • Steven Sinkins, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Maria Vittoria Mancini, University of Glasgow, UK
 £70,800
Into the Wild: New Models for Community Engagement with Mosquito Releases
  • Ann Kelly (PI), King's College London, UK
  • Fredros Okumu, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
  • Javier Lezaun, University of Oxford, UK
  • Prosper Chaki, Ifakara Health Institute / Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), Tanzania
  • Givemore Munhenga, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Brian Tarimo, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
  • Marceline Finda, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
 £83,847
In the eye of the swarm: Mapping the acoustic landscape of mosquito disease vectors
  • Joerg Albert (PI), University College London, UK
  • Sarah Moore, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
  • Marta Andres, University College London, UK
  • Matthew Topping, University College London, UK
 £99,864


Further information on each of these projects will be made available soon.


OPEN: ANTI-VeC International Conference Bursaries - Mosquito Sensory Biology Symposium

Grants are available for international conference bursaries of up to £2,500, via competitive application to the Network Executive Committee. 

Our conference bursaries are intended to support attendance at leading international conferences.  Funds are specifically available to support network members presenting work at scientific conferennces.

This specific call is for applications for bursaries to attend the Mosquito Sensory Biology Symposium, 6-8 September 2019, University College London, UK.

 

Timescales

  • Abstract submission deadline to Joerg Albert, joerg.albert@ucl.ac.uk and Judy Bagi, j.bagi@ucl.ac.uk: 2nd August 2019
  • ANTI-VeC bursary application deadline: 2nd August 2019
  • Notification of funding: by 12th August 2019

 

How to apply

Funding is available to early career ANTI-VeC network members based for work in UK or DAC-list countries.  Applicants must apply to become a network member if not already one.  Membership is open to all those with an interest in the field and the network is free-of-charge to join via the  us section.

Applications are welcome from:

  • Registered PhD students from DAC-list countries
  • Early career researchers including post-docs and lecturer level staff staff from UK or DAC-list countries

Applicants must also indicate on the application form if they have submitted an abstract for a poster presentation to University College London, and include the title and abstract text.

 

Please refer to the DAC list of ODA recipient countries for LMIC eligibility: https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm 

Please read the Application Guidance document providing further information.  It provides important information on the eligibility of applicants and costs.   

A list of reference documents are provided below for download.

 

The completed application form should be submitted as a PDF file to anti-vec-network@glasgow.ac.uk


Further information

The following documents  are available to view and download:

Mosquito Sensory Biology Application Guidance

Mosquito Sensory Biology Application Form

 

Useful resources

OECD DAC List countries
https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm