Pump-prime funding

Transformative Science

The Gnatwork has funding available to pump-prime collaborative studies that bring together researchers from around the world and across vector groups (blackflies, sandflies, biting midges). The Transformative Science call will fund projects that investigate specific areas of preliminary research that are sufficiently novel to lead to future, large-scale funding. 

Our second pump-prime funding call, Transformative Science, is now closed for Expressions of Interest (EOI). EOI applications have been forwarded to the Gnatwork Management Board for review. Applicants will hear on the success of their proposals by 15 Janurary 2019 and select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Funding checklist

  • All applicants must be Gnatwork members
  • All projects must be led by a UK-based Principal Investigator.
  • Applications must include a Co-Investigator from at least one country receiving Official Development Assistance (ODA).
  • There is a maximum cap of £100 000 GBP full economic costing (fEC) for a single project (smaller scale projects are encouraged).
  • The Gnatwork will pay for 80% fEC project cost as for standard BBSRC-funded proposals.
  • Funding of successful applications will be paid to the UK institution on the project in two stages: 30% before the project commences and 70% on project completion.
  • Projects must be either six, nine or twelve months in duration.
  • Projects must be relevant to more than one vector group (blackflies; sandflies; biting midges).
  • For expressions of interest, participants must be able to agree to the terms provided within the due diligence checklist (available on the website).
  • Projects must begin at the latest by 1 June 2019.
  • The invoice and expenditure statement for the entire project must be submitted within one month of the project end date. It is not required to submit receipts but receipts must be retained by partners in case they are required for audit purposes in the future.
  • All projects must submit a final written report, including data and validated methods, within one month of project completion. The data and protocols produced will be published on the Gnatwork website.