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).

Our second pump-prime funding call, Transformative Science, will fund projects that investigate specific areas of preliminary research that are sufficiently novel to lead to future, large-scale funding. This call is worth £300 000, with a maximum cap of £100 000 for a single project (smaller scale projects are encouraged). A maximum of four-six projects will be funded, of six, nine or twelve months in duration. We are looking to support projects which link to researchers in countries receiving official development assistance (ODA) and generate data to underpin future external funding applications.

Our Transformative Science call is now open!

There is a two stage application process. Applicants will be first asked to submit an expression of interest, which will be reviewed by the Network Management Board. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal.

The EOI application form can be found in the sidebar. The closing date for EOI is 7 December 2018, completed applications should be emailed as a PDF to enquiries [at] gnatwork [dot] ac [dot] uk. Please ensure that you read the application guidelines (see sidebar) to ensure that your project meets the required criteria.

What types of projects will the Gnatwork fund?

Applications to the Transformative Science call should be based on innovative research questions and can have a high intrinsic risk. Projects must be relevant to more than one vector group (blackflies; sandflies; biting midges). Areas could include:

  • Designing a novel surveillance technique for vectors
  • Comparative behavioural studies across the three vector groups (e.g. oviposition; studies of semiochemicals; resting sites)
  • Development of novel control methods (including GM-based technologies)
  • Novel approaches to mathematical modelling of interventions and/or insecticide resistance
  • Trials of vector competence using field or genetically modified pathogens
  • Examining the social impact of specific diseases spread by these vector families
  • Linking vector occurrence data and taxonomy to mapping of disease occurence
  • Machine learning applications

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.