The UKRI Tackling Infections strategic theme aims to use the UK’s interdisciplinary research capability to develop ‘invigorated capacity to attack the major infectious disease challenges that threaten our national and global health, wellbeing, security, prosperity and environments’.
As part of a suite of activities UKRI is supporting a novel technologies mini sandpit to bring in new, disruptive approaches to tackling infections. Complementing the work of the flagship AMR and epidemic preparedness programmes the sandpit would look to pump-prime radical new approaches to tackling infections engaging new communities and capabilities with the challenge.
UKRI is seeking a host for a £1.5 million mini sandpit (or sandpits) to bring new research communities together and fund feasibility studies (£50,000 to £150,000) to test disruptive approaches to tackling infections.
The host must be a UKRI Strategic Institute, network or existing investment with the connections and convening power to stimulate new thinking and bring a diverse set of groups together to spark disruptive ideas with the potential to have a transformative impact.
The funding would be open to all UKRI remits with a focus on stimulating new interdisciplinary activity.
Success indicators of the funding would include:
- catalysis of projects with the potential to have transformative impacts
- engagement of new UKRI communities with the Tackling Infections strategic theme
- formation of new interdisciplinary networks and collaborations
For more information on the background of this funding opportunity, go to the ‘Additional information’ section.
The duration of this award is a maximum of 18 months.
The award must start by 1 January 2024.
You can request up to £1.5 million (80% FEC) (this would be £1.875 million at 100% FEC).
Funding will be added to the successful host grant.
What we will fund
You can request funding for:
- a contribution to the salary of the project lead and project co-lead
- costs associated with running the sandpit events
- funding for the feasibility studies which could include:
- support for posts such as research and technical
- research consumables
- equipment under £10,000
- travel costs
- data preservation, data sharing and dissemination costs
- estates and indirect costs