UK/Thailand Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases

The Medical Research Council (MRC), the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have launched a joint initiative to support collaborative research projects focused on infectious and non-communicable diseases in Thailand.

Under this initiative, the MRC is operating two separate calls that will run in parallel:

1. The MRC-NSTDA Infectious Diseases Call
2. The MRC-TRF Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Call

The initiative has been launched under the Newton Fund, so projects must be collaborative and focus on addressing research of relevance to Thailand.

Under the MRC-NSTDA Infectious Diseases Call, research proposals must specifically address one or more of the following diseases/disease areas:

– Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), especially multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
– Emerging infectious diseases, especially leishmaniasis and influenza.
– Measles.
– Vector-borne diseases.

Under the MRC-TRF Non-Communicable Diseases Call, research proposals must specifically address one or more of the following diseases/disease areas:

– Cardiovascular diseases.
– Diabetes mellitus.
– Osteoporosis.
– Metabolic syndrome.

Proposals must seek to generate scientific outcomes of relevance to the prevention, treatment, management and/or control of the above listed diseases in Thailand. Projects must have a Principal Investigator (PI) based at a UK research organisation (RO) and a PI based at a Thai RO.

Projects can be up to three years in length. An expression of interest must be submitted by 31 July 2017. Full applications must be submitted by 19 September 2017.

Further details can be found online.

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