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Newton Fund Vietnam: Opportunities for collaborative health research

Researchers from Vietnam and the UK can access opportunities to carry out collaborative research projects on infectious diseases in Vietnam.

Vietnam is located in a relatively high-risk region for newly emerged and re-emerging infectious diseases. Costs for the treatment of infectious diseases have already burdened the country’s fragile healthcare system and the situation is worsening as antimicrobial resistance increases year after year.

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC)-Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Infectious Diseases Partnership Initiative aims to provide substantive support for joint Vietnamese-UK researchers working in the area of infectious disease research. The objective is to deliver research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between scientists from Vietnam and the UK that will encourage the pursuit of shared research interests. Total funding for this initiative from both sides is £2.6million for up to 5 three-year projects (2016-2018).

The Partnership Initiative is now calling for joint research proposals from the two countries. Research projects on antimicrobial resistance, vaccine development and malaria are particularly welcome and encouraged. Two of the most important assessment criteria are the project’s scientific quality and its potential to have a positive impact on poor and vulnerable communities in Vietnam. Deadline for application is 15 July 2015.

This Initiative is under the Newton Fund Vietnam. The Memorandum of Understanding of the Newton Fund Vietnam Programme was signed by MOST Minister Nguyen Quan and British Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever on 3 June 2015.

Detailed information of the call is available on the website of MRC