Country to support research on infectious diseases in Vietnam.
The Embassy of the UK in Vietnam today called for joint research proposals from UK and Vietnam as part of the Infection Disease Partnership Initiative. Total funding for the Initiative is more than $4 million for as many as five three-year projects in the 2016-2018 period.
Organized by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the program’s 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.
Initiatives will focus on areas such as antimicrobial resistance, vaccine development, and malaria, because Vietnam is located in a relatively high-risk region for newly-emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. The cost for treatment of infectious diseases are already a burden on the country’s fragile healthcare system and the situation is worsening as antimicrobial resistance increases year after year
The two most important criteria when evaluating research projects for the program are its scientific quality and its potential to have a positive impact on poor and vulnerable communities in Vietnam. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2015.
This Initiative falls under the Newton Fund Vietnam, with a memorandum of understanding on the Fund being signed by Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan and the UK Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Giles Lever, on June 3.