Welcome to Connected

CONNECTED is a Vector-borne Disease Network awarded to the University of Bristol, UK. It is funded by the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which supports research on global issues affecting developing countries. The Network Director is Professor Gary Foster (University of Bristol) and the Co-Director is Professor Neil Boonham (Newcastle University).

CONNECTED aims to build a sustainable Network of international scientists and researchers to address the challenges of vector-borne plant viruses in Africa.

Network members are forging new links and consolidating existing ones to provide the collaborative, multidisciplinary approach essential for tackling vector-borne disease.

A key objective is to enable Network members to successfully apply for research funding. To facilitate this, CONNECTED is providing pump-prime funding for a wide range of short term research projects which will be used as the basis for future funding applications with national and international funding organisations.

The Network is working together with funders, farmers, stakeholders and policy makers.

Anyone with an interest in plant virus vector-borne disease can become a Network member. It is simple and free to join, using this link.

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Recent News

Vector & virus diagnostics course, Kenya, March 2019

19 November 2018

Early career researchers have a golden opportunity to apply for full funding to attend a five-day introductory level vector and virus diagnostics course in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2019, which is being run by CONNECTED in association with Biosciences eastern and central Africa… Read more

Fully funded places available for 12-week bioinformatics course, starting Jan 2019

12 November 2018

Bioinformatics training opportunity CONNECTED is pleased to open a new training opportunity to network members: We will fully fund a small number of places on a 12-week bioinformatics course in Sweden. It starts on 21 January 2019, so the application window is a… Read more

Pump-prime funding call #2 now open

22 October 2018

The second CONNECTED PPF call is now open, with the Expression of Interest (EoI) stage, which closes on 18 November 2018. Amongst CONNECTED’s key objectives is enabling members to successfully apply for research funding. To achieve this, we are providing pump-prime funding (PPF) for… Read more

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Recent Events

An introduction to virus and vector diagnostics

on 11th March 2019 at

‘An introduction to vector and virus diagnostics’, organised by CONNECTED and Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA – ILRI) Hub, will take place in Nairobi from Monday 11 to Friday 15 March 2019. The course will include an… Read more

Vector-Borne Diseases in the UK meeting (VBD2018)

on 03rd December 2018 at John Innes Centre

The next meeting on VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES IN THE UK (VBD2018) will be held at the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park on December 3rd and 4th 2018. This meeting is generously supported through the Vector Biology and Climate Modelling Theme of the NIHR… Read more

Kampala ECR Training Workshop

00:00 on 10th May 2018 at

ECR Training Workshop: Kampala on 10th – 11th May 2018 Immediately following our Africa Launch Conference we will host a two-day training course for Early Career Research Network Members in Kampala. This will focus on leadership & management skills, grant and paper writing. Read more

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