Welcome to Connected

CONNECTED is a vector-borne disease network based at, and led from, 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 Sub-Saharan 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

Where a CONNECTED training grant can take you

3 December 2021

My experience at Texas A&M AgriLife Centre… As an enthusiastic and energetic early career researcher (ECR) looking for a group to discuss, share, learn and expand my professional network, I recently applied for a £3000 training voucher, following the call-out to CONNECTED network… Read more

Managing Maize Lethal Necrosis in Kenya

25 November 2021

An online presentation by Dr Jane Wamaitha Mwathi entitled ‘Our experience on managing and educating farmers on Maize lethal necrosis in Kenya’ is now available to watch on the CONNECTED Vimeo channel. Dr Mwathi is based at KALRO in Kenya and has an… Read more


25 November 2021

The sixth in our seminar series will take place on Thursday, 16 Dec at 10:30 UK time – please join us. The two presentations are as follows Cassava Mosaic Viruses Transmitted by Whitefly Vector on Cassava and High Throughput Production of Virus-free Cassava… Read more

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Recent Events

CONNECTED Springboard to Impact Virtual Conference

08:00 on 21st September 2020 at Virtual Conference

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Please note carefully that all times stated are British Summer Time (BST, which is GMT +1) WEEK ONE Day 1, Monday 21 September Day 2, Tuesday 22 September Day 3, Wednesday 23 September Day 4, Thursday 24 September Day 5, Friday… Read more

T19: All-year round training opportunities for network members

on 01st January 2019 at

Training opportunities appear all year round, not just when a training funding application window is open. So for the whole of 2019 we are inviting applications from network members who see an existing training course or workshop they would like to attend which… Read more

V4 Early Career Researcher Development Programme

on 10th June 2019 at

Virus Vector Vice Versa (V4) is a fully-funded ten-day residential course at the University of Bristol, UK (10 – 21 June 2019). The purpose of V4: The CONNECTED Development Programme for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) is to create a cohort of ECRs with… Read more

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