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

T19: all year-round funding for network members’ training

3 December 2018

A Christmas and New Year gift to network members The CONNECTED Training Voucher scheme proved popular during its first call. There will be further calls, offering similar opportunities to organise funded lab visits, work shadowing and workshops. Further details of dates will follow…… Read more

Training Voucher successful applications

22 November 2018

You can now read the list of those who successfully applied for one of our Training Vouchers during the first round of the scheme. Network members were invited to apply to a CONNECTED scheme allowing early career researchers from any country to seek… Read more

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

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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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