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.
Come and join us!
A truly global network
New training opportunity: The application of molecular diagnostics for plant virus surveillance
18 July 2019
Early career researchers working on plant disease carried by insect vectors can now apply for full funding to attend a five-day introductory level vector and virus diagnostics course in Ibadan, Nigeria, in November 2019, which is being run by CONNECTED in association with… Read more
New funding call from BBSRC and NERC
18 July 2019
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are inviting applications for projects of up to 22 months in duration to translate existing research into practical application for the purpose of addressing current food security development and… Read more
Hundreds of African crop disease researchers to improve skills following ground-breaking training event
18 July 2019
Hundreds of researchers working on crop diseases carried by insect vectors in Sub-Saharan African countries will have their knowledge and skills improved as a result of a ground-breaking training course run by the UK government-funded CONNECTED network. A group of early career researchers… 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
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