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 will forge new links and consolidate 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 will provide 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 will work together with funders, farmers, stakeholders and policy makers.

Anyone with an interest in plant virus vector-borne disease can become a Network member.

Come and join us!

Recent News

Expression of Interest to attend Launch Conference & ECR Training Workshop

22 March 2018

The CONNECTED Africa Launch Conference will be held in Kampala on 7th – 9th May 2018 The conference will run over 3 days, with one day on site at the NaCRRI Research Institute in Namulonge. ECR Training Workshop: Kampala on 10th – 11th May 2018 Immediately following… Read more

First stage in pump-prime funding call now open (12 March - 8 April)

12 March 2018

The first stage in the CONNECTED pump-prime funding calls opened on Monday 12 March 2018, with an invitation to potential applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI). This call is the first of two that will run during the CONNECTED project lifetime.… Read more

Funding call to protect crops in low-income countries

8 March 2018

Protection of crops from pests and disease in low-income countries is a key focus of the latest round of funding calls from The Global Grand Challenges programme, run by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the three key challenges for which… Read more

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Recent Events

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 2-day training course for Early Career Research Network Members in Kampala. This will focus on leadership & management skills, grant and paper writing. More details… Read more

Africa Launch Conference

00:00 on 07th May 2018 at

The Africa Launch Conference of the CONNECTED Network will take place in Kampala, Uganda from  7th – 9th May 2018 It will be hosted by Dr Titus Alicai, from the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI). The conference will run over 3 days, with one… Read more

Plant and Agricultural Sciences Fellowship event

09:00 on 26th February 2018 at The School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

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