The Community Network for African Vector-Borne Plant Viruses (CONNECTED) is a vector-borne disease network based at, and led from, the University of Bristol, UK.

It is co-funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as part of the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which supports research on global issues affecting developing countries.

More information can be found on the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council websites.



Benefits Of Becoming a Connected Member

Pump-prime funding

Funding can be used for research projects in Africa. UK-based BBSRC-eligible Network members will be able to apply for pump-prime funding. Preference will be given to joint applications with an Africa-based partner. Early career scientists are specifically encouraged to apply.

Funding opportunities

CONNECTED will work with national and international funding organisations to identify opportunities to take forward research on vector-borne diseases.

Grant writing

CONNECTED will support Network members with both their applications for pump-prime funding and subsequent applications to national and international funding organisations.


Network members will be able to apply to attend training workshops, and apply for travel funds to visit other Network members to learn specific scientific techniques and gain insight into grant writing and paper writing at the host institution.


CONNECTED will run a series of scientific meetings, seminars and networking events in Africa and the UK where Network members can meet and collaborate.