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Looking ahead to the next six months of the CONNECTED project

The six month point of any project is a good time to reflect and take stock. The small network team running CONNECTED has been in place since December 2017 so, six months in to the project, here’s a snapshot of some of the major landmarks so far and, more importantly, a summary of what’s to come.

In the past six months the CONNECTED Virus Network has:

In light of these positive beginnings, it is vital the project now maintains its momentum, working to further bring together collaborations of researchers which can, in the years ahead, help deliver solutions to vector-borne crop diseases that devastate Sub-Saharan African countries.

In the next few months, plans are in hand to:

  • Open the second of its two pump-prime funding calls
  • Kick-off an innovative Training Voucher scheme, with funding to enable visits to UK research institutions
  • Put in place plans for a CONNECTED Development Programme, to be run in 2019
  • Expand the resources available on the CONNECTED website, particularly those available to support network members
  • Develop elements of the project to encourage people from other research areas to work with us, making it a truly interdisciplinary project

Network members will be the first to learn the details of all these developments. Anyone with an interest in our work can easily become a network member – free of charge – using this link.