Endemic Livestock Diseases Initiative

Type of funding: Collaborative Research

BBSRC, with Defra, DAERA, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and AHDB, are launching a £9M initiative to tackle the challenge of endemic diseases in UK livestock.

Through the Initiative, researchers will work with farmers, businesses and other organisations to develop projects to reduce the incidence and spread of endemic diseases. The research will support the livestock industry’s continued progress in improving animal health and welfare and reducing environmental impacts. The webinar on 2nd September will include early news about the Initiative and a discussion with an experienced panel on how academic researchers can co-develop projects with users. Link to register for the webinar on 2nd September: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5157564271853884943?source=BBSRC

The Initiative will then formally launch with a webinar on 14th September at 14th September, 14:30-16:00 for the launch of this new initiative to fund collaborative research, translation and husbandry approaches to reducing the impacts of UK endemic diseases in livestock (poultry, pigs and ruminants). The funded research will support the livestock industry’s continued progress in improving animal health and welfare and reducing environmental impacts.

The Endemic Livestock Diseases Initiative will consist of two phases. The first phase will launch in Autumn 2021 with a virtual priming partnership workshop. Researchers, farmers, businesses, vets and other organisations are invited to attend the workshop to form groups that co-develop ideas for research and innovation to tackle endemic diseases in livestock. At the end of the workshop, groups will be invited to submit their proposal for funding. This will be directly linked to a larger collaborative research and development investment, to be launched in 2022. Usual BBSRC eligibility will apply: funding will go to researchers from eligible research organisations, but proposals must involve industry partners who make a cash or in-kind contribution to the project.

This is in addition to the AHDB/BBSRC Catalysing Partnerships Opportunity announced last week.

The Initiative will formally launch with a webinar on 14th September at 14:00, where further information on timelines, initiative aims and eligibility will be made available. Please register here to attend the webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5157564271853884943?source=BBSRC

Deadline: 31/12/2021

Eligibility criteria:

No eligibility criteria or deadline currently available for this announcement.

Further information can be found here.