Weekly round-up #171

VALIDATE Weekly Round-up #171

bcg100 games

As we let you know earlier this year, VALIDATE was awarded a Wellcome Enriching Engagement grant to support the development of four educational video games. Above you can see some preliminary images from the games.

Help test the games:  Next week, we hope to have some early test versions of the games ready for members to try out. We also need you to pass the games on to any friends and family who are in the target audience of 11 to 14-year-olds. Our first two games are:

  • Albert and Camille's Little Lille Adventure is an adventure and exploration game where you have to develop the first BCG vaccine in Occupied Lille in 1917.
  • Vaccine Delivery Adventure is a classic platform game in which you control a healthcare worker as they bring BCG to communities in increasingly more challenging environments. 

Our hope is that you (and any 11-14-year-olds you might know) will play the games and fill out a short feedback form so we can improve the games in time for a public launch in July. Get in touch if you would like to help - validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk


TB and the Use of BCG in Animals: Does it matter to people? - Register today

You still have time to register for tonight's exciting lecture from Professor Glyn Hewinson and Professor Michele Miller. The lecture will take place online via MS Teams and will start at 18:00 BST - Register online.


  • MRC Better Methods, Better Research Grants, 2021 - This funding opportunity is open to researchers at eligible organisations including higher education institutions, approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies – deadline 11 November 2021

  • MRC Biomed Catalyst - Supporting the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “re-purposing” of existing therapies – deadline 24 November 2021
  • 20ALERT: Mid-range equipment funding - The minimum value is £200,000 (inc. VAT) at 100% full economic costing over 12 months. The call budget is approximately £10 million – deadline 26 November 2021
  • NRF DAAD - The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) award MA and PhD scholarships to South African citizens and permanent South African residents for postgraduate studies at public South African universities – deadline 30 November 2021
  • MRC Infections and Immunity Programme Grant - UK-based research into infectious human disease and disorders of the human immune system – 13 December 2021

You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.

    Training Opportunities and Events:

    Find more training and events opportunities on our Training and Events pages.

    Job Opportunities:

    There are many more relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.



    Highlights on Twitter this week:

    Stellenbosch University’s Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics promoted VALIDATE’s TB and the use of BCG for Animals event, EDCTP tweeted a reminder about their deadline for the abstracts the Tenth EDCTP Forum and Global T cell Expert Consortium shared a public information video about T cells.  Nature Careers were offering a prize for researchers who told them what they hate and love about their job, advice for scientists who might want a career outside of academia, and an article about the impact of the pandemic travel lockdown had on research. Write that PhD had a 1-page guide for writing a journal article and how to write introductions and USAID had an important announcement about funding for the fight against TB. ​​​​​ We continued our #BCG100Facts with infographics on how TB can affect the lungs, can infect the brain and brain and TB symptomsFollow @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter and part in BCG100 by using the hashtag #BCG100.


    Published: 9 June 2021