VALIDATE Training Grants

**Call open**


The VALIDATE Network aims to accelerate vaccine research and development for complex intracellular pathogens that cause diseases significant to low and middle-income countries (LMIC), with a focus on Mycobacteria, Leishmania spp, and Burkholderia pseudomallei. VALIDATE also aims to facilitate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and career progression amongst its members.

To support these aims, Early Career Researcher training grants are available of up to £3500 to help researchers take advantage of training opportunities that will contribute to their CPD. This can include (but is not limited to): attendance at courses or workshops, laboratory exchanges, and work shadowing. Attendance at an international conference to present a talk or poster is also eligible for LMIC members only (general travel to attend conferences is not supported in this fund; travel to the VALIDATE Network Annual Meeting is funded elsewhere). For laboratory exchanges, we encourage you to maximise the outputs of your visit to that laboratory, for example by visiting other relevant VALIDATE researchers in that country (to increase your network of contacts and discuss future collaboration opportunities), or by giving a talk to your host laboratory about your research during your visit.

The proposed training opportunity must fall within the VALIDATE scientific remit, focusing on one of VALIDATE’s priority pathogens. Any aspect of research that will accelerate development of efficacious vaccines for these pathogens is eligible, including biological, physical and social sciences, and humanities. 

Applicants must be an Associate member of VALIDATE (working on any of VALIDATE's pathogens). We particularly welcome applications from researchers based in LMICs. 

Members may be awarded (and take up) a maximum of two VALIDATE training grants.

Applications will be reviewed at the next Network Management Board meeting (held every two months).

Please ensure you read our application guidance document (below) before you begin writing your application. Please submit your application form and associated documents as one pdf to the VALIDATE Team at Do contact the VALIDATE Team at the same address with any queries about the form or the application process.

You can read about previous awardees here.


Application Documents

List of LMICs (all countries listed on this document count as 'LMIC', excluding China & India)


Call deadlines

Round 16 is open throughout 2024, with applications reviewed at the next Network Management Board meeting (held every other month).


Previous (closed) calls

Round 15 (all VALIDATE pathogens) - 1 Dec 2023 (closed and awarded)

Round 14 (all VALIDATE pathogens) - 31 Mar 2023 (closed and awarded)

Round 13 (TB only) - 20 Jun 2022 (closed and awarded)

Round 12 (TB only) - 7 March 2022 (closed and awarded)

Round 11 - 18 February 2021 (closed and awarded)

Round 10 - 13 October 2020 (closed and awarded)

Round 9 - 17 June 2020 (closed and awarded)

Round 8 - 24 February 2020 (closed and awarded)

Round 7 - 22 October 2019 (closed and awarded)

Round 6 - 24 June 2019 (closed and awarded)

Round 5 - 12 February 2019 (closed and awarded)

Round 4 - 29 October 2018 (closed and awarded)

Round 3 - 14 June 2018 (closed and awarded)

Round 2 - 14 February 2018 (closed and awarded)

Round 1 - 31 October 2017 (closed and awarded)