Training grants

VALIDATE training grants

Our final planned training grant call has now closed. We will inform members if further calls are planned in the future.


VALIDATE Training Grants offer up to £3000 to help VALIDATE Associates (post-doctoral researchers) take advantage of training opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. 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). We particularly welcome applications from researchers based in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).


Training opportunities can be within, or external to, the VALIDATE Network; we advertise those we know of here but you can apply for other opportunities you hear of as well. The VALIDATE Members' Directory may also give you ideas for potential laboratory exchanges, tech transfer, or industry visits.


The grants are awarded via competitive application to the Network Management Board. You can read about previous awardees here.


When a call opens, please submit your application form (below) and associated documents by email as a single pdf to the Network Management Team ( by 4pm (UK time) on the call closing date. Please ensure you read our application guidance document (below) before you begin writing your application. Please also contact us with any queries.



List of LMICs (all countries listed on this document count as 'LMIC')


Call deadlines

Round 1 - 31 October 2017 (now closed and awarded)

Round 2 - 14 February 2018 (now closed and awarded)

Round 3 - 14 June 2018 (now closed and awarded)

Round 4 - 29 October 2018 (now closed and awarded)

Round 5 - 12 February 2019 (now closed and awarded)

Round 6 - 24 June 2019 (now closed and awarded)

Round 7 - 22 October 2019 (now closed and awarded)

Round 8 - 24 February 2020 (now closed and awarded)

Round 9 - 17 June 2020 (now closed and awarded)

Round 10 - 13 October 2020 (now closed and awarded)

Round 11 - 18 February 2021 (now closed); review and award Mar 2021