Deadline: 9th September 2022

We are inviting applications for our Encephalitis 2022- International Research Seed Funding.

Researchers can apply for up to £10,000 in seed funding for a project specific on encephalitis with a duration of up to 18 months.

The fund is open to applicants from low-to-middle income countries worldwide and to all levels from medical students, junior doctors and early researchers, those returning to research to post-doctoral research or equivalent professional experience. 

The following video offers some hints and tips on how to apply for our seed funding grant:

Themes of Interest:

Applications are encouraged, but not restricted to, the following areas.

Examples of suitable pilot or low-cost projects in LMICs:

  • Epidemiological research on incidence of various causes of encephalitis.
  • The development or improvements in routine surveillance systems to facilitate assessment of accurate incidence statistics of encephalitis.
  • Standardisation of case definitions, diagnostic testing, and methods of case ascertainment to enable better comparison of incidences between studies and regions.
  • More accurate assessment and better recording of mortality in encephalitis.
  • Standardised surveillance systems to enable more accurate assessment and comparison of mortality in encephalitis.
  • Data on acute outcomes of encephalitis.
  • Data on long term outcomes of encephalitis.
  • Interventions that will reduce caregiver burden.
  • Data on direct and indirect costs of encephalitis.
  • Introduction of vaccination programmes in areas where vaccine-preventable encephalitides exist (i.e. rabies, TBE, JE, etc).
  • Understanding of and methods for reduction in vaccine hesitancy in the population with evaluation of changing attitudes/greater uptake of immunisation.
  • Evaluation of clinical benefits of greater availability of basic diagnostic tests and equipment (i.e., lumbar punctures, CSF analysis, MRI scanning, antibody testing) to help justify their costs.
  • Greater availability and use of acyclovir in suspected encephalitis.
  • Increasing numbers of neurologists and/or neurology training.

For more information on eligibility and conditions of the grant please read the Project Brief

If you would like to apply, please complete the Application Form and the Diversity Form and send them to [email protected] 

If you would like more information about our Research Strategy, what we fund and the review process please visit the web page Apply for a grant.

If you would like information on previous funders, please visit our Seed Fund Grant page

For more information on our Scientific Advisory Panel, please visit Our Scientific Advisory Panel.