IMPRINT will issue regular calls for the following three types of activities in order to support research and to foster public engagement within the network and beyond:

a) Pump-priming grants

  • Start-up funds of up to £70,000 per project will be available to IMPRINT members and their collaborators for 12-month projects addressing key challenges.
  • Applications will be assessed by the scientific committee and external reviewers, using a transparent application process and scoring system, which will evaluate scientific excellence and strategic fit.
  • Proposals should involve at least two collaborating IMPRINT research groups and are open to external partners.

Timeline:

Currently no open calls.

b) Public engagement grants

The aim of IMPRINT’s public engagement grants is to fund new, innovative and creative projects that improve the public’s awareness and understanding of maternal vaccination, build confidence and address risk perceptions.

  • Funds of up to £15,000 per project will be available to IMPRINT members (and their collaborators where applicable).
  • Activities in/for LMICs and/or with LMIC participation are particularly encouraged.
  • Applications will be assessed using a transparent application process and scoring system.

Examples of possible activities:

  • (Short-) films or podcasts
  • Activities in the context of Open Science Days at research institutions
  • Theatre plays or (dance) performances
  • Development of information materials (brochures, mobile apps…)
  • Workshops

Timeline:

Currently no open calls.

c) IMPRINT Industry Placement

  • A 6-months placement between The Vaccine Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Pfizer, funded by the IMPRINT network and based in the UK.
  • Applicants should be UK-resident academic investigators or academic trainees with a keen interest in Vaccinology, in particular relating to the use of vaccines in pregnancy.
  • Salary costs and some travel allowance would be available from IMPRINT network funds.
  • A tri-partite agreement between the applicants home institution, LSHTM and Pfizer would be implemented and the successful applicant “seconded” from his/her home institution with agreement of their respective deanery, where applicable. This opportunity might suit advanced academic trainees in infection and immunity or public health, seeking out of program experience and industry insights.
  • The scope of work would centre on the development of a framework for a post-approval study to establish the effectiveness of a Group B Streptococcus (GBS) vaccine in prevention of neonatal disease in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).
  • The candidate would gain experience in Pfizer policies and procedures on planning and conduct of clinical vaccine trials-in general and not specifically to GBS- through direct interactions and shadowing of Pfizer staff, based in the UK in Hurley, SL6 6RJ.

Timeline:

Currently no open calls.

 

d) IMPRINT post-doctoral Fellowships

  • The fellowship scheme will enable career development for post-doctoral scientists from LMIC with a keen interest in maternal and neonatal immunisation science.
  • IMPRINT fellows will be selected on application and in partnership with IMPRINT investigators in the North and South.
  • We currently offer two 1.5-year fellowships that can run for up to 1.5 years and will cover salary, overseas living allowances, training and consumables up to a maximum of £150,000 per fellowship.

We welcome post-doctoral fellows with interest and connections to maternal/neonatal research in line with the six thematic challenges of the IMPRINT Network. Projects should include IMPRINT investigators as research sponsors from a minimum of two institutions. Fellows from LMIC partners are particularly welcomed and will be prioritised for funding.

Timeline:

Currently no open calls.

For more details, please refer to the respective guidance documents. For any additional queries, don’t hesitate to contact the network manager at IMPRINT@linq-management.com

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