The Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation

Thanks to a generous grant from Community Jameel to support research collaborations with Saudi universities, we have set up the Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation.  We now have up to 250,000 USD available to launch Round 1 of the Fund in partnership with King Abdulaziz University. KAU is the highest ranked university in the Arab region (THE, World University Rankings 2021) with a growing reputation for innovative scientific research.

Awards are available for essential research into transmission and pathogenesis of coronaviruses, including Covid-19, SARS, and MERS.  This can include projects relating to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and understanding of these viruses. This funding opportunity is open to all College Faculties for proposals of up to 65,000 USD and we are inviting proposals from:  

  1. Imperial researchers to undertake projects in this area
  2. Imperial research-led partnerships with KAU
  3. KAU-led partnerships with Imperial

 Up to 250,000 USD is available to seed-fund projects up to 65,000 USD each and 3-6 months in duration.  The call is open to applications from academic and honorary clinical staff at Imperial College. Fellows may apply but must have their salary in place for the duration of the award.

 Applicants should be in a position to start the project as soon as funding is agreed and no later than 1st September.  No new staff should be recruited but costs are allowed for existing staff.  Only direct research costs are eligible, indirect and estates costs are not permissible.  Awards will be distributed internally based on 100% direct costs but excluding estates and infrastructure technicians, investigator time, and other indirect costs. Costs can include small items of equipment of up to equivalent £10,000 but larger capital items cannot be included. The partner costs for KAU can be included and should be clearly laid out in your costings. 

Round 1 of this opportunity is now closed. Details on the Fund, and a summary of projects funded from Round 1 can be found here.