Research Investment Strategy
Our approach to funding research is to highlight priority topics for each grant round. In setting priority topics, our aim is to elicit strong, well-constructed research proposals on subjects we believe will have the most impact in terms of clinical/public health benefit or unlocking key research questions that will enable further translational research. We will consider funding basic science, but this must increase understanding of the disease area and have a clearly defined potential for early translation into alleviation of the diseases. Research funded must be of the highest scientific merit, in terms of the importance of the investigation, excellence of the study, ability of the research team, and probability of success.
In our 2016-2017 grant round we invited proposals dealing with all forms of meningitis and associated infections, improving prevention, treatment and outlook for patients, and improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis.
Priority topics included:
- Research pertinent to prevention of bacterial meningitis and to maximising vaccine impact, including studies to:
- evaluate vaccines or enable their evaluation
- understand their mode of action
- Research leading to prevention of neonatal meningitis and sepsis, including research which facilitates GBS vaccine development and implementation
- Research in Africa that seeks to improve outcomes from meningitis by:
- overcoming barriers to health seeking behaviour
- improving prevention, treatment or health systems
- improving recognition and accelerating the development and evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for meningitis
We are particularly interested in projects that lead to practical interventions and partnerships in Africa.
Research grants may be held in any country and must meet UK standards of research ethics, scientific integrity and animal welfare.