New research call on infectious animal diseases pre-announced

The new ERA-NET Cofund International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD) aims to support cross-cutting research to improve animal health and welfare, with associated benefits towards public health, the environment and the economy. Research and innovation jointly funded by the European Commission (EC) and the ICRAD partners would seek concerted approaches towards the development of novel and improved instruments to address and control infectious diseases, particularly regarding novel detection, intervention and prevention strategies.

ICRAD has announced the upcoming call for joint transnational research projects on animal health. The overall goal of the call is to support cross-cutting research to improve animal health and by consequence animal welfare, focusing on key epidemic and (re)-emerging threats and developing novel vaccine technology platforms and diagnostics. The call covers the major groups of infectious diseases of animals (including fishes and bees), and infections by viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens, prions, and multifactorial diseases, with particular emphasis on ASF and animal influenza.

Pre-proposals should address one of the following research areas:

  • Research area 1: Improved understanding of epidemic and emerging infectious animal diseases
  • Research area 2: Generic technology platforms for producing novel and/or improved vaccines
  • Research area 3: High-throughput, rapid, accurate and easy to use in-field detection technologies

The joint call has an indicative budget of approximately EUR 23.7 million, bringing together 23 funding organisations from 19 countries, including The Netherlands. The call is expected to open on November 14th, with a deadline for submission of pre-proposals on the 13th of February and for full proposals on the 2nd of July 2020.

More information is available on the new ICRAD website.

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