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New autoimmunity lab placement grant launched

A message from the Connect Immune Research partners - JDRF, MS Society, Versus Arthritis, British Society for Immunology

In light of the current SARS-CoV-2 virus outbreak, the Connect Immune Research partners have decided to pause this grant scheme and not accept any new applications until such a time when travel restrictions are lifted.  This scheme is an important part of our work to bring the autoimmune research community together; however, after carefully reviewing the situation, we feel that pausing this scheme is the responsible option at this time. We encourage researchers to use this time to connect virtually if possible and we are currently looking into options for how we can facilitate this.

We're delighted to announce the launch of a new grant scheme, the Connect Immune Research lab placement grants, to provide funding for early-career researchers working in autoimmunity to undertake a short  placement at an external lab. 

Connect Immune Research is a partnership between JDRFMS SocietyVersus Arthritis and the British Society for Immunology to bring about a joined-up approach to autoimmune research. Our lab placement grants, jointly funded by all four organisations, aim to provide financial support to early-career researchers to undertake a formal placement at a selected laboratory to learn a new skill/technique or to carry out experiments essential to a project. In the spirit of Connect Immune Research, all placements should demonstrate cross-condition relevance in the field of autoimmune research to promote networking and the sharing of skills and knowledge between researchers who focus on different autoimmune conditions. 

The application deadline for the first round of grants is Tuesday 31 March 2020. It is open to autoimmune researchers from year 2 of their PhD up to and including those with 5 years’ postdoctoral experience. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to fund an overseas placement and of up to £1,000 to fund a UK-based placement. More information on the grants and the application form can be found by clicking on the link below. 


Apply for a Connect Immune Research Lab Placement Grant