Research funders join forces to tackle Zika virus with £3.2m
The MRC, the Newton Fund and the Wellcome Trust have joined forces to tackle the global threat posed by the Zika virus.
Following the Zika Rapid Response Initiative launched by the MRC in February, which saw £1m of funding made available through the Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund, an additional £1m and up to £2m was contributed by the Wellcome Trust and the Newton Fund respectively, totalling up to £4m worth of funding. This was further aligned with additional support in Brazil provided by the São Paulo Research Foundation FAPESP.
The MRC-led Rapid Response received a total of 103 proposals and funding was awarded to 26 high quality projects with a combined value of £3.2m.
Dr Yorgo Modis a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge based at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is one of the research groups to be funded and will be defining the antigenic epitopes in the Zika virus.