Events for researchers


Below you can find a selection of events that may be of interest to researchers working on COVID-19 vaccines. Please follow links for further information on the relevant external sites.


National Data Assets & Opportunities for Collaboration across the UK Nations and Beyond

22 September, 13.55 - 15.00

In this webinar, researchers from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will share insights from collaborative work on the DaC-VaP project that has used national linked data assets to answer key COVID-19 research questions at a UK level.

Chaired by Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh, Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute, the event will see DaC-VaP collaborators describe:

  • The data assets used in this project, and the types of data they contain
  • How these assets have facilitated collaborative, individual nation and UK-wideCOVID-19 research, which has benefited the wider public and decision makers
  • How DaC-VaP-2 has promoted effective collaboration between the four UK nations and with international partners
  • Some of the analysis methods used to deliver results
  • How these assets can be accessed for future research

This event will highlight the potential of the UK’s population-scale data assets, and why their digital maturity should be maintained and developed beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also aim to encourage greater interest and involvement in these assets among colleagues across health data science and research.

Agenda and speakers list to follow.

For more information and to register, visit the event page.

Medical Research Council workshop on proactive SARS-CoV-2 vaccinology funding opportunity

*The MRC has extended its deadline for applications to attend this workshop until Friday 9 September.*

This is a free workshop where researchers will hear about a new opportunity to apply for funding in proactive vaccinology, due to launch in Autumn 2022. 

Workshop details:  

Thursday 22 September, 11am to 2.30pm 

58 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DS 

Deadline to apply for a place: Friday 9 September 

More information here. Apply here

This new funding call will support research contributing to the development of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines with broader and more durable efficacy, that can block the spread of new variants of SARS-CoV-2. The available budget for the opportunity is £16 million. 

The funding will support two new consortia for five years. These will focus on complementary themes that reflect critical knowledge gaps that are currently inhibiting the development of next-generation vaccines: 

  1. Fundamental virology: drivers and impact of variant emergence. 
  2. Underpinning immunology to support vaccinology. 

The workshop, to be held at MRC’s London offices, is intended to provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss ideas, identify potential consortia partners, and hear more about the scope, timeline and expectations for the upcoming call. 

Interested researchers who are eligible for MRC funding should complete the registration survey. The deadline to apply for a place on the workshop is 9 September.  

Information on the call will also be available on the UK Research and Innovation website after the workshop. 

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