IMPRINT funded for another two years!
Berlin – December 20 2023
On 12 December 2023, the UKRI has announced that they will support their five global vaccine networks for a further two years. IMPRINT, which LINQ has been managing since 2017, and its four sister networks VALIDATE, IVVN, HIC-Vac and BactiVac are supporting research to change the way we tackle infections around the world.
The five vaccine networks were established to help UK and international researchers share knowledge and experience with the aim to accelerate the development of new or improved vaccines through pump-priming projects, training fellowships and events for network members. The networks have grown substantially since their establishment, in close partnership with low and middle-income country (LMIC) researchers and supporting exciting new science and collaborations. They will now be supported for a further two years with £6.3 million of funding granted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), from the UK government’s International Science Partnerships Fund.
The collaborations initiated by the networks are already addressing significant illnesses and causes of death in humans and animals with high economic and social effects, particularly in LMICs. The development of vaccines to tackle infectious diseases reduces the need for antibiotics and therefore also helps tackle the challenge of antimicrobial resistance - one of the top global health threats according to the World Health Organization, and a cross-cutting topic in several of the projects supported by LINQ.
We are thrilled to be working with the fantastic IMPRINT group for another two years and look forward to launching the first calls in early 2024.
IMPRINT is a network focusing on maternal and neonatal immunisation, funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Its members support challenge-led interdisciplinary research and aim to strengthen capacity for research and innovation within the UK and in low- and middle-income countries. IMPRINT is coordinated by Network Director Prof. Beate Kampmann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Co-Director A/Prof. Chrissie Jones (University of Southampton).
Learn more about IMPRINT on the project website.