I have just posted the attached concept note entitled "Promoting south-centred collaborations in vector-borne diseases" on the extranet discussion board for the following UK-BBSRC funding mechanism to support networks in vector-borne disease (VBD) research:
If the idea of such a research networking platform, which is governed, managed and hosted by institutions in the developing countries most afflicted by VBDs appeals to you, please send an E-mail to GCRFNetVect@bbsrc.ac.uk , to request registration for their extranet networking web site. Once registered please visit the community discussion board to review this idea and any others you like. To access the attachments for each discussion item, click on the “Properties” tag. Then please add “like” tags, and make comments you feel we should take on board as we develop this idea further, and build towards a full expression of interest (EOI) submission.
Please bear in mind that we do need your help in the form of documented support on the extranet site quickly-the deadline for EOIs is November 3rd. Please use this extranet system as an open mechanism for demonstrating appetite and enthusiasm in low and middle income countries for being custodians of this scientific discipline, and for getting partners from high income countries like myself in support of your agenda and needs. Please share this request with as many colleagues as you can, especially those based in developing countries and the UK.
Reader, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Resident Guest Scientists, Ifakara Health Institute, United Republic of Tanzania