Dear colleagues,

The Research Investments in Global Health study has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to describe funding trends related to infectious disease research in the G20 countries (with a specific focus on pneumonia and neonatal infections). The study has already considered awards for infection research to UK institutions across 1997-2013 (www.researchinvestments.org/publications).

We are now approaching as many funders as possible across the G20 countries to obtain their award data, so we can build up a global picture of investment by: pathogen and disease area, type of science (e.g. pre-clinical, clinical trials, public health), country, lead institution, and funder.

This is where you can come in – your knowledge of the funding landscape in the country in which you are based is important to us. You will know who the main funders are. You will know who the professional groups and societies are, that perhaps fund a few small pilot or feasibility grants (they are important too).

Our study aims to build up the most comprehensive picture possible of global trends in infectious disease research, and for that we need local links and knowledge. We’d be delighted to have you get in touch to let us know about where funding in your disease area and discipline tends to come from, and to tell us about your own research.

We will present results through a series of peer-reviewed publications and post further summaries of data on our website. We will also be able to produce data summaries and policy briefings tailored to individual specifications, so if there is a particular area of research investment you have an interest in, then do ask!

If you have any queries about the study, do contact Michael Head, m.head@soton.ac.uk or Becky Brown, rebecca.brown@soton.ac.uk, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

With best wishes and many thanks for your interest in the study,

The ResIn team
http://researchinvestments.org/about-the-study/who-we-are/

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