UK funding for international effort to fight livestock diseases

A meadow with many cows taken from the air with a drone

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) can announce the grant holders for the Co-fund on International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD).

Nine grants have been awarded as part of a large Horizon 2020 ERA-NET project on tackling infectious diseases of livestock.

Funding is made up of:

  • £2 million from BBSRC
  • £0.6 million from the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of BBSRC said:

Livestock diseases threaten not only animal health but the integrity of food supply chains, with far-reaching consequences for public health and serious economic impacts upon agriculture and food producers.

Through pan-European co-operation, researchers are coming together under this programme to meet these very real challenges. The funding announced today may prove vital in addressing this pressing issue.

Further information

Funded projects

Project title Coordinating partner country UK principal investigator
Virulent non-notifiable avian influenza; determinants of virulence of emerging viruses (FluNuance) The Netherlands (Royal GD) Lonneke Vervelde, University of Edinburgh (Roslin)
Understanding the dynamics and evolution of swine influenza viruses in Europe: relevance for improved intervention and sustainable pig production (PIGIE) France Ian BROWN, APHA
Tackling chronic wasting disease in Europe (TCWDE) UK Fiona Houston University of Edinburgh (Roslin)
Decoding a virus Achilles heel: the African swine fever virus interactome (ASFVInt) France Christopher Netherton, The Pirbright Institute
Nucleic nanovaccines for fish (NucNanoFish) France Samuel Martin University of Aberdeen
Future rodent management for pig and poultry health (RODENTGATE) Belgium Steven Belmain, University of Greenwich
Novel strategies to enhance vaccine immunity in neonatal livestock (NEOVACC) UK Simon Graham, The Pirbright Institute
Plant-based production of glyco-engineered nematode vaccines (Plants4Nemavax) Belgium Alasdair Nisbet, Moredun
Assessing swine as potential hosts for emerging coronaviruses (ConVErgence) Italy Pierre Nouvellet, University of Sussex

Top image: A meadow with cows taken from the air (credit: Umkehrer/GettyImages)

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