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Connect immune response - call for applications

Published on 30 January 2018

Applications are now open for our connect immune research call, with a deadline of 19 April 2018.

This is a joint funding call between Arthritis Research UK, JDRF and the MS society.

Research into immune-mediated inflammatory conditions is often pursued in a disease-specific manner, however emerging evidence suggests there are similarities across immune diseases. There are therefore significant opportunities to improve our understanding of the causes of individual diseases by encouraging research that works across other autoimmune conditions.

Arthritis Research UK, JDRF and the MS Society have come together to provide pilot funding to enable the autoimmune disease community to work together closely and effectively.

The award will be for up to £150,000, up to 18 months with an expected starting date by autumn 2018.

The aim of this funding is to:

  • Bring researchers together to develop research proposals as a consortium
  • identify research questions that can be tackled most effectively by collaborating across different conditions
  • set out how these questions may be answered.

The pilot funds aim to support consortia so that they will be in a stronger position to apply for longer-term funding from non disease-specific funders such as the MRC, Wellcome, industry, EU and other bodies.

Applications must be submitted through our grants management system, Grant Tracker.

For more guidance please view the call page and our information on how to apply, or contact Caroline Aylott on

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