SOAS University of London

SOAS academic helps to secure £5m Research England Grant

24 April 2018

Dr Michael Jennings, Head of the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London, will be taking the lead on the SOAS contribution to a £4.96m project, as part of the Bloomsbury Set consortium, led by the Royal Veterinary College. The project is funded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund (CCF).

The project, ‘The Bloomsbury SET: Connecting Capability to Combat the Threat from Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Resistance’, focuses on the development of low-cost, portable diagnostic tools to counter infectious diseases and increasing resistance to antimicrobials.

The Bloomsbury SET (Science, Economics, Technology) will connect place, people, businesses, ideas and infrastructures in pursuit of innovative scientific and technical solutions such as tools, vaccines and models, that will help safeguard human health.

SOAS scholars will take a key role in testing whether proposed public health interventions in developing countries are acceptable socially, economically and politically – a vital but often overlooked aspect that ultimately determines their success in the real world. This will facilitate innovation and productivity within UK and other partner businesses, whilst also helping to shape public health policies and practices.

The CCF projects will involve a total of 54 higher education institutions, which will collaborate with more than 120 individual businesses and investors, as well as wider business and investor networks.

The project is led by the Royal Veterinary College other partners include London School of Economics and Political Science and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.