If so, we want to hear about it and could offer you an MMV Challenge Grant to turn that idea into reality
MMV is offering up to ten Challenge Grants of USD 50,000 each in the first quarter of 2012 for fresh ideas to propel malaria drug discovery forward. Project proposals are expected to be at the concept stage (i.e. no prior experimental work is required) and for work to be completed within one year. The allocation of the MMV Challenge Grants will be made based on scientific merit and in line with the MMV strategy. The three challenges posed are:
- Screening: to test the MMV Malaria Box against malaria and other parasitological assays
- Medicinal chemistry: to perform hit-to-lead or optimization chemistry on any antimalarial series
- Translational and clinical development: to identify new methods to study or validate the inhibition of P. vivax relapses or the interruption of transmission
Whilst there is no commitment to fund any awardee above the stated sum, the aim is that these MMV Challenge Grants will translate ideas into proposals that could be assessed as part of our 11th Call for proposals in 2013.
Applications for the MMV Challenge Grants will be reviewed and awarded by May 2012.
Further instructions and application templates can be found on the right-hand side of this page. All applications using the specified templates should be sent electronically to proposals [at] mmv.org by 12 noon CET 15th March 2012.