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Eradication of bovine tuberculosis through basic research and discovery (ERADbTB)

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 18 August 2014 – 25 February 2015


  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

Funding total

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Total funding available for the call is £6M (BBSRC: £5M and Defra: £1M).


To fund basic fundamental bioscience research that will provide the foundation for the development of effective bTB control and eradication strategies.

Key aims

The aim will be achieved by encouraging collaboration between animal and human TB communities and supporting:

  1. Fundamental basic bioscience research which addresses key gaps in the knowledge of bTB biology and informs Defra's policies
  2. The development of novel cost effective non-animal models of bTB which will help to speed up discoveries

BBSRC envisage that this programme will facilitate the growth of the bTB basic bioscience research community and promote cross-disciplinary working.

The ERADbTB call is complemented by the NC3Rs strategic award call, 'Replacing animal models for studying bovine Tuberculosis, to generate new non-animal models for bTB research'.

Related calls: animal health collaboration knowledge exchange multidisciplinary