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Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases

This scheme is administered by the NSF.


  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Funding total

$16M and BBSRC contributed £1.45M.

Number of projects we co-funded


  • Spatial epidemiology of a vector-borne plant virus: interactions between landscape, hosts, vectors and an emerging disease of potatoes - Alison G. Power, Cornell University, USA and Lesley Torrance, University of St. Andrews, UK
  • Persistence of a highly contagious pathogen: ecological and evolutionary mechanisms in foot-and-mouth disease virus - Anna E. Jolles, Oregon State University, USA and Nicholas Juleff, The Pirbright Institute, UK
  • Understanding the effects of spatial structure on evolution of virulence in the real world: honeybees and their destructive parasites - Jacobus de Roode, Emory University, USA and Mike Boots, University of Exeter, UK


The research is expected to address international research priorities that will inform and impact on policy and practice, in particular:

  • For US-UK collaborative projects, the UK component must be within the remit of BBSRC
  • The focus of US-UK Collaborative Projects should be on understanding the transmission dynamics of pathogens of farmed animals or crops, especially (but not only) those that cause food-borne human diseases or vector-borne diseases (of animals or plants).