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Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS)

Co-funding

ZELS is a joint research initiative between the Department for International Development (DFID) and:

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

In 2012 we awarded research grants with a total funding of £18.5M, with a further £1.5M for Studentships funding. In all 11 projects are funded in 11 developing countries involving 19 UK research institutions and more than 30 overseas institutions.

Zoonoses are diseases capable of passing from animals to humans and are estimated to have cost more than $20Bn in direct costs globally between 2000-2010, with a further $200Bn in indirect costs. As well as threatening human and animal health, zoonoses affect livestock production, causing economic and social harm to communities in developed and developing countries. See our UK commits £20.5M to combat worldwide animal diseases that could spread to humans press release for further details.

ZELS projects

Further information

ZELS Associated Studentships (ZELS-AS)

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Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) brochure (PDF 1.56MB)

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Inauguration booklet (PDF 217KB)

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