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The HIC-Vac Network offers three levels of membership: Investigator, Associate and Affiliate. Becoming a HIC-Vac member at any level is free. Members can apply to move between elevls as they gain experience and expertise.

Who should apply?


  • Senior members of the scientific, advocacy or vaccine development community who:
    • Work directly in human infection challenge research
    • Have been awarded their own funding
    • Work independently leading their own research group 
    • Will add value to the Network community


  • Early career postdoctoral scientists working on research directly related to human infection challenge
  • Postdoctoral researchers working in a field/discipline related to human infection challenge (e.g., vaccinology, ethicists, regulatory experts), who want to form collaborations and gain experience
  • Group leaders and postdoctoral researchers working on the development of vaccines for high-impact pathogens, who are interested in our findings


  • Everybody else who is interested in human infection challenge research!

Benefits of becoming a Network member include:

  • Joining an international community of researchers to improve vaccine development for global diseases
  • Access to potential collaborators from multidisciplinary fields
  • Networking opportunities at our Annual Meeting
  • Members are eligible to apply for pump-priming funding of up to £100,000 and training awards of up to £5,000
  • Notification of news, events, training, funding and publications of interest via email


Find out how to become a member here.

HIC-Vac's global reach

We have more than 235 members from over 30 different countries across the world, including representation from 15 LMICs. Members come from academic instituions, industry, government bodies, and the not-for-profit sector. It is this diversity and breath of knowledge that supports our vision of accelerating vaccine development through human infection challenge studies.