On-going disease outbreaks highlight the necessity for not only producing new vaccines but also for improving existing vaccines and possibly providing marker vaccines. The use of vaccines and diagnostic tests are a key component as they have the potential to support control and eradication and to be highly cost effective. New and improved vaccines, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals are required for a wide range of major animal diseases. Effective tools for controlling animal diseases of major social and economic importance are vital not only for Europe but also for the rest of the world.

The DISCONTOOLS project is funded by national funders of research from a range of countries with industry providing secretariat support along with management of the project.