The ALBORADA Research Fund

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Information about the many Cambridge-Africa collaborations funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund can be viewed via links below:

Projects Funded in 2016/17

Projects Funded in 2015/16

Projects Funded in 2014/15

Projects Funded in 2013/14 


About the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

This fund was established in 2012 with a generous £1 million donation from The ALBORADA Trust, UK to the Cambridge-Africa programme. The Fund enables principal investigators at the University of Cambridge, across all disciplines, to apply (jointly with a partner at a sub-Saharan African university or research institution) for grants to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations. Funds are awarded for research costs such as reagents, fieldwork and equipment. African fellows who are members of on-going initiatives of the Cambridge-Africa Programme (i.e. MUII, THRiVE, and CAPREx) and their Cambridge mentors/collaborators are also encouraged to apply for funds jointly, for activities that add value to their existing research projects.

By the end of 2015, the ALBORADA fund had supported 78 research collaborations in 11 African countries, involving 28 African institutions, in more than 30 areas of knowledge, and with 78 African researchers and 86 Cambridge researchers participating. The ALBORADA Trust has therefore awarded a further £4 million to the Cambridge-Africa Programme for the period 2016 to 2026, to support further engagement between Cambridge and Africa (see This great gift is therefore likely to double the number of awards that were being made to research partners each year, and will ensure that Cambridge's engagement with African institutions is sustained on a long-term basis.

Any enquiries about the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund can be directed to the coordinator, Dr Sophia Mahroo:

Prestigious award 

julian raynerCongratuations to the ALBORADA Fund awardee, Professor Julian Rayner, who is the 2015 winner of the Wright Medal. Professor Rayner is a Senior Group Leader at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. His group has helped to identify an interaction essential for erythrocyte invasion and has clear vaccine potential, and has been involved in developing scalable tools for the efficient genetic manipulation of Plasmodium parasites. More details at:

ResizedImage122122 Faith Osier Baraza 01Congratulations to the ALBORADA Trust awardee, Dr Faith Osier from the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, who has been awarded the 2014 Royal Society Pfizer Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes for African science. The award was given for her research on understanding the mechanisms of immunity to malaria infection in man. This work is important in contributing to the search for malaria vaccines, and encompasses close collaborative research links with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge. Full article at:

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