Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Awards

For 2 months from early April, we operated a rolling emergency funding scheme to make awards, up to a maximum for each award of £20,000, to Cambridge and African researchers working together to address COVID-19 in Africa. We have exhausted our funds and the scheme is now closed to any further applications. Please contact with any queries.

Funded projects 

1 Responding to COVID-19 in Somalia: interactive mass media, 1-to-1 messaging and rapid insights from citizen feedback Dr Sharath Srinivasan (POLIS) Dr George Gathigi (University of Nairobi), Mr Samuel Kimeu (Africa's Voices) Somalia
2 Rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis using digital fabrication in Malawi Dr Lucia Corsini (Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering), Myamiko Nkoloma & Prof Kamija Phiri (University of Malawi) Malawi
3 Rapid response to crisis using digital fabrication in Ethiopia Dr Lucia Corsini (Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering), Dr Tilahun (Bahir Dar University) Ethiopia
4 Scaling up COVID-19 testing through open science hardware and local manufacturing Dr Jenny Molloy (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology), Dr Kassahun Tesfaye (Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute) Ethiopia
5 The effects of COVID-19 on education in Ethiopia: Informing short- and medium-term policy responses Prof Pauline Rose (Education), Prof Tassew Woldehanna (Addis Ababa University and Ethiopian Policy Studies Institute ) Ethiopia
6 Expansion of COVID-19 Diagnostic Capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo Prof Gordon Dougan (Medicine), Dr Sheila Makiala (INRB) Democratic Republic of Congo
7 Expansion of COVID-19 Diagnostic Capacity in Madagascar Prof Gordon Dougan (Medicine), Prof Raphaël Rakotozandrindrainy (University of Antananarivo) Madagascar 
8 SARS-CoV-2 Immune correlates of protection in Nigeria (SIP-NG) Prof Jonathan Heeney (Veterinary Medicine), Dr Chinedu Ugwu (Redeemer's University) Nigeria
9 COVID-19 and the psychological wellbeing of frontline workers in Ghana Dr Justice Tankebe (Institute of Criminology), Dr Samuel Adjorlolo (University of Ghana) Ghana
10 Design and implementation of a medical oxygen concentrator for resource limited settings Dr David Fairen-Jimenez (Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology), Dr Richard Ayah (University of Nairobi) Kenya
11 Conspiracies, COVID-19 and Social Media in Africa: Navigating public information campaigns in a digital age Dr Stephanie Diepeveen (Department of Politics and International Studies), Dr Iginio Gagliardone (University of the Witwatersrand) South Africa
12 COVID-19 Responses in Displaced Communities in Somalia Dr Freya Jephcott (Department of Veterinary Medicine), Dr Salome Bukachi (University of Nairobi), Mr Samuel Kimeu (Africa's Voices Foundation) Somalia
13 Equity re-examined: Children with disabilities and their education during COVID-19 in Malawi Professor Nidhi Singal (Faculty of Education), Dr Eric Umar (University of Malawi) Malawi
14  Sentiment and opinion analysis of public space physical activity in Lagos during lockdown: a data-driven approach to developing context-aware public health messaging to reduce disease vulnerability and improve COVID-19 control Dr Tolu Oni (MRC Epidemiology Unit), Dr Taibat Lawanson (Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos), Dr Camaren Peter (Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town)  Nigeria
15 Development of Serological Assays to study antibody responses in Ghanaian COVID-19 patients Professor Julian Rayner (CIMR), Dr Peter Kojo Quashie (WACCBIP, University of Ghana) Ghana
16 Evaluation and feasibility study on the OVSI ventilator in ICU patients with acute respiratory failure in a low-income country setting: a prospective observational comparative study Professor Axel Zeitler (Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology) & Dr Arthur Kwizera (Makerere University) Uganda


Development of Serological Assays to study antibody responses in Ghanaian COVID-19 Patients

Terms and conditions, templates for the award letter and sub-contract may be found below: 

We gratefully acknowledge the continued generosity of the ALBORADA Trust and support from the University of Cambridge (Research England QR GCRF Grant)