Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund
Funded Projects 2023/24
Funded Projects 2022/23
Funded Projects 2021/22
Funded Projects 2020/21
Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Awards
Funded Projects 2019/20
Funded Projects 2018/19
Previously Funded Projects (2013-2017)
About the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund
The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund aims to catalyse new and strengthen existing collaborations between researchers in Africa and Cambridge and support high quality training activities. Awards are made to pairs of researchers, one from a sub-Saharan African university or research institution and one from the University of Cambridge or allied research institutes (including Sanger Institute, NIAB and Babraham Institute). We encourage applications across all academic subject areas.
The fund was established in 2012, with a generous £1million donation from The ALBORADA Trust, a UK charity, to the Cambridge-Africa Programme. This was followed by a further £4million donation for the period 2016-2026 to support further engagement between Cambridge and Africa (see https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/cambridge-engagement-with-africa-will-expand-following-major-gift).
A short film highlighting a few funded projects can be viewed here.
To date, 332 awards have been made, to enable Cambridge researchers to engage with African colleagues from 35 African countries.
Some awardees have been able to use the preliminary results from their seed fund / research collaboration to apply for and win significant funding (e.g. Royal Society/Leverhulme Awards, FLAIR fellowships, Global Challenges Research Fund, etc.).
For examples of ALBORADA Research Fund projects see:
- The Facebook post that launched a thousand shields (and counting) (cam.ac.uk)
- The effects of COVID-19 on education in Ethiopia: Informing short- and medium-term policy responses
- Transforming the cowpea in Ghana
- Understanding the overheating consequences in low-income housing in Global South
We are also able to offer mobility grants of up to £10,000 for graduating Cambridge-Africa PhD scholars to help them re-engage with research and researchers on the continent.