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Sunday 14th April 2024

Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria - Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and Virtual

Conference dates: 18-20 September 2024, Apply for a bursary by 14 May 2024

A forum for understanding the clinical and biological consequences of genome variation in malaria parasites, their vectors and human hosts

We are pleased to announce the 9th Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria conference. This meeting provides a common forum for malaria scientists, clinicians, and public health professionals working at the interface of genome science and technology, epidemiology and statistical and population genetics, with an interest in understanding the clinical and biological consequences of genome variation in malaria-exposed populations. The conference will bring researchers from across the globe working on various aspects of human, parasite and mosquito genetics together with policy makers to focus on how new biological insights can be used to control malaria.

The elimination of malaria is one of the greatest challenges facing modern medical science, and has been hindered by growing levels of diagnostic and insecticide resistance, invasive vector species and the lack of a highly efficacious vaccine. Knowledge of genome variation in the host, parasite and vector populations is important to overcome these and other obstacles to malaria elimination.

The meeting will explore the genomic epidemiology of the host, vector and parasite, highlighting the practical relevance to malaria control and elimination, including impact on long-term and novel diagnostics and control measures, such as anti-malarial drug therapies, insecticide resistance and vaccines.

This interdisciplinary conference will be a hybrid meeting – with onsite or virtual attendance. The programme will also include short oral presentations from submitted abstracts, poster sessions, poster pitch talks, panel discussions and plenty of opportunities for networking at this highly interactive meeting.

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Wednesday 17th April 2024

South Africa-UK health research collaboration: climate and health, one health and zoonosis

Medical Research Council (MRC), GB

This joint research programme aims to promote collaboration between researchers based in South Africa, the UK and other African countries.

Maximum award: ZAR 14,000,000

Closing date: 17 Apr 24

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Monday 22nd April 2024

Thematic research grants

British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), GB

The BIEA invites applications for funding for original research projects in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences in Africa. Projects that fall outside of these disciplinary areas are not considered (for example, we do not fund projects in STEM subjects).

Priority is given to…

Maximum award: £1,500

Closing date: 22 Apr 24

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Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Early-career conference grants

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), GB

These offer early-career academics the opportunity to attend a conference in a Commonwealth in a field relevant to the applicant's area of expertise.

Maximum award: £2,000

Closing date: 23 Apr 24

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Wednesday 24th April 2024

African research leaders

Medical Research Council (MRC), GB

This supports global health research and the strengthening of research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa. Awards will provide support for up to five years and the requested amount should not exceed £750,000 in total.

Maximum award: £750,000

Closing date: 24 Apr 24 (Forecast)

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Friday 3rd May 2024

The Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and/or Technological Innovation

The African Academy of Sciences

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) invites nominations for the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and/or Technological Innovation.

The prize is intended to reward and honour African scientists who have made outstanding contributions in scientific discovery or technological innovation.

The Chief Obasanjo Prize will be awarded in the fields of:

  1. Biotechnology
  2. Energy
  3. Information and communication technologies, and
  4. Material sciences.

The Prize has three components: a cash award of US$5,000, a gold medal, and a certificate.

Further details about the call for nominations is available here:

Nominations close on 3 May 2024

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Friday 3rd May 2024 NEW!

Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer research grant

Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant, ZA

The purpose of the grant is to support early-career scientists that are conducting impactful research that will provide solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing problems. The proposed research should be focused on or in Africa, and must demonstrate a strong link to biodiversity and conservation.

Maximum award: USD 150,000

Closing date: 03 May 24

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Friday 10th May 2024

Greentech Africa 2024

The Future of Sustainability

About the program

Greentech 2024: The Future of Sustainability is an investment-readiness accelerator designed to advance innovative and sustainable solutions, actively contributing towards building resilience and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Supported by Moody’s Foundation, the Africa program will prioritize diverse-led startups and/or startups from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, that promote sustainable solutions for underestimated communities. Types of startups we are recruiting include Cleantech and Climate Tech, Agtech and Food Security, Circular and Regenerative Economy, Natural Resource Management, and Water, Sanitation, and Health.


Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be a for-profit entity with legal incorporation and operations in at least one of these African countries: Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa.
  • Have a market-based tech solution that tackles the above-listed challenges in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa.
  • Be in compliance with local fiscal and business law.
  • Have at least a minimum viable product (MVP), some traction under their belt, and raised less than USD 1M in equity.
  • Have meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, it can also be successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships).
  • Have at least one full-time founder based in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, or South Africa.

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Sunday 2nd June 2024 NEW!

MARM Partnership Grants (Mentoring African Research in Mathematics)

London Mathematical Society, GB

The programme links African academics with their UK and European counterparts via professional collaborative partnerships. The focus is on building infrastructure and networking in mathematics in Africa, as well as supporting collaboration between mathematicians in non-African…

Maximum award: £4,000

Closing date: 02 Jun 24

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Monday 3rd June 2024

AGHRB: Malaria vaccine implementation studies in Africa

Medical Research Council (MRC), GB

Apply for funding to undertake implementation research to understand the optimal strategies for roll-out and scale up of the malaria vaccines RTS,S and R21 to ensure that they are deployed in the most effective and equitable way for population health benefit. Research should be conducted in at…

Maximum award: Not specified

Closing date: 03 Jun 24

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Friday 14th June 2024

Science Project Officer

Kirkhouse Trust - Vacancy

The successful candidate will support the charity’s crop improvement activities in Africa and India.

Starting salary range: £26.5K-£35K dependent on experience.

Location: Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, OX29 8LN 

Working hours: 35 hours per week (Monday to Friday).

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Closing date: Recruiting until a suitable candidate is placed.


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Tuesday 30th July 2024

Virus Genomics, Evolution and Bioinformatics - Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and Virtual

Conference dates: 6-8 November 2024, Apply for a bursary by 30 July 2024

Our 5th conference on virus genomics and evolution will also showcase cutting-edge use of bioinformatics to answer questions relevant to genomics and the evolution of viruses.

The meeting will focus on how viruses adapt and evolve in and between hosts, as well as exploring recent developments in virus epidemics and outbreaks. Discussions will cover bioinformatics in virus public health and upcoming therapeutic approaches to viruses. Viruses of plants and animals will be highlighted, as will zoonoses and the impact of viruses in the changing world.

The programme will include podium presentations selected from abstracts submitted on the broad themes of the conference. Posters and poster-pitch talks will provide opportunities to present research findings or get feedback on ongoing projects.

The conference will bring together evolutionary biologists and bioinformaticians, who are developing methods and models to interrogate genomic data, along with international participants working in diagnostic and public health. There will be plenty of opportunities to establish collaborations through face-to-face networking with inclusive meals, and optional on-site accommodation.

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