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Wednesday 21st March 2018

British Ecological Society grants - Ecologists in Africa programme

From January 2018 Ecologists in Africa Grant will open twice per year.

Applicants must be citizens of an African country, have at least a masters degree and work at a research institution on the continent. Projects last for 18 months with funding of £8,000 (US$12,100). Researchers can apply for a further £2,000 for travel. Research must be conducted in Africa.
Projects can be in any area of ecology except for research solely on agriculture, forestry and bioprospecting.
Winners for the call will be announced in May.

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Monday 26th March 2018

Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Wellcome Trust

This scheme provides junior researchers from low- and middle-income countries with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at Master's degree level. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

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Wednesday 28th March 2018

African Association for Health Professions education and research (R25 clinical trials not allowed)

Letter of Intent Due Date February 28, 2018

This supports research education activities that complement or enhance the training of a workforce to meet Africa's biomedical, behavioural and clinical research needs by supporting the establishment of an African Association for Health Professions Education and Research. Funding is worth up to USD 750,000 per year over five years.

Maximum award: USD 3,750,000

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Monday 30th April 2018

Virdee Grant, Institute of Physics, GB

The IOP is looking to award a number of small grants (£500 to £2,000) in 2018 that will enable members of the physics community based in the UK and Ireland to undertake activities that will support the development of science and technology in sub-Saharan Africa.

The grants can be used as travel awards, to purchase material/software/equipment, to pay for services for existing collaborations, or preferably for kick-starting new initiatives.

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Monday 30th April 2018

African Union women in science Masters and PhD studentships

2018 Call for Applications

The African Union (AU) is looking for applications for its programme to promote masters and PhD study by women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

The programme awards tuition funding for masters or PhD study at a host university, a US$500 monthly stipend, and a further annual US$500 for books and travel expenses. Successful applicants will also receive US$1,000 to purchase a computer and accessories.

Only women researchers who are citizens of an AU member state can apply. Masters applicants must be younger than 35 and PhD applicants younger than 40.

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Wednesday 2nd May 2018

UK-South Africa Joint Initiative on Mental Health

The MRC, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) are pleased to invite research proposals to the UK-South Africa mental health initiative.

This Newton Fund initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative research projects focused on addressing mental health in South Africa.

In total, up to ~£3.43m/ ZAR 56m over three years will be made available for this initiative.

As this is a joint UK/SAMRC initiative, applicants must submit their application to the UK MRC via the Je-S system, but, if successful, the SAMRC will be the awarding body. UKMRC funds will be transferred to the SAMRC, and SAMRC will contract directly with the SA institutions. The SA PI’s institution will then subcontract to the UK PI’s institution to facilitate funds transfer to the UK partner.

Read the full request for proposals here.

Wednesday 9th May 2018

UK-Kenya Joint Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Kenya are pleased to invite research proposals to the Newton Fund’s UK-Kenya Joint Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases

This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative research projects focused on addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya.

In total, up to £2.2m will be made available for this initiative: up to £1.5m from the UK and up to £700k from Kenya.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Monday 14th May 2018

Africa food prize

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, KE

This recognises an individual or institution whose contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity for all Africans. The prize is worth USD 100,000.

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Tuesday 15th May 2018

Elliott P Skinner book award

Association for Africanist Anthropology, US

This recognises a book which best furthers both the global community of Africanist scholars and the wider interests of the African continent. The award is worth USD 1,000.

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Saturday 30th June 2018

Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund Fellowships 2017/8

Call for applicants

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities. The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is “Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development” by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences, which enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impact.

The purpose of the ABCF fellowship program is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers (and their partners). We seek applicants with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects (up to 12 months) aligned with national, regional or continental agricultural development priorities that can be undertaken at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

The call mainly targets nationals of BecA focus countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda). Under special partnership and collaboration arrangements, applicants from other African countries are considered for the fellowship. The applicant MUST be a researcher employed within NARS or with strong affiliation. Currently engaged in research in food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa, or in a research area with relevance to agriculture in Africa.

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Tuesday 16th October 2018

Horizon 2020 societal challenges

(Planned opening for applications 16/10/18 with applications deadline 23 January 2019)

Proposals shall assess and deliver better nutrition performance of African farming systems, strengthening the agro-biodiversity (and integrated aquaculture systems) and food diversity. They shall address innovative approaches in local food systems while covering technological, food safety, social and gender issues, and address sustainable postharvest technologies, including bio-based packaging, to reduce food waste along the post-harvest/consumer chain and plastic littering. Empowerment of small farmers (including aquafarmers) and processors benefitting rural areas leading to diversity of diets and improving food identity is essential. Food supply chains (conventional and organic) for both local urban markets and high value global markets shall be targeted. Proposals need to ensure the commitment and participation of a variety of partners established in the EU and in Africa, and shall establish relevant links with other projects involved in the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). Proposals should include a task to cluster with other projects involved in the EU-Africa R&I Partnership on FNSSA and with the cooperation platform established under SFS-32-2017.

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