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Saturday 30th September 2017

International Plant Nutrition Institute Award

A global non-profit organisation promoting the responsible use of plant nutrients like phosphates and nitrogen is calling for nominations for its annual science prize. The International Plant Nutrition Institute Science Award recognises scientists for their work in the ecological intensification of crop production. IPNI members are big players in the plant nutrient industry and fertiliser associations.
The winner will receive US$5,000. Crop scientists, agronomists and soil or food scientists anywhere in the world can be nominated.
All nominations must be in English and must be submitted by 30 September. At least three nominations are needed to be eligible.
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Wednesday 4th October 2017

East African science hub offers bioinformatics training

The course will be held at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute hub from 4 to 13 October.

Twenty places are available. However, only a small number will be given financial support to attend.

Applicants who can fully or partly pay for their attendance will be given preference, as will women.
Online applications should be sent by 20 August. Those selected will be notified by 27 August.

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Friday 13th October 2017

Clinical trials to reduce health inequities in pregnant women, newborns and children

The purpose of this call is to accelerate the adaption and/or optimisation of treatment and prevention products (excluding vaccines) for PRDs in sub-Saharan Africa for use in pregnant women, newborns and/or children. This call is restricted to the following diseases: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoeal diseases and lower respiratory infections.

Proposals should focus on adaption of existing medicines, including off-patent products, to the specific needs of pregnant women, newborns and/or children. Proposals should typically include one (or more) clinical trials conducted in sub-Saharan Africa to assess the pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety, and/or the development of age-appropriate formulations.

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Monday 23rd October 2017

Africa catalyst – capacity building of professional engineering institutes

The Royal Academy of Engineering, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its Africa catalyst – capacity building of professional engineering institutes. This aims to strengthen professional engineering bodies in sub-Saharan Africa so that they can effectively promote the profession, share best practice and increase local engineering capacity to help drive development. 

Applicants must be non-profit professional engineering institutions or HEIs based in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The following grants are available to fund catalyst projects:

- two small grants worth between £30,000 and £70,000 over one year;
- two medium grants worth between £80,000 and £160,000 over two years;
- two large grants worth up to £300,000 over three years.

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Tuesday 31st October 2017 NEW!

Grants available for East African preterm birth research

Research grants at $100,000, $50,000 and $10,000 levels

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-EA) is offering discovery research grants at the $100,000, $50,000 and $10,000 levels for work relevant in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. East African principal investigators are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2017.

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Friday 3rd November 2017

Senior Research Fellowships

6-8 grants up to €500,00

The purpose of this call is to provide funding to actions that aim to support capacity development of potential African research leaders using the train-the-trainer model and to mentor junior researchers with emphasis on hands-on research training linked to clinical trials activities conducted in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Wednesday 8th November 2017

Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA)

We are pleased to announce a £10 million call for collaborative proposals to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Proposals must be led by a Principal Investigator (PI) in the UK, but may include Co-Investigators (Co-Is) in Africa and this is strongly encouraged.

Application deadline: 8 November 2017, 16:00 (GMT)

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Career Development Fellowships to support junior to mid-career researchers to train and develop their clinical research skills

17-19 fellowships up to €150,000

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to provide funding to actions that aim to support junior to mid-career researchers (‘fellows’) to train and develop their clinical research sk

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Thursday 23rd November 2017

Call for papers - Department of Economics and International Business

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research with special relevance to Developing Countries/Africa

Venue: Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
The Department of Economics and International Business (EIB) of Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, will be hosting a mini conference in Cambridge, United Kingdom from 23rd to 24th November 2017. We wish to take this opportunity to invite you to submit an abstract or research idea/paper for presentation and discussion at the conference. The emphasis of the conference will be on high-quality, theoretical and/or applied research topics focusing on issues relevant to emerging trends in Economics, International Business, Finance and development which have special relevance to developing countries and/or Africa’s development. The conference will focus (not exclusively) on the following:

Property economics and finance, Emerging Stock Markets Research, Microfinance, Construction Economics, Development Economics, Agricultural Finance. Export Finance, Insurance Finance in Africa, Growth of Mobile Banking in Africa, Institutional and Labour Economics, Emerging Banking Research, Accounting and Regulatory Issues in Africa, SME Finance, FDI and Portfolio Investment in Africa, Financial Risk Management in Emerging Markets, Financial Inclusion, Credit Risk Analysis, Retail banking in Africa, Other areas of Development, Finance and Economics

DEADLINES: Submission of abstracts/ideas – 30th September 2017

All abstracts, research ideas and questions to be addressed to
Dr Noah Karley,
Senior Lecturer in Economics,
Tel: +441223695739

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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