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Friday 25th May 2018

Senior Africa curatorship at the British Museum, UK

The British Museum is looking to recruit an experienced, energetic and dedicated individual to undertake research into, and make publicly accessible, the outstanding African collections of the British Museum as a curator in the Museum’s Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The Africa collections (numbering around 100,000 objects) incorporate early pictorial material as well as significant ethnographic, historical, archaeological and contemporary art collections.

Over the last ten years the Museum’s Africa Programme has developed collaborative partnerships with museums and heritage institutions on the African continent. The individual appointed to this role should have considerable experience working with partners in Africa and be committed to supporting this important aspect of the role.

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Wednesday 30th May 2018

Royal Society international exchanges scheme

Standard programme

The Royal Society invites applications for the standard programme of its international exchanges scheme. This stimulates new collaborations within the natural sciences between scientists in the UK and overseas. The scheme covers all areas of the natural sciences including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, geography and experimental psychology.

Both the UK and partner country project leader must have completed a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level, and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award at an eligible university or research institute in their country. Retired scientists who are still active in science must submit their application through an eligible UK institute.

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Wednesday 30th May 2018

British Academy

Sustainable development programme

The British Academy, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its sustainable development programme. This supports researchers in the humanities and the social sciences working to generate evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries and respond to the sustainable development goals. The aim is to fund policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development and advancing the UK’s aid strategy.

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Thursday 31st May 2018

John Lawson Prize

This recognises the best article on a topic of obstetrics or gynaecology derived from work carried out in Africa between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The prize is worth £150.

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Thursday 31st May 2018 NEW!

Global Leap Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge for sustainable technologies for cold storage of food

The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) is an international competition to identify and promote the most energy-efficient, sustainable and cost-effective technologies that can meet the cold storage requirements for fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products in the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The Challenge was developed in partnership with Energy 4 Impact and support from the UK Department for International Development through the Ideas to Impact Programme to stimulate off-grid cold chain refrigeration for farmers and small traders, enabling better commercialisation of agricultural produce.

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Thursday 31st May 2018 NEW!

Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East 2018

The contest aims to reward the best innovative and socially responsible business projects in Africa and the Middle East. This 8th edition unfolds in two phases: first the candidates participate to a national competition, then an international jury gives a grand prize to the best national winners. At both the national and international step, the viewers of this site can vote to add a name to the jury shortlist. The projects providing content services are automatically reviewed for a chance to receive the Orange Content special prize. Don't wait anymore, go for it, apply!

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Tuesday 12th June 2018 NEW!

Africa Centres for Disease Control - various vacancies

The Africa Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has 18 vacancies listed with application closing dates from 21 May to 12 June.

Several high-profile positions are open, including that of deputy director and the head of divisions for disease control and prevention, management and administration, and public health institutes and research.

Among other vacancies are regional coordinators to be based in Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, and Zambia. The majority of the new positions will be based at the centre’s headquarters at the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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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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Sunday 1st July 2018

African career accelerator awards

Francis Crick Institute, GB

The Francis Crick Institute, with funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its African career accelerator awards. These provide fellowships for African postdoctoral researchers aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group. The scope of the research theme is the infectious diseases associated with poverty, with an emphasis on tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS, but also encompassing neglected tropical diseases or non-communicable diseases with an infection component. Fellowships will be partly undertaken at the Crick Institute and partly at one of the following five African partner universities:

•University of Ghana;

•Stellenbosch University (South Africa);

•University of Cape Town (South Africa);

•Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;

•Medical Research Unit/Uganda Virus Research Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Uganda Research Unit.

Applicants must be citizens of an African nation, hold a PhD and have more than two but no more than six years of postdoctoral research experience. Exceptions can be made in the case of an outstanding track record supported by publication and employment history.

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Monday 2nd July 2018

Transparency and accountability for inclusive development in Mozambique

The Department for International Development invites tenders for its call on transparency and accountability for inclusive development in Mozambique. This supports initiatives that contribute to improved human development outcomes and reduced corruption in Mozambique. The aim is to increase government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizen demands, including through better allocation of resources and more inclusive planning and decision-making processes. The objectives are:

•improving the quality of basic services, by strengthening civic engagement and accountability in the provision of basic services at local, provincial and national level, with funding worth £7 million;

•promoting transparency and fighting corruption, by working with Mozambican civil society organisations promoting transparency and integrity and combatting corruption through research and advocacy.

The contract is worth £10 million over six years, commencing on 7 December 2018.

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Monday 23rd July 2018

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2018/19

Open for Applications

The Africa Prize is open for applications from innovators with an engineering technology that addresses a key social or environmental challenge in sub-Saharan Africa.
16 shortlisted engineering innovators from across sub-Saharan Africa
Eight months of remote and in-person training and mentoring
Three residential training weeks (fully funded)
Communications support and professional photography
Pitch at St James’ Palace, London, in front of an influential audience
Four finalists, who share the £55,000 Prize
Women particularly encouraged to apply

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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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