The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are calling for proposals for the 2016/2017 African Research Leader Grant Awards. This jointly funded grant scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner.
The ARL scheme invites applications from African researchers already based in sub-Saharan African countries and from those individuals currently working overseas who wish to return to SSA.
14 Sep 2016
Awards provide support for up to five years. The grant package includes a potential contribution to the African Research Leader’s salary (up to 100% in the first years), funds for a programme of research and support for collaborative activities between the African and UK institutions.
The Awards should not exceed £750,000 in total.
OTHER KEY DATES
Call open for applications in the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System:15 June 2016
Peer review (external): October-November 2016
Shortlisting Panel meeting: Mid-December 2016
Interviews: Early March 2017
Decision to applicants: Mid-March 2017
Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cabo Verde Central African Republic Chad Comoros Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo, Rep. Cote d'Ivoire Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia, The Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa South Sudan Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Uganda United Kingdom Zambia Zimbabwe
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).
Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.