2014 Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative Grant

Application Deadline: April 9 2014

The programme is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.

The overall aim of the scheme is to strengthen the research capacity of universities and research institution in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting the development of sustainable research network

The scheme provides funding towards research expenses, travel and subsistence costs, (PhD) training, and limited funds for equipment.

The scheme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be based in one of the eligible sub-Saharan African countries (PDF) or the UK. In order to act as a principal investigator (PI), applicants must:

  • have a PhD or have extensive research experience at an equivalent level
  • have a proven track record of training students at Master’s and Doctoral level
  • have a proven track record of publishing in both national and international journals
  • be based in the respective countries at the time of the application

Applications will be accepted in three research priority areas:

  • Water & sanitation
  • Renewable energy
  • Soil-related research


The first round of the Programme Grants is now open and will close on 9 April 2014.  Results will be announced December 2014.

For More Information

Visit the Official Webpage of the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative 


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