Application Deadline: 19 March 2015
This 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 networks.
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.
Basic 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
Value and tenure
Programme Grants will provide support for Research Consortia, consisting of three African groups and one UK-based laboratory.
Applicants do not need to have held a Scientific Networking award to apply for a Programme Grant.
The Programme Grant may provide support of up to £1,243,000 over a five year period, including:
|Expense||Budget per partner||Total Budget|
|A PhD studentship for each of the African PI’s||£60,000/studentship||£180,000|
|Research costs||Up to £20,000 per year for each research group||£400,000.|
|Exchanges of researchers||Costs for travel and subsistence of up to £10,000 per year for each laboratory||£200,000.|
|Equipment purchasing, repair and maintenance||Up to £10,000 per year for each African laboratory||£150,000|
|Additional training modules (workshops and seminars)||Up to £10,000 per year for each PI||£200,000|
|Co-ordination and management costs||10% of value of the grant||£113,000|
Applications to the Programme grants will be initially reviewed by three members of the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Strengthening Initiative panel. Applications that are shortlisted will be independently peer reviewed and discussed at a panel meeting.
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