Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund: 2017 Call

Application Deadline:Sunday 25th June 2017.

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund was established in 2012, with generous support from The ALBORADA Trust. The Fund supports pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated institution such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and NIAB) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations. To date, 116 awards have been made, to enable Cambridge researchers to engage with African researchers from 14 African countries. Some awardees have been able to use the preliminary results from their seed fund research/collaboration to apply for and win significant funding (e.g. Royal Society/Leverhulme Awards, Global Challenges Research Fund, etc.).

Awards available
Applications should generally fall into one of these four research-related categories:
1) Workshop/research training course, in Africa
2) Travel between Cambridge and Africa
3) Research Project
4) Equipment
Note: All equipment purchased using the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund must be for use in Africa, and must remain with the African partner institution/university upon completion of the project.
Awards will range from £1,000 – £20,000, and limits apply for categories as follows:
Maximum of £20,000 for applications in the sciences (including equipment)
Maximum of £6,000 for applications in the social sciences and humanities
Maximum of £5,000 for a workshop/course in Africa
Maximum of £3,000 for a travel award

Eligible applicants

  • Applications should be submitted jointly by an applicant based in Cambridge and an applicant based in a university or research institution in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Both applicants must be at post-doctoral level or above, and by completing an application it is understood that they are both doing so with support from their Senior Researcher/Head of Group/Principle Investigator, if they are not in this position themselves.
  • Both applicants should have a formal link to a research group/department/faculty in their home institution.

How to apply

The online application form has been designed to allow both applicants (Cambridge- and Africa-based) to log in, update, save and eventually submit electronically.

To access the form, the Cambridge based applicant must Register Here. Only applicants with @cam.ac.uk, @sanger.ac.uk and @niab.ac.uk email addresses can register.

The Cambridge-based applicant must then log in to the ALBORADA Research Fund application form, where they will see the words “Invite a 2nd applicant to view/edit this submission”. Click on this link in order to invite the Africa-based applicant to register and edit the forms.

If you are eligible to apply, but are unable to register on the page above, then please contact Sophia Mahroo via szm21@cam.ac.uk.
For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

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