African Research Leaders Funding Program

African Research Leaders Funding Program

Apply for funding to support exceptional early to mid-career African researchers to conduct excellent global health research across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Researchers should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a UK-based partner as part of a partnership between the African and UK institutions.

We aim to attract and retain exceptionally talented ‘rising star’ individuals who will lead high quality research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA.

Awards will provide support for up to five years and the requested amount should not exceed £750,000 in total.

Who is eligible to apply

You can apply for this funding opportunity if you are a researcher based at an eligible African research organisation with sufficient research capacity to manage and deliver research. This includes:

  • Universities or higher education institutions based in SSA with degree-awarding powers recognised by the government in which the organisation is based. This includes Medical Research Council (MRC) units at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Uganda and the Gambia

  • Research focused institutes based in SSA either funded by the government of the country in which the organisation is based or by a not-for-profit organisation

  • Research focused not-for-profit organisations based in SSA with dedicated research capacity

    If an applicant is returning to work in SSA, they are expected to make their own arrangements for relocating and obtaining a tenured academic position at an eligible African research institution if one is not already held (and should be in post by the start of any award).

    The successful applicant would be expected to continue their appointment at the African research institution beyond the term of this award.

    The African candidate will:

  • Have, at a minimum, a PhD and three years’ post-doctoral research experience, or an MD
    plus an MSc with three years research experience

  • Have some evidence of independent funding as a project lead or co-lead

  • Be building a track record of independence in their selected field and demonstrating promise as a future research leader (at a minimum to be demonstrated by at least four publications as first or last author)

    Applications from women are encouraged. Applicants wishing to combine their research with domestic responsibilities may seek the award on a part-time basis. The terms and conditions of the award make allowances for maternity or paternity leave. Allowance will also be made to those researchers whose career has been affected, either by a late start or by interruption, for personal or family reasons.

    For more details on institutional and individual eligibility, please see the MRC eligibility requirements.

    The African research leadership application should be submitted in partnership with a UK co-lead (partner) with complementary scientific expertise, offering relevant opportunities, such as:

  • Skill strengthening

  • Discipline widening

  • Technology sharing

  • Mentoring

    What we will fund

    You can request funding for:

  • 100% salary costs for project leads and project co-leads (international), based within an LMIC

  • Support for other posts such as research and technical

  • Research consumables

  • Equipment

  • Travel costs

  • Data preservation, data sharing and dissemination costs

  • Estates and indirect costs

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; African Research Leaders Funding Program

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