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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 objectives are to:
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.
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:
Applications will be accepted in three research priority areas:
The programme consists of two awards and will be delivered in two stages, as follows.
Scientific Network Awards are small start-up grants, of up to £25,000 to assist the formation of research consortia and the preparation of applications for the subsequent Programme Grants. The Society will organise a workshop for successful applicants to facilitate development of applications for the second phase of the programme. The Scientific Network awards programme will open for applications on 5 November 2012.
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:
Budget per partner
A PhD studentship for each of the African PI’s
Up to £20,000 per year for each research group
Exchanges of researchers
Costs for travel and subsistence of up to £10,000 per year for each laboratory
Equipment purchasing, repair and maintenance
Up to £10,000 per year for each African laboratory
Additional training modules (workshops and seminars)
Up to £10,000 per year for each PI
Co-ordination and management costs
10% of value of the grant
Applications to the Scientific Network Awards will be initially reviewed by two members of the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative panel and then shortlisted. The shortlisted applications are reviewed by the Panel Chair and the final decision is made.
Applications to the Programme grants will be initially reviewed by three members of the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Stengthening Initiative panel. Applications that are shortlisted will be independently peer reviewed and discussed at a panel meeting.
This scheme is currently closed to applications.
Scientific Network Awards
Use the links below to apply for the scheme:
We have set up this Mendeley group to help you to network with other scientists in order to establish research consortia suitable for the programme.
It is free to sign up for a Mendeley account. Please note that you do not have to run the Mendeley Desktop program which downloads during the sign up process.
This scheme is funded by the UK's Department for International Development.
Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building InitiativeFor scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.
Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa AwardFor scientists who want to develop a collaborative research project between the UK and research institutions in either Ghana or Tanzania.
We also run the Royal Society Pfizer Award for scientists working in the biological sciences and the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Programme to strengthen national science academies in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
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