Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative

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.

DfID

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:

  1. facilitate sustainable multidisciplinary partnerships between research groups in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.
  2. strengthen research and training capacity in sub-Saharan African Institutions of Higher Education through the skill transfer between partner organisations of the research consortia.
  3. produce a cadre of young, talented researchers through integrated PhD scholarships and shared supervision of post-graduate students between the UK-based and African consortia members.
  4. evaluate the contributions of the Africa Initiative to supporting universities and institutions in Africa to develop sustainable research and research training capacity.

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

Total Budget

£1,243,000

Application process

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.

Applying for this scheme

The first round of the Programme Grants is now open and will close on 16 April 2014. Results will be announced December 2014.

Download the scheme notes (PDF)

Download the terms and conditions (PDF)

Apply for this scheme on e-GAP

Finding research partners

We have set up this LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn account.

This scheme is funded by the UK's Department for International Development.

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Capacity building schemes

Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative
For scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.

Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award
For 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.

See all the grant schemes.

Contact us

If you have a question about this scheme, please first read the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available, you can contact the grants team here.