African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SGP IV) 2020

African Researchers' Small Grant Program (SGP IV)

Closing Date: August 14, 2020, 17:00 GMT

Applications are open for the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SGP IV) 2020.

The African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK aid from the UK government, through the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), is seeking proposals for both operational and implementation research on ‘’Emerging Challenges facing NTD program implementation in Africa.’’

This fourth edition of the Small Grants Program (SGP IV) is to support African researchers in both early and mid/late career to undertake operational or implementation research aligned with the goals established in the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases.  

SGP IV is comprised of two small grant funding tracks:

  1. Small grants for junior researchers
  2. Small grants for mid-career and/or senior researchers

Target group

This fourth call for proposals is targeted at outstanding researchers – especially beginning researchers – and academics based in research institutions or universities in Africa. Applicants will have to demonstrate that the proposed research or activity is aligned with country/program interests and has potential institutional/individual capacity-building impact.

The small grants targeted at junior and senior researchers at the Masters or PhD level will provide grants ranging from USD 10,000 – 30,000.

Eligibility

All applicants

  • Must be currently employed by or enrolled as a student in an academic, health, or research institution in Africa for the duration of the grant
  • Must demonstrate having a commitment to NTD-related research as well as the skills and experience required to carry out the proposed work
  • Must be able to provide evidence of research output, including publications and/or presentations at scientific conferences

Specific to applicants for the junior researchers’ grants

  • Must be an early career researcher, defined as a basic biomedical scientist, clinically qualified investigator, or public health researcher, who has not previously competed successfully as principal investigator for a major research grant (i.e., ≥USD 200,000)
  • Must hold at least a Master’s degree or should be actively enrolled in doctoral studies. Applicants holding a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, DrPH, DSc) must have graduated no more than seven years ago. Clinicians (e.g. MBChB, MBBS, MD, DVM holders), who have not completed a Master’s degree must have some specialist training (e.g., Membership, Fellowship) or be able to demonstrate relevant research training/experience
  • Must not currently hold positions above lecturer/assistant professor level or equivalent
  • Must be able to provide written evidence of commitment to providing mentorship and supervision from a senior researcher with a track record and ongoing commitment to NTD research

Specific to applicants for the mid-career/senior researchers grants

  • Must be a mid-career/senior researcher, defined as a basic biomedical scientist, clinically qualified investigator, or public health researcher, who has previously competed successfully as principal investigator for a major research grant, but is no more than fifteen years from their highest degree of study
  • Must hold a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, DrPH, DSc). Clinicians (e.g. MBChB, MBBS, MD, DVM holders), who have not completed a PhD must have completed specialist training (e.g., Fellowship) or be able to demonstrate relevant training tied to research (e.g., MSc, MPhil), or experience
  • Must hold a position no lower than Senior lecturer/Senior Scientific Officer level or equivalent
  • Must demonstrate that they have a track record and ongoing commitment to NTD research
  • Must demonstrate that the intended project is a clearly defined aspect of ongoing research or aimed at answering a new question linked to ongoing research

Application

  • Access the online application form and instructions here, complete all required sections and submit ahead of the deadline
  • The application form provides a link here to download a budget template. Complete all required sections by following the funding rules as outlined in the Review Guide and Instructions page of Budget template.
  • Upon completion, please click here to upload a copy of your budget. Please note that an application without an accompanying budget using the prescribed template will not be reviewed.

For more information, visit African Researchers’ Small Grants Program

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