Submit a proposal addressing health challenges relevant to regional health needs in this Researcher-led scheme to receive funding to pursue highly innovative research in Global health.
Open to African researchers specialized in biomedical and health research fields, the scheme will award selected researchers funding to conduct their research with support from a UK based mentor.
Application Deadline: 8 September 2020
Successful candidates will receive
The African Research Leader Scheme is open to
Selected candidates will
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Applicants are required to apply as the Principal Investigator (PI) on the grant and the UK-based mentor should be included as the first-named Co-Investigator (Co-I).
The ARL award will be made directly to the PI (i.e. the ARL) based within the African Research Institution. Check for ARI eligibility criteria.
When uploading this ‘Optional’ document as ‘Letter of Support’, describe the document as ‘Placement Confirmation’
The MRC/ DFID African Research Leader Scheme is a jointly funded initiative administered by the African Research organization to support research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It enlists and helps intellectuals to take up high-quality research projects on global health issues in Sub Saharan Africa.
In recognition of the current COVID-19 pandemic, proposals contributing to the understanding, prevention, and management of the COVID-19 outbreak are encouraged. Not only proposals in COVID-19 related research are expected, but a candid assessment of how the pandemic might affect research plans.
The project can be focused on any major health priority in Sub-Saharan Africa including:
All applications must be submitted by the deadline at 4:00 pm (BST) on 8th September 2020.
The External Peer review will take place between October to November 2020
Shortlisting Panel meeting will take place by Mid December 2020
Shortlisted candidates will be notified four weeks before the interview date
Interviews will be conducted by March 2021
Results will be announced by April 2021
The ARL award will normally run for 4-5 years with a maximum tenure of five years.
Applications will be peer-reviewed by external reviewers and considered by an independent expert panel.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The Co-I mentor from the UK partner institution will also be invited to the interview with the candidate for Research Leader.
COVID-19 related proposals will be assessed according to the scheme-specific assessment criteria in a competitive manner with wider non-COVID-19 research proposals.
Interviews will take place in March 2021 and possibly online. Onsite interviews will take place in London if the state of the pandemic allows it. Moderate travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the MRC.
The majority of the proposed research is expected to take place in the African environment.
Enabling the partnership between the African and UK Institutions is aimed at encouraging a research-supportive environment for the developing African Research Leader, both in the host African institution but importantly involving strong support from and access to expertise in a UK academic research institution.
Hence, the African Research Leadership proposal should be submitted in partnership with a UK Co-Investigator offering relevant opportunities.
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