The African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) in collaboration with its partners invites applications for the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SGP VI) in 2022.
This 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.
Worth of Award
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.
- 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
- Applications are accepted from all African countries. Applications from the following countries that have not yet had an applicant and are, therefore, particularly encouraged: Algeria, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, and Tunisia.
- Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply.
Specific to applicants for the junior researchers’ grants:
- be an early career researcher, defined as a basic biomedical scientist, clinically qualified investigator, or public health researcher. S/he has not previously competed successfully as a principal investigator for a major research grant (i.e., ≥USD 200,000)
- 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 five 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.
- not currently hold positions above lecturer/assistant professor level or equivalent
- be able to provide written evidence of commitment to providing mentorship and supervision. This should come from a senior researcher with a track record and ongoing commitment to NTD research.
Specific to applicants for the mid-career/senior researchers grants:
- be a mid-career/senior researcher, defined as a basic biomedical scientist, clinically qualified investigator, or public health researcher. One 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.
- 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
- hold a position no lower than Senior lecturer/Senior Scientific Officer level or equivalent
- demonstrate that they have a track record and ongoing commitment to NTD research
- demonstrate that the intended project is a clearly defined aspect of ongoing research or aimed at answering a new question linked to ongoing research.
How to Apply
To apply, you must access the online application form and instructions as well as complete all required sections and submit them ahead of the deadline.
The application form provides a link to download a budget template; kindly complete all required sections.
Upon completion, upload a copy of your budget. Please note that an application without an accompanying budget using the prescribed template will not be reviewed.
Deadline: The call closing date for the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program is September 30, 2022, at 17:00 GMT.