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African Academy of Sciences (AAS) announces Funding for Covid-19 Research & Development Goals for Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 3, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 29, 2020
African Academy of Sciences (AAS) logo
African Academy of Sciences (AAS) logo

This call supported by Sida (Sweden), Wellcome Trust, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is therefore a call to action for African scientists to attend to the research and development needs of the COVID-19 outbreak for the continent as identified by African scientists.

There is need to provide robust scientific evidence to the country emergency response teams.
The priorities listed are widely applicable across the continent yet require local context and expertise in order to address in a timely and effective manner the issues arising even as the outbreak evolves.

Focus Areas
This call will focus on areas of priority for research and development in COVID-19 outbreak control as identified by African scientists. These areas of focus include but are not limited to;
a) Epidemiological studies;
b) Clinical management;
c) Infection prevention and control, including health care protection;
d) Candidate vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics;
e) Ethical considerations for research;
f) Social sciences in a pandemic response.

Funding Information
The maximum amount allowable for a single grant is US$200,000 to be held for two (2) years.

Funding may be requested for an implementation period of up to two years (24 months).

Utilize This Offer

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is keen to play a central role in building African Research and Development (R&D) capacity to fight COVID-19 by managing day-to-day running of the proposed fund for COVID-19 R&D priorities in Africa.

Applicant organizations must: 1. be a legal entity; 2. be based in Africa.

The AAS is set to stop receiving applications for this call on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 1700 hrs EAT. However, due to the urgency of this work, all applications will be taken through triage and scientific review as soon as they are received. The AAS has the discretion to stop receiving applications for this call before the application close date if adequate proposals would have been received and recommended for funding before the closing date.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 03
Jun 03

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jun 03
Jun 03

Thanks, Ana.