MRC/DFID African Research Leader Award for Researchers of Gambia and Uganda, 2013

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The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development invites application for pursuing research on key global health issues pertinent to Sub-Saharan Africa. Candidates from the MRC Units in the Gambia and Uganda are eligible to apply for African Research Leader Scheme. UK based principal investigator will nominate African Research Leader and submit applications till 28th February 2013 by using Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System.

Study Subject(s): The scheme is open to talented and enthusiastic investigators working in all biomedical and health research areas within MRC/DFID global health remit, for example infections research; nutrition research; maternal and reproductive health research; and including epidemiological and social science approaches to health issues; public health research; and implementation and policy research.
Course Level: This award is available for pursuing research program.
Scholarship Provider: The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the UK Department for International Development (UKID)
Scholarship can be taken at: UK and Africa (it is anticipated that most of the funds would be spent in the African institution.)

Eligibility: -The scheme is open to talented and enthusiastic investigators working in all biomedical and health research areas within MRC/DFID global health remit, for example infections research; nutrition research; maternal and reproductive health research; and including epidemiological and social science approaches to health issues; public health research; and implementation and policy research.
-The African candidate will be well-qualified for academic research, will have completed a PhD (applicants will normally have between 1-5 years post PhD experience) and will be expected to be a proven independent researcher (track record/publications) and demonstrate promise as a future research leader. Outstanding ARL candidates who do not have a PhD but who are educated to Master’s level and have substantial research experience, as evidenced by their publication record, may also be considered in exceptional circumstances. Individuals who already have a long established record of securing significant international research grant funding will not be strong candidates for this award.
-ARL candidates from the MRC Units in The Gambia and Uganda are eligible to apply.

Scholarship Open for International Students: ARL candidates from the MRC Units in The Gambia and Uganda are eligible to apply.

Scholarship Description: The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards. The MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic research environment in their own institution and by a strong linkage with a UK partner.

Duration of award(s): It is anticipated that a majority of awards will be between 3-5 yrs. The tenure of the award will be for a maximum of five years. Candidates wishing to combine their research with domestic responsibilities may seek the award on a part-time basis over a maximum of five years.

What does it cover? Awards will provide support for up to 5 years and should not exceed £750k in total. The total award package is anticipated to include the following elements:
-The African research institution will be the employer of the African Research Leader. However, a contribution to the personal salary for the Research Leader may be requested. This may be up to 100% in the first years where a persuasive case is made. The expectation would be that over time, the African research institution would take on increasing responsibility for providing the salary and by the end of the award this should be at a minimum 50% of the personal salary.
-A research programme which could include research support staff, research consumables and equipment, travel costs (between partner institutions), and other necessary costs for the research to be undertaken. Overseas student fees for PhD students contributing to the research will not be provided.
-The award also has provision for a personal development element for the ARL candidate, to support leadership development, strategic planning, research management and continuing professional development. As part of this, support may be requested for the opportunity to spend time (up to 3 months in total) in an organisation other than the African research institution. This may be the UK partner institution, or any other UK organisation including a biomedical/pharmaceutical company. This is to provide a concentrated period of training/career development that cannot be achieved effectively within the African research institution.

Notification: Shortlisted candidates will normally be notified four weeks before the interview date. Interviews will take place in early June 2013 and will be conducted at MRC Head Office in London.

How to Apply: The African Research Leader will be nominated by a UK based principal investigator as part of the partnership between the African and UK institution. The application must be submitted by the UK institution. Full applications should be submitted using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System. Access J-eS guidance. For this scheme the UK-based partner should be entered as the Principal Investigator (PI) and the African Research Leader candidate as a Co-Investigator (Co-I).

Scholarship Application Deadline: The MRC must receive application by 28th February 2013.

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