Senior Fellowship for African Researchers (EDCTP)

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Through this call, EDCTP intends to identify and support senior researchers capable of building and leading research groups at Sub-Saharan African institutions that will be internationally competitive and capable of winning grants from international funding bodies. This grant is both available for researchers already working in Africa as well as those looking to return to the continent (re-entry grant).

Grant scheme

Training Awards

Call identifier

TA_08_40200

Available funds

€ 1,200,000

Deadline of application

30 November 2008

Description of the Grant Scheme
EDCTP anticipates that Sub-Saharan African institutions that receive EDCTP grants will play a key role as locations where practical experience in the conduct of clinical trials on the three poverty related diseases; HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria) can be obtained. Because scientific capacity can be limited by the lack of suitably qualified researchers EDCTP strategy is to support researchers at different levels.

Through this call, EDCTP intends to identify and support senior researchers capable of building and leading research groups at Sub-Saharan African institutions that will be internationally competitive and capable of winning grants from international funding bodies. This grant is both available for researchers already working in Africa as well as those looking to return to the continent (re-entry grant).

Purpose of this grant
The objectives of this fellowship programme are to:

  • Develop capacity for research in Sub-Saharan African institutions,
  • Promote the career development of Sub-Saharan African researchers by encouraging them to upgrade their profile and/or return or continue to work Africa
  • Strengthen the capacity to undertake clinical trials of interventions on any of the three major poverty related diseases (PRDs) in Africa (malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis) conducted at internationally acceptable levels
  • The scope will be limited to clinical research in related disciplines on the three target diseases mentioned above. Studies may include epidemiology, clinical medicine, virology, immunology, parasitology, clinical pharmacology, and molecular biology. Special emphasis will be placed on phase II and III clinical trials.

Funding
The maximum amount of each Senior Fellowship grant to be awarded will be €200,000 to cover a fixed period of two years.

Budget outline: Salary (supplements) for fellows should be in compliance with the employment policy requirements of the hosting African institution and EDCTP financial guidelines; other costs (including personnel, research materials, equipment, travels and mentorship) should be within the remaining budget.

Quality of candidate

  • Sub-Saharan African researchers with a MD and/or PhD degree, with a proven record in research and at least 3 years post doctoral experience
  • Candidates should be based at a sub-Saharan African Institution that is conducting clinical trials
  • Candidates should foster scientific research leadership in African institutions
  • Candidates should optimise the use of EDCTP-funded trial sites as training opportunities
  • Collaboration with ministries of health or disease control programmes is particularly encouraged
  • EDCTP particularly encourages female candidates to submit a proposal for this fellowship
  • Candidates should be in the mid term of their career as researcher

Eligibility criteria

  • These include submission before the deadline, completeness, following the rules stipulated in the application form, language (should be English) and legal status of applicant.
  • Environmental Screening Note (ESN) and recommendations for minimising any environmental impact have to be provided.

Selection criteria
I.  Scientific excellence (feasibility, impact, innovativity, design and methodology)
II.  Scientific quality of the applicant (quality of scientific career, leadership and coaching skills, inspiring enthusiasm for research, teaching experience)
III.  EDCTP relevance (public health relevance for developing countries, contribution to EDCTP Joint Programme)
IV.  Integration into host institution and its environment (justification within research strategy of host institution, contribution to improved North-South and South-South collaboration)
V.  Project management (appropriateness of budget, structure of research team and day-to-day management, sponsorship and other aspects of clinical trial management – if applicable)

Intellectual Property Rights (if applicable)
EDCTP will ensure that the Investigational Product or its successors shall be accessible and available at an affordable price in developing countries.

List of the EDCTP-EEIG member states
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

List of sub-Saharan African countries
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Selection procedure
Submitted applications will be peer-reviewed by an independent panel of experts. EDCTP reserves the right to adapt the timelines of procedure in case of unexpected events.

Additional information

  • Please note that EDCTP will not be the sponsor of any trial
  • Preference will be given to studies conducted at EDCTP funded clinical trial sites
  • The award is not renewable
  • If the quality of the candidates is equal preference will be given to female candidates
  • EDCTP will not serve as sponsor in residence or working permit requirements
  • Applicants may not apply for or receive more than one Training Awards grant at the same time.

Terms and condition for application
To apply for this grant please read carefully the guidelines on ethics and the guidelines on financial requirements for EDCTP grants prior to completing the application form.

NB: Copies of publications and letters of recommendations (other than letters expressing personal recommendations) are not required and should not be submitted.

Legal information and support
EDCTP is supported by the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission, via Article 169 of the Treaty, decision No 1209/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 June 2003.
EDCTP conforms to the legislation of The Netherlands concerning the Personal Data Protection Act.

Submission
Complete applications should be submitted electronically (via email) to: proposals@edctp.org

If you would like to download this call for proposals in PDF format please click here

Quelle: EDCTP

Kontakt:

EDCTP Secretariat The Hague
Laan van Nieuw Oost Indië 300

The Hague

Niederlande
Tel: +31 70 344 0880/0897
Fax: +31 70 344 0899
http://www.edctp.org/Current_Call.410+M506e38815be.0.html

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