MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2016/17

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.

This MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to sub-Saharan Africa. The African Research Leader should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner. The African Research Leader will be nominated by a UK based principal investigator as part of the partnership between the African and UK institutions. The application must be submitted by the UK institution.

The scheme is open to talented and enthusiastic African investigators working in all biomedical and health research areas within the MRC/DFID remit on global health. The scheme seeks to support African researchers already based in sub-Saharan African countries and those individuals currently working overseas who wish to return to sub-Saharan Africa. Priority will be given to applications that address the key health problems relevant to national and regional health needs and hence best conducted in sub-Saharan Africa.

Awards provide support of up to £750,000 for up to five years. The grant package includes a contribution to the African Research Leader’s salary (up to 100% in the first years), funds for a programme of research and support for collaborative activities between the African and UK institutions.

LSHTM will be coordinating applications at School level. All candidates who wish to partner with an LSHTM academic for this call should submit the following information for internal review. This information should be submitted to by 1pm on Wednesday 13 July 2016.

  1. Candidate’s CV
  2. One-page outline of the candidate’s research plans
  3. Supporting statement from the nominating LSHTM academic

The candidates and nominating LSHTM academics will be informed of the outcome of the review process by Wednesday 20 July.

Further information and eligibility can be found on the MRC website.