Funding opportunity: African Research Leaders

30 January, 2024

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Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)

Co-funders: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Funding type: Grant

Total fund: £2,000,000

Award range: £250,000 - £750,000

Publication date: 24 January 2024

Opening date: 24 January 2024 9:00am UK time

Closing date: 24 April 2024 4:00pm UK time

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Apply for funding to support exceptional early to mid-career African researchers to conduct excellent global health research across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Researchers should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a UK-based partner as part of a partnership between the African and UK institutions.

We aim to attract and retain exceptionally talented ‘rising star’ individuals who will lead high quality research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA.

Awards will provide support for up to five years and the requested amount should not exceed £750,000 in total.


COMMENT (NPW): HIFA has substantial experience in supporting research that requires multistakeholder interaction on the HIFA forums (and, from 2024, webinars). If your research would benefit from this approach, you may like to consider inclusion of a small budget line on your next funding proposal. Contact:

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: