25 July, 2021

Africa CDC And EDCTP Call For Proposal – COVID-19 Health Funding

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership EDCTP Call open for Capacity development for disease outbreak and epidemic response in sub-Saharan Africa, in collaboration with Africa CDC. The Health grant total worth of 5 million euro.

The objective of this call for proposals is to establish an African cohort of epidemiologists, supporting institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe that provide master’s degree training in epidemiology and biostatistics, as part of the CDC African framework for workforce development public health.

Master’s courses with hands-on field research experience are the preferred level of training, as they are relatively short and likely to provide the required numbers and caliber of high-quality, adequate staff that are urgently needed in epidemic areas from sub-Saharan Africa.

Proposals can be submitted by a single institution or by a consortium of institutions offering master epidemiology training for 10 to 15 excellent researchers, beginning to mid-career, working in a relevant field in sub-Saharan Africa.

EDCTP Call For Proposals 2020

  • Funded By: EDCTP-Africa CDC
  • Training to be taken at Institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.
  • Training level: Masters degree
  • Training Worth: Budget is EUR 5,000,000 and EUR 50,000 per student
  • Subject Eligibility: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Country/Candidate Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.
  • Deadline: 30th July 2020

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Eligibility to Submit EDCTP Proposal

Proposals should be submitted by institutions with a proven track record in providing high-quality master’s training, with clear local and regional collaborations with INSP or similar agencies, Ministries of Health, and other academic institutions.

The eligible proposal must:

  • It contains content that fully or partially matches the description of the topic/contest to which it was submitted.
  • Meet the eligibility conditions for participation defined below, according to the type of action:
  • A high-quality master’s program in epidemiology and biostatistics relevant to major infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • An open, fair and transparent procedure for the selection of EPI fellows based in different geographical regions of Africa and with the appropriate gender balance, to enter the master’s program.
  • Robust guidance and supervision mechanisms to support EPI fellows until the successful and timely completion of the course.

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The application must have at least one legal entity established in a participating State or in a sub-Saharan African country.

The maximum duration of the scholarship is 36 months.

The maximum duration of the master’s program is 30 months (including the research component)

The requested contribution from EDCTP per share must not exceed 50,000 euros per student, with a maximum total budget of 750,000 euros.

Due to the extraordinary global crisis of COVID-19, which is also affecting African countries, this issue must also be considered by the candidates.

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Expected impact

Projects financed under this call for proposals must:

  • Increase the number of infectious disease epidemiologists working in Africa.
  • Increase research capacity in epidemiology in Africa.
  • Foster transnational cooperation between epidemiologists in Africa and with CDC in Africa

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Eligible Countries

The Participating States (European Partner States) are Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

** The following sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic People’s Republic), Congo (Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Eswatini, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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Ultimately, the collaboration aims to increase institutional research capacity and also help create a critical mass of epidemiologists and biostatisticians who can collectively conduct routine surveillance, public health research, and support timely responses to outbreaks of diseases in Africa, such as the current coronademic of viral disease (COVID-19).

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