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Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Call for applications: Planning Grant for Fogarty HIV Research Training Program (D71)

The Fogarty HIV Research Training Program (D71 Clinical Trial Not Allowed; PAR-19-284) supports research training that strengthens HIV research capacity of institutions in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). This FOA offers an opportunity for LMIC institutions to submit a planning grant application to prepare to participate in the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program.
 
These applications must propose a plan to develop a research training program and the subsequent application that will be submitted in response to the companion D43 FOA (PAR-19-283). The planned research training program should strengthen research capacity in a defined high priority HIV scientific area (NOT-OD-15-137) at an LMIC institution(s).
 
Application budgets are limited to $28,000 in total direct costs per year (exclusive of consortium indirect costs) for up to 2 years.
 
An application may be submitted by a foreign institution in an eligible low- or middle-income country (LMIC).

  • Contact your Departmental Finance Officer no later than Friday, July 23, 2021.

  • Faculty deadline: August 10, 2021

  • RC&I deadline: August 13, 2021 (final submission via ASSIST)

  • NIH due date: August 20, 2021 (17:00 SAST)

For more information click here.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Call for applications: The Merck 2021 Research Grants

Merck is all about science and technology. In 2021, we offer a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) aims to create new sustainable partnerships with leading global science and technology players to work on breakthrough science and to generate valuable seeds for future business.
 
Grants of 40,000 € - 450,000 € per year for up to 3 years are available in the areas as further specified below:

  • Drug Discovery - 3 grants comprising 350,000 €/year for 3 years with the option of extension.

  • Real time testing and sensors - grant comprising between 100,000 - 500,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension

  • Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery  - grant comprising between 100,000 - 300,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension

  • Digital Innovation - 3 grants comprising 40,000 - 100,000 € for 1 year with the option of extension

  • Bioelectronics - grant comprising 150,000 €/year for 3 years 

  • Sustainability - grant/s to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis

  • Media recycling for cultured meat - grant/s to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis

  • Organoids - grant/s to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis

The Merck research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university, or company. Applicants may apply for more than one grant or apply for more than one focus area.

  • Contact your Departmental Finance Officer no later than Tuesday, 3 August 2021

  • eRA Finance Approver deadline: Thursday, 19 August 2021

  • RC&I deadline: Tuesday, 24 August 2021

  • Funder due date: Tuesday, 31 August 2021

For more details click here

Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Call for applications: Fogarty HIV Research Training Program (D43)

The Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43 Clinical Trial Optional; PAR-19-283), encourages applications for research training programs to strengthen the scientific capacity of institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct HIV research relevant to the evolving HIV epidemic in their country. This FOA can support training for conducting research in a broad range of HIV research areas across HIV prevention, treatment, care, and quality of life continuum. This includes basic, epidemiologic, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, community-based, implementation, operations, health services, and health systems research. Cross-disciplinary research as well as HIV associated comorbidities and coinfections affecting the HIV epidemic will be supported under this FOA. An application should focus the proposed training program to strengthen research capacity in a defined HIV scientific area at a specific LMIC institution and collaborating LMIC partner institutions.
 
This FOA allows qualified Trainees to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial; or to propose a separate ancillary study to an existing trial under the mentorship of an appropriate clinical researcher or to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, as part of their research and career development.
 
Application budgets are limited to $280,000 in total direct costs per year (exclusive of consortium indirect costs) for up to 5 years.
 
An application may be submitted by a foreign institution in an eligible low- or middle-income country (LMIC) or by a domestic (U.S.) institution that demonstrates collaboration with an LMIC institution.

  • Contact your Departmental Finance Officer no later than Friday, July 23, 2021.

  • Faculty deadline: August 10, 2021

  • RC&I deadline: August 13, 2021 (final submission via ASSIST)

  • NIH due date: August 20, 2021 (17:00 SAST)

For more information click here.

Monday, 19 April 2021
Call for applications: Grand Challenges Canada - Stars in Global Health

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages the improvement of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, adolescents, children and LGBTQI+ people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Projects should aim to improve the access, use and quality of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and services and to be resilient to pandemic control measures like those introduced to control COVID-19. Of particular interest to Grand Challenges Canada are innovations that improve responses to sexual- and gender-based violence. Proposed innovations must be bold, innovative, and designed with and for people who are not adequately served by current approaches to sexual and reproductive health and rights. All innovations must demonstrate a rights-based approach, the principle of “do no harm” and must be gender-affirming/sensitive and inclusive to the extent possible.
 
Successful proposals will receive seed grants of up to $100,000 CAD over 12 months to develop and test their proposed innovation. Grand Challenges Canada aims to award around 60-70 seed grants this round.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Monday, 24 May 2021
RC&I deadline: Thursday, 27 May 2021
Funder due date: Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 20:00 (SAST)
 
For more information click here.

Monday, 19 April 2021
Call for applications: Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program

The Global Infectious Disease (GID) research training program, including a Planning Grant (D71 Clinical Trials Not Allowed; PAR-19-362) and full Research Training Program (D43 Clinical Trial Optional; PAR-21-120), addresses research training needs related to infectious diseases that are predominantly endemic in or impact upon people living in developing countries. Programs should focus on major endemic or life-threatening emerging infectious diseasesneglected tropical disease, infections associated with noncommunicable disease conditions of public health importance in LMICs or infections that frequently occur as co-infections in HIV infected individuals. Applications that focus exclusively on research training to address HIV/AIDS or co-infections in the context of HIV will not be supported in these programs (NOTE: Fogarty HIV Research Training Program opportunities PAR-19-283 and PAR-19-284). The goal is to build a critical mass of researchers and support staff to conduct independent infectious disease research in developing country institutions.
 
D71 (PAR-19-362) Information:
Application budgets are limited to $100,000 (total direct costs) per year for up to 2 years.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Monday, 18 October 2021
RC&I deadline: Thursday, 21 October 2021
NIH due date: Thursday, 28 October 2021
 
D43 (PAR-21-120) Information:
Application budgets are limited to $230,000 per year for new awards and $276,000 per year for renewal awards (total direct costs). The maximum project period allowed is 5 years.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Thursday, 22 July 2021
RC&I deadline: Tuesday, 27 July 2021
NIH due date: Tuesday, 3 August 2021
 
For more information click here.

Monday, 12 April 2021
Call for applications: Unitaid - Accelerating tools to drive tuberculosis detection

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research to enable the optimal adaptation, introduction, and placement of effective, affordable, and quality-assured innovative diagnostic solutions for tuberculosis (TB) detection that consider the integration, complementarity, and fit within the current diagnostic context in high burden countries and the linkages to care in response to the needs of affected communities. For this call, diagnostic solutions refer to diagnostic and detection devices and platforms which could include multi-disease testing platforms, digital technologies used for contact tracing and diagnosis, CAD-enabled technology, and sample collection tools and handling. In addition, solutions with demonstrated innovation and impact in response to COVID-19 or other relevant disease areas are included. Any solution proposed should have superior performance compared to currently available tools and/or enable TB detection at the point of care.
 
Applicants are encouraged to consider products that are available on the market or can be introduced in the market by no later than December 2022.
 
Support is available for up to 5 years. Unitaid anticipates funding 2-3 projects at $20-30 million.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Wednesday, 12 May 2021
RC&I deadline: Monday, 17 May 2021
Funder due date: Monday, 24 May 2021 at 12:00 (SAST)

Click here for more information. 

Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Call for applications: NIH International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities, including courses for skills development, mentoring activities and curriculum or methods development, that foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioural, and clinical research and its implications.
 
Grants of $230,000 direct costs per year are available for up to five years.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Tuesday, 25 May 2021
RC&I deadline: Friday, 28 May 2021
NIH due date: Friday, 4 June 2021 by 17:00 (SAST)
 
Further detail for this opportunity can be found here.
 
Please complete this intention-to-submit form by 23 April 2021 if you intend applying for this call. Please note that completion of this form is for the purposes of internal support and tracking, it is not linked to funder application processes and does not commit you to applying to this opportunity.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Call for applications: NIH - Cellular and Molecular Biology of Complex Brain Disorders (R21)

Cellular and Molecular Biology of Complex Brain Disorders (R21) encourages research on the biology of high confidence risk factors associated with complex brain disorders, with a focus on the intracellular, transcellular and circuit substrates of neural function. The R21 activity code can be used for applications to develop early stage, high-risk, exploratory or proof-of-concept approaches where there is little or no preliminary data.

Grants are available for up to two years. The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Thursday, 3 June 2021
RC&I deadline: Tuesday, 8 June 2021
NIH due date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 at 17:00 (SAST) (note this is a public holiday in South Africa)
 
Further detail for this opportunity can be found here.
 
Please complete this FHS intention-to-submit form by 23 April 2021 if you intend applying for this call. Please note that completion of this form is for the purposes of internal support and tracking, it is not linked to funder application processes and does not commit you to applying to this opportunity.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Call for applications: NIH - Cellular and Molecular Biology of Complex Brain Disorders

This funding opportunity encourages research on the biology of high confidence risk factors associated with complex brain disorders, with a focus on the intracellular, transcellular and circuit substrates of neural function. The R01 activity code can be used for applications to further develop lines of inquiry where feasibility or proof-of-concept has been established.
 
Grants are available for up to five years with no set budget limit; however, the scope of the proposed project should determine the project period and the budget should reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Tuesday, 25 May 2021
RC&I deadline: Friday, 28 May 2021
NIH due date: Saturday, 5 June 2021 at 17:00 (SAST) (note NIH policy for due dates falling on a weekend
 
Further detail for this opportunity can be found here.
 
Please complete this FHS intention-to-submit form by 23 April 2021 if you intend applying for this call. Please note that completion of this form is for the purposes of internal support and tracking, it is not linked to funder application processes and does not commit you to applying to this opportunity.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Call for applications: NIH International Bioethics Research Training Program

The International Bioethics Research Training program (D43) supports mentored doctoral and long-term postdoctoral research training for ethics experts from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that complements other global health research and research training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers.
 
Grants of $230,000 direct costs per year are available for up to five years.
 
eRA Finance Approver deadline: Tuesday, 25 May 2021
RC&I deadline: Friday, 28 May 2021
NIH due date: Friday, 4 June 2021 by 17:00 (SAST)
 
Further detail for this opportunity can be found here
 
Please complete this intention-to-submit form by 23 April 2021 if you intend applying for this call. Please note that completion of this form is for the purposes of internal support and tracking, it is not linked to funder application processes and does not commit you to applying to this opportunity.

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