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EDCTP Clinical Research and Product Development Fellowships 2019 for African Researchers

As part of EDCTP’s capacity building efforts, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and EDCTP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in January 2013 to implement a fellowship scheme that offers placements in European-based companies to individual researchers and clinical staff from sub-Saharan Africa working in the implementation of clinical trials.

Application Deadline: 7th March 2019, 17:00

Eligible Countries: African countries

About the Award: The scheme targets junior to mid-career researchers or clinical staff (clinicians, pharmacists, medical statisticians, data managers, other health researchers) who are employed by a legal entity in sub-Saharan Africa where they are currently working on clinical research and clinical trials in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme*.  EDCTP supports research team members who are employed by a legal entity in a sub-Saharan African country. Placements are for a period of 15 months (3 months will be used to prepare for the placement), following which there will be a re-integration period of 6 months.

Proposals for an EDCTP Clinical Research and Product Development Fellowship (CRDF) must be submitted by an organisation with an established legal entity in sub-Saharan Africa (‘the applicant legal entity’) on behalf of the prospective fellow employed by that organisation. Fellows must commit to return to their home organisation for a minimum of two years after completion of the fellowship. Fellows should identify the skills and training required and should demonstrate how the acquired experience would be applied upon return to the home organisation.

EDCTP will fund fellows employed by a sub-Saharan African legal entity (the fellow’s home organisation and applicant legal entity) to be placed in European-based host organisations (pharmaceutical companies, CROs and PDPs) to train and develop specific clinical research skills of relevance to PRDs. The EDCTP2 grant includes funds for re-integration.

Host organisations may offer placements in the following areas: design and conduct of clinical trial studies, including operational planning, management and evaluation; clinical development of vaccines including associated epidemiological studies; assessment of drug development programmes; diagnostics; biostatistics/epidemiology; data management and pharmacovigilance. A list of participating pharmaceutical companies, CROs and PDPs (i.e. host organisations) and available placements will be published on the EDCTP website. EDCTP will collaborate with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

Type: Grants

Eligibility: A proposal will only be considered eligible if:

  1. its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
  2. it complies with the eligibility conditions set out below, depending on the type of action:
    1. The applicant must be a legal entity established in sub-Saharan Africa and must be the home organisation employing the fellow**.
    2. The fellow must:
      1. be a post-graduate (MSc or PhD) or medical graduate with clinical and/or research experience in infectious diseases;
      2. have obtained their post graduate or medical graduate degree within 15 years of submission of the application;
      3. be a researcher or clinical staff member employed for the last 12 months in an organisation with a registered legal entity in sub-Saharan Africa, and who has been conducting clinical research activities in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme;
      4. provide a letter of support from the home organisation for the fellowship which is justifying the training needs of the fellow and explaining how the home organisation will benefit from the fellowship and how the reintegration of the fellow will be ensured***;
      5. not have been funded under this fellowship scheme before****.
    3. Placements sought shall be for a period of 15 months, following which there will be a re-integration period of up to 6 months
    4. The requested EDCTP contribution per action shall not exceed EUR 100,000.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: €100,000 maximum funding

Projects funded under this Call for Proposals should:

  • contribute to the achievement of SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’
  • support the development of human resources and should promote high quality research and development in sub-Saharan Africa
  • add significantly to the development of promising researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, in order to enhance and maximise their contribution in research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, including training of peers
  • contribute to strengthening collaboration between research institutions, researchers and clinical staff in sub-Saharan Africa, pharmaceutical companies, CROs and PDPs.

How to Apply: 

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying
  • GOODLUCK!

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