Science for Africa BEING Grants 2024 for Mental Health Research

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Science for Africa Grants 2024 for Mental Health Research: Funding for multidisciplinary networks researching mental health stressors among young people. Apply below.

When is Application Timeline:

Preliminary Phase 

Call for Applications Announcement Date | 22 February 2024

Preliminary Applications Deadline | 19th April 2024 at 17h00 East Africa Time (EAT)

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Match-Making Forum: 29 February 2024  

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Webinar for Applicants

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Webinar | 20 Mar 2024 | Register Here

Full Application Phase 

Full Application Window Opens | 05 June 2024                

Full Application Window Closes | 31 July 2024 at 17h00 East Africa Time  (EAT)

Interviews | 05 – 07 November 2024

Tell Me About Science for Africa BEING Grants:

Youth represents a critical period of life when brain circuitry is particularly vulnerable to environmental, physiological and psychological stressors that may disrupt the architecture of the developing brain, culminating in the emergence of mental illness. Current estimates suggest that approximately 50% of all mental disorders emerge before the age of 15 and 75% by the age of 18. Notably, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally for adolescents and young people between 15 and 29. As such, mental health conditions constitute a major burden of disease among adolescents and youth globally. It follows that successful diagnosis and early intervention of major mental disorders among young people (e.g., psychosis, anxiety disorders, depression) will alleviate and perhaps even prevent lifelong detrimental consequences in terms of personal, family, economic, and societal cost.   

The Science for Africa Foundation (SFA Foundation) is embarking on a crucial initiative to identify and address the most salient stressors affecting the mental health and overall wellbeing of youth in selected countries across Africa (Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania), Latin America (Colombia and Ecuador), Asia (India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam), and Romania. 

Emerging stressors on young people’s mental health 

This call is looking to fund longitudinal primary research focused on identifying and addressing knowledge gaps related to the impact of emerging stressors on young people’s mental health. Research should be broadly associated to one of the stressors listed below. Trans-disciplinary and systems-level research is encouraged, and applicants should outline how they might draw upon a breadth of expertise within their proposed programme.  

This call does NOT fund implementation research. We emphasise that we are looking for visionary consortia which will develop their own programmes of relevant research work. 



Who can Apply for Science for Africa BEING Grants?

There are six (6) eligibility requirements to qualify for this call for funding:- 

  1. Lead applicant eligibility 
  2. Co-applicant eligibility 
  3. Lead institution eligibility 
  4. Partner institution eligibility 
  5. Collaborating institution eligibility 
  6. Consortium eligibility 

All applications MUST be submitted in English.  

The specific countries of interest for this call are Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam and Romania.  

Applications are invited from universities, research institutions, community-based organisations and for-profit institutions.   
More details about these eligibility areas can be accessed in the Call Guidelines

How Many Awards?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of Science for Africa BEING Grants?

Applicants should prepare a core budget of USD $2.4 million for up to 3.5 years (42 months).  

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted online via the SFA Foundation Grants Agaseke Management System (Agaseke GMS)

 Applications submitted through email or via any other means shall be deemed ineligible. 

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