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    Apply: NRF Covid-19 Africa Rapid Research Grant

    Deadline: 05 June, 2020

    The National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa invites applications for the Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund (RGF).

    The RGF seeks to contribute to the African regional and continental response to the Covid-19 pandemic; support knowledge generation and translation to inform diagnostics, prevention, and treatment of Covid-19 on the continent; strengthen African regional and continental science engagement efforts in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; and, leverage existing, strong, multilateral collaborations in support of Africa’s consolidated response to the Covid-19 pandemic and attract new collaborations from international partners.

    Benefits

    • The RGF has initial total funding of up to $4.75 million, with scope for additional funding from international funders and some SGCs
    • A grant recipients’ workshop will be hosted after 24 months following commencement of funded projects, to provide an opportunity for evaluation and learning amongst grant recipients and funding partners
    • The RGF will be allocated as follows across the three strands:
      • Research strand (70 percent)
      • Science engagement: Call to science and health journalists and communicators (20 percent)
      • Science engagement: Call to science advisers (10 percent)

    Eligibility

    • Applicant organisations should serve citizens in the following countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and/or Nigeria
    • National academies of science and national Young Academies of Science across all the 17 countries
    • All organisations that receive a grant must make the coverage or products they produce with these funds freely available to the public and, where appropriate, registered under an Open Access license
    • Funds will not be made available to individuals and for-profit entities
    • The maximum period of funding is 24 months
    • Funding decisions in the three strands will be made in consideration of the following:
      • Peer review and evaluation outcome
      • Geographical and linguistic balance
      • Gender and diversity considerations (diversity in distribution of funds considering women applicants, people living with disabilities, and first responders to Covid-19, as principal investigators)
      • Diversity in teams and in proposed content/approach will be taken into consideration as part of the above point

    To apply and for more information, click here.

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    Oluwabunmi Aderibigbe
    Oluwabunmi Aderibigbehttp://www.developmentdairies.com
    Oluwabunmi Aderibigbe is a keen curator for Development Diaries. He has a BSc in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State and a master's degree in view at The African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology (AFRIGIST), Ile-Ife, Osun State. Oluwabunmi is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, SDGs advocate and a Pan-Africanist.

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