Call for Applicants – Researchers; Science and Health Journalists and Communicators; and Science Advisers
The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa requires coordinated, responsive research as well as effective, evidence-based communication and science engagement.
The approximately USD4.75million COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund is a collaboration that aims to address research questions and support communities of science journalists and communicators on the African continent, in efforts to produce and disseminate coordinated science communication outputs that will allow readers access to factual information and analysis to inform their actions and challenge misinformation. The partnership, under the auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) includes the National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa, South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Newton Fund, and the SGCI participating councils.
Scope of the COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund
The Rapid Grant Fund supports three strands in respect of research and science engagement:
Applications must be submitted on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. Applications should be submitted in English or French.
The framework and application guidelines, application templates, and additional call documents are available as follows:
Peer review (research strand) and evaluation (science engagement strands) will be conducted in accordance with NRF policy.
Closing Date : 17 June 2020
For programme/content related queries:
For technical and granting queries:
Mr Jan Phalane
Colleagues from science granting councils across the 15 SGCI participating countries can be contacted as per the list on Table 1 in the framework and application guidelines found here: https://www.nrf.ac.za/division/funding/covid-19-africa-rapid-grant-fund