Sunday, 28 August 2011

Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative seeks applications

Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative seeks applications for award of grants for research on genomics and betterment of human health in Africa

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa is the initiative of the African Society of Human Genetics, US National Institute of Health (NIH) and Wellcome Trust. The program aims to improve the health of African people by focusing and encouraging contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental factors responsible for common diseases in Africa.

To achieve this, the Initiative will support the creation and development of the necessary expertise and infrastructure in Africa and establish pan-African research networks. It is envisaged that studies funded through the Initiative will inform subsequent strategies to address the health inequities in both communicable and non-communicable diseases, leading to health benefits in Africa.

Awards are expected to be in the region of £2-4 million

Awards will be made to African institutions; the principal applicant will be an African citizen or resident with a primary appointment in an African institution. It is expected that co-applicants will also be African citizens and/or based in African institutions, but collaborations with internationally leading-edge groups

The Trust recognizes that it will take time for applicants to develop their full application. As such, the application process will involve a two stage process and applicants shortlisted at the preliminary application stage will be awarded up to £20 000, to enable them to bring members of their network together to discuss and refine a full application.

Last date for submitting the initial expression of interest is September 16, 2011. The preliminary application deadline is October 10, 2011.

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