Research Funding Noticeboard

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement:  Wellcome Trust Awards 

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    The Wellcome Trust seeks to fund researchers addressing important questions relating to life, health, and wellbeing, with creative approaches that push boundaries. Applications are requested from researchers through innovative projects, that will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health, and wellbeing.  

    Two grant schemes are available: 

    • Early-Career Awards scheme, for researchers ready to develop their research identity 
    • Career Development Awards scheme, for researchers with the potential to be international research leaders 

    Research proposals may be in any discipline - including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), experimental medicine, humanities and social science, clinical/allied health sciences, and public health - as long as it has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and aligns with the Wellcome Trust’s funding remit.   

    Award details:   

    • Early-Career Awards scheme:  
      • Grants are available for up to five years and applicants may request salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses. 
    • Career Development Awards scheme:  
      • Grants are available for up to eight years and applicants may request salary (if required) and the resources required for their research programme. 

    Funder deadlines (3 deadlines per year): 

    • Early-Career Award: 15 February, 21 May & 01 October 2024 
    • Career Development Award: 11 April, 25 July & 26 November 2024 

    Please find the full call for the Early-Career Award opportunity here, and for the Career Development Award opportunity here. 

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship 

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    Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship | 11 July 2024

    The UK-based National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is launching a new annual Global Advanced Fellowship scheme, aimed at postdoctoral researchers at all levels. The scheme aims to create a sustainable pathway to research leadership for global health researchers working in Low- and Middle-income countries (LMIC) and the UK. The Global Advanced Fellowship scheme will support any field of applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in LMICs eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).

    Eligibility:  

    To be eligible for an NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship you must:

    • Hold a relevant PhD or postgraduate medical research degree, or have submitted your thesis for examination at the time of application. You must have been awarded your PhD or postgraduate medical research degree by the time you attend interview. 
    • Not already hold a Professorship/Chair at the point of application.
    • For clinical applications: have completed relevant pre-registration training.
    • Be employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute in a LMIC or a HEI in the UK
    • Be conducting research that directly and primarily benefit patients and the public in countries on the OECD DAC list.

     

    Award details:  

    • Up to £750,000 funding towards the salary costs of the individual, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme.
    • Project duration of 2 to 5 years Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) in duration and may be taken up on a part-time basis between 50% and 100% WTE.

    Funder Deadlines:   11 July 2024


    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call 2024 

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    Deadline for submission to Faculty Computing/IT Committees: 31 May 2024

    The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for strategic research related computer equipment and software items (including implementation support e.g., specialised computing services) that are not covered in the conventional way by Faculty IT Equipment Committees. The ACC considers applications for medium-sized computer related hardware and software items of R50 000 to R750 000, as well as large items of R750,000 or more, however, applications for funding for large items must form part of a coordinated effort across departments/faculties and include one or more of the following: eResearch, ICTS, Big Data research facility.

    Eligibility:
    UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:

    • Permanent academic staff; or
    • Joint PGWC/UCT academic staff in Health Sciences on UCT Conditions of Service (excluding registrars), or
    • Contractstaff on academic conditions T2, with a co-applicant from one of the above categories.

    Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars are NOT eligible to apply. Those who wish to have access to new computer equipment and software must form part of research groupings and may not be the Principal Applicant.

     

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Call for applications: The University Equipment Committee (UEC) Research Equipment Call 2024 - Faculty-Prioritised Large Equipment Grants 

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    Deadline for submission to Faculty Equipment Committees(FEC)​: 24 May 2024

    The University Equipment Committee seeks to advance, extend, and support the research equipment infrastructure of UCT in concert with the research strategies of UCT, the faculties and departments. Equipment may be defined as a facility or system that is used for research purposes and that provides experimental, analytical, processing, testing, measurement, storing, housing, preparation, performative or recording capabilities. The UEC considers applications for funding of either single, or multiple items of equipment which together constitute a coherent unit. When dealing with an application which features multiple items, the UEC shall consider the coherence of the system being requested and may thus exclude applications which feature distinctly independent items. When dealing with applications that include computing facilities or software, the UEC shall consider the necessity of the items to drive or operate a coherent facility.

    Eligibility:
    UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:
    • Permanent academic staff; or
    • Academic staff on T2 contracts of at least 5 years; or
    • Joint PGWC/UCT academic staff in Health Sciences on UCT Conditions of Service (excluding registrars).

    Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars are NOT eligible to apply. Those who wish to have access to new equipment must form part of research groupings and may not be the Principal Applicant.

     

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: UKRI - Applied global health funding

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 13 June 2024

    The UK Medical Research Council is looking to fund:  
    - Applied research projects that will address global health challenges and inequities  
    - Global health partnerships to enable applied research that will address global health challenges and inequities 
     
    Applications may be of any size, including large projects and small to medium-scale applications. Applications should be diverse, promote multi-disciplinarity and strengthen global health research capacity. 
     
    The call is open to lead applicants from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) as well as researchers based in the UK who are working in equal partnership with LMIC investigators. 
     
    Award details: 
    - Budgets of £150 000 - £2 000 000 for the project duration 
    - Project period of up to five years  

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: UKRI - Enhancing biomedical and health-related data and digital platform resources 

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 18 June 2024

    The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have announced a pilot funding opportunity: Enhancing biomedical and health-related data and digital platform resources. Access to reliable, annotated, and usable data at scale underpins recent advances in analytical capabilities, such as advanced statistical techniques, large language models and deep learning. The need for harmonised digital research infrastructures (DRIs), services, tools and standards to support biomedical science, health, and care research continues to increase.  

    This funding opportunity aims to invest in enhancing DRIs, services, tools and standards that are outward facing and create a stimulating environment for all participants, from those delivering a harmonised and seamless data infrastructure ecosystem to those who will utilise this ecosystem to advance UK life sciences, health and care research and innovation. 
      
    Award details:   
    The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £3,750,000 
    Project period of up to five years   

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement - NIH: Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award

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    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks applications for the Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (D43 Clinical Trial Optional; PAR-22-104). This program supports collaborative research training between institutions in the U.S. and low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). 
    Programs must sustainably strengthen the capacity of LMIC institutions and investigators to conduct research on NCDs. Sustainable NCD research capacity is known to require a critical mass of scientists and health research professionals with in-depth scientific expertise and complementary leadership skills that enable them to conduct independent, internationally recognized NCD research relevant to the health priorities of their country. This NCD-LIFESPAN program supports institutional research training awards for training programs designed to strengthen the capacity of the LMIC institution(s) to support independent research through the education and career development of individual researchers and key personnel. The trainees are expected to contribute to the research capacity in the LMIC upon completion of their training. 

     

    Award details:  

    • Application budgets are limited to $230,000 per year for new awards and the maximum project period allowed is 5 years.  

     

    Funder Deadlines:   15 July 2024


    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIH Streamlining mental health interventions for youth living with HIV in Low- and Middle-Income Countries ​

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 12 August 2023

    There is a practical need to develop streamlined versions of mental health interventions for youth living with HIV (YLWH) that can be feasibly implemented and scaled up in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The purpose of this R01 Research Project Grant is to use novel methods to streamline evidence-based mental health interventions for YLWH so that they require fewer resources to deliver while still leading to clinically meaningful improvements in mental health and HIV outcomes.  
    All research should focus on streamlining an existing, evidence-based mental health intervention. Initial work may be proposed to tailor the intervention to YLWH within their specific cultural context, to ensure cultural relevance, and to add a retention in HIV care and/or medication adherence counselling component.

    Award details:  

    • Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. 
    • Maximum project period is 5 years. 

     
    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement:  Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards  

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    The Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards scheme is soliciting applications from established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.  
     
    Research proposals may be in any discipline ‐ including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), experimental medicine, humanities and social science, clinical/allied health sciences, and public health ‐ as long as it has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and aligns with the Wellcome Trust’sfunding merit. An award can be held by an established researcher, or a team of researchers led by an established researcher.  
      
    Eligibility:  

    • This call is open to established researchers or the lead applicant of a research team who have  
      • International standing as a research leader in their field  
      • Experience of leading innovative and creative research  
      • A track record of managing and training others  
    • The project should aim to make a major contribution to the research field by
      • ​Generating significant shifts in understanding; and/or  
      • Developing methodologies, conceptual frameworks, tools or techniques that could benefit health‐related research  
    • Successful applicants will be expected to actively promote a diverse, inclusive and supportive research environment within their team and across their organisation  

      
    Award details:  

    • Grants are available for up to eight years and applicants may request the resources required for their research programme.   

    Funder Deadlines:   15 July 2024


    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 19 June 2024

    The UK-based National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has launched the Global Health Policy and Systems Research Projects (HSPR) Call 2. The Global HPSR Programme funds research to improve access to appropriate and affordable health services in ODA-eligible countries on the DAC list, aligned with the aims of Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goal 3. This is achieved through development of equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK research institutions where relevant, engagement of stakeholders to identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems, and by supporting capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing. 

    Award details:  

    • Award funding from £250,000 to £800,000  
    • Project duration for up to 3 years  

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Clinical Scholarship

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    In an effort to address the shortage of qualified academics available to serve in leadership roles in South African medical schools, the Physician Partnerships Trust (“the Trust”) was established through Netcare’s Health Partners for Life (“HPFL”) initiative.

    They are inviting PhD candidates who are registered medical specialists who wish to further pursue an academic career as clinician scientists to apply for funding from the Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Clinical Scholarship 2024 to pursue full-time doctoral or post-doctoral studies to be conducted in South Africa.

    The purpose of the Scholarship is to contribute to the production of world-class professors and academics in all branches of medicine who will teach and conduct research to world-class standards and re-invest their new skills in South Africa.

    Please find attached the eligibility criteria for the scholarship, as well as submission requirements. All applications should reach us by no later than 31 May 2024.

    Please distribute this notice at your medical school and encourage suitable candidates to apply for this prestigious award.

    We look forward to having applications from candidates from your University for the Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Clinical Scholarship.

    Yours sincerely
    Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba
    Chairman of the Trust
    The Physician Partnerships Trust

     

    See the full scholarship call here.

  • The Brain-Behaviour Centre - seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow

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    Deadline for submission: 31 May 2024

    The Brain-Behaviour Centre of the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health, UCT, seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow with expertise in brain imaging analysis. We are enthusiastic about recruiting those with either a basic science or clinical training, who have experience with analyses of volumetric MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and/or rs-fMRI data.

    The fellowship will be renewable for two years depending on satisfactory academic progress. 

    Please read the full announcement here.

    Please contact Shuretta Thomas with any queries.