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Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 2021

Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 2021 (maximum £20,000)

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Apply for Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 2021. The Fund supports pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated institution such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, NIAB and British Antarctic Survey) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations.

To date, more than 240 awards have been made, to enable Cambridge researchers to engage with African colleagues from 31 African countries. Some awardees have been able to use the preliminary results from their seed fund/research collaboration to apply for and win significant funding (e.g. Royal Society/Leverhulme Awards, Global Challenges Research Fund, etc.).


The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund competitively awards grants of between £1,000 and £20,000, for:

  • Research costs (such as reagents, fieldwork, and equipment).
  • Research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa (bearing in mind feasibility of travel due to COVID restrictions).
  • Conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. setting up courses/workshops).


  • The purpose of the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund is to encourage research, training, and engagement activities between Cambridge and sub- Saharan Africa. Applicants from Cambridge apply jointly with applicants from universities/ institutes in sub- Saharan Africa and co-create the projects.
  • An important function of the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund is to act as a seed fund/catalyst to enable the development of new research activity and further joint funding applications.
  • Applications that build new partnerships (or expand existing ones) with the potential for long-term collaboration prioritized. Projects should also ideally strengthen the research capacity of the African researcher and/or the African research institution/university.
  • Both applicants must be at the post-doctoral level or above, and by completing an application it is understood that they are both doing so with support from their Head of Department or equivalent. Both applicants should have a formal link to a research group/department/faculty in their home institution.
  • The Cambridge applicant must be either working at the University of Cambridge, or at a Research Institute affiliated with the University.
  • The African applicant must be based in a sub-Saharan African Research Institution or University.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline03 September,2021
Open toAfricans



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