Applications are now open for the ARNTD/USAID African Researchers Small Grants Program 2019. The African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK aid from the UK government. Further, through the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), is seeking proposals for both operational and social science research on ‘’Emerging Challenges facing NTD program implementation in Africa.’’
This third edition of the Small Grants Program (SGP III) is to support African researchers. In both early and mid/late career to undertake operational research aligned with the goals established in the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. SGP III is comprised of two small grant funding tracks:
- Small grants for junior researchers
- Small grants for mid-career and/or senior researchers.
- The small grants targeted at junior and senior researchers at the Masters or PhD level. They will provide grants ranging from USD $5,000 – $25,000.
- Applicants must be currently employed by or enrolled as a student in an academic, health, or research institution in Africa. Further, for the duration of the grant
- Must demonstrate having a commitment to NTD-related research as well as the skills and experience required. Especially, to carry out the proposed work
- Must be able to provide evidence of research output. Including publications and/or presentations at scientific conferences
Specific to applicants for the junior researchers’ grants:
- Applicants must be an early career researcher, define as a basic biomedical scientist, clinically qualified investigator, or public health researcher, who has not previously competed successfully as principal investigator for a major research grant (i.e., ≥USD 200,000)
- Must hold at least a Master’s degree or should be actively enroll in doctoral studies. Applicants holding a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, DSc) must have graduated no more than seven years ago. Clinicians (e.g. MBChB, MBBS, MD, DVM holders), who have not completed a Master’s degree must have some specialist training (e.g., Membership, Fellowship) or be able to demonstrate relevant research training/experience
- Must not currently hold positions above lecturer/assistant professor level or equivalent
- Must be able to provide written evidence of commitment to providing mentorship and supervision from a senior researcher with a track record and ongoing commitment to NTD research.