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European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Senior Fellowships - Training

07 January 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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EDCTP

 

Status: Active

Type of action: Training & Mobility Actions (TMAs)

Call budget: €5 million

Funding level: 100% of eligible costs

Open date: 2 November 2018, 00:00

Close date: 28 February 2019, 17:00

Expected number of grants: 10-12

Call identifier: TMA2018SF


Description

Background
The EDCTP programme has achieved gradual successes in developing a pool of highly qualified senior researchers in the field of poverty related diseases (PRDs) in sub-Saharan Africa. In order to continue growing the number of senior researchers, now more than ever, it is important to ensure there is continued support for the development and retention of senior fellows in the region. This in turn will ensure supportive mentorship structure, sustainable research capacity and provide a career pathway for researchers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Scope
The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to support capacity development of potential sub-Saharan African research leaders to become long-term trainer of trainers and mentors for junior researchers with emphasis on hands-on research training linked to clinical trials activities.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  1. to support senior researchers to advance themselves as world class research leaders in product development through clinical trials and closely related fields.
  2. to equip senior researchers in training and mentoring junior researchers at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Proposals should focus on hands-on activities equipping the fellow with competences to serve as a long-term trainer of trainers in research and mentorship in a scientific area within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme*. Applications should include a clear and concise individual capacity development plan for the fellow with measurable indicators of how the project will advance the fellow’s personal development towards scientific leadership. As a key component, the proposed work must include training and supervision of one or more PhD and/or at least two Masters’ students with a clear training and mentorship plan. Additionally, the fellow should indicate how their advancement in skills and competences for training and mentorship, as well as the capacity development of the junior researchers under their supervision fit into the overall institutional capacity development and sustainability strategies.

Fellows who plan to conduct the training and mentorship on clinical trials, must ensure that studies are appropriately designed and GCP-compliant; good manufacturing practice (GMP) compliant investigational product(s) are available and guaranteed; and all sponsor responsibilities can be fulfilled by the host institution or product developer involved in the project. Fellows should have a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals in their chosen area of research and show potential to become future research leaders working in sub-Saharan Africa.

Application for an EDCTP Senior Fellowship must be submitted by the prospective fellow in conjunction with and on behalf of their proposed host organisation (hereinafter ‘the applicant legal entity’). The grants are awarded to the host organisation with the explicit commitment that this organisation offers appropriate conditions for the senior fellow to direct and manage its funding for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows can only be funded once under this grant scheme. Fellows funded under this Call for Proposals will undergo a mid-term review that may result in discontinuation of the grant after three years in case of unsatisfactory performance.

Expected impact
Projects funded under this Call for Proposals should:

  • Contribute to the achievement of SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’
  • Enable fellows to:
    • develop into recognised research leaders and contribute to an increased pool of scientific knowledge and mentors in sub-Saharan Africa
    • develop the ability to design, plan and execute complex research programmes in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members and, where relevant, across sectors
    • produce higher impact scientific, and where applicable policy, publications, and will be more competitive, assuming scientific leadership and capable of attracting funding from various sources.

Ultimately, these grants will contribute to the generation of a critical mass of researchers and institutional research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Eligibility
A proposal will only be considered eligible if:

  1. its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
  2. it complies with the eligibility conditions set out below, depending on the type of action:
    1. The applicant must be an organisation with an established legal entity in sub-Saharan Africa (the applicant legal entity)**
    2. The fellow must be employed or have guaranteed employment by the applicant legal entity (the host organisation) where they intend to remain working for a minimum of two years after the expiration of the grant
    3. The fellow must:
      1. be resident of or be willing to relocate to a sub-Saharan African country
      2. be either a graduate in a subject relevant to the EDCTP2 programme, with a PhD and a minimum of five years’ relevant research experience after the doctorate, or a medical doctor with a post-graduate qualification in a subject relevant to the EDCTP2 programme, and a minimum of five years’ research experience after the post-graduate qualification;
      3. have a minimum of 5 first-author publications in international peer-reviewed journals;
      4. not have been funded under this fellowship scheme before***;
      5. The requested EDCTP contribution per action shall not exceed EUR 500,000;
      6. The maximum fellowship duration shall be 60 months.

Background
The EDCTP programme has achieved gradual successes in developing a pool of highly qualified senior researchers in the field of poverty related diseases (PRDs) in sub-Saharan Africa. In order to continue growing the number of senior researchers, now more than ever, it is important to ensure there is continued support for the development and retention of senior fellows in the region. This in turn will ensure supportive mentorship structure, sustainable research capacity and provide a career pathway for researchers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Scope
The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to support capacity development of potential sub-Saharan African research leaders to become long-term trainer of trainers and mentors for junior researchers with emphasis on hands-on research training linked to clinical trials activities.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  1. to support senior researchers to advance themselves as world class research leaders in product development through clinical trials and closely related fields.
  2. to equip senior researchers in training and mentoring junior researchers at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Proposals should focus on hands-on activities equipping the fellow with competences to serve as a long-term trainer of trainers in research and mentorship in a scientific area within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme*. Applications should include a clear and concise individual capacity development plan for the fellow with measurable indicators of how the project will advance the fellow’s personal development towards scientific leadership. As a key component, the proposed work must include training and supervision of one or more PhD and/or at least two Masters’ students with a clear training and mentorship plan. Additionally, the fellow should indicate how their advancement in skills and competences for training and mentorship, as well as the capacity development of the junior researchers under their supervision fit into the overall institutional capacity development and sustainability strategies.

Fellows who plan to conduct the training and mentorship on clinical trials, must ensure that studies are appropriately designed and GCP-compliant; good manufacturing practice (GMP) compliant investigational product(s) are available and guaranteed; and all sponsor responsibilities can be fulfilled by the host institution or product developer involved in the project. Fellows should have a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals in their chosen area of research and show potential to become future research leaders working in sub-Saharan Africa.

Application for an EDCTP Senior Fellowship must be submitted by the prospective fellow in conjunction with and on behalf of their proposed host organisation (hereinafter ‘the applicant legal entity’). The grants are awarded to the host organisation with the explicit commitment that this organisation offers appropriate conditions for the senior fellow to direct and manage its funding for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows can only be funded once under this grant scheme. Fellows funded under this Call for Proposals will undergo a mid-term review that may result in discontinuation of the grant after three years in case of unsatisfactory performance.

Expected impact
Projects funded under this Call for Proposals should:

  • Contribute to the achievement of SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’
  • Enable fellows to:
    • develop into recognised research leaders and contribute to an increased pool of scientific knowledge and mentors in sub-Saharan Africa
    • develop the ability to design, plan and execute complex research programmes in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members and, where relevant, across sectors
    • produce higher impact scientific, and where applicable policy, publications, and will be more competitive, assuming scientific leadership and capable of attracting funding from various sources.

Ultimately, these grants will contribute to the generation of a critical mass of researchers and institutional research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Eligibility
A proposal will only be considered eligible if:

  1. its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
  2. it complies with the eligibility conditions set out below, depending on the type of action:
    1. The applicant must be an organisation with an established legal entity in sub-Saharan Africa (the applicant legal entity)**
    2. The fellow must be employed or have guaranteed employment by the applicant legal entity (the host organisation) where they intend to remain working for a minimum of two years after the expiration of the grant
    3. The fellow must:
      1. be resident of or be willing to relocate to a sub-Saharan African country
      2. be either a graduate in a subject relevant to the EDCTP2 programme, with a PhD and a minimum of five years’ relevant research experience after the doctorate, or a medical doctor with a post-graduate qualification in a subject relevant to the EDCTP2 programme, and a minimum of five years’ research experience after the post-graduate qualification;
      3. have a minimum of 5 first-author publications in international peer-reviewed journals;
      4. not have been funded under this fellowship scheme before***;
      5. The requested EDCTP contribution per action shall not exceed EUR 500,000;
      6. The maximum fellowship duration shall be 60 months.

 

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Article Source: http://www.edctp.org/call/senior-fellowships-4/