New Medical Research Foundation Grant for Tuberculosis Research

The Medical Research Foundation has launched a new grant scheme -the MRF Dorothy Temple Cross Tuberculosis International Collaboration Grants – to support the development of new international collaborations in human tuberculosis (TB) research involving UK- and Africa-based researchers.

The grants will support research that will increase understanding of the disease mechanisms and improve protective factors, diagnosis, treatment and recovery from TB, with a secondary focus on supporting the development of mid-career researchers who are making the transition to independence. Applications from researchers working on drug resistant TB will be particularly welcomed.

Collaborations should be led by a UK-based researcher at an eligible institution (including UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals and other independent research organisations) and a researcher based in an African country who is also a national of an African country (the country of nationality may be different from the country of residence).

The UK-based PI must hold a PhD, DPhil or MD and be in the process of/at the career stage of transitioning to research independence. The Africa-based Co-PI must be based at an organisation with an established legal entity in Africa and be at a similar career stage, with a minimum of a PhD and some postdoctoral experience.

The maximum grant is £30,000 for one year to support costs such as research staff, consumables and equipment, partnership and network building and short term salary support. Activities that the grant can support could include, for example, reciprocal visits between the researchers in the African country and the UK in order to establish a new research collaboration, opportunities for co-presenting at conferences, seed funding to develop a larger grant, or learning new research skills.

Guidelines and application forms are available from the MRF website.

Completed applications should be submitted by the deadline of 14 October 2020 (12:00).

Funding decisions will be communicated in November 2020.

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