Clinical Trial Support

RSC is building capacity for clinical trial monitoring to help ensure that all clinical studies conducted within the college are of highest quality standards and are compliant to our local regulatory requirement and international standards: Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

Funding Opportunities


Gilead Research Scholars Program

The Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in HIV will be holding its next call for applications soon. The Gilead Research Scholars Program grants provide two years of financial support to junior faculty researchers. Each award is funded up to $130,000. Visit their webpage to learn more and to register to be notified when the program is open.

PA-21-071: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently reissued their funding opportunity for administrative supplements that aim to enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds. Find more information about the FY2021 Diversity Supplements by visiting NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement PA-21-071. Specific instructions for applications to each NIH Institute or Center are available here.

Funding for Fellows: Next Generation Grants

SD CFAR’s Next Generation grants are designed for postdoctoral fellows supported by T32, D43, and R25 awards. These grants provide critical funds to help fellows collect and analyze data in support of their CDA applications. Up to $10,000 in direct costs may be requested for a one-year Next Generation grant. Only two more applications will be funded through March 31, 2021. Don’t delay – apply today! View details and download an application form here

SD CFAR International Pilot grants

The SD CFAR International Core offers Pilot grants to investigators in seven countries. Preference is given to supporting projects based in Mexico and Mozambique, and funds are also available to support meritorious projects in Brazil, India, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and Ukraine. Our focus countries offer the potential for long-term collaboration between investigators at UC San Diego and one or more academic or government entities. The maximum award is US$40,000 in direct costs for one year.

Applications due: April 1, 2021 

CDC Funding Opportunity: PS21-210 Partnering and Communicating Together

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) focuses on communities highly impacted by HIV and in jurisdictions where the epidemic is most prevalent, new infections are taking place, and that have been previously overlooked by similar programs. Applicants must demonstrate ability to leverage existing organizational structure, networks, and communication platforms to disseminate Let’s Stop HIV Together campaigns and other CDC HIV resources via one or both categories: Category A: Digital and Social Media–Disseminate Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign materials and other CDC HIV resources via various digital communication channels; Category B: Events–Disseminate Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign materials and other CDC HIV resources via exhibits, workshops, digital and print advertisements, conference bag inserts, and other mechanisms (e.g., pride events, town halls, tours, forums).

Applications due: April 5, 2021 


Request for Applications – Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research Grants Program 2021

 The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) is seeking to fund primary and pilot cannabis-related studies that further enhance the understanding of the efficacy and adverse effects of cannabis and cannabinoids as pharmacological agents for the treatment of medical and psychiatric disorders, and their potential public health impacts. Primary project awards will be up to $825,000 in total costs ($275,000 per year) for up to three years.  Pilot awards will be up to $300,000 total costs for two years ($150,000 per year). Priority will be given to proposals addressing issues identified under Funding Priorities. Please see the attached announcement for more details.

Letter of Intent Due: April 7, 2021 2:00pm

Application Due: June 2, 2021 2:00pm

Review: July – August 2021

Earliest Start Date: October 1, 2021



Please see the PDF attachment with a list of current FOAs from the CFAR co-funding and co-managing Institutes and Centers.

2 New NIDDK RFAs – Comorbidities and Cure (October 17, 2021): NIDDK has recently published two RFAs below

  • RFA-DK-20-022, “Toward Elucidating Mechanisms of HIV Pathogenesis within the Mission of the NIDDK (Pathogenesis TEAMS) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)”
  • RFA-DK-20-023, “Toward Elucidating Mechanisms Contributing to HIV Reservoirs in NIDDK-relevant Tissues (Cure TEAMS) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)”

LOI due date for both RFAs: October 17, 2021

Please note that each RFA requires an MPI structure. At least one PI must have expertise in HIV science and at least one PI must have expertise in physiology, pathophysiology, pathobiology, or metabolism.


Non-NIH Funding Opportunities

In addition to NIH, many public and private organizations support HIV research. If you are interested in exploring other funding sources for your HIV projects, check out our other Non-NIH Funding Opportunities on the SD CFAR website.





The UC San Diego T32 is accepting applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in
Clinical Neuropsychology and Addictions!.“Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS”

This NIDA T32 fellowship emphasizes research training in neurocognitive and everyday
functioning outcomes (e.g., medication adherence, driving, technology-based tools for
assessing and remediating neurocognitive, substance use, and functional impairment) in
addictions and HIV infection. Substances of interest include, but are not limited to,
methamphetamine, cannabis, alcohol and opioids.

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Sustained Training in Aging and HIV Research (STAHR)

Deadline 2 April 2021

We are delighted to announce a call for applications for the Sustained Training in Aging and HIV Research (STAHR) Program at the University of California San Diego. This program aims to develop promising scientists into high quality independently-funded researchers whose long-term careers will make a lasting contribution to the area of HIV and aging mental health research, including neurocognitive impairment. The STAHR program is aimed at clinical and translational post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty from across the United States, with previous training in either aging or HIV research, but interested in gaining expertise in the intersection of these two factors. STAHR scholars will attend a summer institute and workshop, which will be held virtually from June 21st to July 16th, 2021.

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Call for Proposals in Dissemination and Implementation (DIS) Science – Cohort 2

The Partnership in Education Training and Research Advancement (PETRA) Program is a
consortium of 4 Zimbabwean Universities (University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, Midlands State University, Africa University) and 2 United States universities (University of Colorado Denver, Stanford University). The goal of PETRA is to broaden innovative health professions education and research activities
to ultimately impact health outcomes in Zimbabwe.

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WAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training

TWAS offers fellowships to young scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend three to 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career, helping them to foster links for further collaboration.For more information click;

TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

For young scientists from developing countries (other than Thailand) who wish to pursue advanced research in the biotechnology at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand.For more information click;

TWAS-DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, and TWAS have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in biotechnology. For more information click;

Generating evidence to strengthen intersectionality and gender research efforts in infectious disease prevention and control; Research call for applications

Deadline for submission: 17 August 2020 (17:00 CET)

Institutions from low and middle-income countries (LMICs) working on public health, gender and intersectionality research, implementation research, infectious disease prevention and control, are invited to submit individual or collaborative research proposals where two or more institutions are forming a consortium. This call aims to strengthen gender and intersectionality analyses in infectious disease research. Under this call, either several individual institutions (up to three), or one multi-country institutional consortium proposal, will be selected for eighteen months’ funding up to a maximum amount of US$ 200 000. For more information click;

Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (R21/R33 – Clinical Trial Optional)

Deadlines: September 24, 2020 and AIDS application due date: December 3, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics. The overall goal of the program is to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems, develop an evidence base for the use of mHealth technology to improve clinical and public health outcomes, and strengthen mHealth research capacity in LMICs. Applicants are required to propose partnerships between at least one U.S. institution and one LMIC institution. For more information click;

Refugee and Displaced Scientists Programme
Deadline: 30 July 2020

TWAS-UNESCO and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) are seeking nominations for the Refugee and Displaced Young Scientists Programme. The programme aims to support talented young researchers of the age of 40 and below who are refugees or displaced from member countries of the IsDB and have an excellent track record of publications.

TWAS-ICCBS Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
Deadline: 31 July 2020

The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) — comprising the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular and Drug Research in Karachi, Pakistan — and TWAS offer fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in chemical and biological sciences. The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months. ICCBS will provide a monthly stipend which should be used to cover living costs, such as food, accommodation, local transportation, and incidental minor illness.

TWAS-CSIR (India) Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
Deadline: 31 July 2020

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India and TWAS have established a number of fellowships for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research toward a PhD in emerging areas of science and technology for which facilities are available in the laboratories and institutes of the CSIR. TWAS-CSIR Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in CSIR research laboratories and institutes in India for a maximum period of four years. CSIR will provide a monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food, and health insurance.

Capacity Development for Disease Outbreak and Epidemic Response In Sub-Saharan Africa
Deadline: 30 July 2020

This call for proposals aims to establish an African cohort of epidemiologists. Support will be given to institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe that provide master’s training in epidemiology and biostatistics, as part of the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC)’s framework for public health work force development. Master’s courses with practical field research experience are the preferable level of training. They are of relatively short duration and likely to deliver the required number of high-quality staff that is urgently needed in epidemic zones of sub-Saharan Africa. The expected number of grants is 7-10 with a budget of €5 million.

African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme
Deadline: 10 August 2020
The African Academy of Sciences and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) UK are launching the International Research Management Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP), which is focusing on knowledge sharing and the development of tools and resources, created by teams consisting of research management professionals from across Africa and the UK. The programme has three main activities:
• Virtual seminars/workshops
• Innovations and project development
• Staff exchange visits from Africa to the UK and vice versa.
The AAS will cover air travel, accommodation, visa costs and local transport costs of African participants.
Career Development Fellowships in Poverty-Related Diseases and Child and Adolescent Health
Deadline: 10 August 2020
The purpose of this call for proposals is to support early- to mid-career researchers (“fellows”) by providing them with opportunities to train and develop their clinical research skills. The objectives are 1) to promote retention of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate medical researchers in the clinical or field research of sub-Saharan Africa; and 2) equip the fellows to establish themselves as independent researchers with ability to establish their own research teams at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. There are 16-25 expected grants with a budget of €3.75 million.

Innovative Approaches to Enhance Poverty-Related Diseases Research
Deadline: 13 August 2020

This call for proposals aims to fund a number of small- to medium-scale clinical trials and/or clinical research studies that can deliver proof-of-concept or validation of smart, highly innovative technologies or concepts to prevent, treat or diagnose Poverty Related Diseases (PRDs) in sub-Saharan Africa. The call is strictly aimed at supporting novel innovations, and therefore excludes concepts and technologies that have previously been commercialised, rolled out, tested in large trials, or are already in routine use in healthcare settings. There are 5-15 expected grants with a budget of €23.4 million.
Strategic Actions to Maximise the Impact of Research on Reducing Disease Burden, in Collaboration with

Development Cooperation Initiatives
Deadline: 13 August 2020

The purpose of this call for proposals is to support distinct strategic actions which are part of a large-scale programme of development cooperation actions. Projects should focus on research to maximise the uptake of products and health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. The projects should be implemented in conjunction with development cooperation initiatives that are supported by national and/or international development cooperation initiatives and/or other funders, including relevant WHO initiatives where appropriate. There are 5-15 expected grants with a budget of €23.4 million.

Fogarty Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (mHealth)
Letter of intent deadline: 24 August 2020

Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries supports exploratory and developmental research to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). The overall goals of the program are to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems, develop an evidence base for the use of mHealth technology to improve clinical and public health outcomes, and strengthen mHealth research capacity in LMICs. The R21 phase may not exceed US$125,000 per year, and the R33 phase may not exceed US$200,000 per year. The project period is limited to 2 years for the R21 phase and up to 3 years for the R33 phase. The total project period may not exceed 5 years.

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists from the Developing World
Deadline: 30 September 2020

These AWARDS reward and encourage women working and living in eligible developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, having often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment and must have received their PhD in the last ten years.
The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The awardees are also powerful role models for girls and young women on their countries. In the past years, each winner received a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the U.S.A., where the Awards Ceremony took place. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 annual meeting of the AAAS will be held entirely online. We are currently evaluating other international scientific events and the trip will be confirmed in the coming months according to how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
A total of five Awards will be given to women who are within ten years of receiving their PhD and have lived at least 5 of the last 15 years in one of the 66 science and technology lagging countries. There will be one prize awarded for each of the four regions of the developing world plus an additional “floating” award for a particularly deserving candidate from any of these regions. Winners will be informed of their selection by 31 December 2020. The Awards for Physical Sciences are offered in the fields of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Any combination of these fields (i.e. interdisciplinary) is acceptable. You can see a list of eligible disciplines here.

Teaching Fellowship Opportunity with Ashesi University in Ghana

Founded in 2002, Ashesi University is one of Africa’s most respected and innovative undergraduate universities. This fall, you can work alongside Ashesi’s dedicated faculty team to guide and inspire Africa’s next generation of leaders – by teaching online. A stipend of US$10k/course will be provided through the Archer Cornfield Fellowship. Visiting Faculty are sought for the following courses:
• Engineering: Communication Systems, Mechanical Engineering (elective), Thermodynamics & Fluids, Manufacturing Processes, Capstone readers (Electrical & Electronic Engineering)
• Computer Science: Data Science, Computer Organization and Architecture, IT Infrastructure, Systems Administration Lab
For questions or to express interest, email Ashesi’s Provost, Angela Owusu-Ansah, at
Global Health Travel Awards
Deadlines vary; see below
Global Health Travel Awards are to enable attendance of scientists, physicians, fellows, or students from countries where the meeting topic health problems are endemic. The award will cover conference-related expenses to include meeting registration, lodging, airfare, and ground transportation from host airport to the resort.
The Microbiome: From Mother to Child
• 17-21 January 2021, Keystone, CO, USA
• GHTA Application Deadline: 17 August 2020


For Expired funding opportunities:  Click here






Grant Management

RSC has an established grants management services which manages research grants. We provide both pre-award (dissemination of funding opportunities, grant application and submission support) and post award (financial management of grants) support.

Grants Managed by RSC 

Name of Grant Funder Collaborator/s Department Grant Period Grant Amount
Training for Research Excellence and Mentorship in Tuberculosis (TRENT) Programme NIH/Fogarty Regents of the University of California, USA Medicine April 2018 – March 2023 $805,670.00
The Asthma Study NIHR Queen Mary University of London, UK Paediatrics April 2018 – March 2021 £161,462.00
The Friendship Bench GACD Kings College London, UK

University of Washington, USA

Psychiatry July 2018 – June 2021 £339,621.25
Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship Program NIH/Fogarty Stanford University Psychiatry July 2018 – July 2019 $16,200.00
The TENDAI study: Task shifting to treat depression and HIV medication

nonadherence in low resource settings

NIH/NIMH Kings College London, UK

Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Psychiatry July 2018 –  March 2023 $1,504,792.50


The RSC website is a hub for research related information. It provides information on funding and training opportunities, advertise the RSC calendar, some of the research events within the College and beyond. In addition, a newsletter is published biannually highlighting the major research activities within the college.

Research Documents

  1. For expectations on Conduct of Research at the College, JREC
  2. For expectations on Clinical Research in Zimbabwe, Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe, MRCZ
  3. For expectations on Conduct of Cinical Trials in Zimbabwe, Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe, MCAZ
  4. For expectations on Foreign Researchers and Foreign Research, Research Council of Zimbabwe, RCZ
  5. For free online Research Ethics,
  6. For Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR),
  7. For Online Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Course,
  8. For Interactive Movie on Research Integrity,
  9. For any Clinical research templates, eg SOP, ICF, Delegation Log Sheet, find below the link of downloadable templates and tools for clinical research which you can adapt:

Research Governance & Compliance

The RSC is contributing to research governance through spearheading the development and implementation of a College Research Policy. It works closely with the College Institutional Review Board (JREC) to strengthen guidelines and standards of good practice aimed at improving the quality of research and protection of the rights, safety and wellbeing of study participants.

RSC is building capacity for clinical trial monitoring to help ensure that all clinical studies conducted within the college are of highest quality standards and are compliant to our local regulatory requirement and international standards: Good Clinical Practice (GCP).