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

 

Grants

The 2021 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research (JWO) Grant

The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant was established to honour the late Mrs Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer and continue her extensive contribution to and passion for Africa, the natural environment, and science. The JWO Research Grant seeks to support African-led, research that will contribute to the advancement of environmental- and allied sciences; and address relevant, real-world, African issues of current and future importance.

Deadline: 30 June 2021

For more information click, https://jworesearchgrant.org/jwo-grant-applications

 

Call for applications: Women in Research Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop.

The African Research Excellence Fund (AREF) are offering a Women in Research Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop. Applications are invited from women who are emerging biomedical/health researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in the fully on-line programme to be held over eight 3-hour sessions during the weeks of 13th September 2021 and 18th October 2021.  Applications are welcomed from female researchers who are actively working on challenges to human health and are trained and experienced in one or more of the following disciplines: biomedicine; physiology and pharmacology; clinical sciences; epidemiology; mathematics and statistics; environmental health; “one health” (veterinary science); behavioural, social and economic sciences; and health policy and systems research
Application due date: Thursday, 8 July 2021 at 17:00 (SAST).
Further detail, including the format of the workshop, topics to be addressed, and individual eligibility considerations for this opportunity can be found here.

Post Doctoral Grants Calmette and Yersin

Each year the Institut Pasteur Department of International Affairs allocates funding to promote and aid completion of postdoctoral internships for both French and foreign scientists in institutes of the Institut Pasteur International Network located outside mainland France.

Deadline: 9 July 2021

For more information click: https://www.pasteur.fr/en/education/fellowships-and-mobility-aids/post-doctoral-grants-calmette-and-yersin

Fellowships

2021-22 Reckitt-LSHTM PhD studentships on Hygiene & Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) invites applications from candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa for fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships to start a research degree programme on 3 January 2022. There are three studentships available.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST) on Sunday, 11 July 2021.

For more information click, https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/funding-scholarships/2021-22-reckitt-phd-studentships

Call for the AAS Affiliates 2021

The AAS Affiliates Programme seeks early and mid-career scientists who demonstrate excellence in their development and application of science in Africa. These individuals become ‘Affiliate of the AAS’ for a period of five years during which they receive individualized professional development support and join a wider community of science leaders on the African continent.

Deadline: 23 July 2021

For more information, click https://www.aasciences.africa/calls/call-aas-affiliates-2021

 

The World Academy of Sciences Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators

The Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators was established in response to the needs of researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities. Under this scheme, grants will be awarded to support early-career scientists for research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics and Medical Sciences to Principal Investigators in the 47 African countries lagging in science and technology identified by the Academy.

Grants of up to USD67,700 for 24 months may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables and specialised literature, or conduct fieldwork. The grant does not cover salaries of the Principal Investigator or travel expenses. The PI must have obtained their PhD within the last 5 years in a country other than their home country. The PI must have returned to their home country within the last 36 months or plan to return home before the end of 2021.

Deadline: 27 July 2021

For more information click, https://twas.org/opportunity/seed-grant-new-african-principal-investigators-sg-napi

 

NIH Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program [D43 Clinical Trial Optional]

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages joint applications for the Global Infectious Disease (GID) Research Training programs from U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions. The application should propose a collaborative training program that will strengthen the capacity of a LMIC institution to conduct infectious disease research not including HIV/AIDS. FIC will support research-training programs that focus on major endemic or life-threatening emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, infections that frequently occur as co-infections in HIV infected individuals or infections associated with non-communicable disease conditions of public health importance in LMICs.  Training related to prevention, treatment or public health approaches to any technical area of basic, epidemiology, clinical, behavioral or social science health research may be supported.  Research Training programs should incorporate didactic, mentored research and professional development skills components to prepare individuals for careers that will have significant impact on the priority health research needs of LMICs.

Application budgets are limited to $230,000 per year for new awards and $276,000 per year for renewal awards (total direct costs).

Due date: August 3 2021

For more information click, https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-21-120.html

NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research – Researcher-led call

Awards provide funding to research consortia to deliver applied global health policy and systems research to address policy and health systems for people in LMICs through equitable partnerships. Consortia will include two Joint Leads (LMIC/LMIC or LMIC/UK institutions) and up to an additional three research institutions in LMICs. The scope includes, but is not limited to, applied research on wider elements of health systems such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, quality, and service delivery on health services and on the impacts of broader determinants of health.

Awards of up to £4 million are available for a period of up to 4 years.

The call requires the submission of a mandatory intent to submit by 1pm (GMT+1) on 7 July 2021, and full submission by 1pm (GMT+1) on 4 August 2021.

For more information click; https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/global-health-systems-and-policy-research-researcher-led-call/24751

Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications for the Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) D43 program for institutional research training programs in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs, as defined by the World Bank classification system). Applications may be for collaborations between institutions in the U.S and an eligible LMIC or may involve just LMIC institutions if there is a previous track record of externally funded research and/or research training programs by the lead LMIC institution. The proposed institutional research training program is expected to sustainably strengthen the NCD research capacity of the LMIC institutions, and to train in-country experts to develop and conduct research on NCDs across the lifespan, with the long-range goal of developing and implementing evidence-based interventions relevant to their countries. Interdisciplinary research training that cuts across NCDs is encouraged. However, for more topical applications, the main focus of research training covered in the application must be relevant to the mission and/or  interests of at least one of the participating NIH ICs, other than FIC, as stated by each in this FOA. Other NCD topics and types of training may be included as secondary and complementary focus areas.

Application budgets are limited to $230,000 per year for new awards and $250,000 per year for renewal awards (total direct costs).

Due date: August 13, 2021

For more information click, https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-21-230.html

Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications for research training programs to strengthen the scientific capacity of institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct HIV research relevant to the evolving HIV epidemic in their country. This FOA can support training for conducting research in a broad range of HIV research areas across HIV prevention, treatment, care, and quality of life continuum. This includes basic, epidemiologic, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, community-based, implementation, operations, health services, and health systems research. Cross-disciplinary research as well as HIV associated comorbidities and coinfections affecting the HIV epidemic will be supported under this FOA.

Application budgets are limited to $280,000 in direct costs per year exclusive of consortium indirect costs.

Due date: August 20, 2021

For more information click, https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-283.html

Planning Grant for Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program (D71 –  Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for a planning grant from institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to 1) Design a Global Infectious Disease (GID) Research Training Program in collaboration with U.S. collaborators and 2) Strengthen LMIC faculty and prepare advanced courses and training resources for the program envisioned at the LMIC institution. The application should propose a collaborative process to create a new training program that will strengthen the capacity of the LMIC institution to conduct infectious disease research. Applications should include activities to strengthen LMIC faculty leadership and skills as well as prepare advanced scientific didactic and methodology courses and research training resources development relevant to the program to be planned.  A detailed vision for a research training program that focuses on a major endemic or life-threatening emerging infectious disease, neglected tropical disease, infections that frequently occur as a co-infection in HIV infected individuals, or infections associated with non-communicable disease conditions of public health importance in LMICs should be proposed.

Application budgets are limited to $100,000 (total direct costs) per year.

Due date: October 28, 2021

For more information click, https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-362.html

 

Wellcome International Master’s Fellowships

This scheme offers nationals of LMICs the opportunity to receive training at Master’s degree level at a LMIC host organisation. Funding provides funding up to ¬£120,000 including salary, studentship stipend, fees and research expenses for 30 months (12 months taught Master’s course and 18 months research project).

Deadline: 24 August 2021

For more information click, https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/international-masters-fellowships

PACTs Fellowships for Least Developed Countries

The International Centre for Genetic Engeneering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have partnered up on an ambitious programme targeted at scientists from least developed countries to pave the way to expanding and enhancing the scientific competences of early-career researchers in LDCs.

The Programme of Collaborations with LDCs (PACTs) offers early-career scientists from the 46 least developed countries (LDCs), who are aged 45 or under, exchange visits of up to six months at the ICGEB laboratories in Trieste (Italy), New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa). Under the programme agreement, the scientists will be working in the fields of biomedicine, biotechnology and agriculture. The programme will also include a third scheme to provide training in biotechnology policy and regulatory science by ICGEB experts.

Deadline: 31 August 2021

For more information click: https://www.southsouth-galaxy.org/capacity-development-initiatives/pacts-fellowships-for-least-developed-countries/

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

 

NIH CFAR Co-Funding IC FOAs

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.

 

 

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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

Information

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, trree.org
  6. For Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), citiprogram.org
  7. For Online Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Course, pharmalessons.com/gcptraining.html
  8. For Interactive Movie on Research Integrity, ori.hhs.gov/thelab
  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).

Training