13 April 2015
8 Million Dollars’ worth of grants awarded to scientists at South African Universities
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award 31 collaborative biomedical and behavioral research grants to scientists located at eight leading South African institutions. These grants, which include two-year and five-year awards, are the first to be awarded through a multi-year, 40 million dollar program jointly funded by the SAMRC and the NIH.
The innovative research projects funded under this program include programs that will address HIV prevention for high-risk young women; investigations on the effect of HIV on breast cancer treatment and outcomes; and research on how to optimize paediatric tuberculosis treatment.
The million dollar programme, namely South Africa – U.S. Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research is the first of its kind funded equally by both the NIH and the SAMRC. “This commitment to shared funding will lead to new discoveries and help strengthen South African research and research management capacity,” says SAMRC President Professor Glenda Gray. “It allows our scientists to work with top U.S. investigators and provides access to the NIH peer review process. We can also engage in joint program oversight at the highest international standards.”
The SAMRC and NIH established the South Africa – U.S. Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013. The request for applications under this program focused on South African health research priorities identified at an SAMRC Summit Meeting in 2013, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and related co-morbidities (including cancer) and co-infections. The NIH institutes and centers participating in the program, in addition to the NIAID, are the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Fogarty International Center, and Office of AIDS Research. It is anticipated that the SAMRC and NIH will solicit additional applications under this joint program in two years.
The initial 24 awards are listed at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov
The list will be updated to include the seven remaining projects once they are awarded.