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 Local (non-MRC) and International Funding  

MRC researchers, before applying for external funding, please submit all proposals to the Project Office, for the attention of Pierre Boshoff.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) - United States of America

The NIH is the primary federal agency, in the United States of America, for funding and performing medical research.

Please note the NIH Grants Policy Statement (10/98): If you are intending to apply for NIH funding, you might like to start by looking at their Grants Policy Statement which includes a description of their policy on awards to foreign institutions, international organizations, and domestic grants with substantial foreign components. See

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The Wellcome Trust United Kingdom

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. Established in 1936 and with an endowment of around £13 billion, it is the UK's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research.


European Commission, Framework Programme - (FP7) European Union

For guidelines on what is possible with the FP7, please visit the webpage of the European South Africa Science and Technology Advancement Programme (ESASTAP). South Africa and the European Union enjoy a privileged partnership marked by longstanding political, economic and development cooperation ties. The first intergovernmental agreement ever concluded between South Africa and the European Union, the Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation signed in 1996, afforded South African researchers the opportunity to participate fully in the EU's Framework Programmes for Research and Technology Development. ESASTAP, a Specific Support Action, implemented by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and funded by the European Commission (EC) under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), will significantly enhance the support and assistance available to both South African and European researchers to optimally leverage mutual benefits from this partnership. You will find information on searching for collaborating partners, mobility (SA to Europe and vice versa) funding, seed funding for building the early stages of collaborations, and how to access research funding.

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) European Union
The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) was created in 2003 as a European response to the global health crisis caused by the three main poverty-related diseases of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. These diseases account for over 6 million deaths each year, and the numbers are growing. Sub-Saharan Africa is the world's worst-affected region where besides ravaging lives, they impede development and cause poverty.

European Commission/FP-7: FP7 final calls for 2012.
EDCTP current calls


Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) World Health Organisation

TDR funds specific research projects in diseases of poverty, which cover infectious diseases and the culture and environment that contribute to these problems. It also supports the development of individuals and institutions in the countries where these diseases are prevalent.

TWAS international

TWAS is an autonomous international organization, based in Trieste, Italy, that promotes scientific excellence for sustainable development in the South. Originally named "Third World Academy of Sciences", it was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. The Academy's strength resides in the quality and diversity of its membership - internationally renowned scientists elected by their peers.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation private foundation

The Foundation funds research leading to innovations in health.

National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa

The objective of the National Research Foundation (NRF) is to support and promote research in South Africa through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of the natural and social sciences, humanities and technology.

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IBM Internship and Fellowship Programmes

IBM Research Africa is calling for candidates for internships and postdoctoral fellowships.

Closing date is 30 September 2015


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