News, Calls and other Links #2/2019

Calls for Applications (Grants, Fellowships, scholarships and awards)

  • UKRI, invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) call under the theme of equitable resilience.  The aim is to fund 10 research proposals of up to 36 months duration. Deadline 17. April 2019.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)  in collaboration with The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL), KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) and Strathmore University announces offers of up to  5  PhD scholarships in Health Management. Deadline 24. February 2019.
  • The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards. This MRC/DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Deadline 9. April 2019
  • UK Medical Research council and UK Research and Innovation announces a GCRF a funding call ‘Understanding the mechanistic links between nutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low and middle-income countries (LMICs)’. The “aim of the call is to develop new programmes of research and partnerships between UK and LMIC-based researchers. Deadline 4. April 2019
  • The UKRI GCRF Health and Context call seeks for proposals for interdisciplinary research addressing wider contextual factors contributing to the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Deadline 2. April 2019.


  • The 17th International conference on scientometrics and informetrics will be held September 2-5, 2019 in Sapienza University, Rome Italy with a special emphasis on the future of scientometrics and informetrics  and on its links with other disciplines. The deadline of submission of full papers, research-in-progress, and workshop/tutorials ends on 8. February 2019.

Interesting reads 

  • Laura Owings summarizes how US shutdown could deeply hurt African science. It is argued that much of the collaborations on the African continent are “with US academics and partners and most of … funding originates from the US.
  • The Economist discusses issues of scientific ethics. The paper highlights on “recent events of an unpleasant scientific practice” where developed countries conduct questionable experiments in poor countries, especially in medical research.
  • US funders have named the first batch of African science leaders. This African health researchers will receive training at a host NIH lab.
  • University of Nairobi launched a grants and opportunities portal. This portal is intended to give researchers seeking research funds, grants and fellowships a new scope.
  • The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) has introduced a ‘good practice’ tool “that it hopes will boost funders’ willingness to pay grants directly to African researchers and improve African research institutions’ grant governance.”
  • Kee Chen explains why some researchers choose to return to their countries of birth despite there being promising careers abroad in nature.