Donor: European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Application procedure: Full Proposal, Online Application
Donor base: Netherlands
Reference number: CSA2020NoE
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 23.07.2020

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 12.000.000€
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 3.000.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Health
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


1) Objective

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to provide funding for actions that aim to support regional networking in sub-Saharan Africa and with Europe in order to build and strengthen regional, national, institutional and individual capacities to conduct clinical trials in line with the International Conference on Harmonization guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP). The networks should contribute to overcoming the lack of capacity, critical mass and adequate infrastructures that prevent many African institutions from engaging in high quality clinical research activities. The networks should build on results from former EDCTP-funded regional networking actions with the aim of strengthening the scientific and clinical research environment for conducting clinical trials to prevent and treat poverty-related diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

The specific objectives of the networks should include: (1) To strengthen collaboration and optimise the use of resources and infrastructures within the network. This could include the establishment of shared facilities such as clinical laboratories or data management centres, and setting rules and guidelines for sharing and accessing these; (2) To offer training and mentorship aimed at promoting professional development and scientific leadership in clinical trials. This would require the establishment of a formal training programme and platform for exchange of expertise in key skills such as design of clinical trials, monitoring, data management, pharmacokinetics, laboratory techniques, biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, pharmacovigilance, as well as financial management, administration, and quality assurance; (3) To strengthen South-South and North-South collaborations between researchers and institutions with a specific focus on supporting less established institutions in building capacity for conducting high quality clinical research; and (4) To encourage and promote networking and dialogue between researchers, communities and policy makers to maximise the impact of clinical research in Africa.

2) Eligibility 

The network must comprise a minimum of six legal entities from at least three different sub-Saharan African countries and a minimum of two legal entities from two different European PSs.

3) Location 

Actions must take place in sub-Saharan Africa.

4) Budget

Total budget amount is €12,000,000. Expected number of grants are 4 grants. The requested EDCTP contribution per network must not exceed €3,000,000. The maximum project duration must be 36 months.

5) Application 

A full proposal must be submitted by 18 February 2016 at 17:00:00 CET. The application must be submitted online via EDCTPgrants.

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