The Francis Crick Institute in London will lead a new fellowship programme designed to accelerate the careers of outstanding African health researchers so they are able to investigate infectious diseases in their home countries.
The Crick Africa Network is supported by a £6 million (US$7.9m), five-year grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund, an initiative sponsored by the UK government and administered by the UK’s seven research councils.
Six researchers will be chosen in the first round. An additional two calls will subsequently be made, covering 12 more researchers. Applications will officially open in July 2018 after workshops are held to guide African researchers on how to develop strong proposals.