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Research capacity in Africa

The Wellcome Trust is launching a new initiative to strengthen institutional 
research capacity in Africa.

This initiative aims to build a critical mass of sustainable capacity in Africa 
through strengthening research in African universities and institutes. The 
Wellcome Trust will provide funding to support the creation of consortia 
between higher education institutes and research institutes located within 
Africa (south-south links), and with institutions based in the UK, or in other 
countries with a developed market economy (north-south links) with the aim of 
enhancing institutional capacity to undertake research. 

We expect the consortia to be Africa-led and to include a mix of African 
institutions with well-established research activities, as well as promising 
African institutions that are developing their research potential. The centre 
of gravity for funding will be based in the host African institutions and the 
awards will be made over a ten year period, to be reviewed after the first five 

A priority of the awards will be to develop research leaders so that they can 
act as beacons and role models to enthuse young scientists to develop research 
careers. At the same time, we also aim to support and strengthen institutional 
capacity in financial management, training and to build career pathways for the 
best and brightest researchers. 

 For more information please see our website>
  or email us at Preliminary applications 
should be addressed to Jimmy Whitworth by 14 February 2008. 

Wellcome Trust is a charity registered in England, no. 210183.
Its sole trustee is The Wellcome Trust Limited, a company registered in 
England, no. 2711000, whose registered office is at 215 Euston Road, London NW1 
2BE, UK.  


Pamela Scorza

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