Apply: AAS Covid-19 Research and Development Fund

Deadline: 30 June, 2020

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is keen on playing a central role in building African Research and Development (R and D) capacity to fight Covid-19 by managing the day-to-day running of the proposed fund for Covid-19 R and D priorities in Africa.

This call supported by Sida (Sweden), Wellcome Trust, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is therefore a call to action for African scientists to attend to the R and D needs of the Covid-19 outbreak for the continent as identified by African scientists. There is a need to provide robust scientific evidence to the country emergency response teams. The priorities listed are widely applicable across the continent yet require local context and expertise in order to address in a timely and effective manner the issues arising, even as the outbreak evolves.

This call will focus on areas of priority for R and D in Covid-19 outbreak control as identified by African scientists. These areas of focus include but are not limited to epidemiological studies; clinical management; infection prevention and control, including health care protection; candidate vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics; ethical considerations for research; and, social sciences in a pandemic response.


  • The maximum amount allowable for a single grant is $200,000, to be held for two years
  • Funding may be requested for an implementation period of up to two years



  • The applying institution must be a legal entity
  • The applying institution must be based in Africa
  • The following are ineligible:
    • Projects that do not primarily respond to the R and D goals of the Covid-19 public health outbreak response
    • Projects focusing on implementation or delivery services for the Covid-19 outbreak control
    • Projects solely focused on network building, capacity building and infrastructure projects without a working hypothesis
    • Complex and high-risk projects that cannot be undertaken within the 24 months available
    • Projects with minimal contribution towards the R and D priorities of the Covid-19 outbreak

To apply and for more information, click here.

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