Apply: Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund

Deadline: 17 June, 2020

South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI), South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Newton Fund and SGCI participating councils across 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are pleased to announce the Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund. The Fund seeks to contribute to the African regional and continental response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This call covers three strands: research; science engagement: call to science and health journalists and communicators; and, science engagement: call to science advisers.


  • The Rapid Grant Fund is administered by the NRF South Africa, and has initial total funding of up to $4.75 million, with scope for additional funding from international funders and some SGCs
  • A grant recipients’ workshop will be hosted after 24 months, following commencement of funded projects, to provide an opportunity for evaluation and learning amongst grant recipients and funding partners
  • The maximum amount per grant for a maximum period of 24 months is $100,000


  • Researchers and science engagement practitioners from the following countries are eligible to apply: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and, in the context of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), Nigeria and South Africa
  • For the research strand and applicable only to Nigeria and South Africa, only ARUA member universities will be eligible to participate. For the two strands on science engagement, practitioners across all the countries, including Nigeria and South Africa, may apply
  • Applications from women applicants, people living with disabilities, and first responders to Covid-19, as principal investigators are encouraged
  • In addition, diversity, including sex and gender differences, exist across all Covid-19 dimensions
  • Research and science engagement proposals must demonstrate considerations of diversity, including sex as a biological variable and gender as a socio-cultural factor in research projects and in science engagement approaches

To apply and for more information, click here.

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