Open calls for proposals


Open Call for Letter of Intent (LOI) on Drug Discovery

We seek to support exciting new drug discovery projects in Africa. A secondary objective is to strengthen drug discovery capabilities in Africa and create a project-driven virtual African drug discovery network.

This call is a partnership between the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D).

Applications will be assessed and selected based on scientific merit and their potential to advance the drug discovery process. Selected applicants will also benefit from a network of drug discovery scientists in Africa and across the globe, linking them to peers, mentors and providing them with access to resources and technologies.

The disease focus of the call will be Malaria, Tuberculosis (TB) and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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Nominate an early career scientist for the AAS Affiliates Programme

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is inviting nominations for its Affiliates Membership Programme.
The programme aims to stimulate and nurture the spirit of scientific discovery and technological innovation in Africa in order to promote sustainable development on the continent through research and development. It is intended to fill a gap in the professional growth of young and early-to-mid career professionals who intend to develop into research leaders in their home countries.
The AAS Affiliates Programme is targeted at supporting African nationals who are aged 40 years or below, are employed in higher education or research institutions and have obtained their PhD within the last five years. Applicants must also have postdoctoral research experience. They may be in any field of specialisation and must be nominated by one of their institutional leaders (Vice Chancellor, Director, Head of Department, etc.) or by a Fellow or Associate Fellow of the AAS. Applicants may not nominate themselves.
Nominations are made online on the AAS Ishango Online System on or before 4 July 2018.

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Africa- India Mobility Fund

The Africa- India Mobility Fund is accepting applications for travel grants from researchers from Africa and India. The programme, which is a partnership of African Academy of Sciences, the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance and Wellcome, funds short-term visits of up to three months for researchers to travel in either direction. 

Funding will be given to nationals of India and African countries to support collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences.

This call is also open to non-African investigators resident on the continent or overseas citizens of India. The applications for AIMF will be on a rolling basis with feedback on the outcome given within two months until further notice.



Apply for the 2019 Obada Prize

The North Africa office of the AAS is inviting applications for the Obada Prize, which will be given in the following categories:

  1. Distinguished researcher

  2. A target group of researchers who are aged 40 or below

  3. Undergraduate and Post graduate students (The prize will be awarded according to the students presentation and no need to send a published work)

Winners will be announced at the 8th International Conference on Mathematics and Information Sciences (ICMIS2019), to be held in Zewail City, Egypt, in February. The main aim of the conference is to promote, encourage, and bring together researchers in the field of pure and applied mathematics.
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