Deadline: 4 October
Applicants are invited to
submit their applications for Africa India Mobility
Fund (AIMF) which is a two-year programme designed to provide researchers from
Africa and India with opportunities for short visits in either direction to
explore opportunities for building and strengthening scientific collaboration.
The AIMF is a partnership
between The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) and the Wellcome Trust/DBT
India Alliance (India Alliance) that has been running since April 2018 to
promote collaboration between African and Indian scientists.
Applications broadly focused
on infectious and non-communicable diseases of relevance to local, national, or
global health will be
accepted every month. The scope of the collaborative opportunity may include
but is not limited to HIV/AIDS, TB,
dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging
infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research,
antimicrobial resistance, drug development, microbiome and general biomedical
- To strengthen research & innovation capacity
and knowledge exchange
- To strengthen scientific collaboration between
Indian and African teams
- The award will cover directly incurred costs up
to $5,000 / INR 325,000 for travel lasting up to 3 months. This is to
cover the applicant’s airfare (at Economy class) and subsistence whilst on
the visit. Salaries and fees to attend meetings will not be eligible. An
additional $2,500 may be requested for laboratory reagents, however, the
decision to award the extra funds will be on case by case basis upon
justification of the needs.
- The amount of each individual award will vary
according to location and timescale. For example, if staying for a 3-month
placement, the applicant may be expected to source university
accommodation, or a short term let. However, if visiting for a week, a hotel
or equivalent may be more suitable. The decision committee will consider
whether the expenses are reasonable and may ask for revised costing.
- Please note that the grant can only be used to
deliver the objectives stated in the grant application. Ensure that the
best estimates for the full cost of undertaking the project described in
the application are requested.
- Applicants may not seek funding for conference
attendance, salary, equipment, per diem and indirect costs.
- Applicants must be nationals of India or
nationals of countries within Africa.
- They should be based either in Africa or in
India, and should be affiliated with a recognised academic, medical,
research institution, or other similar institutions. Those based at for-profit
organisations are not eligible.
- The call is also open to non-African
investigators who must be resident in Africa or Overseas Citizen of India
(evidence may be requested), have an appointment/affiliation with an
African/Indian institution, and their residence and tenure of service with
the appointing African/Indian institution should cover the duration of the
- Travel should be between an African country and
India and can be in either direction. Travel within Africa can also be
sought for an engagement of more than one African country with India.
- Applicants must have a PhD/MD or equivalent research qualification and hold
a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible institution, which must
span the duration of the project.
- Collaboration should focus on a single project
involving researchers in Africa and India, respectively.
- An applicant is eligible to receive only one
grant per year.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply online
via given website.
Eligible Countries: India, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape
Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo,
Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial
Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome
and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra
Leone, Somalia, South
Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe