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EDCTP and TDR offer first joint Clinical R&D Fellowships

31 October 2014

Members of clinical research teams from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) are now invited to apply for the EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowship scheme. Successful candidates will be placed with leading product development organisations, including pharmaceutical companies and product development partnerships – the ‘host organisations’- for a period of up to 24 months.

A total of 25 fellowships is available for this call; 20 product development organisations have offered to host fellows. The host organisations will train individuals to develop specialist product development skills not readily taught in academic centres or public research institutions.

On returning to their home organisations, the fellows are expected to become an important resource for institutional capacity development to undertake and manage clinical research in accordance with international regulatory requirements and standards.

EDCTP and TDR cooperation
The EDCTP-TDR partnership includes a joint evaluation and selection process of applications submitted to this call. However, grant awarding and budget management are managed separately by each organisation.

TDR will fund fellows employed by a research institution in any LMIC to be placed in pharmaceutical companies and product development partnerships either in or outside Europe to train and develop new research skills on infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and neglected infectious diseases.

EDCTP will fund fellows employed by a sub-Saharan African legal entity to be placed in European-based pharmaceutical companies to train and develop new research skills of relevance to poverty-related diseases (PRDs).

Clinical Research and Development Fellowships
This scheme aims to develop human resources for high quality research and development in PRDs. Fellowships are expected to strengthen the skills of the best and most promising researchers from LMICs, to enhance and maximise their contribution in research institutions in LMICs.

  • Fellows can only be funded once under this grant scheme. Grants awarded are not transferable from one individual to another.
  • Placements are for a minimum period of 6 months up to a maximum period of 24 months.
  • Fellows must be committed to return to their home organisation for a minimum of two years after completion of the fellowship.

The deadline for applications is 30 January 2015, 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Applications must be submitted online through EDCTPgrants.

Please click here to read the full Call for Proposals.

For more information contact

At EDCTP: Michelle Nderu (nderu(at)edctp.org)
At TDR: Pascal Launois (launoisp(at)who.int)