Mobilisation of funding for COVID-19 research in sub-Saharan Africa – 2020

The EDCTP “Emergency Funding Mechanism” allows rapid mobilisation of research funding based on a call for expressions of interest in exceptional and duly substantiated emergencies. On 11 March 2020, the WHO characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic, following alarming levels of infection spread and disease severity. Therefore, the EDCTP Association agreed to activate the emergency funding mechanism to support Research & Innovation Actions (RIAs) as part of the European response to the COVID-19 emergency. EDCTP invited proposals for RIAs to support research activities in sub-Saharan Africa to manage and/or prevent the spread of the current COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

For more information, see the call text.

Call identifier: RIA2020EF

AFRIDX
COVID-19 diagnostics for Africa

The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, (Cambridge, United Kingdom, with partners from Denmark, Ghana, and Sweden
Project coordinator: Prof. Elizabeth Hall
Starting date: 01 October 2020
Duration: 15 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 499,933
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2918

AIDCO
Important data on COVID-19 profile in Africa

Centre de recherches médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL), Lambaréné, Gabon, with partners from Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, the Netherlands, Senegal,  Mozambique, and Portugal
Project coordinator: Prof. Ayola Akim Adegnika
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 12 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 499,999
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2961

ANTICOV
Preparation of an open-label, randomised, comparative, adaptive, multi-country study to test the safety and efficacy of new therapeutic strategies against standard of care in mild SARS-CoV-2 patients in resource-constrained settings

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Geneva, Switzerland, with partners from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Spain, and the United Kingdom
Project coordinator: Dr Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft
Starting date: 01 May 2020
Duration: 06 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 200,000
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2975

BCG-COVID-RTC
BCG vaccine to reduce absenteeism due to infectious diseases of health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. A multi-centre randomised controlled trial

University of Southern Denmark, Odense M, Denmark, with partners from Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, and Portugal
Project coordinator: Prof. Christine Stabell-Benn
Starting date: 01 August 2020
Duration: 18 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 494,684
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-3049

CSIGN
COVID surveillance intensification in Ghana Network

London School of  Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, with partners from Ghana, Spain and The United Kingdom
Project coordinator: Dr Michael Marks
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 12 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 499,518
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2983

ImmunoCoV
Host immune responses to SARS-CoV-2: correlating kinetics with the natural history of infection

African Research Collaboration for Health Ltd., Kilifi, Kenia, with partners from Kenia, the Netherlands, and Sweden
Project coordinator: Dr Francis Ndungu
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 24 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 497,300
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-3042

ITAIL-COVID-19
Integrated testing approaches and intensive laboratory training as strategy against SARS-CoV-2 spread in Brazzaville

Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale (FCRM), Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, with partners from Belgium, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom
Project coordinator: Dr Mathieu Ndounga
Starting date: 01 May 2020
Duration: 18 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 500,000
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2947

HALT COVID-19
Natural history and laboratory tests for COVID-19 in South Africa

Centre for the AIDS programme of research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, South Africa, with partners from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands
Project coordinator: Professor Ayesha Kharsany
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 24 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 499,942
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2928

Profile-COVID
Rapid diagnostic profiling of SARS-CoV-2 in the context of persistent immune activation in sub-Saharan Africa

Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia  with partners from Ethiopia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom
Project coordinator: Dr Dawit Wolday
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 12 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 499,580
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2905

RE-BCG-CoV-19
BCG revaccination for healthcare workers in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Task Foundation NPC, Cape Town, South Africa with partners from the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden
Project coordinator: Dr Andreas Diacon
Starting date: 17 April 2020
Duration: 24 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 500,000
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2968
Project webpage

TraCE
Transmission of COVID-19 in crowded environments

Desmond Tutu Health Foundation NPC, Cape Town, South Africa, with partners from the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United Kingdom
Project coordinator: Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 12 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 496,233
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-2981

TREATS-COVID
Understanding the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 and the interrelation of COVID-19 with TB and HIV in Zambia

ZAMBART, Lusaka, Zambia, with partners from France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom
Project coordinator: Dr Kwame Shanaube
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 18 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 500,000
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-3004