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

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

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

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 Alwyn Mwinga
Starting date: 01 July 2020
Duration: 18 months
EDCTP grant amount: EUR 500,000
Grant agreement: RIA2020EF-3004