Career Development Fellowships in poverty-related diseases and child and adolescent health – 2020

The purpose of this call for proposals is to support early to mid-career researchers by providing them with an opportunity to train and develop their clinical research skills. The objectives are: 1)  to promote retention of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate medical researchers in the research field of sub-Saharan Africa, and 2) to equip the fellows to establish themselves as independent researchers with the ability to initiate their own research teams at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Study proposals were to be within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme including COVID-19. The call received co-funding from the Fondation Botnar (€ 1,500,000) for proposals conducting research in the area of child and adolescent health and wellbeing. Novartis International AG co-funded this call (€ 750,000) for proposals conducting research in the area of maternal and child health on the interaction between PRDs and non-communicable diseases (NCDs, including e.g. sickle cell disease).

Call identifier: TMA2020CDF

See the corresponding call for proposals

ACROSS
Career Development Fellow: Dr Rubina Bunjun
Assessing cross-reactive and pre-existing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 in adolescents

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Starting date: 01 June 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3187

AVIR-Study
Career Development Fellow: Dr Aubin Nanfack
Characterisation of Viral Reservoirs among HIV-1 non-B Vertically Infected Adolescents receiving Antiretroviral Therapy in Cameroon

International Reference Centre Chantal Biya (CIRCB), Cameroon
Starting date: 1 November 2021
Duration: 24 months
Grant amount: EUR 101,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3228

bNAbs on HIV-1
Career Development Fellow: Dr Bongiwe Ndlovu
Neutralization of HIV-1 subtype C transmitted or founder viruses by broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 149,590
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3183

Campylobacteriosis
Career Development Fellow: Dr Chika Felicitas Nnadozie
Investigating the multiple risk dimensions associated with Campylobacteriosis – a key poverty-related disease of South African urban source water environments

Rhodes University, South Africa
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3166

CBS Study
Career Development Fellow: Mr Samuel Kirimunda
Childhood Burkitt Lymphoma survival rates in Uganda: A retrospective cohort study of histologically confirmed BL cases diagnosed between 2011 and 2015 in Northern Uganda

Makerere University Biomedical Research Centre Limited (MakBRC), Uganda
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 30 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3179

CETH
Career Development Fellow: Dr Bey-Marrie Schmidt
Strengthening community engagement in TB and HIV vaccine trials in South Africa

University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Starting date: 01 September 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 139,521
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3204

Childhood TB Sequel
Career Development Fellow: Dr Esin Nkereuwem
Evaluating the sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis in Gambian children

Medical Research Council, The Gambia at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM), The Gambia
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 149,828.75
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3197

CoVAT
Career Development Fellow: Dr Ernest Wandera Apondi
Development and Deployment of Lateral Flow Antigen Test for COVID-19

Mount Kenya University Trust (MKU), Kenya
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3212

CUUA
Career Development Fellow: Dr Zivai Nenguke
Can Undetectable (viral load) = Untransmissible (virus) change the life course of adolescents living the HIV in Africa?

Centre for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research Zimbabwe (CeSHHAR), Zimbabwe
Starting date: 1 June 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 149996,25
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3195

EMMATAC study
Career Development Fellow: Dr Nyawira Gitahi
Enhanced m-health mental health screening for adolescents living with HIV transitioning into adult care

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya
Starting date: 1 August 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 147,450
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3234

EndPAMAL
Career Development Fellow: Dr Bernard Kanoi
Systematic prioritization and initial characterization of Plasmodium falciparum vaccine antigens against pregnancy associated malaria

Mount Kenya University Trust (MKU)
Starting date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3203

GAMETO
Career Development Fellow: Dr Hamtandi Magloire NATAMA
Role of host immune responses in Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes carriage

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CNRST) – Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé (IRSS), Burkina Faso
Starting date: 1 November 2021
Duration: 24 months
Grant amount: EUR 149,875
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3219

HIV-LUNG MICROBIOME
Career Development Fellow: Dr Alex Kayongo
Microbiome fuels Th17 mediated airway inflammation in COPD among HIV-infected individuals

Makerere University, Uganda
Starting date: 1 November 2021
Duration: 24 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3194

i-PUSH-RCT
Career Development Fellow: Dr Amanuel Abajobir
Examining the impact of maternal perinatal depression on child health outcomes and the role of Innovative Partnership for Universal and Sustainable Healthcare (i-PUSH) intervention: a cluster randomised controlled trial study  Secondary title: Examining the effect of COVID-19 on maternal mental health: the roles of pregnancy and i-PUSH intervention

African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya
Starting date: 1 April 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3101

IMPUG
Career Development Fellow: Dr David Musoke
Integrated malaria prevention in rural communities in Uganda: an implementation research

Makerere University, Uganda
Starting date: 1 May 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3189

LIIT
Career Development Fellow: Dr Rose Nabatanzi
Characterisation of the latent reservoir among HIV infected individuals on long term antiretroviral therapy

Makerere University Biomedical Research Centre Limited (MakBRC), Uganda
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 148,625
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3162

MTBC pathways
Career Development Fellow: Dr Nontobeko Mvubu
Identification and characterization of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex lineage-specific epigenomes, transcriptome patterns and regulatory networks and pathways

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa
Starting date: 1 August 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 142,938.75
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3167

MTM-MI
Career Development Fellow: Dr Moleen Dzikiti
Mobile phone text messaging plus motivational interviewing: effects on breastfeeding , child health and survival outcomes, a group sequential randomised standard of care controlled trial

Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Starting date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 149,953.75
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3169

Neuro-Empirical
Career Development Fellow: Dr Damalie Nalwanga
Neurocognitive Function among HIV Infected Infants with Severe Pneumonia Receiving Empirical Treatment for Cytomegalovirus and Tuberculosis

Makerere University, Uganda
Starting date: 1 June 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3198

PHICAMS
Career Development Fellow: Dr Gerald Mboowa
Pathogen detection in HIV-infected children and adolescents with non-malarial febrile illnesses using metagenomic next-generation sequencing approach in Uganda

Infectious Diseases Institute Limited (IDI), Uganda
Starting date: 1 November 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3159

RADIANT
Career Development Fellow: Dr Anna Ojo
Selected concise host transcriptional signatures for the blood-based diagnosis of active tuberculosis in an HIV-prevalent setting (RNA-based diagnosis of TB)

Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Starting date: 1 June 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 149,997.50
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3209

SCONE
Career Development Fellow: Dr Joseph N. Siewe Fodjo
“Slash and Clear” for onchocerciasis control and epilepsy prevention

Brain Research Africa Initiative, Yaounde, Cameroon
Starting date: 01 May 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3152

SmCHI-Epitope
Career Development Fellow: Dr Moses Egesa
Characterization of protein and glycan epitopes recognised following controlled human infection with Schistosoma mansoni in an endemic population

Uganda National Health Research Organisation (UNHRO), Uganda
Starting date: 1 September 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 149,846.25
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3158

VaViBa
Career Development Fellow: Dr Anna-Ursula Happel
Interaction of vaginal virome and bacteriome in pregnant women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and risk of preterm birth

University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 150,000
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3192

VIBRANT
Career Development Fellow: Dr Innocent Ali
Plasmodium vivax burden, range and transmission among Duffy-negative inhabitants in Cameroon

University of Dschang, Cameroon
Starting date: 1 July 2021
Duration: 36 months
Grant amount: EUR 149,962.50
Grant agreement: TMA2020CDF-3171