European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Grants & Scholarships for Medical Researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

EDCTP Grants and Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Medical research
Course Level: Graduate (research)
Provider: EDCTP
Country to Study in: Africa, Europe

Scholarship Description
The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) offers grants to support clinical trials, as well as networking and capacity building activities, in order to create a sustainable environment for conducting high-quality medical research in sub-Saharan Africa.

The EDCTP Grants and Scholarships, created in 2003 as a European response to the global health crisis of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is primarily targeted at medical researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main EDCTP grant schemes are Integrated Projects, Senior Fellowships, Ethics, Member States Initiated projects and Networks of Excellence.

At the moment EDCTP is only focusing its efforts on supporting sub-Saharan African countries within the framework based on a partnership between 14 European Union countries, Switzerland and Norway. The current EDCTP programme will end in May 2015. It is anticipated that there will be an EDCTP II programme under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014 to 2020).

Applicants based at eligible institutions in sub-Saharan Africa or in European Member States may apply for EDCTP funding in compliance with call specific terms and conditions. All calls are published with guidelines for applications.

Eligible groups
Below is the list of EDCTP-EEIG Member States and sub-Saharan African countries:
  • List of the EDCTP-European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) member states:
    Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
  • List of sub-Saharan Africa countries:
    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Participating Institutions
The basis of EDCTP is partnership.

It currently unites 14 participating European Union (EU) Member States plus Norway and Switzerland with sub-Saharan African countries. The partnership helps EU Member States to integrate and coordinate their own national research and development programmes and form partnerships with their African counterparts.

All EDCTP-funded projects are undertaken in partnership with sub-Saharan countries. The partnership ensures synergy and optimal use of resources, and creates a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Fields of study
EDCTP aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with a focus on phase II and III clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa.

EDCTP supports multicentre projects that combine clinical trials, capacity building and networking. The aim of integrating these three activities is to ensure that the developed capacity is optimally utilised to successfully conduct the clinical trials in a sustainable way.

Number of awards
To comply with Good Clinical Practice guidelines regarding time commitment to projects, Project Coordinators (PC) are advised not to submit more than one application. However, Project Coordinators may be involved as co-applicants (e.g. second or third named applicant) or collaborators on more than one application, subject to them being able to demonstrate sufficient commitment to a project.

Sponsorship duration
Variable. Depends on proposal

Scholarship benefits
The overall budget of EDCTP is around € 400 M from its inception in 2003 up to the end of May 2015. This budget consists of two components. The financial contribution of the European Commission is € 200 M. The national contributions of the Member States is estimated to be at least € 200M. Additional cofunding is sought from other sources, whether public or private.

Method of Application
Once a Call for Proposals is published on the EDCTP website and in relevant scientific journals an applicant can apply for funding if their proposal fits the call text requirements. Applications must be submitted via eligible institutions in sub-Saharan Africa or from European Member States. Depending on the particular Call for Proposals, there may be a requirement for applications to involve a minimum of two European countries and one or more African institutions. The European Member States are responsible for cofunding the project, providing at least 50% of the estimated financial resources required to carry out the project.

If your proposal is suitable for a particular call download the application form, complete it and email it before the deadline. Applicants should submit their completed application (using the form and following the guidance notes for the particular call) to the EDCTP Secretariat via email (proposals[at] Applications must be received by the published deadline.

Applying for the EDCTP grants:
  • Where to find calls: EDCTP Calls and announcements are advertised on the EDCTP website for the duration of the application period. You may find information about open Calls for Proposals on the Current calls section of the website. Calls may also be advertised in medical journals, major electronic media, partner websites and EDCTP newsletters.
  • When to apply: In general Calls are open for a period of four months prior to the deadline for submission, although this may vary for particular grant schemes.
  • Call text: When applying to a Call for proposals, please ensure that you use the official version of the call text, and the latest versions of guidelines, budget and application forms which are available on the EDCTP website.
It is important to read through the Frequently Asked Questions.

In general calls are open for a period of four months prior to the deadline for submission, although this may vary for particular grant schemes.

Please note that EDCTP is NOT open to prospective proposals at any time of the year. EDCTP can only consider applications that are submitted in response to a specific call for proposals.

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) was created in 2003 as a European response to the global health crisis caused by the three main poverty-related diseases of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These three diseases account for over 6 million deaths each year, with greatest burden of disease in sub-Saharan Africa, where besides ravaging lives, they impede development and cause poverty.

Application Deadline: Rolling / Varies (per grant scheme)
Open for International Students: Yes

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