Apply for COVID-19 Africa Grant Fund 2020

Apply for COVID-19 Africa Grant Fund 2020


A COVID-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant with an initial total funding of approximately USD4.75million, close to N1.8 Billion, has been launched to address research questions and implement science engagement activities associated with the pandemic.



The National Research Foundation (NRF) supported by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Newton Fund, and SGCI participating councils are collaborating in this initiative, which has been conceptualised under the auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI).

Science engagement is a fundamental component linking scientific findings to translation and uptake by policymakers, and the society at large. An innovative component to this Fund entails support to science and health journalists and communicators in efforts to produce and disseminate coordinated science communication on COVID-19. Additional support for projects intended to advance science advisory activities to African governments, with a specific focus on efforts by academies of science and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Africa chapter will be supported.

Aims of the Fund

The Fund aims

  • To support knowledge generation and translation to inform diagnostics,
  • Prevention and treatment of COVID-19,
  • Strengthen African regional and continental science engagement efforts in response to the pandemic, and
  • Leverage existing multilateral collaborations and attract new collaborations from international partners.

Areas of Fund Coverage

The COVID-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant Fund will support projects in three areas:

  • Research;
  • Science engagement – call to science and health journalists and communicators; and
  • Science engagement – call to science advisers in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The research strand is informed by topics identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Grant Funding Opportunity. Funding will be provided to research projects which will investigate research areas such as prevention and control, socio-cultural dynamics of transmission, mental health and vulnerability.


Researchers and science engagement practitioners from the following 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are eligible to apply: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa.

  • For the Research Strand (1) and applicable only to Nigeria and South Africa, only African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) member universities will be eligible to participate.
  • Non-ARUA universities from South Africa and Nigeria may collaborate with ARUA members, and any other universities across the countries abovementioned to participate in this call. In the context of implementing the SGCI and to build on existing continental networks, this call is focused on ARUA universities, who through the ARUA Centres of Excellence Initiative and additional collaborative research initiatives have collectively been working together with counterparts in the ARUA network to respond to COVID-19.
  • For the two Strands on Science Engagement [(2) and (3)], practitioners across all the 17 countries, including from Nigeria and South Africa, may apply.

How to Apply

If you have the what it takes to win this funding, click here to apply now.

Closing Date

Application for this funding will end on June 17, 2020.

The Author


iWanSabi is a Nigerian rooted pidgin English which simply means – I Want To Know. As its name implies, iWanSabi is Nigeria’s leading Current Affairs, General Knowledge-base and e-Learning website designed primarily to provide high quality content for students, job aspirants of various examinations in Nigeria, private and public servants and NEWS for the general public.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.