THE 7TH EAST AFRICAN HEALTH AND SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE

Sub-themes will be presented and discussed during the first two days of the conference. Each sub-theme will start with a state-of-the-art presentation, after which evidence-based scientific material will be presented. The sub-themes will be presented by experts in the areas. They build on the main theme and provide detailed evidence-based information on specific key areas. These presentations will be discussed by the audience and experts. The presentations will result into outlines of recommendations.

1. Technologies supporting data for health system decision-making Pre-amble: the presentations and papers will focus on how technologies are strengthening public health governance, leadership, policy-making, performance of health programmes, etc. They will provide insight on the status of various electronic platforms (DHIS2, HIMS, LIMS, etc.) that have been employed by ministries, and allied organisations and institutions responsible for health.

2. Technologies for Disease Surveillance, Disease Outbreak Detection and Response, and Cross border mobility and disease tracking Pre-amble: papers and presentations will focus on innovative technologies that strengthen health information system, community health, and capacity to control diseases (e.g. outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, and disease surveillance in general). Presentations will describe architectures of a technology-driven disease surveillance system; field practice and experience on utilisation of (digital) technologies to strengthen health systems

3. Innovative technologies and solutions for application in, and improvement of healthcare service delivery and health outcomes Pre-amble: the papers and presentations will focus on the use of technologies for healthcare services. The papers and presentations will demonstrate how technologies have improved care and outcomes. They will provide evidence on the role of technologies to provide accurate, comprehensive, and efficient health data, including point-of-care diagnostics, treatment, and adherence to treatment. The papers and presentations will demonstrate how primary health care can benefit from use of Digital Health, and the role of telemedicine.

4. Costing and Financing Health: the role of Digital Health, International Remittances, Universal Health Care, and EAC status on the UN SDGs Pre-amble: papers and presentation will showcase the value of technologies in resource management; the economies of scale associated with the use of technologies in health. The role of mobile financial services in improving health services, innovative technologies for health insurance, etc.

5. Health knowledge management through digital technologies and solutions in East Africa: health research, training, and care Pre-amble: papers and presentations will focus, on and showcase how technologies and solutions are leveraging knowledge management and the effective use of knowledge. The value-added of real-time data flow, training health workforce including community health workers into technologysavvy health workforce. Scaling up technology-driven research and big data aggregation and analytics

DATE: 27th – 29th March 2019 VENUE: Nyerere International Convention Centre (NICC) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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This call for proposals seeks fundamentally new strategies for manufacturing gut microbial biotherapeutics to achieve manufacturing efficiency and cost reductions necessary for global health applications. We are particularly open to high risk, unproven concepts that could yield novel systems. We also encourage approaches that may be carried out in low- and middle- income countries (LMIC) and proposers currently working in these settings.

Strategies could include (but are certainly not limited to or constrained by) the following ideas:

  • Different reactor designs including continuous stirred-tank, multistage and/or multiphasic bioreactors with small footprints
  • Disposable or low capital cost bioreactor designs
  • Spatial structuring or immobilization at varying length scales, spatial gradients, media viscosity (i.e. liquid or solid state)
  • Dynamically changing growth conditions and inoculation strategies reducing batch-to-batch variability
  • Various growth conditions including temperature, gas composition, mixing and dilution rate
  • Novel, low-cost media components

Proposals should specifically detail how they will demonstrate a prototype process operating at lab-scale or greater enabling the manufacture of a diverse health-associated gut microbiota as may be expected in a live biotherapeutic product, specifically 1) production of at least 10 distinct strains derived from the healthy human gut 2) including at least two strains from the Firmicutes phylum of which at least one strain is highly oxygen-sensitive, at least two strains from the Bacteroidetes phylum and at least two strains from the Actinobacteria phylum. These strains could be obtained from commercial culture collections (i.e. ATCC or DSMZ) or may be novel isolates. It is likely that the growth of multiple strains together simultaneously may be required for efficiency although other strategies can be pursued.

 

Funding Information

  • Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I.
  • Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD.

Eligibility Criteria

GCE is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.

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The National Geographic Society is accepting proposals for its “Uncovering Human Origins in Asia and Africa” to encourage further investigation of hominid evolution in Africa and Asia, with preference given to projects in relatively unexplored parts of those continents.

Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following:   

  • Discover or explore new paleoanthropological fossil sites in Africa or Asia, particularly those in Central and West Africa and those in East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia
  • Design or test new methodologies for discovering or exploring paleoanthropological sites in Africa or Asia
  • Develop local capacity in human origins exploration in Africa or Asia

Typical proposals should request less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000 if they are running a field school for students from the region. Successful applicants should use awarded funds within one year. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance.) Projects should be research-focused but can integrate conservation, education, storytelling, or technology as a secondary component. All applications should include a clear review of the state of knowledge about human origins in the region and, if applicable, a plan for evaluating the success of the proposed capacity development activities (e.g., field school).

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 February 2018- The African Union Commission launches its Second Open Call For Research Proposals under Phase II of the African Union Research Grants programme, with a deadline of 22nd May 2018 for submission of proposals.

The objectives of the Call are to: 

  • Support collaborative Research and Innovation (R&I) activities that address critical issues facing African countries and contribute to the sustainable development of African countries and the fight against poverty, while respecting ethical and gender issues;
  • Develop the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC) to design, implement and monitor R&I funding programmes and establish the basis for a credible and reputable African framework programme for R&I that could attract additional funds from other sources (African Union (AU) Member States and other partners and donors).

This call for proposal responds to the implementation of Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on the Human development of the EU-Africa partnership. The call supports research on: Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

The African Union Research Grant (AURG) is one of the programmes initiated within the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) to support a Pan African research and development through grants and direct funding. The programme provides the needed opportunity to use Science and Technology (S&T) as a tool for sustainable development, building and strengthening Africa’s S&T capacities.

The Commission through the support of the European Union secured a sum of 17.5 million euro under the EU Pan-African Programme to launch 2 calls for research proposals in Africa in 2016 and 2018. Nine (9) institutions have been selected and awarded grants up to US$ 1,000,000 each in the 2016 Call for Proposals.

The full Guidelines for Applicants, Application form, and other supporting documents are available for downloading under the Event Resources Section located on the webpage: https://au.int/en/aurg.

Deadline for submitting applications is May 22, 2018 at 17:00 GMT + 3 (Addis Ababa Time)

PPIAF’s 2018 Call for Global Knowledge Proposals is seeking submissions on topics pertaining to private sector participation in infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and sub-national finance in PPIAF’s priority sectors (Energy, Water and Transportation). Multi-sector proposals related to the general PPP enabling environment are also acceptable.

PPIAF will consider global knowledge products that provide lessons learned or best practices that can be applied across countries and across regions. A total of $1 million has been allocated for this effort. For additional information, please see PPIAF’s Call for Proposals FAQS. Proposals will be accepted for:

  • Knowledge Products (e.g., toolkits, guides, manuals, briefs, training seminars and workshops, development of training materials, capacity building)

  • Outreach (translation, dissemination, conferences)

Proposals will be accepted for knowledge products and outreach activities on the following topics:

  • Best practices to improve national and/or local governments’ capacity, particularly in low-income and fragile countries, to address sustainability issues in infrastructure through private sector participation.

  • Innovative financing of infrastructure within the Maximizing Finance for Development agenda, at national and subnational levels.  

  • Activities that produce learning on what works and what does not when integrating gender considerations, including prevention and response to gender based violence, in PPP frameworks and/or to promote female entrepreneurs’ participation in the supply chain of infrastructure PPPs.

  • Case studies or best practices on incorporating a pro-poor dimension in the design/construction/monitoring of infrastructure projects with private sector participation.

Eligibility:

The call is open to staff at the World Bank Group and other multilateral development banks, donor organizations, non-profit organizations, and academia. For additional information, please see PPIAF’s Call for Proposals FAQS

Selection Criteria:

  • Proposals will be evaluated on technical quality, relevance to the proposed topics, and alignment with PPIAF’s strategy. Specifically, proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Potential for Impact

  • Target Audience & Dissemination Plan

  • Value for Money

  • Innovative Approach

  • Co-financing

Proposals are strongly encouraged to include co-financing, as this will be considered in the selection process.

Submission Guidelines and Deadline:

  • All WBG proposals must identify an accredited TTL to oversee activity implementation. TTLs must have TLAP 2.0 accreditation to implement PPIAF grants.

  • All external proposals must include a team leader as the main applicant.

  • All knowledge product proposals must use the PPIAF Call for Global Knowledge Proposals Knowledge Product Submission Form.  

  • All outreach activity proposals must use the PPIAF Call for Global Knowledge Proposals Outreach Activity Submission Form .  

  • Proposals are not to exceed 10 pages.

  • Proposals must be submitted as a Word document via email to ppiaf_knowledge@worldbank.org by 5:00 PM (EST) on March 29, 2018.

  • Questions can be submitted to ppiaf_knowledge@ppiaf.org 

Summary of opportunity

This call will support cutting-edge applied field and/or laboratory research projects with the potential to generate high impact and innovative results with particular impact on the food insecure and poor in eligible eastern and southern African countries. All projects require a sound environmental impact assessment, the consideration of social and gender issues, and an applicability to smallholder farmers. The projects should address real practical development challenges and research needs of the 10 developing countries.

The fund will focus on issues under four key research areas aligned to regional priorities as stated in the Malabo declaration:

  1. Improved productivity and incomes for farmers and communities and decreased post-harvest losses;
  2. Improved gender equity;
  3. Nutrition and human health; and
  4. Climate change and sustainable water management.

Eligibility criteria

Of special interest is supporting innovative research with the potential for breakthrough results that can be effectively scaled-up and easily adopted by smallholder farmers, food processors, post-harvest handlers, and other value chain actors to improve food and nutrition security and achieve gender equality.

This call is open to applicant organizations that will work in partnership with others to carry out research in one (or more) of the eligible countries: Burundi; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

Applicant organizations must be developing country organizations (national agricultural research systems, universities, government departments, NGOs, regional organizations, and Southern-led international organizations) with legal corporate registration in an eligible country. They may work in partnership with Canadian or Australian organizations, but this is not a requirement.

Due date : 1 March, 2018

For more information: https://www.idrc.ca/en

The CFC is an intergovernmental foundation investing in organisations and enterprises pursuing SDG Agenda in commodity value chains in its member countries. Through a range of financial instruments, the CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries. CFC is an impact investor and expects proposals aiming to generate sound financial return, and provide for a measurable social and environmental impact.

Objectives

  • CFC supports activities which promote the contribution of the commodity sector to achieving the SDGs in CFC member countries including the following aspects:
    • Social: Create employment (particularly for youth and women), provide sustained increase in household incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
    • Economic: Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition; improve competitiveness of producers, producer organisations and small and medium sized industries, support the financial sector development.
    • Environmental: Enhance production taking into account the environment and its long term possibilities for the same, or increased use of productive resources while maintaining or reducing the impact on the environment.
  • The CFC supports implementation of activities along the value chain that:
    • are innovative, scalable and replicable,
    • are financially sustainable,
    • have a potential measurable positive socio-economic and environmental impact on the stakeholders in commodity value chains as compared to the prevailing baseline situation,
    • develop stronger connections with existing markets or create new markets along the value chain,
    • increase financial or other services available for commodity producers and commodity based businesses,
    • enhance knowledge generation and information dissemination, and
    • build effective and cost efficient collaboration between producers, industry, governments, civil society organisations and other stakeholders for commodity based development.

Eligibility Criteria

All legal public and private entities are eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals, provided they:

  • operate in commodity value chains in CFC member countries (mentioned below) or provide financial services to micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in these value chains,
  • have a proven relevant track record of sound financial operations in their current and / or proposed activities over a period of at least 3 years, which can be documented by means of (audited) financial statements, and
  • share CFC’s values, including internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact.

How to Apply

Applicants can download the application form via given website http://www.common-fund.org/call-for-proposals/

Deadline: 15 April 2018

The MEASURE Evaluation project has announced a request for applications for its small grants program to increase the evidence base in routine health information systems (RHIS) in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). 

The small grants are intended to support primary and secondary data analysis – especially national and sub-national program or policy evaluation. The overall goal is to use the research findings to improve RHIS and advance FP outcomes. Small grant recipients are expected to produce a publishable manuscript and complete a data use activity.

Objectives

The three primary objectives of this program are:

  • To build research capacity among local agencies
  • To address research gaps in routine health information for FP/RH to inform policy and programmatic decision-making
  • To increase use of research findings by providing an opportunity for the data to be disseminated to and used by local stakeholders

Funding Information

The base amount for a small grant is US$10,000, which is intended to cover basic research expenses for a twelve-month timeline.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible candidates include country or regional academic institutions or centers, non-profit and for-profit research organizations, parastatals, and research-focused NGOs or firms. Individuals representing themselves and not an institution/ organization, as well as those representing a regional/field office for an international NGO are ineligible for this funding opportunity. All candidates must be from a USAIDFP/RH priority country (listed below). Candidates must be seeking to build their research and/or data use capacity.
  • Eligible proposals should be comprised of a team of three people (minimum), submitted on behalf of an NGO, university, etc. The team should have previous research experience, preferably in FP specifically, or RH in general, but need not be highly proficient in research techniques as technical and administrative assistance will be available to sub-grantees at all stages of the small grants program to build organizational research capacity.
  • Eligible applications will use appropriate and rigorous methods to respond to a question of interest to stakeholders in the country or region being studied. Potential topic areas are listed at the end of the RFA. Applications should also include data use activities and/or products that help ensure the use of research findings by appropriate stakeholders, which may include: the development of a short briefing paper with recommendations and a presentation of the key actionable findings from the analysis; holding a workshop for policymakers and/or program decision makers to discuss key findings and the implication of these findings for policies and programs; organizing a meeting with national or regional level staff from the ministry of health to discuss the research findings and develop an action plan based on the findings; and so forth.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries

For more information, please visit MEASURE Evaluation.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Global Drug Facility (GDF) through this Call for Proposals (CFP), is currently accepting proposals from qualified organizations interested in receiving grant support to develop and implement tools that will help improve GDF’s approach to quantification and forecasting of new drugs and regimens.

The objective of this CFP is to identify an organization with a proven track record working in drug-resistant TB, particularly with new drugs, which can develop tools to improve the quantification and forecasting approach to new drugs.

The scope of work of this grant aims to develop validated tools to improve quantification and forecasting for new drugs and regimens for drug-resistant TB over the course of one year.

Funding Information

Grant Proposals must not exceed USD 215,000, any amount over the ceiling must be co-financed by the selected organization.

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria are:

  • Not-for-profit international or national non-governmental organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in:
      • Clinical management of drug-resistant TB with new drugs and/or new regimens;
      • Facilitating introduction of new tools for the diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of TB; and,
      • Experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder technical inputs, consolidating, analysing and presenting results.
    • Presence and/or network to carry out the project activities in multiple countries, as needed
    • Good relationships with key stakeholders in the TB space, including but not limited to delivery agencies, funders, normative agencies, and regulatory bodies.
    • Administrative, financial, and technical capacity to carry out the project activities within the time frame required.

    How to Apply

    Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

    For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

AGRODEP Call for Membership

The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium has launched a special call for membership. Applications from researchers engaged in trade policy analysis, value chain analysis, or agricultural transformation and investments, are strongly encouraged. Applications from female researchers and researchers from African countries which have low representation in AGRODEP are also encouraged.

AGRODEP seeks to build a dynamic research community that can respond to the emerging and long-term needs of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s (CAADP) growth and poverty reduction agenda. The AGRODEP network currently includes 181 regular members from 27 African countries and 30 affiliate members who are either based outside Africa or work in international organizations in Africa.

Membership in AGRODEP is free and provides benefits to its members, including access to and training on state of the art economic modeling tools, better access to data for research and policy analysis, collaboration with leading African scientists and their peers outside Africa, and eligibility to apply for research grants.

To be considered for membership, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Be based in Africa
  • Have obtained a Ph.D. within the last 15 years, be currently be pursuing a Ph.D. degree, or possess a Master’s degree in combination with technical skills and experience.

Application deadline: November 30, 2017
For the full call, including the application procedure, please visit the AGRODEP website.

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