NRF COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund 2020

NRF COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund 2020

Deadline: June 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund is open for applications. The Rapid Grant Fund seeks to contribute to the African regional and continental response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Africa specific research call has been launched to strengthen efforts across the continent to tackle COVID-19.

The new COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund is led by the National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa and supported by an international collaboration of funders including UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and will fund researchers across Africa to look at prevention, diagnostics and treatments of COVID-19.

This call covers three strands:

  • Research
  • Science engagement: call to science and health journalists and communicators, and
  • Science engagement: call to science advisers.



  • Researchers and science engagement practitioners from the following countries are eligible to apply:  Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and in the context of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Nigeria and South Africa. For the research strand and applicable only to Nigeria and South Africa, only ARUA member universities will be eligible to participate.
  • For the two strands on science engagement, practitioners across all the countries, including Nigeria and South Africa may apply.
  • Applications from women applicants, people living with disabilities and first responders to COVID-19, as principal investigators are encouraged. In addition, diversity, including sex and gender differences, exist across all COVID-19 dimensions.
  • Research and science engagement proposals must demonstrate considerations of diversity, including sex as a biological variable and gender as a socio-cultural factor in research projects and in science engagement approaches.


Applications must be submitted on the NRF Online Submission System: should be submitted in English or French.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the closing date (Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 24:00 Central Africa Time (CAT) will not be considered for reviews and evaluation.

Click here to apply.

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