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ASAP COVID-19 Training Opportunities

Posted by | 10/08/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

ASAP COVID-19 Training Opportunities

COVID-19 Training Opportunities

ASAP has a wonderful training opportunities which are open to people based in Africa with Local and International NGOs and Governments.

We have filled up half of our 2000 scholarship opportunities and hope that you can help share the attached Informational Brochure with your staff, sub partners and your broader network in Africa.

Many of the courses have Continuing Education Credits and the Microsoft courses issue a certification upon passing the exams. To apply you simply click the link on the cover page or Click Here to Apply

 

  1. Short course on COVID-19 for Healthcare Professionals, including updates (e-learning)
  2. Short course on Mental Health resilience for health care professionals (e-learning)
  3. Short course on Gender Based Violence in COVID environment (e-learning)
  4. Technical Guidance on how to set up a COVID screening, testing and treatment facility
  5. 7 Day Mental health kit to survive lock down
  6. Introduction to Project Management
  7. Introduction to Financial Management
  8. USAID Financial Management and Compliance with a NON-US New Partner Focus (virtual classroom)
  9. Short Course on Fighting Fraud and Complying with Conflict of Interest/Ethics Requirements (virtual classroom)
  10. Subaward Creation and Management (virtual classroom)
  11. Public Financial Management (PFM) during COVID19
  12. Short Course in M&E for PEPFAR
  13. Short courses on Microsoft Teams for end users
  14. Short Course in Excel for Beginners
  15. Short Course in Excel for Advanced Users
  16. Short Course on Data Analysis and Presentation
  17. Short Course on Data Visualization
  18. Short course on Respiratory Support for COVID-19 patients: A non-intensivist approach to ventilation support (e-learning, on-demand)
  19. COVID in the context of HIV and TB (e-learning, on-demand)
  20. Preparing NGOs 10% De Minimis Request and, how to Calculate and Allocate Shared Costs as Direct Costs (virtual classroom)
  21. How to Prepare for your First USAID Audit (virtual classroom)
  22. Understanding & Complying with your Non-Us Mandatory Standard Provisions (virtual classroom)
  23. Internal Controls Under the Revised “Green Book” (virtual classroom)

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Just Tech Rapid-Response Grants

Posted by | 02/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020, Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

Just Tech Rapid-Response Grants

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Just Tech program, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the risks, opportunities, and challenges posed by public health surveillance stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

We specifically encourage proposals that interrogate the role the public and private sectors may play in mitigating or exacerbating the health crisis, the effects of which are already unevenly distributed.

Please visit our application portal to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Overview

From Hurricane Katrina to Covid-19, disasters often exacerbate social inequalities, having disproportionate effects on historically marginalized populations.

Indeed, the Covid-19 pandemic has already laid bare the vast differences in available infrastructure, long-term support, and economic security available to different segments of society.

As we sprint to devise solutions that will necessarily marry state intervention with technological development—exposure notification, wearables, contact tracing, and the federation of varied forms of personal data, such as electronic health records, geolocation information, and consumer data—we must also pause to reflect on how choices made now will structure political, social, and public health risks and opportunities on the horizon.

As societies expand efforts to conduct contact tracing and mass testing, or engage in rapid transitions to remote work and learning, it is imperative that social researchers ask critical questions and provide frameworks and methods that address these interventions with focused attention to issues of power, inequality, and social impact.

While new knowledge is urgently needed, in the conditions of the present moment many social research methodologies are either not possible or require adaptation in order to protect the health and safety of both researchers and research subjects.

The Just Tech Rapid-Response Grants will thus support innovative research projects that deploy remote research methods to shed light on both the short- and potential long-term implications of public health interventions for a range of rights, liberties, and public goods. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Contact tracing and public health surveillance
  • Voting access and rights amid “lockdowns” and widespread social distancing
  • Disparities in the collection, representation, and use of health data
  • The digital divide in remote work and learning, education, and public health
  • Precarity of labor and work in the tech industry or gig economy
  • Remote organizing, campaigning, and social movements
  • The impact of predictive algorithms on the provision of social welfare and policing

These topics are illustrative. Applicants are welcome to propose others. Projects illuminating the experiences of historically marginalized people are especially encouraged, as are those that can constructively inform policy responses across communities and institutions.

Eligibility and Criteria

The Just Tech program invites proposals for Rapid-Response Grants from researchers—based at both academic and nonacademic institutions—who hold a PhD in any social science discipline or related interdisciplinary field. The grants offer up to six months of support toward research-related expenses.

These include, but are not limited to, access to datasets, archives, and relevant publications; costs related to conducting online research of various kinds; and research assistance. Applications are welcome from any country around the world.

Awards will range from USD $5,000 to $10,000, with larger amounts directed to projects committed to research partnerships grounded in principles of ethical collaboration and equity, composed of partners who might not otherwise work together.

In this regard, strong teams will not simply be interdisciplinary, but multi-method or cross-sector, joining, for example:

  • humanists and social scientists
  • social and natural scientists
  • qualitative and quantitative methodologists
  • academic researchers and practitioners
  • researchers from different parts of the world

Proposals will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary review committee based on their relevance to the topic, quality and intellectual merit, potential for innovation, the fit between their research question and research design, and feasibility under current constraints on research. Applicants should describe in some detail how they intend to address these constraints in the methods they propose, as well as the ethical dimensions of their research plans and methods. Applicants should specify their intended outputs for the project and the audience(s) for those outputs.  Successful applicants will be expected to participate in an online workshop with other grantees and are required to contribute at least one brief essay to the SSRC’s digital forum Items: Insights from the Social SciencesDetailed eligibility requirements may be found on the FAQs page.

Applications may be submitted through the SSRC’s application portal, and will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first period of review beginning on August 31, 2020.

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Top COVID-19 Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the number of COVID-19 Funding Opportunities in Ghana has increased over the past months. If you have a COVID-19 Innovative idea in Ghana seeking for funding or you wish to build your skills on COVID-19, then this post is for you.

In this post we are going to provide you a list of Top COVID-19 Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020. Please find available opportunities below:

Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19

The purpose of this call for proposals on  Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19  is to support distinct strategic actions which are part of a large-scale programme of development cooperation actions. Projects should focus on research to maximise the uptake of products and health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.

This may include actions to: enhance the uptake of research findings or products and interventions; provide evidence to translate findings into policy guidelines and clinical practice; improve implementation, delivery and roll-out of interventions to increase population coverage, acceptability and adherence; improve the monitoring of product safety post-marketing and surveillance; pragmatic clinical trials evaluating interventions under real-world clinical care settings.

The projects should be implemented in conjunction with development cooperation initiatives that are supported by national and/or international development cooperation initiatives and/or other funders, including relevant WHO initiatives where appropriate.*

Due to the extraordinary global crisis of COVID-19 that is also affecting African countries, this topic should also be considered by applicants.

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Africa Innovation and Investment Forum 2020 – COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its partners are pleased to invite researchers, firms, public and private development agencies, government leaders, innovators, youths and development partners to showcase their innovations at the first Africa Innovation and Investment Forum 2020 with a focus on COVID-19, from 15-19 June 2020.

The Innovation Challenge 2020 of the Forum seeks to identify and showcase some of the top technologies and innovations from across Africa and beyond; explore investment and market needs and; identify business opportunities in the following areas:

i.            Affordable rapid testing;

ii.            Enhance medical devices and personal protection gear design and fabrication

iii.            Alternative tools for efficient and effective contact tracing and isolation

iv.            Development and production of potential drugs and vaccines in Africa

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IsDB US $500 million Transform Fund Call for Innovation 2020 for COVID-19

The IsDB Group is coordinating a wide-ranging response to the impact of COVID-19. It has set up a Strategic Preparedness and Response Facility which will oversee a response package.

The facility will focus on emergency preparedness to curb the spread of the COVID-19, minimizing the socio-economic impact of the pandemic especially on poor communities, and building the resilience of our Member Countries in responding to outbreaks and pandemics.

We recognise our Member Countries need the necessary tools to be more resilient to epidemics and pandemics as well the ability to quickly recovery economically. These tools and interventions will have long-term benefits beyond a specific pandemic event.

One of the many issues this pandemic has shown us, is that our survival depends on how much we keep investing in science, technology and innovation.

The IsDB has a longstanding commitment to harnessing the powers of STI as a means to unlocking global development challenges.

Our US $500 million Transform Fund, launched in 2018, invests in early stage innovative ideas and the scaling of innovations by providing seed money for innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and institutions that need initial funding and growth capital to develop their ideas.

We are pleased to announce the IsDB Transform Fund Call for Innovation 2020 will focus entirely on supporting our Member Countries long-term preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Call will operate in addition to the IsDB Group’s other wide-ranging initiatives coordinated by our Strategic Preparedness and Response Facility.

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UNICEF COVID-19 Innovation Challenge 2020 Receiving Applications

This challenge gives youth a voice in exploring how we might empower people and communities to become more pandemic-resilient. We are looking for your ideas tosolve real challenges faced by real people just like you.

This challenge offers you the opportunity to develop future-ready employability skills like design thinking while contributing to the global efforts to tackle COVID-19. As you progress through this challenge, you’ll use a human-centered design approach to:

  1. Discover how COVID-19 is impacting real people in different ways
  2. Define these challenges from a human-centered perspective, and
  3. Develop innovative solutions to these challenges

You’ll start by exploring human needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and turn your findings into core challenges faced by real people.

By using our tools &techniques you will generate multiple ideas to solve these challenges and prototype solutions to share with people around the world.

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AAS Funding for Covid-19 Research & Development Goals for Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for Africa, with every country potentially at risk for unmitigated spread of SARS-CoV2.

Like most health systems in the world, there is a risk for current levels of care to be overwhelmed by sheer volume of patients requiring intensive care and ventilatory support.

In addition, health care workers are at risk of acquiring SARS-CoV2 and given limited infection control practices in many settings, there is also risk of nosocomial transmission of SARS-CoV2 among patients.

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is keen to play a central role in building African Research and Development (R&D) capacity to fight COVID-19 by managing day-to-day running of the proposed fund for COVID-19 R&D priorities in Africa.

A recent survey of African scientists conducted by the AAS developed initially from an AAS ‘’All Hands’’ webinar on COVID-19 held on 26th March 2020 and conducted from the 4th to 8th of April 2020 established a priority list of Research and Development questions for the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa. The results of the survey can be found here.

This call supported by Sida (Sweden), Wellcome Trust, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is therefore a call to action for African scientists to attend to the research and development needs of the COVID-19 outbreak for the continent as identified by African scientists.

There is need to provide robust scientific evidence to the country emergency response teams. The priorities listed are widely applicable across the continent yet require local context and expertise in order to address in a timely and effective manner the issues arising even as the outbreak evolves.

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Africa Innovation and Investment Forum 2020 – COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) threatens to undo the hard-earned health, economic and social development gains that Africa has registered since 2000.

COVID-19 has overrun well-resourced healthcare systems of some developed and developing countries and several organizations, including WHO, have issued cautionary statements encouraging African countries to boost their healthcare capabilities to meeting the impending surge in infections.

Africa traditionally depends on external supplies of medical equipment, diagnostic reagents and tools, protective gear and medicines. With a global scramble for limited medical supplies, Africa may have to turn inwards.

The continent may need to leverage the limited technology and innovation capabilities, harness and stimulate its full entrepreneurial talent to respond, deepen national and regional supply chains and optimise global knowledge partnerships to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19 and beyond.

It is in this regards that the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its partners are pleased to invite researchers, firms, public and private development agencies, government leaders, innovators, youths and development partners to showcase their innovations at the first Africa Innovation and Investment Forum 2020 with a focus on COVID-19, from 15-19 June 2020.

The Innovation Challenge 2020

The Innovation Challenge 2020 of the Forum seeks to identify and showcase some of the top technologies and innovations from across Africa and beyond; explore investment and market needs and; identify business opportunities in the following areas:

i.            Affordable rapid testing;

ii.            Enhance medical devices and personal protection gear design and fabrication

iii.            Alternative tools for efficient and effective contact tracing and isolation

iv.            Development and production of potential drugs and vaccines in Africa


Participation:

The Innovation Challenge 2020 is open to all firms, individuals, research centres, innovation hubs, universities and institutes as well as government leaders and agencies and business leaders of all sizes and ages.

Why should you participate?

Besides the opportunities to meet business and government leaders, the top 20 innovations selected in each of the 5 categories will be profiled on the ECA and partners’ websites at the Tech Market and Exhibition for Entrepreneurs and Investors; and the top 10 in each category will be given the opportunity to convince and get the support of governments, investors and potential partners and collaborators.

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Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19

Posted by | 18/05/2020 | Global Funding Opportunities, Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19

Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19

Failure to translate research findings into policy and practice prevents research from achieving maximum public health benefit.

Despite substantial investment by public and private partners in the development of new prophylactics, diagnostics and treatments of poverty-related diseases (PRDs), these interventions may not reach their target populations or be used to their full potential.

This is particularly the case in resource-poor settings such as sub-Saharan Africa, where health systems are either weak or not adequately prepared for the delivery and uptake of new or improved products and interventions and the monitoring of their effectiveness, safety and adherence.

Therefore, concerted efforts by multiple stakeholders are needed to maximise the uptake of new or improved products and interventions in order to ensure that these innovations achieve their full potential in real-life clinical and community settings.

Scope
The purpose of this call for proposals on  Research and Innovation Action on COVID-19  is to support distinct strategic actions which are part of a large-scale programme of development cooperation actions. Projects should focus on research to maximise the uptake of products and health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.

This may include actions to: enhance the uptake of research findings or products and interventions; provide evidence to translate findings into policy guidelines and clinical practice; improve implementation, delivery and roll-out of interventions to increase population coverage, acceptability and adherence; improve the monitoring of product safety post-marketing and surveillance; pragmatic clinical trials evaluating interventions under real-world clinical care settings.

The projects should be implemented in conjunction with development cooperation initiatives that are supported by national and/or international development cooperation initiatives and/or other funders, including relevant WHO initiatives where appropriate.*

Due to the extraordinary global crisis of COVID-19 that is also affecting African countries, this topic should also be considered by applicants.

Applications from multidisciplinary consortia involving public and/or private legal entities are particularly encouraged. The study(ies), which may be interventional or non-interventional in design and which must take place in sub-Saharan Africa, should be presented in detail and with clear justification for the proposed methodology and approach.

Community engagement in design and implementation of the study(ies) is highly encouraged. Proposals must include a clear, credible plan of the pathway to achieve clinical practice and policy change or increase the uptake within a defined timeline. The proposals must relate to products, technologies or concepts that are already licensed, commercialised or otherwise approved.

Proposals should leverage major support from other funders and must present the large-scale programme of actions in its entirety and clearly describe: the actions in the large-scale programme for which EDCTP2 funding is requested; the actions to be supported by other funders; and how the financing from other funders is ensured.

The large-scale programme of actions must be of a sufficient scale and ambition to justify EDCTP2 support in combination with financial (cash or in-kind) support from other funders. Ideally, at least half the cost of the large-scale programme of actions should be supported by funders other than the EDCTP Association, such as national and/or international development cooperation initiatives and/or other funders (such as EDCTP2 Participating States, relevant WHO initiatives or other third parties), in order to ensure complementarity and increase the impact of the results of EDCTP2-funded activities. The action should start no later than 1 October 2021 and must be completed before the end of 2024.

Expected impact
Projects funded under this call for proposals should:

  • Enhance the sustainable implementation, coverage, availability, accessibility, acceptability and effectiveness of products and interventions in endemic areas in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contribute to change in policy and clinical practice at the national, regional and/or international level
  • Increase collaboration with development partners, including increasing leverage of funding from development cooperation initiatives
  • Contribute to the achievement of SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’
  • Contribute towards the reduction of the burden of PRDs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Proposals that leverage major support from other funders, in particular financial contributions from national and/or international development cooperation initiatives will be considered to have a higher impact.

Eligibility
A proposal/application will only be considered eligible if:

  1. its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
  2. it complies with the eligibility conditions for participation set out below, depending on the type of action:
    • At least three legal entities. Two of the legal entities shall be established in two different Participating States (European Partner States)** and one of the legal entities must be established in a sub-Saharan African*** country. All three legal entities must be independent of each other.
    • ‘Sole participants’ formed by several legal entities (e.g. European Research Infrastructure Consortia, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, central purchasing bodies) are eligible if the above-mentioned minimum conditions are satisfied by the legal entities forming together the sole participant.

***The following sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic People’s Republic), Congo (Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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