The Crick African Network is a £6.8m programme tackling the burden of infectious disease in Africa by building research capacity on the continent.
Via our innovative and flexible postdoctoral fellowship programme, five partner institutes in Africa are working with the Crick to support 18 African scientists through the transition to becoming independent researchers and future African research leaders.
The programme is funded through the UK Research & Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The grant commenced on 1 October 2017 and will conclude on 31 March 2023.
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The programme is led by Crick group leader Jean Langhorne and the five African partner institutions:
Training workshops and symposia
To establish the partnership, the Crick African Network delivered four collaborative events across each of the African partner institutions in their respective countries between December 2017 and March 2018.
Each event had a three-day programme which comprised of a one-day scientific symposium open to all local staff and students, and a two-day research methods workshop targeted at around 20 postdoctoral scientists in each location.
These involved updates on the latest research taking place across partners, as well as advanced training in grant-writing.
The main feature of the Crick African Network is the delivery of 18 African Career Accelerator awards, over the course of three years.
Each individual award has a duration of around two and a half years, with the time being spent between the Crick and one of the five African partner institutes. Fellowships have a value of approximately £200k each.
During their individual awards, fellows have access to state-of-the-art research facilities as well as advanced training opportunities to drive their own research agendas.
They are supported to make the transition to research independence through training in leadership, grant writing and technical skills.
Fellows also submit grant applications in order to make the transition to becoming independent researchers based on the African continent, thereby becoming internationally and locally networked future African research leaders in the infectious diseases of poverty.