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Request for Applications (RFA): Tuberculosis Vaccine Development, HIV Vaccines and Prevention
MRC-RFA-SHIP 02-2013

The RFA opens on 22 November 2013 and closes on 14 February 2014

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Introduction
The Report on the Revitalisation of the MRC notes that medical research in the country is severely under-funded and highlights that it is critically important for the MRC to increase funding to Universities for extramural health research in order to “sustain vibrant medical research" in South Africa. One of the initiatives that was proposed to address this is the PDP (Product Development Partnership) funding model and this has led to the creation of SHIP (Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships).  One of the outcomes of this initiative is that the MRC has entered into a pioneering partnership with the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

SHIP is now seeking to fund a small number of large, highly collaborative programmes in the areas of tuberculosis (TB) vaccine development, HIV vaccines and HIV prevention more broadly.

Call for SHIP Applications: Areas of interest - TB Vaccine Development and HIV Vaccines and Prevention
Applications will only be considered responsive to this call for applications if they address at least one of the topics or areas described in the RFA.

Application Schedule
The timelines for the application process are shown in Table 1.

Table 1.  Application timelines

Stages Date/period

1. Publication of call

22 November 2013

2. Deadline for submitting applications 14 February 2014
3. Evaluation complete (indicative) May 2014
4. Feedback to applicants (indicative): Official letter (award decision) May 2014
5. Grant agreement finalised (indicative) July 2014

Application documents

Modules Templates

Please read the RFA document in its entirety before responding and contact SHIP if you have any queries or are uncertain about the eligibility or responsiveness of your proposed project.

Eligibility criteria and funding cap
Investigators from South African universities, science councils (including the MRC) and other public research organisations who hold a PhD, MBChB or equivalent degree are eligible to apply.

Local not-for-profit companies, research institutes, civil society groups and non-governmental organizations that conduct research and/or product development may apply directly for SHIP funding but should preferably have at least one local university or science council collaborator.

Private companies (South African and foreign entities registered as private, for-profit companies) may not apply for funding directly but may be included as sub-contractors if they provide a service or capability that is not available among the project partners.

Foreign collaborators (research institutions, universities etc.) may be included in the project but will not receive SHIP funding.

Foreign not-for-profit companies, research institutes, civil society groups and non-governmental organizations that conduct research and/or product development may not apply for funding directly but may be included as sub-contractors if they provide a service or capability that is not available among the project partners and/or not available locally.

**Preference will be given to multi-disciplinary proposals involving 2 or more institutions and where proof of concept has already been demonstrated. Successful applicants may be requested to partner/collaborate if 2 or more similar projects are submitted by different investigators.**

Contact details
Please direct your requests for information and questions/queries to:

Contact Details
2nd Floor Building A, MRC Medicina Campus, Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow Valley, Cape Town
Tel: 021 938 0351; Fax: 021 938 0385; Email: info.ship@mrc.ac.za


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