Deadline: November 30, 2022

The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC), we grow and nurture people and ideas wherever we see research opportunities with great potential. The research supported in this competition is possible thanks to a generous donation by Professor Thomas Meade.

Researchers should aim to advance their epidemiological skills, develop or advance collaborations and networks, share expertise, or undertake a short project which could not be completed at their employing organization in SSA. The proposed work should complement the applicant’s current or planned research but represent a clear and distinct development.

We are delighted to be funding collaboration travel grants for epidemiology researchers in sub-Saharan Africa. Applications are welcomed from mid-career researchers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who are making the transition to research independence and wish to develop collaborations with researchers based at a UK research organization.


  • Applicants may apply for funding for a visit to a UK research organization for between one to three months.
  • Applicants may apply for up to £5,000 for one month in the UK, £9,000 for two months in the UK, and a maximum of £13,000 for three months in the UK to support travel, visas, subsistence, and research consumables during the applicant’s stay at the UK research organization.
  • The Foundation is committed to awarding between three to six Meade Collaborative Travel Grants per year, depending on the length of the visits. This competition will run once per year.


Applications should represent a collaboration between a mid-career researcher who is a national of and
based in a sub-Saharan African country working in the field of epidemiology and a UK-based researcher
who has their own research group in the UK and can accommodate the visiting researcher.

SSA Principal Investigator should:

  • Hold a PhD, DPhil or MD, have active research experience, and be in the process of, or be ready
    for, transition to research independence.
  • Work in the field of epidemiology.
  • Have guaranteed employment with a legally established research organization or a university in
    Sub-Saharan Africa for the duration of the Grant. Nationality and country of residence/employment
    may be different.
  • Not have already secured substantial research funds and/or have already established their own
    research group. Applicants who have held an early-career fellowship may still be eligible.

UK Co-Investigator should:

  • Hold a PhD, DPhil, or MD. UK Co-investigators may be research group leaders at any level from
    mid-career up to senior researchers.
  • Have guaranteed employment at an eligible institution for the duration of this Grant (UK HEIs,
  • Research Council, research institutes, hospitals, and other independent research organizations).
  • They strongly welcome eligible applicants from Francophone and Lusophone countries in Sub-Saharan
    Africa as well as from Anglophone countries of the region.
  • You can also go through our information here


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