Epidemic Science Leadership & Innovation Networks 2024 – APPLY NOW

Applications are open for the Epidemic Science Leadership & Innovation Networks 2024. This initiative aims to create a dynamic ecosystem of Epidemic Science Leadership and Innovation Networks (EPSILONs) throughout Africa.

Epidemic Science Leadership & Innovation Networks 2024
Epidemic Science Leadership & Innovation Networks 2024

Each EPSILON will consist of three to six organizations forming a consortium, with one organization as the central hub. These networks will focus on specific thematic areas related to epidemic and pandemic sciences research, preparedness, and response.

The main objective is to cultivate and encourage high-quality research and innovation in epidemic and pandemic sciences in Africa.

By doing so, these networks will build a strong community of experts across various health sectors, including One Health, to tackle existing health challenges and enhance capabilities for future infectious diseases and health threats. Also, they will foster collaborative communities of practice that can be leveraged for long-term collaboration and utilized during future outbreaks to respond to urgent research and policy needs.

Thematic Research Areas

  • Vaccinology and initial stages of vaccine research and development
  • Studying the relationship between genotype and phenotype in virology
  • Conducting clinical research and trials on infections prone to epidemics and pandemics
  • Researching public health policies related to epidemics and pandemics
  • Exploring the connection between climate change, biodiversity, and preventing pandemics
  • Utilizing advanced data analysis and assembly techniques for assessing and mitigating threats
  • Studying the social and behavioural aspects in the context of epidemics and pandemics.


  • Applicants are required to create a main budget totalling USD 4 million for a period of five to six years. In addition, they must include any specific additional components outlined in the call guidelines. It is expected that successful consortia will also secure supplemental funding from other sources throughout the program’s duration.

Eligibility Criteria

Lead applicants are allowed to lead only one application but can be co-applicants in multiple applications. They must be affiliated with an eligible organization and meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an academic or research position
  • Have a salary or a guaranteed salary for the duration of the award period, or have a contractual obligation to receive a salary
  • Eligible institutions are typically universities or research institutions that are legally recognized as public charitable entities. The lead institution will be responsible for managing funds, ensuring accountability, and reporting on behalf of the entire consortium.
  • The call is open to applicants from all regions of Africa in terms of nationality or residency for both lead and co-applicants and institutions.
  • Consortia should consist of three to six institutions, with at least three (including the lead institution) being African institutions.
  • If an applicant doesn’t currently have a position at the lead or partner institution, they may still be eligible if they have a written guarantee of a position that they would assume if their application is successful.
  • Lead and co-applicants must:
  • Have a strong track record of publications and leadership, demonstrating their status as established research leaders of international stature.
  • Be based at the lead institution throughout the grant duration and be capable of taking responsibility for managing the program, if awarded.
  • Have a primary academic affiliation with the lead institution.
  • Demonstrate a strong personal connection to an African country through citizenship or legal residency.

Application Procedure

To submit applications, they must be sent through the SFA Foundation Grants Management System called Agaseke.

For further details please review the Call Guidelines and visit the official website.

Applications  Deadline

January 31, 2024, 1700hrs East Africa Time (EAT).



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