For the first stage call, the seed fund Network must be led by a Network Leader (Principal
Investigator (PI)) based in a UK Research Organisation (RO) eligible to receive funding from
UKRI, or, based in an equivalent eligible Research Organisation in an African country. The
lead organisation will be responsible for the overall management of the grant including
control, disbursement and assurance of funds.
An applicant (PI) may only lead on one application. The main thematic area being addressed
must be highlighted in the proposal. We envisage that the proposal may bridge more than
one of the thematic areas, however the applicant must still indicate in the case for support
which of the three is the most relevant to the proposal.
Network co-leaders (co-investigators) may be based anywhere in the world, however, there
must be at least one African and one UK investigator listed on the submission.
Further project partners may be based anywhere in the world, however, an organisation
should only be named as a project partner if it is providing specific contributions (either
direct or indirect) to the Network. Named partners should confirm these contributions in a
letter-headed letter of support.
Proposals may be submitted by individuals who are not already established members of the
proposed host institution. In these circumstances, however, the RO should note the
standard terms and condition of grant in that they are wholly responsible for the staff
funded from the Grant, including Research Fellows, and accept all duties owed to and
responsibilities for these staff, including, without limitation, their terms and conditions of
employment, and their training and supervision, arising from the employer/employee