We seek to support exciting new drug discovery projects in Africa. A secondary objective is to strengthen drug discovery capabilities in Africa and create a project-driven virtual African drug discovery network.
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CLOSEDJul 18, 2018Deadline
Up to $100,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
Focus Areas
To be eligible, applicants must:
-Have a creative idea for a drug discovery project based on one or more of the following: biological targets, biological screens or assays, small molecule starting points (hits or leads including purified and characterized natural products). in-vitro and in vivo DMPK | ADME assays and related technologies
-Work in drug discovery on the African continent
-Be willing, interested, and able to collaborate with expertise across the continent to share and develop best practices and approaches for drug discovery

Other Requirements

Potential for ScaleTo support and enhance existing drug discovery excellence, long term partnerships will be encouraged and should be demonstrated. For new partnerships, plans to maintain a productive collaborative relationship should be outlined.
Reporting RequirementsDrug discovery also demands accurate and detailed record keeping, so ability to develop robust data systems will be required.REQUIRED
What we are NOT looking for:
Characterization of natural product extracts, including semi-purified or otherwise
Bioprospecting studies for chemical entities, genes, micro-organisms and macro-organisms
Biomarkers and diagnostics
Projects solely focused on network building, capacity building and infrastructure projects for drug discovery without specific biological targets or screening assays or small molecule starting points
Total synthesis or developing synthetic methods

Application Directions

Submit Letter of Inquiry LOI to African Academy of Sciences here.

Additional Rules and Guidelines are posted here

Application And Awards Process

Step 1: Submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to the African Academy of Sciences. There is a two (2) page limit on the LOI. Applicant organizations submitting the LOI MUST fully meet the eligibility criteria. LOIs must be submitted electronically

The program partners will evaluate the LOIs. Eligible applicants with projects of interest will be informed no later than 14th September 2018.

Eligible candidates will be invited to participate in two meetings with connections to drug discovery hosted in Berlin, Germany. Although not mandatory, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend as this will provide an opportunity to network and to establish contacts that might strengthen the final proposal:

Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (15th -19th October 2018)

There will be relevant scientific tracks on Optimizing Drug Discovery & Translation (organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and Strengthening African Research & Development Ecosystem (organized by the African Academy of Sciences & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,)
Keystone Symposia on 21st Century Drug Discovery and Development for Global Health (17th – 20th October 2018)
Step 2: Eligible applicants will be required to submit a full, written proposal Additional guidance to successful applicants will be provided after the LOI selection process.

Step 3: Applicants will present their final proposal at a meeting in Cape Town, South Africa on 5th and 6th December, 2018.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome not later than 7th January 2019.
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