Researcher mobility funds to promote collaboration among African and Indian scientists

Researcher mobility funds to promote collaboration among African and Indian scientists

Application Deadline: 4 October 2019

The Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF), a fund to promote collaboration between African and Indian scientists, has reopened calls for applications to scientists from the two regions who wish to conduct visits of up to three months in either direction. 
The mobility funds will be given through AIMF, which is a partnership between The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) and the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) running since April 2018.  Travel grants that seek to establish links between African and Indian researchers and cultivate a culture of collaboration will serve as a vehicle to improve research capacity and build leadership in biomedical and health research both for Africa and India. 
The AIMF comes on the heels of the Third India-Africa Forum Summit held in 2015, where Heads of State adopted the Delhi Declaration renewing their commitment to work with each other and outlining the priority areas and ways in which Africa and India can work together to improve the lives of their people.  
The AIMF is also one of many efforts to exploit the synergistic relationship between Africa and India outlined in the India Africa Health Sciences Summit held in 2016. 
Africa and India share many challenges, including in health, and the asset of a young population. The AIMF hopes that bringing together researchers from these geographies would lead to sustainable solutions for common problems. 

The relationship between India and Africa is mutually beneficial. India has the technological advances, being one of the world’s leading filers of patents and excelling in the production of generic drugs, and hence can provide learning opportunities for African scientists. Africa provides a conducive environment for research with its genetic diversity, fairly well-developed capacities for clinical trials, and high disease burden. The AIMF hopes to exploit this relationship and contribute to efforts of building a highly skilled and innovative science and technology workforce and thereby advance knowledge economies and ensure more people live healthy, productive lives. 
Funding will support collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences. 

The fund will now be issued as a single call with applications closing on Friday, 04 October 2019 at 7:30 PM IST (5 PM EAT).


  • Applicants must be nationals of India or nationals of countries within Africa. 
  • They should be based either in Africa or in India, and should be affiliated with a recognised academic, medical, research institution, or other similar institutions. Those based at for-profit organisations are not eligible. 
  • The call is also open to non-African investigators who must be resident in Africa or Overseas Citizen of India (evidence may be requested), have an appointment/affiliation with an African/Indian institution, and their residence and tenure of service with the appointing African/Indian institution should cover the duration of the award. 
  • Travel should be between an African country and India and can be in either direction. Travel within Africa can also be sought for an engagement of more than one African country with India. 
  • Applicants must have a PhD/MD or equivalent research qualification and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible institution, which must span the duration of the project. 
  • Collaboration should focus on a single project involving researchers in Africa and India, respectively. 
  • An applicant is eligible to receive only one grant per year. 


  • The award will cover directly incurred costs up to $5,000 / INR 325,000 for travel lasting up to 3 months. This is to cover the applicant’s airfare (at Economy class) and subsistence whilst on the visit. Salaries and fees to attend meetings will not be eligible. An additional $2,500 may be requested for laboratory reagents, however, the decision to award the extra funds will be on case by case basis upon justification of the needs. 
  • The amount of each individual award will vary according to location and timescale. For example, if staying for a 3-month placement, the applicant may be expected to source university accommodation, or a short term let. However, if visiting for a week, a hotel or equivalent may be more suitable. The decision committee will consider whether the expenses are reasonable and may ask for revised costing. 
  • Please note that the grant can only be used to deliver the objectives stated in the grant application. Ensure that the best estimates for the full cost of undertaking the project described in the application are requested. 
  • Applicants may not seek funding for conference attendance, salary, equipment, per diem and indirect costs

Currency Details:

You are requested to calculate your budgets using the local currency’s most current USD exchange rate and be willing to disclose the exchange rates used to The AAS as necessary. 

Assessment Criteria:

  • The candidate – evidence of scientific track record or achievements (if young researcher) in the specified project area and demonstrated interest in collaborating with India/Africa. 
  • The proposal – scientific quality and feasibility of the proposal. 
  • Evidence that the grant will facilitate scientific exchange that would otherwise not be possible from distance. Evidence of added value for addressing the disease area/challenge and for fostering Africa-India collaboration. 

Review Process:

When your completed form is received by The AAS, it will be shared with our expert reviewers that will include scientific experts nominated by India Alliance and The AAS. The review process will be conducted online using The AAS online grants system. The outcome of the selection of funded applications will be final and not open to appeal. 

Support Letter:

If successful, the funds will be received and administered by the home institution or employer. The support letter should be clear on the institution's agreement to manage with prudence and integrity the funds received and to agree and support the research proposed. The administering institution will submit final accountability documents and report. 

Further Information:

Details about the programme can be found here, and information on eligibility and the application process can be found here. Queries can be addressed to [email protected] The profiles of the awardees from the 2018 round of competition are here.


To apply, visit The AAS Grants Management System Ishango