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Call for tenders and call for proposals in the specific area of communicable diseases

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is an EU agency with aim to strengthen Europe's defences against infectious diseases. The ECDC identifies, assesses and communicates current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases. The ECDC publishes call for tenders and call for proposals in the specific area of communicable diseases http://ecdc.europa.eu/EN/ABOUTUS/CALLS/Pages/ProcurementsandGrants.aspx


Call for Proposals in TB diagnostics

Every year on 24 March, the world commemorates World TB Day. The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) wishes to make a contribution to mitigating the effect of this disease by announcing funding opportunities for TB researchers. A call for proposals in TB diagnostics is now open for applications.

Clinical trials, capacity building and networking in new and improved diagnostics for tuberculosis (TB)

Available funds: € 8,000,000*
Number of projects to fund: 2-4
Open to application: 24 March 2009
Deadline for application: 24 July 2009

* We expect the EDCTP contribution of € 8,000,000 to be matched by at least an equivalent amount of cofunding from the European Member States and possibly further contributions from third parties.

Purpose of the call

The purpose of this call is to develop simpler, cheaper and more accurate TB diagnostic tool(s). The investigational product(s) should be manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Priority will be given but not limited to products that can be deployed at the Point of Care (POC).

Who can apply?

Participants in a proposal must be drawn from at least two publicly funded institutions from the EDCTP EEIG Member States and at least two sub-Saharan African institutions. Preference will be given to proposals where the project coordinator is a sub-Saharan African national based in Africa. Please note that clinical trials and activities outside of sub-Saharan Africa are outside the scope of EDCTP.

For more details on this call and how to apply, please consult the EDCTP website: www.edctp.org


The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) welcomes project proposals as a response to the following calls:

Senior Fellowship

Available funds: € 2.4 million
Number of projects to fund: 12
Open to application: 1 February 2009
Deadline of application: 1 June 2009

Description of the grant scheme

Through this call, EDCTP intends to identify and support senior researchers capable of building and leading research groups at sub-Saharan African institutions that will be internationally competitive and capable of winning grants from international funding bodies. This grant is both available for researchers already working in Africa as well as those looking to return to the continent (re-entry grant). For this grant scheme EDCTP aims to contribute to building sustainable capacity through training and networking with linkage to the EDCTP supported regional Networks of Excellence in sub-Saharan Africa. A maximum of one Senior Fellowship per disease per region will be supported.


Establishment and Strengthening of African National Ethics Committees (NECs) or Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

Available funds: € 500,000
Number of projects to fund: 10
Open to application: 1 February 2009
Deadline of application: 1 June 2009

Description of the grant scheme

EDCTP wishes to promote the establishment and strengthening of National Ethics Committees (NEC) and Institutional Review Boards (IRB) that are competent and independent. The NECs and the IRBs are encouraged to establish themselves administratively and financially so as to ensure sustained optimal function beyond the EDCTP funding. Strengthening of NEC or IRB aims at making them operational and gives support to their ongoing functions. Networking and training is encouraged and supported. Additional support in the form of online literature access, documents, access to websites on ethics and GCP will be facilitated. In countries where NECs do not exist, the local institutional review boards are encouraged to contribute to the formation of a NEC. Where neither NECs nor local IRBs exist, the EDCTP will encourage national recognised institutions or scientists affiliated to an established in-country institution to be contracted to initiate the formation of the NEC.

More information and application: www.edctp.org