GSK Africa Open Lab Research Funding for Scientist in Africa

GSK Africa Open Lab is calling for research proposals on funding high-quality infectious disease research with the potential to deliver significant health impact and develop future research leaders.

Infectious diseases (IDs) such as malaria, tuberculosis (TB), and enteric diseases are among the leading causes of death globally, killing almost 9 million people each year. These diseases, which are often preventable and treatable, disproportionately affect sub-Saharan African (SSA) populations and, when left untreated, result in poor health outcomes and morbidity, higher mortality in coinfections with other infectious diseases, stigma-related mental disorders, and exacerbated social and health inequalities. Research is critical for the development and implementation of effective measures to meet the global health challenges of eliminating IDs.

The research project must meet the following criteria:

  • Research proposals of relevance to disease understanding in the following disease areas:
    • Malaria
    • Tuberculosis
    • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) linked to these infectious diseases
    • Enteric infections
    • Other (Neglected Tropical diseases and emerging infectious diseases of particular relevance for Africa)

Duration: 36 Months


  • Up to £100,000 is available per award to cover a project for up to 36 months.
  • The award will offer funding to cover the costs of an appropriate research project, including costs for equipment, fieldwork and data collection, consumables, and research assistance.
  • There will be opportunities to undertake training activities relevant to achieving the aims of the project or research career development, including short courses and training visits to relevant research institutions, to be agreed upon in consultation with GSK.
  • In addition to financial support, GSK will provide scientific support throughout the award term.
  • Funding is not provided for degree/fellowship tuition fees.
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Interested applicants for the GSK open Lab Research Funding must meet all of the following criteria:

  • A national of a sub-Saharan African country and based in an institution in SSA.
  • The principal investigator must be an African scientist in the early stages of their research and academic career, defined as a basic biomedical scientist, clinically qualified investigator, or public health researcher.
  • The minimum formal qualification required is a graduate degree. Most applicants will be expected to have an MSc, a PhD, or an MD.
  • Applicants can hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position.
  • Must demonstrate a track record and ongoing commitment to health-related research and the skills and experience required to carry out the proposed work.
  • Evidence of research output, including publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference publications, presentations at scientific conferences, and input into clinical guidelines or policy documents, is required.
  • Employed by a research or academic institution in SSA.

Selection Criteria

Reviewers will typically assess the following:

  • eligibility of the applicant
  • scientific merit of the proposed project
  • significance and potential impact of the research
  • potential for scaling up the research
  • potential impact of the project on your career development.

Application Process

Applications for research grants will be subject to a two-stage review process. Only those successful at the concept stage will proceed to submit a full application.

To apply for GSK Africa Open Lab Research Funding for Scientist in Africa, click here

Deadline: January 29, 2024.

For more information on GSK Africa Open Lab Research Funding for Scientist in Africa, visit the official site.

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