Updated Open Call | EDCTP Emergency funding for clinical research involving COVID-19

05 May 2020

Update on this Open Call

Researchers who submitted proposals and have been informed that they are successful by EDCTP have a chance to access additional funding from the Department of Science and technology.

The additional funds can be applied for by following  these steps:

  1. Download and complete application form available here.
  2. Submit the completed application by email to contact@esastap.org.za

For more information on this update, please use our contact details to reach us.


03 April 2020

EDCTP invites proposals for collaborative clinical research studies, i.e. Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), to support research activities in sub-Saharan Africa to manage and/or prevent the spread of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Mobilisation of funding for COVID-19 research in sub-Saharan Africa research (RIA2020EF)

Call budget: €4.75 million / Maximum funding per grant: €500,000

Expected amount of grants: 5-10

Opening date: 03 April 2020 / Deadline: 17 April 2020

Please note: The call budget may change depending on the response of the EDCTP member countries within the next two weeks.

Proposals must demonstrate the study will address urgent research questions in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak, in line with the research priorities of the Global Research Roadmap and the WHO R&D Blueprint for rapid activation of R&D activities during epidemics and strengthen national and local research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

EDCTP has prepared an expedited review and approval procedure. Studies awarded funding will be invited to begin preparations for the grant agreement while being allowed to commence project activities immediately, with the date of submission of the proposal being the earliest possible starting date. The EDCTP2 grant agreement must be signed within two months of notification of award.

European Union contribution

For this call EDCTP has activated its emergency funding mechanism envisaged in the EDCTP annual work plan and supported by the European Union. The European Union contributed €2.25 million through this mechanism.

Participating States’ contributions

EDCTP acknowledges cash contribution of €2.5 million towards this call from France and Sweden.

Additionally, the South African Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) has made additional funding available to South African researchers in this area. Under this EDCTP call, South African participants in successful proposals will be eligible to receive an additional amount from DSI to focus on strengthening Southern African Development Community (SADC) networks to address the issue of COVID-19.

EDCTP 2020 Work plan published

The 2020 calls for proposals may also be found in the EDCTP Annual work plan 2020, which was approved by the European Commission on 24 March 2020 and by the EDCTP Board on behalf of the General Assembly on 27 March 2020.

Moreover, the work plan contains other EU-funded EDCTP activities to be commenced in 2020 (such as workshops and stakeholder meetings) and a description of the Participating States’ Initiated Activities (PSIAs).

PSIAs are research activities funded and managed by EDCTP member countries themselves which are nonetheless considered to be part of the EDCTP programme and count as financial contributions by the member countries. PSIA’s contribute to achieving the overall objectives of the EDCTP2 programme.

EDCTP Work Plan 2020 (PDF