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Crick African Network Career Accelerator Awards

The Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator Awards (CAN ACA) will provide Fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers (or non-African citizens with permanent residency status) who are aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group. The CAN ACA awards will invest in early-career researchers who have demonstrated strong scientific and leadership potential, as well as a commitment to continuing their research on the African continent. This call is made possible by funding from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund

The Fellowships will be undertaken in not less than two locations: The Francis Crick Institute (UK) and at one of the five African partner institutions: The University of Ghana (Ghana), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Cape Town (South Africa), MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM (The Gambia) and MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. 


Applicants must be a citizen or have permanent residency status of one of the 55 African nations, as defined by the African Union. Applicants will also have a PhD and have no more than 6 years’ post-doctoral research experience (with allowances for legitimate career breaks) but more than 2 years’ post-doctoral experience unless the applicant has an outstanding track-record, supported by publication and employment history.


Each fellowship may have a value of up to £145,000. Provision has been made to cover costs of travel for both relocation and conferences, as well as research related costs for consumables. Each fellowship also includes the option of the purchase of equipment, with a single item up to a value of £10,000, and a total budget of £20,000.

Applicants must submit a mandatory Expression of Interest form. Consult the Guidance Notes and Call for Applications for more information.

Contacts: CAN-Fellowships@crick.ac.uk or Yolande Harley (for UCT-specific queries).

Expression of Interest deadline: 1 January 2019

Call summary

Call is open

Post-doctoral fellowship up to the value of £145,000

The Expression of Interest Form is a mandatory stage

Call for Applications

Contacts: CAN-Fellowships@crick.ac.uk or Yolande Harley (for UCT-specific queries).

Deadline for Expression of Interest is 1 January 2019

Deadline for full applications is 1 February 2019, 16:00 GMT

HATTP Grant Proposal and Scientific Paper Writing Workshop

The Fogarty HIV-associated TB Training Program is offering a 3-day interactive workshop from 25 to 27 January 2019 at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The three-day program will include presentations on writing grant applications and scientific manuscripts. A substantial component of the program will be dedicated to reviewing draft grant applications or scientific papers submitted by the attendees.

Venue: Frances Ames, Barnard Fuller Building, Faculty of Health Sciences

Roy Zent MB.BcH, MMed, PhD: Vice Chair for Research, Department of  Medicine – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
Ambra Pozzi, PhD: Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.


  • UCT based, limited to 20 participants
  • Researchers who submit a draft manuscript or grant application of minimum 10 pages
  • Preference will be given to researchers in HIV-TB field but applications are encouraged from researchers in other fields
  • Applicants must be prepared to give a PowerPoint presentation of their project
  • Applicants will receive material to review 2 weeks ahead of the workshop
  • Minimum 10-page draft grant application or manuscript must be sent to the faculty by 7 January 2019

Download the application form and information leaflet.

Enquiries and submission of applications: Kathryn Wood

REVISED DEADLINE for applications: Wednesday 12 December 2018

Biographies of faculty:

Roy Zent MBCHB, MMed, PhD graduated from Wits University with his primary degree and completed his registrar training at UCT. He obtained a PhD from the University of Toronto and undertook a fellowship in cell biology and biochemistry at Scripps Research Institute. He went on faculty at Vanderbilt Medical Center in 2000 and has remained there. He has risen through the ranks to become the Vice Chair of Medicine.

He has been federally funded for 18 years and runs a basic science group that studies how cells interact with extracellular matrix. He has a large research group and has served, including being chair, of multiple study sections including the NIH, the American Heart Association and the American Society of Nephrology. His studies are currently supported by both NIH and Department of Veterans Affairs funding.

Dr Zent has over 150 manuscripts and has trained over 50 trainees of all levels. He is considered a world authority in his fields of expertise and has chaired multiple large scientific conferences. He has also served on the editorial board of multiple journals and has reviewed for some of the most highly cited medical and scientific publications.   

Ambra Pozzi, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr Pozzi received a Master's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Milan and a PhD in Experimental Pathology from the University of Florence, Italy. After receiving postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, Dr Pozzi joined the Division of Nephrology at Vanderbilt University in 2000.

She is currently the Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Matrix Biology, the Vanderbilt O’Brien Kidney Center, the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease, and a Senior Research Career Scientist at the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Moreover, she is the Associate Director of the graduate program of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt.

Dr Pozzi oversees an active research laboratory looking at how matrix receptors regulate collagen homeostasis in kidney injury and at identifying new targets for anti-fibrotic therapy.  She has published more than 130 publications including peer-reviewed articles, invited reviews, and book chapters.  Her studies are currently supported by both NIH (R01, P30) and VA (Merit Review) funding. 

Dr Pozzi has served on numerous NIH, DOD, AHA and VA study sections and has participated in the organisation of national and International meetings including the American Society of Matrix Biology and the American Society of Nephrology meetings.  She is currently a reviewer editor for Matrix Biology and eLIFe and is on the editorial board of Kidney International.

Call summary

Call is closed

20 UCT-based participants

Application form

Contact: Kathryn Wood

REVISED Application deadline: 12 December 2018