Call for applications to establish networks of epidemic and pandemic sciences research excellence across Africa



The Epidemic Science Leadership and Innovation Networks (EPSILONs) aim to nurture and promote world-class epidemic and pandemic sciences research and innovation in Africa.

The networks will be led by an outstanding African investigator based at an African research institution and will bring together multiple organizations in a consortium for up to six years. Each consortium will be awarded core funding of up to USD $4 million.   Partner institutions may be from within or beyond Africa, including international institutions. Applicants may include a maximum of three partner institutions from outside Africa. The total funds to be allocated to institutions outside Africa cannot exceed 10% of the total application budget.


Key information :

The call for preliminary applications has opened on November 16, 2023, and will close on January 31, 2024 (Full application window: April-June 2024).

While interdisciplinary applications are strongly encouraged, EPSILONs will focus on one or more of the following thematic research areas:    

  • Vaccinology / early-stage vaccine R&D 
  • Virology, with a focus on how genetic changes affect key viral behaviours 
  • Clinical research and clinical trials on epidemic- and pandemic-prone infections 
  • Epidemic and pandemic public health policy research  
  • Climate change, biodiversity, and pandemic prevention 
  • Advanced data assembly and analytics for threat assessment and mitigation 
  • Social and behavioural sciences  


Webinars for Applicants:

Webinar I    December 6 2023  | Register Here

Webinar II    January 17 2024 (TBC)


Enquiries: For any questions or clarifications kindly send an email to .

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted via the SFA Foundation Grants Management System (Agaseke) -

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