The purpose of the MEPIN Mentored research award is to support the development of research scientists through provision of funds for a one year pilot project. This mechanism is aimed toward postgraduate students/resident doctors and junior faculty members with basic science, clinical and/or epidemiological research interest and who have an innovative research idea, are attempting to initiate a new research project, or aim to generate some preliminary data that will be used for applications to future grant opportunities.
The award supports a one-year period of mentoring research experience that may integrate laboratory with clinical or epidemiologic based research. The proposed research should have both research importance and be a suitable method for learning the skills necessary for an independent research career. Research topics are on MEPIN priority health areas- HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, mental health and chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer or any other communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Applicants for this award should indicate a mentor who will commit to guiding the applicant through the project. Because of the focus on progression to independence, the prospective candidate should propose a project that is consistent with this goal and his or her previous work and/or clinical experience. This program does not include projects involving clinical trial of any form or scope.
Term: 1 year
Number of awards: 2 or more per MEPIN institution
Award amount: Maximum of N 750,000