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					                                      Call for proposals
Call for support of member states initiated projects within the scope of
                        EDCTP activity areas
Grant scheme                     Clinical Trials/Capacity Building/Networking
Disease                          HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Call identifier                  MSI 2010_10800
Available funds                  2.50 million euro*
Open to application              16 August 2010
Deadline of application          13 December 2010

*Funding Scheme
This is a new instrument whose primary objective is to increase the level of cofunding of EDCTP by
member states. EDCTP will contribute up to a maximum of 25% of the total funding. The EDCTP-EEIG
member states and third parties will therefore contribute at least 75% of this grant. In addition, the
EDCTP contribution to any single project will not exceed 1 million Euro for the entire duration of the
grant, but there is no limit to the total project budget as contributed by all other funding parties.

EDCTP was established under ex-Article 169 initiative (now Article 185) of the EU Treaty. This means that
EDCTP Member States have agreed to provide funding from their national research programmes to
EDCTP activities. Therefore all European partners in a proposal are encouraged to apply for funding
from EDCTP-EEIG member states (but not necessarily their own countries). Please note that although this
eligibility requirement does not apply to African scientists, they are also encouraged to apply for
cofunding from either EDCTP-EEIG member states, African countries or other bodies as additional funding
for African researchers may be available.

Description of the Grant Scheme
The main objective of EDCTP is to support the development of new clinical interventions to fight
HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. This is achieved through:
•   Integration of Member States’ national programmes
•   Strengthening of north-south partnership
•   Coordination and networking of African researchers
•   Establishing sustainable capacity building in Africa.
In order to realise these objectives EDCTP supports multicentre projects which combine clinical trials with
capacity building and networking.

All EDCTP-funded projects are undertaken in partnership with sub-Saharan countries. The partnership
ensures synergy and optimal use of resources, and creates a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Purpose of this grant
European Member States often independently fund projects that fall within the remit of EDCTP, as
described above. The purpose of this grant is for EDCTP to provide funding and added value to these
initiatives by acting as the locus of integration for various projects and programmes that have been
independently initiated and/or funded by member states.

General requirements
1. The proposed project(s) must be supported by one or more ‘initiators’ who must be member(s) of
   the EDCTP General Assembly (GA). One of the GA members should act as the coordinating initiator.
   The application must however, be submitted by the project coordinator (PC) as detailed in the
   guidelines for applicants
2.    The coordinating initiator must provide a confirmation letter stating that at least 75% of the funding
      has been secured or guaranteed, and would be available at the start date of the project. The PC
      should attach this letter to the proposal. The initiating GA member state should also provide
      confirmation letter(s) from other cofunding Member States and any third party funders.
3.    The project must have been scientifically reviewed and approved by the initiating member state. A
      proof of approval must be submitted together with the proposal by the application deadline
4.    EDCTP reserves the right to subject proposals to its own internal peer review and approval process


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5.    Projects that are already running but require extra funds for additional activities will also be
      considered
6.    Proposals may be for a clinical trial, project management, health research capacity building,
      networking or an integrated project, involving some or all of these elements.
7.    Each project must be managed by a project coordinator who will be responsible for the initiation,
      development and completion of the overall activities within the project
8.    Proposals in which the project coordinator is a national of a sub-Saharan African country and/or
      based at an African institution are particularly encouraged.

Please note that clinical trial activities outside sub-Saharan Africa will not be funded by EDCTP.


Eligibility criteria and administrative requirements
a.    Proposals must be submitted before the deadline in pdf-format
b.    Applications must be in English
c.    Projects that are already partially or fully funded by EDCTP are not eligible.
d.    Evidence of scientific and ethical review and approval by a competent authority from the initiating
      member state must be provided together with the application. In the event this cannot be realised,
      please provide evidence that ethical approval is being sought.
In addition, the following conditions also apply:


e.    Participants in a proposal must be from at least two publicly funded institutions from the EDCTP-
      EEIG Member States; and at least one publicly funded institution from a participating African
      countries.
f.    While participation from the private sector is encouraged, the project coordinator must be employed
      by a public institution and must be a resident of either an EDCTP-EEIG Member State or a sub-
      Saharan African country. Preference will be given to proposals where the project coordinator is a
      sub-Saharan African national based in Africa.
g.    Cofunding should be secured from at least two legal funding authorities of EDCTP-EEIG Member
      States.
h.    Projects should preferably be completed before June 2013.


Selection criteria
All proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:
1. Project excellence (objectives, feasibility, impact, innovation, quality and record of investigators,
     quality of the proposed methodology)
2. EDCTP relevance (public health relevance for developing countries)
3. Potential impact (need for strengthening, restructuring existing research capacities, knowledge
     dissemination, sustainability)
4. Compliance with national and international standards of research, Good Clinical Practice, ethics and
     safety related issues (in accordance with EDCTP guidelines)
5. Implementation plan of capacity building (research activities, staff and facilities development,
     networking activities, training activities, consortium management activities, work planning and
     package of each participant including deliverable list, performance indicators)
6. Consortium description (role of participants, achievement of objectives, involvement of private
     sector, participation of at least one public institution from a EDCTP-EEIG Member State as well as
     one public Institution form participating Africancountries
7. Project Management (organisational structure, decision-making mechanisms, knowledge
     management)
8. Clinical trial management (product development committee, sponsorship, daily management for the
     trial)
9. Project resources (cofunding arrangements, mobilisation of resources - personnel, equipment and
     finances in accordance with EDCTP financial requirements)
10. Gender issues (promotion of gender equality, gender action plan concerning the staff involved in the
     project).

List of the EDCTP-EEIG member states



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Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

List of Sub Saharan African countries
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad,
Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea,
Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and
Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo,
Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Intellectual Property Rights
EDCTP aims to ensure that the Investigational Product or its successors shall be accessible and available
at an affordable price in developing countries.

Legal information and support
EDCTP is supported by the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission, via ex-Article
169 (now Article 185) of the Treaty, decision No 1209/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the
Council of 16 June 2003.
EDCTP conforms to the legislation of The Netherlands concerning the Personal Data Protection Act.

Submission of application
In order to submit an application, please ensure you refer carefully and make use of           the following
documents:
•   Application form
•   Budget form template
•   Instructions on how to complete the budget form
•   Cofunding template
•   Guidelines for applicants
•   Contact GA members
•   Self-eligibility check form

Complete applications should be submitted electronically (via email) to: proposals@edctp.org

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