GSK Africa Open Lab Research Funding Grant Opportunity

By | January 9, 2024

The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK Plc) GSK Research Funding Opportunity is now open for applications from researchers who have ideas that could improve the scientific understanding of some tropical diseases like malaria, Tuberculoses, and other infectious diseases in Africa.

GSK has observed that infectious diseases (IDs) such as malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and enteric diseases are among the leading causes of death globally, killing almost 9 million people each year. These diseases, which are often preventable and treatable, disproportionately affect sub-Sahara African (SSA) populations, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Research is therefore critical for the development and implementation of effective measures to meet the global health challenges of eliminating IDs.

The GSK Africa Open Lab Research is one of 20 projects which GSK has funded. The Africa NCD Open Lab, GSK Plc is now calling for research proposals for the 2023 rounds with the aim of funding high-quality infectious disease research that has the potential to deliver significant health impact and develop future research leaders, with up to £75,000 available per award. Along with the award the program offers mentoring, scientific and technical support while you conduct your innovative research project.

Company Details

GSK plc, formerly known as GlaxoSmithKline plc, is a British multinational pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Company established in 2000 with headquarters in London, England and operates across the globe.

GSK Plc invites applications from young African scientists for the GSK Africa Open Lab research grant.

We want to change the trajectory of high-burden infectious diseases that disproportionately affect undeserved people in lower income countries.

Grant Amount/Benefits

The GSK Research amount depends on the requirement for the Research. Maximum amount available per award is £75,000 to cover a project for up to 3 years.

The award will offer funding to cover the costs of an appropriate research project including costs for equipment, field work and data collection, consumables, and research assistance.

There will be opportunities to undertake training activities relevant to achieving the aims of the project or research career development, including short courses and training visits to relevant research institutions, to be agreed in consultation with GSK.

In addition to financial support, GSK will provide scientific support throughout the duration of the award term. The level of interaction will be determined through the application process and will be tailored to the individual needs of the project.

GSK will explore links with scientists from academic and research groups in Africa and globally to provide mentorship to successful applicants. Funding is however not provided for degree/fellowship tuition fees.


The intending applicant is required to meet all of the following criteria

  • Applicants must be an African scientist in the early stages of their research and academic career, defined as: a basic biomedical scientist, clinically qualified investigator, or public health researcher, who has not previously competed successfully as principal investigator for a major research grant (>£100,000), and who is no more than five years from their highest postgraduate qualification (career breaks and time out of academic research will be taken into consideration).
  • The minimum formal qualification required is a graduate degree. Having an MSc, PhD or an MD will be an added advantage. Applicants can hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position.
  • Must demonstrate a track record and ongoing commitment to health-related research and the skills and experience required to carry out the proposed work. Evidence of research output, including publications in peer reviewed journals, conference publications, presentations at scientific conferences, input into clinical guidelines or policy documents is required.
  • Employed by a research or academic institution in SSA. Additionally, applications are strongly encouraged from historically underrepresented population groups and institutions.
  • A national of a sub-Saharan African country and based in an institution in SSA.

Research Projects Criteria

The research project must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be able to generate significant data to strengthen further funding proposals that could lead to additional grant funding from other organisations and/or research collaborations in the longer term.
  2. Proposals must demonstrate significant potential to scale up into further research. Proposals can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro, drug or vaccine discovery or using animal models will not be considered.

Acceptable Research Topics

The research topic must be on any of the following diseases:

  1. Malaria
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Enteric infections
  4. Respiratory infections
  5. Neglected Tropical Diseases
  6. Emerging infectious diseases of particular relevance for Africa
  7. Other bacterial infections
  8. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) linked to these infectious diseases

In addition, the Research must proffer solution one or more of the following:

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • pathophysiology
  • aetiology
  • prevention and treatment of primary disease
  • the significant gaps in knowledge about the diversity and causes of disease
  • disease presentation and variations in clinical features
  • responses to medicines and vaccines
  • the emergence of antimicrobial resistance linked to these infectious diseases, antibiotic stewardship
  • mechanisms for improving access to and optimising use of medicines and vaccines in SSA

How to Apply for GSK Africa Open Lab Research Grant

Interest and qualified applicants must follow the steps bellow to submit their application

  1. Please go to the GSK Supported Studies website, available here. You will need to register to access the preliminary concept application form.
  2. Complete the preliminary concept application form and submit it along with your CV (Please use the CV Template provided in the application form).

Applicants are invited to note that applications for the GSK Africa Open Lab research grant will be subject to a 2-stage review process. Only those successful at the concept stage will be invited to submit a full application. Recommendations for award funding will be made based on scientific merit.

The 2-stage review and selection process involves:

Completed proposals will be assessed by a scientific panel, including the scientific advisory board of African infectious disease experts and academics from other institutions.

Those assessed as competitive will be invited to submit a full application.

Please note that we will not provide written feedback for unsuccessful applications at the preliminary application stage.

Areas of Assessment

The following are the areas that Reviewers will basically assess:

  • The eligibility of the applicant
  • The scientific merit of the proposed project
  • The significance and potential impact of the research
  • The potential for scaling up the research
  • The potential impact of the project on your career development.

Application Closing Date

Applications opens on 9 December 2022. Application deadline is 17th February 2023.

Ensure to read the full ‘Conditions for Application’ before submitting your application.

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