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EDCTP 2020 Prizes inviting Individuals and Research Teams from sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

Deadline: 16 April 2020
The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is inviting nominations for its 2020 Prizes.
The Prizes are part of the EDCTP programme which is supported by the European Union under Horizon 2020, it’s Framework Programme for Research & Innovation.

Awards have a strong potential to drive innovation through the recognition of achievements and the promotion of role models. The EDCTP Association intends to award four prestigious international prizes dedicated to the promotion of scientific research, improved health and Africa-European collaboration. These prizes are presented to outstanding individuals and research teams, especially from sub-Saharan Africa and Europe and are announced at the biennial EDCTP Forum. The tenth EDCTP Forum will take place in Maputo, Mozambique, from 18-21 October 2020.

The biennial EDCTP Prizes recognise outstanding individuals and research teams from Africa and Europe who have made significant achievements in their research field. Additionally, the awardees will have made major contributions to strengthening clinical research capacity in Africa and supporting South-South and North-South networking.

Prize Information
The four prestigious prizes are:
  • Scientific Leadership Prize: Awarded to excellent world-class scientists in sub-Saharan Africa up to 50 years of age working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDS) in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme. The prize consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €10,000
  • Outstanding Female Scientist Prize: Awarded to excellent world-class female scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and working in the remit of the EDCTP2 programme. The prize This consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €20,000.
  • Outstanding Research Team Prize: Awarded to outstanding research teams in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDS) in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme. This consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €50,000.
  • Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize: This prize is in special recognition of the significant contribution made by Dr Pascoal Mocumbi, the first High Representative of the EDCTP Association. It is to be awarded to senior scientists, policy-makers or advocates for health and research, from anywhere in the world. This consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €50,000.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The contest for the first three prizes (Scientific Leadership Prize, Outstanding Female Scientist Prize, and Outstanding Research Team Prize) is open to residents of a sub-Saharan African country, an EU Member State, or a country associated to the Horizon 2020 programme.
  • The contest for the Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize is open to contestants from all parts of the world.
  • The nomination of contestants who are currently employees of the EDCTP Association or serving on one of the EDCTP Association advisory (Scientific Advisory Committee and Audit Committee) or governing (General Assembly and Board) bodies will not be permitted for any of the prizes.
  • Finally, contestants that have already received an EDCTP2 prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
Exclusion Criteria
Participants will be excluded if they (or one of them):
  • Are subject to an administrative sanction
  • Are in one of the following situations:
  • bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant’s debts);
  • declared in breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant’s debts);
  • found guilty of grave professional misconduct by a final judgment or decision (including persons convicted of fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorismrelated crimes (including terrorism financing), child labour or human trafficking (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control);
  • shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under a procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision financed by the EU or Euratom budget (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control);
  • found guilty of irregularities within the meaning of Article 1(2) of Regulation No 2988/95 (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control);
  • have misrepresented information required for participating in the contest or fail to submit such information;
  • were involved in the preparation of the prize documents and this entails a distortion of competition.
Award Criteria
The Scientific Leadership Prize
  • This Prize is awarded to the entry that best addresses the following cumulative criteria:
  • Contestants have made significant achievements in their field and will continue to become leaders in their research field.
  • In addition to their scientific excellence, contestants should have made major contributions to the objectives of the EDCTP2 programme to strengthen research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa and to support South-South and North-South networking.
  • Contestants nominated for this prize should not exceed 50 years of age, at the time of the launch of the contest.
The Outstanding Female Scientist Prize
  • Contestant must have been involved in research and innovation activities in sub-Saharan Africa within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.
  • Contestants should have made a significant scientific contribution and built measurable impactful research capacity through training and mentorship for the future generation of researchers/scientists in Africa.
  • This prize is restricted to female scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and has no age restriction.
The Outstanding Research Team Prize
  • Contestants must be a consortium or group of partners who have achieved the goal of taking on EDCTP2 programme priority issues in poverty-related diseases.
  • In collaboration, the team has built effective and equitable South-North partnerships to answer the priority research questions and produced health-policy relevant deliverables, such as research data implemented into policy and practice, high impact publications and significant capacity building outputs at local research sites.
  • Contestants should be actively involved in research, capacity development and networking in subSaharan Africa and Europe with outstanding achievements and scientific and policy impact in their respective fields.
Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize
  • The contestant should have made significant achievements in promoting Africa-Europe partnerships in global health research;
  • The contestant should have made unique contribution to promoting and facilitating the clinical development of products for poverty-related diseases;
  • The contestant should have attained achievements in advancing capacity development for health research in sub-Saharan Africa; The contestant should have attained achievements in promoting international networking of researchers, policy makers, funders and donors on poverty-related diseases.
For more information, visit https://www.edctp.org/prizes/

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