Our sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for their generous support.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is the German representative in EDCTP. BMBF is a part of the German federal government and supports innovative projects in various research sectors; e.g. in health research, basic sciences, sustainable development, information and communications technologies, life sciences, chemistry and materials science, transport or space research. The Ministry’s funding activities for research on poverty associated and neglected diseases in general as well as those on HIV, TB and Malaria in particular are embedded in the national framework programme Health Research  with a budget of about 240 million € per year.

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The Research Council of Norway

GLOBVAC, the Global Health and Vaccination Research Programme, aims to support high-quality research that can contribute to sustainable improvements in health and health equity for poor people in low- and lower-middle income countries. GLOBVAC is a thematic research programme under the Research Council of Norway.

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Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII)

ISCIII is a public legally autonomous body whose main activities include the promotion of biomedical and other health science research, as well as regulatory issues (e.g. Biobanks) and a main focus in supporting the Spanish National Health System (SNS).

ISCIII via the Fund for Health of Spain (FIS) is the main public body to fund Biomedical and Health Research and Health Research Assessment Projects, Infrastructures and Capacity Building. It is an active actor in the International and European Research Area, e.g. ERA-NETs, ESFRIs, TEC Article 169 (EDCTP, AAL), etc.

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Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI within the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER is the federal government’s specialised agency for national and international matters concerning education, research and innovation policy.

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Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, is a government agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Sida’s goal is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions.

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Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council supports the best scientific research to improve human health. Its work ranges from molecular level science to public health medicine and has led to pioneering discoveries in our understanding of the human body and the diseases which affect us all.

Website: www.mrc.ac.uk


Aeras is a nonprofit biotechnology organization developing new, effective tuberculosis (TB) vaccines that are affordable and accessible to all who need them. We work through partnerships in both the public and private sectors, with individuals, research organizations, academic institutions, funders, policymakers and others around the world to advance TB vaccine science and development. Together with our partners and collaborators, we are advancing the best TB vaccine science and working toward a common goal of ending the threat of TB. Aeras’s headquarters are located in Rockville, Maryland, with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, and Beijing, China.


A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for more than 50 years, bioMérieux has a longstanding commitment to improve public health worldwide. The Company is present in more than 150 countries through 42 subsidiaries and a large network of distributors. In 2015, revenues reached €1.965 billion with 90% of international sales.

bioMérieux’s solutions (reagents, instruments, software) are mainly used for diagnosing infectious diseases to improve patient health and for detecting microorganisms in agri-food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and veterinary products to ensure consumer safety.

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ClinaPharm is an African-based Contract Research Organization (CRO) that provides high quality Clinical Trials and Pharmaceutical Services to local and international Pharmaceutical companies, major CROs, research institutions and other health related organization.

We have been operating in the region for 10 years. We have a unique and demonstrated middle Africa footprint (West, Central and East) in terms of experience and knowledge of potential sites for performing trials. Our staff has extensive experience in clinical research and pharmaceutical services from both industry and investigator perspectives.

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cohred-africaCOHRED Africa

COHRED, Africa aims to help partners achieve health, equity and development by optimizing research and innovation in low-and middle-income countries. This is also true for Africa in developing sustainable research and innovation systems for health research. Currently COHRED Africa is composed of staff, associates and affiliates located in Botswana, South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

The goal of COHRED, Africa in the long term is to provide technical support and services by strengthening; national research ethics review and drug regulatory capacity; providing web-based software solutions for improved management of ethics review processes; building knowledge-base and practices in research contracting to enable fair partnerships for southern institutions; and offering other technical support areas for the overall strengthening of research and innovation systems for health.

COHRED, Africa is a great avenue to facilitate these key goals in Africa to improve research ethics review and research contracting practices. However we realize need to develop health research expertise and infrastructure to conduct, commission, partner and use research, extensive collaboration is required.

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the-global-health-networkGlobal Health Network

The Global Health Network is transforming health research by enabling researchers to share methods across staff levels, communities, regions, diseases and all disciplines of global health. It is an online science park that allows researchers to work together without geographical, institutional or financial barriers. The result is a productive, interactive environment where research teams are accessing peers, generating research documents, acquiring technical expertise and developing new protocols in open collaboration to hasten and improve their, and importantly others, research outputs.

Johnson & Johnson

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Pharmalys is an established Health Research Organisation and consulting firm with offices in London (UK) and in Dakar (Sénégal). Strong advocates for more research output from Africa, we support different stakeholders of the healthcare environment, both at public and private levels. We provide high quality services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies and to academic institutions wishing to conduct clinical and non-clinical research in Africa.

Pharmalys is also dedicated to contributing to capacity building in Africa by providing topic led workshops, on-site training for research professionals and regulators, and dedicated services to young researchers, thereby promoting quality research in the region.

Q2 Solutions

Launched in 2015, Q2 Solutions is a global clinical trials laboratory services organization that helps biopharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics customers improve human health through innovation that transforms science and data into actionable medical insights. Q2 Solutions is an innovative, progressive and responsive partner with the quality focus, global experience and deep scientific and medical expertise integral to drug, medical device, and diagnostic development. Q2 Solutions is a joint venture formed by Quintiles and Quest Diagnostics combining the clinical trials laboratory services of each parent organization.

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TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

TDR is the United Nations’ leading programme in research on infectious diseases of poverty. We help coordinate, support and promote global efforts to find new, sustainable health solutions for the most disadvantaged. We do this by empowering strong local institutions, supporting gender equality and integrating training with the conduct of research.

Established in 1975 as the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, we are co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) and operate under the legal auspices of WHO.

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