The third EDCTP programme was officially launched on May 10. Building on the two previous EDCTP programmes, Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking (GH EDCTP3 JU) will deliver new solutions for reducing the burden of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa and strengthen research capacities to prepare and respond to re-emerging infectious diseases in this region and across the world.
Established under the European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe, the new programme is a partnership between the European Union and the EDCTP Association, whose members are several European and sub-Saharan African countries (the implementation is ensured by a new programme office, currently being set up in Brussels). This comes with a few changes compared to the previous EDCTP programmes:
- All calls are published through the European Commission’s Funding Tender Portal
- This same Funding & Tender Portal will be used for proposal submission as well, which also means that
- The proposal structure will follow the standard Horizon Europe structure.
The EU’s financial contribution will be up to €800 million. The EDCTP Association will contribute at least €400 million, and another €400 million is expected from other contributing partners, such as philanthropic organisations and industry.
The current 100 million EUR calls include five topics, three of which are Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs) and the other two being Coordination Support Actions (CSAs; activities which create a favourable environment for the implementation of research projects, but which do not fund actual research activities):
- RIA: Promoting implementation of research results into policy and practice (38 million EUR, ~4 million per project, 9 projects to be funded)
- RIA: Implementing adaptive platform trials (31 million EUR, 6-8 million per project, 5 projects to be funded)
- RIA: Genomic epidemiology for surveillance and control of poverty-related and emerging/re-emerging infections in sub-Saharan Africa (22 million EUR, ~5 million per project, 4 projects to be funded)
- CSA: Creating a sustainable clinical trial network for infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa (1 million EUR, 1 million per project, 1 project to be funded)
- CSA: Strengthening regulatory capacity to conduct clinical trials (5 million EUR, ~600k per project, 8 projects to be funded)
The submission deadline for all five calls is August 30, 2022.
More information on the EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking can be found on their interim website.
The LINQ team has vast experience in managing EDCTP projects and we look forward to supporting existing and new partners with their EDCTP3 proposals.