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Call for proposals: Research partnership grants EPFL Excellence in Africa Junior Faculty Development Programme

UM6P and EPFL have launched the Excellence in Africa initiative (EXAF) to support the training of the next generation of researchers in Africa. Their Junior Faculty Development programme (JFD) aims to enhance the research skills of young talented professors based in Africa, through collaborations with EPFL professors.

The Junior Faculty Development (JFD) programme is the first programme launched within the framework of the “Excellence in Africa” initiative. It is pairing up early-stage professors in Africa with EPFL professors, providing funding for jointly-designed research projects over a period of 4 to 5 years. In the course of their project, the Africa-based professors will complete a secondment of up to one year in the laboratory of their colleague at EPFL. As part of the EPFL–UM6P’s Excellence in Africa initiative, the JFD programme fosters collaborations between Africa-based young professors and EPFL professors on projects addressing African and global challenges. The research projects will develop and deploy innovative solutions to respond to key priorities in areas such as clean and sustainable energy, global warming, resource efficiency, as well as health and neuroscience. The grants will also support breakthrough science that use the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and information technology for several applications, such as smart farming and robotics to address critical gaps.

Main applicants must be employed or due to be hired by an African higher education institution, must have earned a PhD degree between 1st January 2011 and 16th November 2022, must have an outstanding research and publication track record and must submit a research project that comprises an activity that that falls in whole or in part of current domains of scientific or technological research activity at EPFL.

Submission Deadline: 16 November 2022