Strengthening health and disease modelling for public health decision making in Africa

This call provides funding for projects led by researchers based in Africa to use modelling approaches to address key areas related to health and infectious disease, whilst strengthening the modelling ecosystem in Africa.

Key areas include modelling to understand the impact of environmental change on infectious diseases - such as malaria, dengue and schistosomiasis - and to inform optimal control strategies.

Successful applicants will be connected through development of collaborative activities aimed to strengthen modelling and to increase impact of the model-based evidence produced, including increasing use of modelling by decision-makers.  

This call is a collaboration between Wellcome and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Awards will be made either by Wellcome or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation depending on the focus area and budgetary scale of the proposed work. The information on this page relates to the Wellcome awards only.

Preliminary applications for both Wellcome and Bill & Melinda Gates awards are now closed. Key information about the call can still be seen on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges website.

Scheme at a glance 

Career stage:
Early-career researcher, Established researcher, Leading a research programme, Mid-career researcher, Postdoctoral research, Returning to research
Where your administering organisation is based:
Level of funding:

Up to £3 million

Duration of funding:

3-5 years

About this call 

Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

We offer up to £3 million for 3-5 years. 

You should ask for a level and duration of funding that is justifiable for your proposed research.

What we don't offer

Funding will not be offered for proposals that:

  • Are focused primarily on educational or training programmes
  • Aim to conduct clinical trials or randomised control trials

How to apply 

This funding call is now closed to new applications.

Key dates 

This funding call is closed to new applications

  1. Launch date

    19 September 2023
  2. Preliminary application deadline

    23 October 2023, 11:30 a.m. US PDT (19:30 BST)
  3. Shortlist decision

    December 2023
  4. Invitations for full application

    From 1 December 2023
  5. Full application deadline

    20 February 2024
  6. Decision

    April 2024

Contact us 

All enquiries for preliminary applications should be directed to Grand Challenges. For answers to specific questions that are not covered in the information and frequently asked questions on the Grand Challenges website, please email the team on the address below.