Meade Collaboration Travel Grants in Epidemiology 2023

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The application process is now closed and we will not be accepting any further submissions for this round.

Applications are welcomed from mid-career researchers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), working in the field of epidemiology, who are making the transition to research independence and wish to develop collaborations with researchers based at a UK research organisation.

Researchers should aim to advance their epidemiological skills, develop or advance collaborations and networks, share expertise, or undertake a short project which could not be completed at their employing organisation in SSA. The proposed work should complement the applicant’s current or planned research but represent a clear and distinct development.

The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC), we grow and nurture people and ideas wherever we see research opportunities with great potential. The research supported in this competition is possible thanks to a generous donation by Professor Thomas Meade.

Funding available

Applicants may apply for funding for a visit to a UK research organisation for between one to three months.

Applicants may apply for up to £5,000 for one month in the UK, £9,000 for two months in the UK and a maximum of £13,000 for three months in the UK to support travel, visas, subsistence and research consumables during the applicant’s stay at the UK research organisation.

The Foundation is committed to awarding between three to six Meade Collaborative Travel Grants per year, depending on the length of the visits. This competition will run once per year.

Who can apply

Applications should represent a collaboration between a mid-career researcher who is a national of and based in a sub-Saharan African country working in the field of epidemiology and a UK-based researcher who has their own research group in the UK and can accommodate the visiting researcher.

For further details on eligibility, please read the Applicant Guidelines.


  • Deadline for Submission: 15:00 Wednesday 06 December 2023
  • Funding Decision: February 2024
  • Feedback on funding decision: February 2024

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online using our online grants management system.

Please see here for Guidance for Applicants..


The Medical Research Foundation is committed to making this application accessible to all by offering assistance where needed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Research Team if you have any questions or concerns about the application or interview processes: Tel: 020 7395 2420

The impacts of COVID-19 on your research

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant and variable impact on researchers' careers. The Foundation is committed to helping mitigate this is much as possible through our grant-making policies and practices. We are pleased to support the Academy of Medical Sciences Cross-funder COVID-19 memory statement as co-signatories.

We are providing applicants with a dedicated space within our funding application forms to detail how their career progression has been impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, guidance will be given to our Expert Reviewers and Panel Members so that they are able to take the impact of the pandemic on an applicant’s career into account, when they are making funding recommendations

Terms and Conditions of Award

Awards funded through this competition will follow Medical Research Foundation terms and conditions. The terms and conditions spell out the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation(s). The Principal Investigator, UK Co-Investigator and Lead Research Organisation(s) are required to indicate their formal acceptance of the proposal, their acceptance of the terms and conditions of an award, and the approval of the salaries and resources sought in the application.

The Medical Research Foundation may add additional conditions to a grant award to reflect the particular circumstances and requirements of the funding, or the nature of a particular award. Acceptance of an award constitutes acceptance of both the core conditions and any additional conditions. The Medical Research Foundation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions.