TIBA Rapid Impact (RI) projects and Postgraduate proposals were initially evaluated by the Steering Committee in July and September 2017 respectively. Calls for application for funding for the Rapid Impact projects were subsequently made in August 2017. Each partner country proposed a research of national interest that could be executed within a 12 month duration. The TIBA Steering Committee reviewed each application followed by approval by the Directorate in October 2017. These projects were officially announced during the TIBA launch on 25 October 2017 in Edinburgh. They will be completed by end of February 2019.
Postgraduate studentship calls followed the same procedure as the RI projects. Calls were made in October 2017. Proposals from TIBA partner countries were reviewed by the Steering Committee and approved by the Directorate in December 2017. All studentships are currently underway (see our fellows at http://tiba-partnership.org/postgraduate-fellows).
Calls were made for four Making a Difference projects for which proposals have been received from our partners, reviewed by our Steering Committee and approved by the TIBA Directorate. These were officially launched at an event in Edinburgh on 30 January 2019. The University of Edinburgh published a formal press release on the impact of these projects on affected populations.
We have recently commissioned 13 one year ‘Out of Africa’ postdoctoral fellowships. Out of Africa Fellowships are primarily intended to allow a Fellow to work with a participating centre at the University of Edinburgh. For links to participating centres please see http://tiba-partnership.org/tibaedinburgh. They are each funded with £85,000 and are to be completed by May 2020.