The Francis Crick Institute and the Crick Africa Network

A partnership with the Crick Africa Network (CAN) in collaboration with he Francis Crick Institute and five African research institutions.

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In collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute and five African research institutions, we have partnered with the Crick Africa Network (CAN), which we have funded with £7.5 million to extend the project for an additional five years.

CAN launched in 2017 to support young African biomedical researchers, allowing them to address unmet medical needs in their communities and develop their independent work into fully-fledged translational scientific programmes.

African partner institutions

CAN fellows will be hosted at one of five African partner institutions:

  • The West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), based at the University of Ghana
  • Stellenbosch University, in South Africa
  • The University of Cape Town, in South Africa
  • The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • The Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Uganda Research Unit

Also available are the Crick’s world-class research laboratories and platforms, as well as our own state-of-the-art facilities in Stevenage and Edinburgh. Our Academic Engagement team is on hand to offer mentorship in a variety of areas, such as grant writing, publications, research ethics, translational science, and commercialisation.

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