NIMR Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Project

Call for Proposal for VHF Extramural Grant

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (VHF) Project, is an extramural research program designed to forge collaboration with Universities and allied Research Institutes. It seeks to understand the ecology of viruses associated with viral haemorrhagic fever and their hosts in order to develop an effective public health strategy for their control in Nigeria. The main goal of this project is to characterize major viruses associated with VHFs, provide information on main reservoirs of infection in VHF-prone areas and train a crop of young scientists in support of the National Control Program.

NIMR VHF Scholars

Each prospective NIMR VHF scholar must submit a grant application which will be assessed and the best scoring application will be awarded the extramural grant.

Eligibility Requirements:- Each candidate must:

Have registered for MSc or Ph.D. at the University of Lagos, Ibadan, Ilorin, Lead City University, or Delta State University.
Be interested in working on VHF for the postgraduate program;
Submit a summary of the approved research proposal plus budget (Maximum – six pages)
Provide a letter of support from the University Supervisor

Grants will be awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis, and will be based on the feasibility of timely completion of the program. Grants of N400, 000 – N750, 000 each will be awarded to successful applicants. The grant will support fieldwork and laboratory activities.

Successful applicants will be required to submit quarterly updates and summary reports to NIMR Grants Management office and to the VHF Research Team, and present their research findings at the Institute’s annual scientific conference. They are also encouraged to publish in the Nigerian Journal of Clinical and Biomedical Research, NIMR official Journal.


Interested applicants should submit their applications online to nimrgrantsunit@gmail.com.
Typeset application not more than six A4 pages (12 points font size using Times New Roman format)

Proposals should be structured as follow:

  • Background
  • Rationale and Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Expected outcome
  • References (Vancouver style and not more than 20)
  • Timeline
  • Budget and justification
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae of the Principal Investigator should be enclosed, (excluding the page limit and using NIH Bio sketch template).


We strongly encourage the inclusion of a realistic budget outline, keeping within the allotted amount for the grant, and fitting appropriately within a 12-month project and the required page limit.
Required documents and application letter must be submitted as a compressed ZIP folder
Subject line of the mail should be in this format – SURNAME, first name, degree type

Important dates:

Deadline for receiving application: November 15th, 2021                                                

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by November 30th, 2021

Commencement of Scholarship: December 1st, 2021

Question: Contact

Prof. Rosemary Audu

rosemaryaudu@nimr.gov.ng or 08035017790

Center for Human Virology and Genomics,

Microbiology Department

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