Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Grantsmanship and Mentorship Training Programme

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Foundation (NIMR Foundation) has the mandate to build and expand capacity for translational research among early career investigators and promote innovation, development and commercialization of home-grown medicines, vaccines and technologies to address the health problems of Nigeria in particular, and Africa at large.

The Foundation works collaboratively with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (the Institute) to build capacity for healthcare and medical research in Nigeria through a mix of academic scholarship awards and opportunities for hands-on, mentored capacity development for research.

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research with pilot funding from Welcome Trust in 2019 conducted the maiden Grantsmanship and Mentorship Training Programme (GMTP) for a cohort of 30 early career researchers. This was informed by the mandate of the Institute to systematically train critical mass of junior and mid-level researchers who are able to perform high-quality, cutting-edge research and develop home grown solutions to address our health system challenges.

To build on successes recorded from the maiden edition of the training and following the establishment of the NIMR Foundation in 2020 and the hugely positive outcomes recorded from the 2nd edition of the training programme held in 2022, NIMR Foundation in collaboration with Nigerian Institute of Medical Research hereby calls for applications from early career researchers from across Nigeria for the 3rd Grantsmanship and Mentorship Training Program.

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in Yaba, Lagos state, Nigeria is a medical research institute established by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the research institute establishment act of 1977, to promote National health and developments. Until the establishment of National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRID) in Abuja, it was the only institute in the country specifically dedicated for medical research.

About Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR)

NIMR focuses on scientific area of research in Biochemistry and Nutrition, Virology Vaccinology, Immunology, Health system and policy research, Reproductive, Maternal and Childhood diseases Research, Clinical Science, Microbiology, Molecular biology Biotechnology and public Health, with studies that focus on diseases of greatest public health importance in the country. These include: Malaria, HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Schistosomiasis, Helicobacter Pylori, and Typhoid.

Benefits of 3rd Biannual Grantsmanship and Mentorship Training Programme

  • To build an adequate and sustainable network of committed early career investigators with inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborative approach and proficiency in developing high-quality, competitive grant writing and capacity for healthcare research and development in Nigeria.

Requirements for 3rd Biannual Grantsmanship and Mentorship Training Programme Qualification

To be eligible, you need to provide evidence that:

  • You are a citizen of a Nigeria (from any of the six-geopolitical zones).
  • You are an early career investigator (junior and mid-level researcher) and you have completed your research education (either of below)
  • You have been awarded a research doctorate (PhD/DPhil/MD) from a recognized academic institution normally within the past 6 years
  • You have a medical/clinical qualification PLUS research-relevant Master’s degree, both awarded normally within the previous 6 years
  • You are currently employed in Nigeria by a recognized university or research institution and a significant part of your job role includes developing and conducting health care research.
  • You have not previously participated in similar grant-writing and/ or proposal development training by the Institute or other organization.
  • You have limited or no experience in proposal development and grant-writing.
  • You have not won any significant local or international research grants.
  • You can commit to stepping down the training at your local institution within a period of 3 months after the training
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this training opportunity.

Documents Required For Application

Application should include the following documents:

  • A two-page bio-sketch (NIH format) with a maximum of 5 publications.
  • A one-page research concept note (Times New Roman, Size 12, Spacing 1.15).
  • Motivation letter of not more than 500 words (Times New Roman, Size 12, Spacing 1.15).
  • A Letter of recommendation/Support from Dean/Provost of the Faculty/College indicating
  • Endorsement to attend the workshop
  • How the training will benefit the researcher/investigator
  • Commitment that applicant will be available completely for the 21 days training
  • Support for the applicant to step down the training within his/her institution on completing the training workshop.
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of completion of the Ethics Course (CITI) prior to the commencement of the workshop.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) on to apply

For more details, visit NIMR website on

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