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2nd Official Announcement on International Collaborative Research Program: VHFs with Africa
  • Date2020-04-22 11:03
  • Update2020-04-22 11:03
  • Division신종감염병매개체연구과
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The Korea National Institute of Health (KNIH), a research organization under the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and Ministry of Health & Welfare is devoted for promoting the public health through the research on infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Infectious disease is the single biggest cause of death worldwide. Emerging and re-emerging infectious agents, such as SARS and MERS coronaviruses, and virus causing haemorrhagic fever, required detailed studies to understand pathogen biology and pathogenesis in the host. Viral hemorrhagic fevers are important causes resulting in major epidemics in Africa. Ensuring global health securities to hemorrhagic fever viruses, international cooperation is the most important for the prevention human infections. In this view, rapid and accurate detection for viral hemorrhagic fevers is one of important measures to prevent and control the human infections.

Therefore, KNIH intend to strengthen the international network on cooperative research for laboratory study with African countries (institutes) through collaborative research including serological survey with evaluation of KNIH-developed diagnostic kits against VHFs and other circulating mosquito-borne infections and look for the other potentials for advanced research on VHFs.


1. Title   (Project 1) Consolidation of Research base center in Africa through international collaborative research for Emerging Infectious Disease

                                 including viral hemorrhagic fevers 

              ( Project 2) Evaluation of Diagnostic Technique for Lassa Fever Virus with Febrile Patients in Liberia

                                ※ The projects will be implemented as separate task and execute in individual organization.

2. Funding : Two African countries (Institutes) will be selected and provided annual fund per year as follows:

                     [Project 1] Annual fund for one institute will be about USD 85,000 (KRW 100,000,000) per year

                     [Project 2] Annual fund for one institute will be about USD 68,000 (KRW 80,000,000) per year

                    The final budget will be adjusted with the results of evaluation

3. Research period : 2020 (after the contract) – December 2022

                                 (1st  Year) 2020. After the contract – December 31 2020

                                 (2nd Year) January 1 2021 ~ December 31 2021

                                 (3rd Year) January 1 2022 ~ December 31 2022

4. Objectives (Field of Interesting):
   - To investigate the serological survey of Viral-Hemorrhagic fevers and other circulating viral infections including mosquito-borne viral diseases in Africa

      . Evaluation of KNIH-developed diagnostic method in molecular and serological system

      . Collecting and securing the clinical samples from unknown febrile Patients (if required)

    - To develop and assess the genomic driven near-field based diagnostic system for surveillance of VHFs in Africa

    - Establishment and Strengthen the international collaboration against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Africa region 

    - Sharing of research resources including clinical specimens, pathogens, and genetic materials

    - Enforcement of capacity through training of staff and/or sharing the practical experience between both agencies

5.  Affiliation: Government Institute, University, Hospital, etc

6. Reporting system : The application should be written in MS word English and submitted before 1 May, 2020 via e-mail


< Address for Airmail >

Division of Emerging Infectious Disease & Vector Research

Center for Infectious Diseases Research, National Institute of Health

Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

187, Osongsaengmyeong 2-ro, Cheongju-si,

Chungcheongbuk-do 28159, South Korea

TEL : +82-43-719- 8510   FAX : +82-43-719-8519,  email :limhy0919@korea.kr


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