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Merck Foundation 2022 Africa Research Summit – MARS for PhD Students and Young Investigators

Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS 2022 will be held in Dubai with the aim to empower women and Youth in Research. MARS 2022 will have scientific support from African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC), Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Graduate School, Advanced Center for Treatment, Research and Education in  Cancer (ACTREC), India and Merck Foundation.

On other note the organizing committee will present the “Best Young, African Researcher Award” and the “Best African Woman Researcher Award” to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The annual Summit – MARS will open a discussion with Ministries of Health, Education, Information, Science and Technology and Gender from across Africa to define policies with the aim to empower women and youth in STEM and to address the vital role of research in the improvement and sustainable development of population’s health with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action – the ‘know-do gap’ – to improve health And make an impact on society.

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About Merck Foundation

The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by e-mail at the same time they become available... read more


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Aim and Benefits of Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS

  • All Abstracts will be peer reviewed and 15 winners will be eligible for a sponsorship to attend MARS Summit.
  • Best three Abstracts will be eligible for Research Awards.
  • Further, Research Awards will be also dedicated for Best African Women Researchers.

Requirements for Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS Qualification

  • Abstracts are invited from final year African Phd students and young investigators involved in research related to either of the following topics:
    • Cancer (specially in women)
    • Vaccines Development
  • All should be primarily based at African Research Institutes and Universities, although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is encouraged.

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Application Deadline

July 31, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Merck Foundation on merck-foundation.com to apply

For more details,visit Merck Foundation website


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