It’s often helpful to see other’s proposals when preparing your own expedition, to here’s a list of some of the proposals that were developed for the Mobile Malaria Project. Please get in touch if these are at all helpful and you want to discuss them further!

Applying for funding

As with any expedition, the most significant investment in the early stages is in crafting your proposal. In addition to the loan of a vehicle, the RGS Land Rover Bursary has the benefit of providing the vast majority of the financial funding needed for an expedition like the Mobile Malaria Project.

[note that the original name for our expedition was CostaPwani which meand coast (in Portuguese) to coast (in Swahili). We originally planned to start in Angola…]

Applying for ethical permission

In addition to the RGS proposal, we were also required ethical permissions to perform the work both from Oxford University and in country (Zambia and Kenya). Whilst the process for obtaining ethical permission to perform research in tropical countries is well defined within our university, how to get local ethical clearance was slightly more challenging. In the end, our collaborations with PATH and the Ministry of Health in Zambia helped us to develop a protocol that could be cleared by the University of Zambia ethical review board, and in Kenya our colleagues at KEMRI helped us to submit applications to the appropriate review board there.

Applying to Oxford University Expeditions Council

We also applied to the Oxford University Expeditions Council for official recognition as an Oxford expedition. This allowed an experienced group of individuals to look over our proposal and safety plans. Getting as many sets of eyes as possible to look over the proposal really helped us to identify weaknesses and areas which required further attention.

Our successful application to the OUEC also means that we can call ourselves an official Oxford University expedition!