Supporting the ACE Consortium

The ACE Consortium is a collaboration of organizations that are dedicated to accelerating biomedical research in the United States and around the world. The ACE public-private partnership model features a collaboration between the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), academic institutions, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), and private and industry partners. The consortium leverages contributions by all the partners to construct and support the regional ACE Centers anchored in academic environments to enhance computational infrastructure, foster the development of advanced bioinformatics and data science skills among local researchers in Africa, and provide innovative, emerging technologies for biomedical research.

All members realize benefits by gaining experience in support of advanced computing and visualization infrastructure in remote, challenging environments. By working with graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and administrators, private partners receive business interest from both current and future scientific leaders and researchers in Africa.

NIAID Contribution

The NIAID has committed to providing training and consultation services, installing, and maintaining telelearning systems and video conferencing capabilities, managing infrastructure supporting the programs, and maintaining software licenses.

Institute Contributions

The USTTB, Makerere University, and the IDI have committed to providing space, renovating and maintaining the rooms, employing staff to operate the center and faculty to teach the courses, and procuring electrical and cooling services.

USTTB Makerere University IDI

Private Partner Contributions

Private partners such as BioTeam, Enduvo, and RENU have provided hardware, software configuration and integration, internet connectivity, and licenses for VR software.

BIOTEAM   RENU     Enduov

Join ACE

If you are interested in joining ACE, please send a letter of interest to with the following information:

  • Your organization's name. 
  • Name and contact information for your organization's point-of-contact.
  • The value your organization will bring to the public-private partnership.
  • The value your organization seeks from the collaborative process.