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The Mali Service Center (MSC) is an independent service organization established in 2004 by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in partnership with the University of Bamako. The MSC provides guidance and oversight in the administration and disbursement of grant and contract funds to ensure compliance with international and local rules and regulations.

The MSC insures compliance with all funding institutions grants policies. It also supports a variety of programs funded by diverse governmental and non-governmental organizations conducting research in Mali. Some of our clients include the US National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, the United States Army and the Howard Hughes Foundation.

The MSC also assists several academic institutions that collaborate on projects with the University of Bamako. These include the University of Maryland, the University of California–Los Angeles, the University of California–Davis, the University of Alabama–Birmingham, the University of Tennessee, Tulane University, the University of Minnesota, Bordeaux University (France), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), Keele University (UK) and the Institut Pasteur (France).

The center is currently under the management of The Mitchell Group, Inc. (TMG), and is operated by a core staff in Bamako, Mali, with extensive experience in administrative and financial management.

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“Having the MSC administer finances takes a large burden off the scientists’ shoulders - -  we are scientists, not financial managers.” 

- A Malian senior scientist who receives research funding from NIAID and other institutions.

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