November 2016 Grants & Opportunities

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: November 2016

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Every month our Global Partnerships Manager Melissa Wu collects opportunities that scientists and students in developing countries can take advantage of. Here’s our monthly roundup of the latest calls and resources for November 2016.

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Grants & Fellowship Opportunities

Workshop: Leishmaniasis, Schistosomiasis, Helminth, Tuberculosis

Deadline: 30 November 2016

IUIS-FAIS Immuno-Ethiopia 2017 is holding a workshop, “New Developments in the Immunology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Cutaneous and Visceral Leishmaniasis, Schistosomiasis and Helminth infections in an Area of high Tuberculosis Prevalence“, at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, from 26 February to 5 March 2017. Applications to attend are being accepted from MSc and PhD students, postdocs, physicians, and early-career scientists from African countries where these diseases are endemic.

Associateship at Centres of Excellence South

Deadline: 1 December 2016
TWAS, in cooperation with UNESCO, instituted an associateship program to support regular visits by research from developing countries to almost 300 centers of excellence in the developmental South. During a period of three years, associates can visit the center twice for 2-3 months each time. The grant covers travel expenses and a monthly stipend of US$300 for local expenses; the host center provides accommodation, food, and research facilities.

YSEALI Academic Fellows

Deadline: various, by country
The US Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative is inviting undergraduates or recently graduated students between the years of 18 and 26 to the US for a five-week institute on the civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, or entrepreneurship and economic development. The program includes engagement with American peers and concludes with a trip to Washington, DC, to meet US governmental representatives

Nestlé Foundation Grants

Deadline: 10 January 2017 and 10 May 2017
The Nestlé Foundation initiates and supports research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Priority is given to projects which lead to sustainable developments with strong elements of capacity building, and the implementation of the results of a research project should be immediate and sustainable. Topics include maternal and child nutrition, macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances, interactions between infection and nutrition, and nutrition education and health promotion. Often nutrition reviews and mythbusting articles are used to decide which projects lead to sustainable development, there is more here on that.

Post-doctoral Fellowship Opportunities
  • IMMANA Fellowships: The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is hosting six fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions. Deadline 1 February 2017.
  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships: Research scholarships are available to post-graduate researchers who are planning to go to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at the doctoral or post-doctoral level. Deadlines vary by country of origin.
TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme

Deadline: 31 March, annual

Under this program, scientists from sub-Saharan Africa are assisted in making a cooperation visit to an institute in Germany. The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration. Visits are for up to 3 months, and health insurance, travel, and subsistence costs are covered.


Sandoz HACk – Healthcare Access Challenge

Deadline: 30 November 2016
Sandoz (a Novartis division) is calling all creating thinkers to ‘hack healthcare access’ and enter the Sandoz HACk, submitting ideas that use mobile technology (M-Health) to connect people to better health. Finalists will get support from the OpenIDEO global community to refine their idea, then be invited to London in March 2016 to present the idea to a panel at WIRED Health. Three winners will get seed funding and mentorship to make their idea a reality.

YSEALI Seeds for the Future

Deadline: 2 December 2016
YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region across the program themes of civic engagement, economic development, education, and environmental protection. A minimum of 15 projects will be funded. Additionally, one outstanding proposal that supports entrepreneurship across multiple Southeast Asian countries will receive a grant sponsored by the US-ASEAN Business Council.

Innovation Prize for Africa

Deadline: 3 January 2017
The African Innovation Foundation is has announced its call for applications for the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa. This award honors and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency, or saving cost in Africa. Priority areas include agriculture, environment energy and water, health and well-being, ICT, and manufacturing and service industry.

Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge

Deadline: 7 January 2017
Boston Scientific and Google announced the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge. The Challenge is an open call to any individual, team, or company with ideas on how to improve patient outcomes, increase efficiency in delivering care, and drive down the cost of care through the use of big data or data analytics. The scope for this challenge includes data collection, linking/combining cross industry data sources, analytics, machine learning, and identifying and closing data-driven knowledge gaps to build new capability in healthcare and to create new treatment paradigms. You do not need to be a informatician or analytics expert to enter. Finalists will be honored at a live event at Google’s Cambridge Headquarters on March 9th, where they will present their ideas to a panel of celebrity judges, challenge sponsors, and fellow participants. Up to $50,000 of services in kind will be divided among Challenge winners to further develop or pilot their ideas.

Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge

Deadline: 17 January 2016
Throughout Africa, Johnson & Johnson is looking to drive entrepreneurship and help advance promising consumer healthcare solutions. Chosen applicants will receive a combination of awards including funding up to US $100,000, potential lab space in Africa and/or business and technical mentoring from some of the brightest minds at J&J to help bring their idea to life and create meaningful change in their community or country. Topics of interest include early child and maternal health, empowering young girls, and improving family well-being.


Lecturer/Senior Lecturers in Basic Sciences – Ghana

The Department of Basic Sciences in the School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana, is hiring up to seven lecturers and senior lecturers for research and teaching in organic chemistry, computation chemistry, biophysics/biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and molecular pharmacology. Please see the full description of positions and requirements, as well as directions for applying, in this linked document.

Research Assistant (Francophone) – United Kingdom

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant to support a number of Capacity Research Unit projects, in particular the DELTAS Learning Research Program. The RA will primarily contribute to the Research Training theme of this program. Fluency in French and a Master’s degree in health are required.

Sandoz STEP Program for Natural Science Postgraduates – Germany

This 19-month program will allow you to explore different divisions within Sandoz, a Novartis company. Requirements include a Master’s in a relevant subject, some work experience, and fluency in English. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2017.

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