April 2017 Grants & Opportunities

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: April 2017

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Every month our Global Partnerships Director 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 April 2017.

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Grants & Fellowship Opportunities

Women in Science Fellowships

: 19 April 2017
UNESCO and the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation seek to recognize women researchers who, through the scope of their work, have contributed to overcoming today’s global challenges. Faced with global challenges such as the acceleration of new technologies, aging populations, or the threat to biodiversity, UNESCO and L’Oréal remain convinced that these women researchers will have a major impact on society and lay the foundations for the future. As such, UNESCO and L’Oréal want to contribute to their recognition and provide them with the means to continue their commitment to science with energy and passion.

POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowships

POGO and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)
: 7 April 2017
The fellowship program is open to scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (preferably of PhD level) and post-doctoral fellows of developing countries and countries with economies in transition and involved in oceanographic work. Applicants must be citizens of developing countries or economies in transition, as defined by the OECD; for more information see the list of eligible countries. The main purpose of the program is to advance sustained ocean observations and their applications. Priority is given to applicants in early stages of career development.

Biodiversity Information for Development (BID)

Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Deadline: 9 April 2017
GBIF invites the submission of concept notes for project funding from Africa under for the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) program. The total potential funding assigned to this call is €400,000, and applicants successful in this round will receive invitations to submit full proposals in May 2017. This call seeks projects that will: 1) Mobilize biodiversity data relating to protected areas, threatened species, and invasive alien species; 2) Use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections and mobilizing other biodiversity data; 3) Apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research; 4) Develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse.

Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Deadline: 3 May 2017
The Foundation and USAID seek proposals that address challenges in effective health supply chains that are daring in premise and clearly different from the approaches currently under investigation or employed. The solutions submitted to this topic could focus on an integrated health supply chain, or they could focus specifically on immunization and/or family planning supply chains and their respective programmatic goals. They must have the potential to be scaled up or reproduced in multiple settings. We encourage solutions that translate leading and best practices and solutions developed by the private sector (e.g. outside of health), as well as academic research and findings, to LMICs in a way that support their public health goals.

Ambassadors Programme

Next Einstein Forum
Deadline: 27 May 2017
NEF Ambassadors are the NEF’s young science and technology champions, one from each African country. NEF Ambassadors, who are all under 42 years, drive the NEF’s local public engagement activities while growing their own careers through the NEF’s partnerships that offer opportunities for mentorship and collaborations with established research.

Call for Proposals

: 15 June 2017
This call invites consortia composed of at least four partners from the partner countries (two African and two European) to submit project proposals for research and innovation within the countries concerned, with an added value for the EU-AU partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Requirements may differ between institutes/countries (click here to see the Individual Eligibility Criteria and Funding Regulations per partnering institute/country).

NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research (DP1)

National Science Foundation
Deadline: 18 September 2017
The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research relevant to drug abuse and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers. The term “avant-garde” is used to describe highly innovative approaches that have the potential to be transformative. The proposed research should reflect approaches and ideas that are substantially different from those already being pursued by the investigator or others and should support the NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities. The NIDA Avant-Garde award supports innovative, basic research that may lead to a better understanding of how to watch out for these symptoms, improved preventive interventions or therapies; creative, new strategies to prevent disease transmission; novel approaches to improve disease outcomes; and creative approaches to eradicating HIV or improving the lives of those living with HIV.

Prizes & Challenges

World Agriculture Prize 2017

Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences
Deadline: 26 April 2017
The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub seeks to strengthen the capacity of the African scientific community to conduct bioscience research that will improve agricultural products and enhance food security in the region. The BecA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with the Rwanda Agriculture Board, Rubona Centre will hold a training workshop on Introduction to Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics at its hub in Nairobi, Kenya. Workshop is open only to researchers in BecA countries.


Imagine Project
Deadline: 19 May 2017
The Imagine-Pangea is a science popularization competition of intercontinental, multicultural, and multilingual nature, focusing on audiences from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Its goal is to inspire young people and adults from disadvantaged communities with your scientific research, showing that it is meant to be for all. Submit a video talking about your MSc or PhD project in a simple and accessible way and make your work known in more than 10 languages (including indigenous languages such as Guarani, Quechua, Yoruba, and Berbere). Please present your work in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Workshops & Conferences

Events Funding

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Deadline: 14 April 2017
ACIAR provides support to qualified individuals wishing to participate in a conference, seminar, workshop, or field visit that aligns with the agricultural research for development (R4D) priorities of our partner countries. ACIAR also provides support to organizations seeking corporate sponsorship for similar events. The aim of ACIAR events funding is to develop the skills and capacity needed to advance agricultural R4D, with a focus on people and organizations with experience in ACIAR-supported projects. Individual applicants and organizations seeking event funding must be able to demonstrate involvement in agricultural R4D and engagement in research and/or development activities within an ACIAR partner country.

International Bioethics Training

National Institute of Health
Deadline: 18 May 2017
Fogarty’s international bioethics training programs support education and research training to develop ethics expertise in low- and middle-income countries. The programs complement other global health research and research training programs in the mission areas of NIH Institutes and Centers.The International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25) supports curriculum development for master’s level courses; courses for skill development, including practicum experiences; and mentoring activities.

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