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 September 2017.
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Grants & Fellowship Opportunities
Pew Latin American Fellows Program
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Deadline: 2 Oct 2017
The Pew Latin American Fellows Program provides support for young scientists from Latin America to receive postdoctoral training in leading laboratories in the United States. The fellowship provides 2 years of stipend support for study in the United States ($30,000/year) and additional funds to purchase equipment for starting a lab in Latin America ($70,000). The application for the 2018 award opens July 14 and closes October 2, 2017. For more information on this award please visit the website. For information on accessing the application please contact Kara Coleman.
Johnson & Johnson
Deadline: 4 October 2017 (registration deadline); 18 October (application deadline)
Johnson & Johnson presents the GenH Challenge, a global social venture competition where YOU can design locally-tailored and globally-relevant solutions to enduring health challenges. The 2017 Social Innovation Competition seeks ideas that have received less than $250,000 in funding or have been in development for 5 years or less. Each solution must demonstrate a clear understanding of the problem currently holding back progress to support Generation Healthy and how your approach unlocks the solution. Primary focus areas include environmental health, essential surgery, global disease challenges, health workforce, and women & children’s health.
Saving Brains – Round 6
Deadline: 6 October 2017
Saving Brains seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Funding is open to innovative solutions that address the risk factors facing children living in adversity by promoting health and nutrition, providing enrichment and nurturing, and protecting against maltreatment.
Areas of particular interest include innovations designed for use in humanitarian contexts and fragile settings, innovations that provide support to adolescent parents, and innovations with demonstrated scale and strong paths to sustainability that have not yet measured impact on child development. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over a maximum of 24 months.
Oxalosis & Hyeroxaluria Research Grants
Oxalosis & Hyperoxaluria Foundation
Deadline: 1 November 2017
The OHF seeks to support research that will ultimately lead to new diagnostics, treatments, and a cure for Primary Hyperoxaluria and related Hyperoxaluria conditions. OHF will award up to $200,000 total cost per project after a competitive process to select the most meritorious projects.
In addition, the OHF is calling for proposals to develop international collaborative patient registries and databases to identify the determinants of the clinical manifestations and prognosis of patients with primary hyperoxaluria. They are interested in receiving proposals from scientists and clinicians that address the issue of the influence of genetic, cultural, and environmental background on the clinical manifestations and prognosis of patients with primary hyperoxaluria. To this end, financial support will be given to international collaborative projects that develop and make use of well-defined patient cohorts covering a wide range of genetic and cultural backgrounds.
Global Brain Disorders Research
Fogarty International Center
Deadline: 7 November 2017
The Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research across the Lifespan program supports collaborative research and capacity building projects relevant to LMICs on brain and nervous system disorders throughout life. Grant recipients develop innovative, collaborative research programs that contribute to the long-term goal of building sustainable research capacity in nervous system function and nervous system impairment.
Exploratory and developmental research grants through the R21 announcement help researchers develop collaborations, build research capacity and conduct pilot studies. Research grants through the R01 announcement support well-developed research collaborations and research capacity building for research networks within institutions, countries or regions. etc.
Brucellosis Vaccine Prize
Deadline: 18 November 2017
The Brucellosis Vaccine Prize, a US $30 million prize competition, invites vaccine developers (“Solvers”) to submit their proposals for – and ultimately develop – a suitable vaccine that is efficacious, safe and viable for use against Brucella melitensis in small ruminants across the developing world. Animal health, biotech, pharmaceutical companies, and other organizations are invited to submit their proposals via the website.
Man and the Biosphere Young Scientist Awards
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Since 1989, MAB has been providing young researchers each year with awards of up to US$5,000 in support of their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. Through the MAB Young Scientists Awards, MAB is investing in a new generation of scientists worldwide because we think well-trained and committed young people are key to addressing ecological and sustainability issues.
Rapid Ocean Conversation Grants Program
ROC Grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. This complements the Waitt Foundation’s existing major grants program and is responsive to conservation opportunities, supports higher-risk ideas at a low financial cost, and engages with small, local NGOs on a global scale. Sub-themes include:
- Scientific Research – Includes natural science or social science projects. For example, collecting baseline data before coastal development or MPA establishment, or studying fishery effects of a natural (e.g. tsunami) or man-made (e.g. oil spill) disaster.
- Policy – Includes opportunistic projects around unique public policy windows, such as preparation of policy analysis and support of experts’ efforts to inform decision makers on upcoming government actions. For example, a cost-benefit analysis of proposed fishing regulations, or travel expenses for a delegation of scientists to educate elected officials.
Workshops & Conferences
Bioinformatics Training Course: The Microbiome: Analysis of NGS Data for Specific Identification
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Dates: 23-27 October 2017, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Species can be identified based on the sequences of 16S ribosomal genes. NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) results in large collections of sequences that have to be processed for interpretation. This course will teach participants how to use those applications for species identification based on the 16S rRNA sequences.
This course is targeted to students and researchers who are working in microbial genomics and bioinformatics. Ability to work with Linux will be an advantage (for those with no experience in Linux, online materials will be recommended before the course). Datasets will be provided for processing, but please bring your own datasets to work through on the final day if available.
Up to 10 travel fellowships are available for successful applicants from the SANBio region (Southern Africa). These can be applied for in the course application form.
Additional Resources for Finding Grants
Global Innovation Exchange
The Global Innovation Exchange connections social entrepreneurs and funders with the funding opportunities and insights they need to make better, faster funding decisions and have more impact. Use the Exchange to find, share and help breakthrough innovations; search for funding; connect with other resources to test and scale innovations; and stay on top of the latest trends in development innovation.
Terra Viva Grants Directory
The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world’s developing countries. You can browse their directory by funder on their website for free, or subscribe to it to search the database and receive personalized funding alerts.
Fogarty Global Health Funding News
Fogarty Global Health Funding News weekly email updates provide information about funding opportunities, notices and announcements from Fogarty, NIH and other organizations that may be of interest to those working in the field of global health research. Visit the website to read online versions of the emails, or sign up to their newsletter directly.
Scholarships for Development (Students)
Scholars4dev, short for Scholarships for Development, is an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education.
Gestionándote (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Gestionándote provides information about funding opportunities for projects and social organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Browse their website or sign up for their newsletter. While most of the opportunities focus on social justice, they also include opportunities for scientists. Please note that all information is provided in Spanish, although their links to the funding opportunities on the funding organization’s website, which may be presented in other languages including English.
RUFORUM newsletter (Agriculture, Africa)
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a consortium of 46 universities in Africa. They publish a weekly digest of news, events, publications, and opportunities relevant to higher education in Africa. You can also receive daily updates by subscribing to their blog.
RISE: Regional Initiative in Science and Education
RISE, an initiative of the Science Initiative Group, supports university-based research and teaching networks in sub-Saharan Africa. They have a Facebook Group which frequently posts grants, fellowships, and other opportunities to enrich scientific careers and help expand networks of colleagues and collaborators in science and engineering.
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