February 2018 Opportunities

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: February 2018

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Every month we collect opportunities that scientists and students in developing countries can take advantage of. Here’s our monthly roundup of the latest calls and resources for February 2018.

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Grants & Fellowship Opportunities

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Deadline: 22 Feb 2018

CIFAR invites exceptional early career researchers to join CIFAR’s global network of 370 researchers from 18 countries who together are pursuing answers to some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding, skills training, mentorship, and opportunities to collaborate with outstanding colleagues from diverse disciplines to position scholars as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

  • $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support
  • A two-year membership to a CIFAR research program, with outstanding research leaders from across disciplines.
  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training
H2O Yemen

Deadline: 26 February 2018 (concept note)

Yemen’s water situation has long been the Middle East’s worst and the current conflict is preventing the country from confronting this devastating threat to Yemen’s longer-term economic and social stability. In less than a decade, Sana’a may become the world’s first capital to run out of water. USAID will implement programming that addresses the underlying issues of limited access to safe water and sanitation. Eligible activities include water resources analysis and monitoring, behavior change interventions, and water saving technologies for agriculture.

Ensuring a Food Secure Africa: Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund 2

Deadline: 1 March 2018 (concept note)

This call from the IDRC and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research will support cutting-edge applied field and/or laboratory research projects with the potential to generate high impact and innovative results with particular impact on the food insecure and poor in eligible eastern and southern African countries. All projects require a sound environmental impact assessment, the consideration of social and gender issues, and an applicability to smallholder farmers.

The fund will focus on issues under four key research areas:

  • Improved productivity and incomes for farmers and communities and decreased post-harvest losses;
  • Improved gender equity;
  • Nutrition and human health; and
  • Climate change and sustainable water management.
Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program

Deadline: 15 March 2018 (concept note)

The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program managed by Cornell University in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and other partners announces a call for concept proposals from early-career African researchers seeking to become STAARS fellows in 2018. The fellowship will cover travel and training. STAARS fellows will be paired with mentors at Cornell University with whom they will jointly author a paper on a topic of mutual interest relating to structural transformation in Africa south of the Sahara. PIM will support the publication of resulting research findings in high quality journals and as working papers. In addition, PIM and Cornell will facilitate fellows’ participation in scientific and policy conferences.

TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Program

Deadline: 31 March (annual)

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months. The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programs.

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund

Deadline: rolling

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) offers fellowships to support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety. Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline may apply.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

Deadline: 30 April 2018

The Conservation Fund supports research that can improve conservation efforts. The Fund has 4 major areas of focus: species research, habitat protection, conservation education, and animal rescue and rehabilitation. Each year the Fund has specific conservation priorities it supports. Your programs must align with these priorities.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Deadline: 15 June 2018

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years. Entrants must be a neurobiologist with an advanced degree received in the last 10 years and not older than 35 years of age. Their essay must describe their contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology.

EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation

Deadline: 1 July 2018

With this call for proposals the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation recognizes regional cross-border and transnational cooperation as a key driver to find shared solutions to common challenges. Funding will be allocated to support inclusive dialogue and the strengthening of transnational/regional networks, knowledge sharing and policy exchange to accelerate innovation; job creation; the development of sustainable cooperation structures between the business sector, public sector, civil sector and academia; and engagements contributing to and enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in policy development and responses to common European challenges. Priority sectors include Innovation, Research, Education, and Competitiveness; and Environment, Energy, Climate Change, and Low Carbon Economy.


NEF Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i)

Deadline: 12 February 2018

On 26-28 March 2018, the Next Einstein Forum will host its second Global Gathering in Kigali, Rwanda. A critical component of the NEF is its unique innovation competition, the Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i). Young African scientists and innovators under 42 years of age are invited to present their research driven innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to a panel of experts in a pitch style competition.

Fogarty 50th Anniversary Symposium: Advancing Science For Global Health

1 May 2018: Bethesda, USA

The Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, US is celebrating its 50th year! They’re holding a symposium, which will also be webcast live.


Penelope.ai and INASP’s manuscript checking tool

Partnership between Penelope.ai and INASP provides manuscript checking tool free of charge to researchers in the Global South Penelope automatically analyses scientific papers and makes suggestions on correct structure, reporting ethics and guidelines, referencing, and authorship. Through this new partnership, Penelope will offer its tool free of charge to the AuthorAID network. Check out the AuthorAid announcement here. Membership in their network is free.

Genetics Society of America Developing Country Membership Program

As an effort to engage scientists from regions of the world with extremely limited resources, GSA is pleased to extend the opportunity for those in selected developing countries to become full GSA members at no cost. As with all members, those taking advantage of this program will receive a personal subscription to the GSA journal GENETICS, eligibility for GSA awards and programs, discounted registration for GSA conferences, reduced author charges for publishing in GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, and more.

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  1. I am Ijeoma Lawretta Princewill-Ogbonna from the department of Food Scince and Technology ,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike,Abia State, Nigeria. Please send notification of call for prosals to my e-mail.

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