May 2018 Grants & Resources

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: May 2018

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 Here’s our monthly roundup of the latest calls and resources for May 2018. 

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Grants & Fellowship Opportunities

Instrumental Access

Deadline: 27 July 2018

We are thrilled to announce the May 2018 Instrumental Access Call for Applications is now open! Instrumental Access is Seeding Labs’ flagship program that provides universities and research institutes with high-quality scientific equipment and supplies at an affordable price. We’ve been committed to supporting the global scientific community for the past 10 years. Please help us spread the word!

WDS Data Stewardship Award 2018

Deadline: 21 May 2018

The annual WDS Data Stewardship Award celebrates the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the improvement of scientific data stewardship through their 1) engagement with the community, 2) academic achievements, and 3) innovations.

The winner will be presented with their Award and a prize in plenary at SciDataCon 2018 (part of International Data Week, 5–8 November in Gaborone, Botswana).

PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries

Deadline: 1 June 2018

This TWAS programme is administered with funds  provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world. The purpose of the fellowship is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries. The fellowship is offered as:

  • a full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • a sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country.
Nature Research Awards

Deadline: 11 June 2018

Nature is offering two new awards:

The Innovating Science Award is open to everyone (individuals and groups) who works on projects or initiatives that encourage girls or young women to become more aware of, or engaged in, any STEM subject in any region around the world.

The Inspiring Science Award welcomes nominations of exceptional scientists who self-identify as female and who are within 10 years of completing their PhD. We encourage nominations from around the globe and from all subject areas. Candidates should be nominated by laboratory heads, department heads or someone else from their institute. This award is based on academic achievement, but our independent judging process and panel will ensure that those working in adverse circumstances or in regions where there is limited access to the scientific literature will not be unfairly disadvantaged.

BCFN YES! 2018

Deadline: 14 June 2018

The 2018 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. Areas of research can include sustainable and healthy dietary patterns, sustainable agriculture, or food security.

The BCFN wants to support studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, are result-oriented and look at food systems and food value chains with a systemic approach, preferably, where relevant, blending scientific knowledge with local knowledge. Country case studies and identification of best practice are strongly encouraged. The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a 1-year investigation. A maximum of three teams will be awarded.

11th Hiyoshi Environmental Awards

Deadline: 20 June 2018

Hiyoshi Environmental Awards was established in 2008 to recognize the novel and innovative research in the field of environmental conservation and protection. Hiyoshi Corporation, Japan offers environmental awards to Indian researchers who are doing outstanding contribution and progress in the scientific research and application in the areas of environmental conservation and protection. The three awards open are:

  1. Hiyoshi Environmental Award: for outstanding contribution to fundamental research. Rs 25,000.
  2. Hiyoshi Think of Ecology Award: for outstanding contribution to applied study. Rs. 25,000.
  3. Hiyoshi Young Leaf Award: for outstanding contribution by a young researcher. RS 15,000.
Ending the Pandemic Threat: A Grand Challenge for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development

Deadline: 22 June 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Page Family are launching this Grand Challenge during the centenary year of the 1918 flu pandemic. The goal of this Grand Challenge is to identify novel, transformative concepts that will lead to development of universal influenza vaccines offering protection from morbidity and mortality caused by all subtypes of circulating and emerging (drifted and shifted) Influenza A subtype viruses and Influenza B lineage viruses for at least three to five years. 

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Deadline: 23 July 2018

The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialization support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through an eight-month period of training and mentoring. Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.

Merck KGaA 350 Research Grant

Deadline: 15 August 2018

In celebrating its 350th anniversary, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany offers a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany intends to provide several research grants of up to EUR 350,000 per year for 3 years in various research areas with the option of extension or expansion:

  • What is the next game-changing molecule or technology to help cure cancer or autoimmune disease?
  • Can you develop a new generation of intelligent materials?
  • Can you develop advances in characterization, control and surface chemistry?
  • Can you develop better atomic layer processes – from modelling to materials?
  • What is the next generation production technology for biologics?
  • Can you revolutionize microbiome research?
  • How can in-silico research benefit from deep learning or quantum computing?
Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowships

Deadline: 31 August 2018

The Early Career Women Scientists fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries. Fellows will be supported to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes and to build up research groups that will attract international visitors.

Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship

Deadline: 31 August 2018

The Matsumae International Foundation Fellowships support research fellowships of 3 to 6 months at a host institution in Japan. Fellowships include a research and stay stipend, insurance, and travel.


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