May 2019 Grants

Grants & Opportunities Round-up: May 2019

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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 May 2019.

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Grants & Fellowships

Instrumental Access

Deadlines: 14 June 2019, 30 August 2019

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 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.

To date, we’ve shipped more than 212 tons of Instrumental Access equipment to 70 institutions in 34 countries. It’s been an honor and a privilege getting to know our current and past awardees, and we can’t wait to meet the next group! You are invited to apply or share this opportunity with your colleagues. Please help us spread the word!


Deadline: 20 May 2019

This funding opportunity supports projects to enhance the availability and delivery of safe blood to be used for transfusion in patients from low or lower-middle income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ensuring that children with malaria or sickle cell disease and pregnant women who suffer from obstetric hemorrhage have access to safe transfusion therapies is of high programmatic interest.

BLOODSAFE will support projects that develop and test feasible, effective and sustainable strategies to increase the number of safe blood donors, to improve quality and safety of blood supplies, and to enhance blood delivery to patients in need, especially in remote settings.

Applicants may request up to 2 years for the first phase and up to 4 years for the second phase with budgets of maximum US$415,000 in FY2020 and in FY2021 (first phase).

NIH Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Centers

Deadline: 28 May 2019 (letter of intent)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement is establishing a coordinated network of Emerging Infectious Disease Research Centers in regions around the globe where emerging and reemerging infectious disease outbreaks are likely to occur.

Multidisciplinary teams of investigators will conduct pathogen/host surveillance, study pathogen transmission, pathogenesis and immunologic responses in the host, and will develop reagents and diagnostic assays for improved detection for important emerging pathogens and their vectors. Applications should budget up to US$850,000 per year for a maximum of 5 years.

OWSD PhD Fellowship

Deadline: 30 May 2019

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) PhD Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering, and Information Technology sciences at a host institute. Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  • 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.
Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF) Research Grant Program in Thailand

Deadline: 31 May 2019

KWEF is seeking applications for its research grant program to support scientists who are conducting research in Thailand. The focal research area is water-related environmental science and technology.The maximum grant amount is 400,000 yen per project.The grant period will be one year, 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020. KWEF supports scientists of Asian nationality who are conducting research in their own countries with the following criteria:

  • The applicant must reside in Thailand.
  • The applicant must conduct research at university, college, or associated institute in Thailand (except private sectors) and should be master’s degree candidate or higher.
  • The applicant should be under 40 years of age or fresh graduate not more than 3 years after the graduation of PhD program or master program.
EMBO Global Investigator Programme

Deadline: 1 June 2019

The Global Investigator Programme was launched in 2019 to forge a network that supports the next generation of scientific leaders that have started their laboratories in EMBC Associate Member States (currently India and Singapore) or in countries or territories covered by a cooperation agreement with EMBC (currently Chile and Taiwan).

The Programme provides the selected scientists with funding and platforms for networking with other life scientists in the same region and those in Europe, encouraging the establishment of cooperation across international borders. Applicants must:

  • Have been group leaders of a laboratory for at least one year and for less than six years on 1 January in the year of the application
  • Perform life science research in an EMBC Associate Member State (currently India and Singapore) or in a country or territory covered by a cooperation agreement with EMB
  • Have published at least one last author paper in an international peer-reviewed journal from work carried out in their laboratory \
Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme Grant

Deadline: 12 June 2019

African Higher Education Institutions can apply for an Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme grant with a total available budget of EUR 10 million. The applicant institution submits the application on behalf of the partnership, which must be composed of minimum 4 and maximum 6 African Higher Education Institutions (including the applicant).

In addition, a Higher Education Institution from the EU, holding an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, must be included in the partnership as technical partner. The selected projects will receive a grant to cover the costs of the organisation of the mobility flows and the scholarships to be awarded to the selected students and staff. Master students, doctoral candidates, administrative and academic staff from African countries are eligible to receive scholarships.

The scholarship amounts vary according to the type of mobility and the duration – from a minimum duration of 1 month (for staff) to a maximum duration of 4 years (for doctoral candidates).

NIH/Fogarty Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program

Deadline: 25 June 2019 (letter of intent)

The Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program addresses research training needs related to infectious diseases that are predominantly endemic in or impact upon people living in developing countries. The training programs include a variety of research training options to match the needs of the developing country institution.

The ultimate goal is to build a critical mass of researchers and support staff to conduct independent infectious disease research in developing country institutions. Training programs may include:

  • Long-term (master's or doctoral degree and other training that is six months or longer) training for the full range of skills necessary to support research and research administration with the understanding that the focus of thesis and training-related research will be in their country.
  • Medium-term (three- to up to six-months) training or mentoring.
  • Short-term (less than three months) training or mentoring.Institutional capacity-building efforts such as in-country training workshops in advanced research techniques, distance learning and informatics.
  • Advanced in-country mentored research undertaken by the trainee in his/her home country upon completion of his/her initial period of long-term training under the program.
NIH US-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research - Phase 2 (HIV/AIDS)

Deadline: 26 June 2019 (letter of intent)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to continue the US-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research into Phase 2. Research areas supported under this program include HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS-associated malignancies. Application budgets are limited to US$350,000 in total costs. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Deadline: 30 June 2019

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund was established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field, and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.

The fund will award grants of up to US$25,000 in support of plant, animal, and fungi species conservation efforts without discrimination on the basis of region or selected species. Priority will be given to in situ species conservation work, but the fund will consider an ex situ project where it is demonstrated to be critical to the survival of the species concerned.

NIH Advancing Biomarker Discovery and Novel Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Active TB Disease Detection in HIV-1 Infected and Exposed Children

Deadline: 30 June 2019 (letter of intent)

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to advance non-sputum-based tuberculosis diagnostics for use in HIV-1 infected and HIV-1 exposed uninfected children for improved, simplified, rapid and decentralized diagnosis of TB disease.

This opportunity will support discovery and validation of novel biomarkers useful for TB diagnosis or the development/optimization and early validation of novel TB diagnostic technologies. Application budgets are not limited and the maximum project period is 5 years.

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation’s Grants

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately US$20,000. Grants exceeding US$30,000 are rarely awarded.

Short Term Scientist Exchange Program

Deadline: 1 July 2019

The Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program (STSEP) at the Center for Global Health (CGH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), promotes collaborative research between researchers at the NCI and foreign cancer researchers. The program's objective is to facilitate scientific interactions between non-United States scientists with researchers at NCI.

Highly-qualified cancer scientists, researchers, and experts will be provided the opportunity to work alongside scientists at a host NCI intramural laboratory, division, office, or center. These collaborative research exchange visits may range from one week to no more than six months in duration. The STSEP program will offer support to defray living expenses for participants to complete their exchange in the U.S.

Contests & Prizes

Developing Country Awards Program to Attend ASHG Annual Meeting

Deadline: 6 June 2019

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is partnering with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH and Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) to add 25 awards to its annual Developing Country Awards Program. The program will enable 25 genetics trainees and early- to mid-career investigators from Africa who are currently working in Africa to attend the ASHG 2019 Annual Meeting, taking place 15-19 October 2019, in Houston, Texas, USA.

SEARCA Travel Grants Program in Southeast Asia

Deadline: 7 June 2019

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is seeking applications for its Travel Grant program to reinforce the Center’s efforts and resources in the promotion of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development toward food security and poverty alleviation in the region. SEARCA will provide travel grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to each qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professional, social scientist, or graduate student in Southeast Asia.

Workshop on Policy and Diplomacy for scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences

Deadline: 28 June 2019

The third edition of a workshop on “Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences” will be held from 9-13 September 2019 at the headquarters of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. The workshop will accommodate a maximum of 25 participants; the cost of tuition for all participants will be covered by the Secretariat. Approximately 20 selected participants will receive sponsorship from the Secretariat, covering international travel, medical and travel insurance, and a daily subsistence allowance. The workshop is open to those who:

  • Have a PhD in natural sciences (for example chemistry, biology, physics, geology) or related engineering from a recognised university or institution;
  • Are citizens of low- or middle-income OPCW Member States.
  • Have been working in the field of applied chemical or biochemical or related sciences (research, academia, or industry) for at least five years; and
  • Are young scientists at the beginning of their scientific career, i.e . who have received their PhD within the past 10 years and who are under the age of 40 years.

Conference Travel Grants

Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award

Deadline: 24 May 2019

Nominations are open for Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award 2019 (NHEA) that is designed to celebrates distinguished personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector.

NHEA’s recognition aims to stimulate quality improvement and innovation in the Nigerian health sector leading to improved service delivery & management of key health issues and the capacity of individuals to influence and set new performance standards in Nigeria & beyond.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Deadline: 15 June 2019

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasing importance of this research in advancing our understanding of how the brain and nervous system function - a quest that seems destined for dramatic expansion in the coming decades.

The US$25,000 Prize is intended to encourage and support the work of promising young neurobiologists who are not older than 35 years. It 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, as described in a 1,000-word entrance essay.

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

Deadline: 30 June 2019

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation, including biology and biomedicine; ecology and conservation biology; and climate change. Each of the eight categories has an award of 400,000 Euros.


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