Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, May 14, 2012

ARD funding opportunities


ACP-EU Cooperation Program in Higher Education 
EDULINK II. EDULINK II will continue cooperation in the field of higher education between the countries of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP States) and the European Union. EDULINK II focuses on two thematic areas: (i) energy access and efficiency, and (ii) agriculture and food security. Projects will support capacity building (academic and managerial) at universities and other institutions of higher education in ACP countries. Grants range from €200 thousand to €500 thousand for periods of 12 to 42 months. Partnerships require a minimum of three institutions in at least two ACP countries. The application deadline is 30 July 2012.
* PAEPARD is organising with RUFORUM an EDULINK proposal write shop in Entebbe from 14 till 18/05/2012. 8 proposals are being developed.

B I O D I V E R S I T Y 

European Commission (EC) -- Biodiversity Research in Tropical and Subtropical Europe (BEST-2012). Net-Biome is a consortium of partners from EU member states to fund research for the sustainable management of biodiversity in the outermost regions and territories of Europe. Net-Biome requests proposals for BEST 2012 -- the voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories. Eligibility extends to organizations in EU member states; EU overseas countries and territories; and international organizations. Partners from third countries are also eligible. The closing date for applications is 01 June 2012

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) annually awards a prize for innovative agricultural research to scientists currently or previously working for a Swiss institution in agricultural research for development, with appropriate linkages in developing countries. The SFIAR Award is CHF 10 thousand for projects of young researchers, PhDs, and Post-Docs. The deadline for applications (English, French, or German) is 10 July 2012 

John Dillon Fellowship 2012. ACIAR awards the John Dillon Fellowships to young agricultural scientists and economists in developing countries for professional visits to Australia. The fellowships aim to develop leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy, and/or extension technologies. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR's priority partner countries who spend several weeks at one or two host Australian organizations. ACIAR funds four to six John Dillon fellowships per year. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2012.

Young People and Agri-Food, Small Grants 2012-2013
The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) announced a program of small grants to support its theme on Young People and Agri-Food. Grants of up to UK£2 thousand are intended for “value-added” activities such as additional field visits; additional data analyses; specific writing projects; attendance at conferences; or organizing conference panels. The FAC expects to award most grants to African researchers, but it also encourages others to apply. Short proposals are due by 15 June 2012.

AIRD-CIRAD Doctoral Program
France's Agence inter-établissements de recherche pour le développement (AIRD)AIRD, in collaboration with CIRAD, will fund up to 15 doctoral degrees for agricultural researchers from developing countries. The support is for agriculture in the broad sense, i.e., including agriculture, environment, natural resources, etc. The research should be carried out in partnership with CIRAD. Applicants should be from inter-tropical and Mediterranean countries, and under 40 years of age. Applications (French, English) are due before 18 June 2012

Ann Stroud Memorial Scholarship for Agroforestry Research in East Africa
The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) offers a scholarship to postgraduate students in East Africa to conduct thesis research in collaboration with ICRAF. Applicants should be nationals of East Africa who are 35 years of age or less, and involved in agroforestry research, education, or development. The scholarship is tenable at any university in East Africa. The upper limit of support is US$5 thousand. Applications are due at ICRAF before 30 June 2012.

Global Research Competition 2012
The Global Development Network (GDN) invites researchers from developing and transition countries to submit research proposals for the 2012 Global Research Competition. The themes in 2012 -- which is the pilot year of this program -- include food security (among others). The research competition is inter-regional and multi-disciplinary. Proposals can be submitted individually, or in teams. An online platform will help individuals and incomplete teams to find collaborators. Each winning team will be paired with world-class mentors. Grants are up to US$32 thousand for projects of up to 18 months. The submission deadline is 21 May 2012. Link

International Awards for Young Agricultural Researchers 2012
Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) makes awards of US$5 thousand each for up to three young agricultural researchers in developing countries who contribute to outstanding research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related themes. Candidates need to be less than age 40. The deadline for applications is 29 June 2012.