Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, December 19, 2013

PAEPARD ARD funding opportunities


Les Pays-Bas initient un fonds de 2 millions d’euros destiné à l’innovation dans agriculture. ASDF offre deux fenêtres de financement à savoir : le fonds pour l’innovation dans le secteur agricole (ASIF) et le fonds de renforcement des capacités et de financement des petits investissements (CaBIF).

Nutrition - Diversified Agriculture for balanced nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa 
The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has launched a new funding instrument. BMEL seeks to strengthen the contribution of Germany’s agricultural research to the development of an efficient agricultural sector in partner-countries, by fostering long-term partnerships between agricultural research institutions in Germany and in developing countries especially in Africa. Deadline: 17 march 2013.

The Work Programme on ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ offers opportunities in finding diverse 
and innovative solutions to well-identified challenges in key EU policy priorities. Through generic or dedicated topics, a broad multidisciplinary participation is welcomed in these efforts.
Specific topics related to Africa:
·         SFS-6-2014: Sustainable intensification pathways of agro-food systems in Africa (page 14) Deadline 26/06/2014
·         SFS-18-2015: Small farms but global markets: the role of small and family farms in food and nutrition security (page 29) Deadline First stage 24/02/2015
Info Day 2014 in Brussels, on 17 January 2014, from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm, at the "Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels",

The AFDB Agriculture Fast Track Fund aims to boost investment in African agriculture by providing grants up to US$ 1.5 million in support of African agribusiness. Grants can be used for feasibility studies, market research, financial modeling, business plan development, and environmental and social impact studies. The eligible pilot countries are Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The application deadline is 31 December 2013.

The EU-Egypt Innovation Fund supports consortia of European and Egyptian researchers for innovative projects in renewable energy, food production, aquatic resources, sustainable tourism, and other themes. The program is open to applicants that partner with at least six co-applicants. Applicants must be registered and based in Egypt. Funding will range from from €300 thousand to €750 thousand, subject to cost shares. Reference EuropeAid/135159/M/ACT/EG. The application deadline is 03 February 2014.

CTA is calling for proposals on innovations in use or have potential in smallholder agricultural production systems in ACP countries and which if known and widely promoted can benefit other farming communities. They have to reach CTA no later than 15 February 2014

The Agricultural Innovation MKTPlace is an international initiative supported by different partners aiming to link Brazilian, African and Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) experts and institutions to develop cooperative research projects for development.  This call was launched on 18th November 2013 and will be open till 18 February 2014.

Sida will fund partnerships between Swedish universities and Makerere University in Uganda. The aim is research strengthening at Makerere. The call is open to all Swedish and to participating institutions at Makerere University, including the colleges for agriculture and environmental sciences; natural resources; veterinary medicine and animal resources; and others. The deadline for submitting letters of intent is 19 February 2014.

The ESRC and DFID announced a research program to investigate the economic development impact of China's engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa. The scope includes research related to aspects of agriculture and natural resources, among other themes. The program encourages academics from developing and developed countries to work together in any configuration; principal investigators can be from anywhere in the world. The application deadline is 13 March 2014.

The UK's Royal Society collaborates with UK's DFID to strengthen the research capacity of universities and research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa through partnerships with the UK. Research priorities in the current round are water and sanitation; renewable energy; and soil-related research. Funding contributes towards research expenses, travel and subsistence costs, PhD training, and limited funds for equipment. The closing date for the first round of applications is 09 April 2014.

This Call for proposals invites consortia composed of private and public practitioners organisations and research organisations, from the 15 Dutch development partner countries and from the Netherlands, to submit project proposals for applied research for innovation. Of the 15 partner countries for Dutch international cooperation, following countries are from Africa: Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan, Uganda. A grant amounts to a minimum of 50,000 euro (for six months) to a maximum of 300,000 euro (for 36 months). Proposals can be submitted continuously during the course of this first Call for proposals. This Call closes at 15 April 2014.

The Innovation Fund for Ethiopia Agriculture invites proposals for innovative projects that link activities in agriculture and health in order to reduce food security and malnutrition. Applicants are Ethiopian NGOs and Ethiopian national or private research institutes, optionally working with external partners (external partners are limited to 25% of the total agreement). USAID anticipates making three awards, at least one of which will focus on pastoralist areas. Funding Opportunity APS-663-14-000002. The application deadline is 15 May 2014.

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WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a partnership of German and West African institutions for research and science-based advice on impacts, mitigation, and adaptation measures related to climate change. The program offers scholarships and research support to qualified candidates in WASCAL member countries. WASCAL's support for doctoral students (program West African Climate System) has a deadline of 31 December 2013.

The latest round of the Global Poverty Action Fund focuses on MDG-1 ("eradication of extreme poverty and hunger"), with a thematic focus on jobs and livelihoods. This GPAF funding round calls for proposals in both the Community Partnership window and the Impact window. The deadlines are 20 January 2014 for the Impact window, and 27 January 2014 for the Community Impact window.

The Nordic Climate Facility has launched a call for proposals on the theme of “Inclusive green growth projects contributing to private sector development.” Grants up to €500 thousand will be made to partnerships between relevant Nordic (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland) institutions and qualified local partners in low-income countries. Co-financing of at least 20% is required. The application deadline is 31 January 2014.

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) announced two open calls for concept notes:
1) help develop its portfolio of work related to climate-smart agricultural practices, specifically around the area of local adaptation planning processes, and scaling up and out approaches (Flagship 1).
2) contribute to the resilience and adaptive capacity of agriculture through climate information services and climate-informed food security safety nets (Flagship 2).
Deadline for submission of the concept notes is 1 March 2014

The French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) announced a second call under FISP-Climat as an innovation facility to encourage private enterprise to use green technologies for fighting climate change in developing countries. The FFEM will support projects in climate mitigation and adaptation for up to €500 thousand per project . Proposals must include at least one private company. Projects can be located in ACP countries, with preference for North Africa and the Mediterranean region. The closing date is 09 February 2014.

The UK Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)  and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) jointly sponsor research on Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL). PEDL encourages proposals which address cross-cutting issues such as climate, environment, and social compliance -- among others. PEDL currently invites applications for: (i) Exploratory Grants ranging between £10 thousand and £35 thousand; and (ii) Major Research Grants, with an average grant size of £300 thousand. The application deadlines are 31 January 2014 for Exploratory Grants, and 03 March 2014 for Major Grants.


Echoing Green helps emerging social entrepreneurs around the world with grants of seed capital and technical assistance to support their start-up organizations. Past grants include several that address renewable energy, waste management, smallholder farming, and other societal challenges of developing countries. The application period (Phase I) is 03 December 2013 through 06 January 2014.

IDEO is a nonprofit organization that uses design and innovation to address the challenges of poverty. IDEO invites applications from designers and from the social sector to apply human-centered design in projects related to several development subjects that include water and sanitation, agriculture, and others. There are no nationality restrictions. The deadline for applications is 06 January 2014.

USAID and Sida are collaborating to identify and accelerate innovations in science, technology, and business that improve water access and sustainability for increased food security and poverty alleviation. Organizations of any type or size are eligible to apply for funding, with a preference for applications submitted by local and international partners. Awards will range from US$100 thousand to US$3 million for awards up to three years. The submission period for concept papers is 27 November 2013 through 17 January 2014.

6th Call for Proposals. The EEP for Southern and East Africa announced a new call for projects in renewable energy. The focus is on promising local private projects that are close to commercial maturity, but need a limited amount of bridging finance. Projects should be implemented in one or more of the following countries: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia. Grants range from €200 thousand to €1 million, depending on co-financing shares. The submission deadline for concept notes is 15 January 2014.

The European Commission(EC)'s Research Directorate (FP7) will fund collaborative projects and networking through the program FORESTERRA. The two research themes include one on a regional approach to learn how global change affects Mediterranean forest ecosystems, and another on managing biodiversity in forest systems. Applications are made by consortia of organizations from the participating countries, including Algeria and Tunisia in North Africa. The application deadline is 15 January 2014.

The Darwin Initiative funds of the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) for capacity building, training, research, and education in support of the three major conventions on biodiversity -- focusing on the developing world. The scoping awards cover travel costs to enable prospective partners to collaboratively develop an application for a Darwin project. Fellowships support participants in recent or current Darwin projects with opportunities to work towards formal qualifications or to develop policy skills. The application deadline for scoping awards and fellowships in Round 20 is 03 February 2014. Link Scoping    Link Fellowships 

The EU will fund projects to provide low-income areas in peri-urban zones of Malawi with improved water supply and sanitation services. Proposals may be submitted by organizations in the EU member states, the ACP countries (which include Malawi), and international organizations. All proposals must include at least one applicant or co-applicant from Malawi. Grants will range from €300 thousand to €1.5 million, subject to cost shares. Reference EuropeAid/135226/L/ACT/MW. The deadline for submissions is 21 February 2014.

The ARCOS Small Grants enhance collaboration to develop sustainable solutions for biodiversity and people, focusing on critical landscapes and watersheds of the Albertine Rift and the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa. The program is open to civil society organizations. Governments and for-profit actors cannot apply, but may participate as cooperation partners in the project, or in coalitions where a civil society organization is the main applicant. The maximum grants is US$5 thousand. Applications are received in two periods each year: 01 April to 15 May, and 01 August to 15 September 2014.

The Ekhaga Foundation (Sweden) makes grants for research in ecological agriculture and biological medicine. Universities, research institutes, etc., from all over the world are invited to apply, although Ekhaga recommends cooperation with a European institution. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014.

The World Conservation Union in the Netherlands (IUCN-Netherlands) manages the Purchase of Nature program, funded by the Dutch Postal Code Lottery. The program provides grants of up to €85 thousand for the purchase and protection of threatened wildlife habitats and vulnerable ecosystems, mainly in tropical developing countries. The grants are to local conservation organizations in those countries. Pre-proposals are due before 01 May 2014.


With funding from Canada's IDRC, CAREG will support short-term exchanges between Canadian and African universities and research institutes in research themes that include agriculture and environment (among others). Grants of up to CAD$40 thousand are for joint projects between researchers in Canada and researchers in eligible African countries. The closing date for applications is 18 February 2014.

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub awards research fellowships to African agricultural researchers for short-term projects at the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi. Candidates should be currently engaged in agricultural research and be affiliated with a national agricultural research program or university in the eligible countries. The Fund supports travel, accommodation, stipend, and research costs. The application deadline is 28 February 2014

Netherlands Organization for Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) offers opportunities for professionals in 50 developing countries to pursue masters degrees, PhD studies, and short courses in the Netherlands. Individuals applying for fellowships must be admitted to the relevant academic programs in order to be eligible for funding. Programs include subjects in agricultural and veterinary sciences; sustainable energy; marine biology; water resources; environmental governance; and various other areas related to environment and natural resources. Application deadlines vary by sub-programs -- with deadlines on 04 February 2014, 06 May 2014, and 07 October 2014.

Sida funds short-term training in selected development topics for participants from developing countries. The Global program includes courses in the following subject areas in year 2014: (i) efficient energy use and planning, with submission deadlines 01 February and 01 August 2014; and (ii) integrated sustainable coastal development, with submission deadline 01 March 2014. Information about course content and eligibility are included with each course description. Note: Interested individuals should follow the website for additional courses that may be announced, including at regional levels.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) cooperates with the African Network of Scientific and Technical Institutions (ANSTI) -  by offering financial support for Masters and Ph.D degrees at institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowships are awarded to nationals in Sub-Saharan Africa for studies outside the applicants' home countries. Participants must be from ANSTI member institutions, and be less than 36 years old at the time of application. The application deadline is 31 May 2014.

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries for agricultural research at universities in the USA. The program currently invites applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Each research project is coordinated by a university in the student's home country, a university in the USA, and a mentor in the CGIAR. The application deadline is 01 May 2014.

Le CIUF accorde 150 bourses d'études et 70 bourses de stage.
·         Master complémentaire en aquaculture.
·         Master complémentaire en sciences et gestion de l'environnement dans les pays en développement.
·         Master complémentaire  en gestion des ressources animales et végétales en milieux tropicaux.
·         Master complémentaire en gestion des risques naturels
·         Master complémentaire en sciences et technologie des aliments
·         European Microfinance Programme
·         Master complémentaire en protection des cultures tropicales et subtropicales
·         Stage méthodologique en appui à l'innovation en agriculture familiale
·         Stage en environnement et gestion durable des ressources minerals

VLIR-UOS International Master Programmes 2014-2016

VLIR-UOS International Training Programmes 2014
·         Dairy Nutrition

A W A R D S 

The Dubai Municipality collaborates with UN Habitat to offer Best Practices Awards for outstanding contributions to improve the living environment, particularly for poor and disadvantaged populations. The categories of best practices include awards for organizations (i.e., NGOs and associations), businesses and enterprises, university research, and individuals. The deadline for submissions requesting feedback is 01 March 2014. The final deadline is 31 March 2014.

The Fiat Panis Foundation (Germany) makes awards for university thesis and dissertation research in themes of agriculture and natural resources, with a focus on food security in developing countries. The Justus von Liebig Award for World Food is €25 thousand; the Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg Graduate Award is €7.5 thousand. The deadline for both awards is 30 April 2014.

The Global Land Tool Network is sponsoring a competition on the theme of good practices for tenure security in the Muslim world. This refers to successfully increased security of tenure and access to land, housing, and property rights in Muslim communities -- with special reference to the poor, women, and youth. The three best papers will be awarded cash prizes. The application deadline is extended to 2 April 2014.

The King Baudouin African Development Prize rewards innovative initiatives to improve the quality of life of local communities in Africa. Candidates for the Prize can be individuals or organizations, working in any field of endeavor. Past winners include champions of fair trade, environmental conservation, and land reform (among a wide field of other issues). The Prize is worth €150 thousand, awarded every other year. The deadline for nominations for the 2014 award is 28 February 2014.

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