Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, November 10, 2014

ARD funding opportunities

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The Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health announces the launch of the research partnership, "Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions" (IMMANA). IMMANA intends to accelerate the scientific evidence needed to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population. It invites submissions of interest from researchers on innovative and interdisciplinary methods to explore the links between agriculture and food systems and health and nutrition outcomes. In its first round of grants funding, IMMANA intends to award 7-8 grants of up to £250 thousand each. The deadline for concept memos is 21 November 2014.

European Commission ARIMNet2 is a network of funding organizations and  research institutions that promote the coordination of agricultural research and innovation among Mediterranean countries.  ARIMNet2 announces a joint call for proposals 2014-2015 which is open to researchers in Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey.  Subject areas include agricultural productivity, animal and plant health, sustainable aquaculture and fisheries, agricultural and food policies, sustainable management of agricultural water, and other topics.  The deadline for pre-proposals is 01 December 2014.

La Caixa Foundation (Barcelona) makes grants for projects in socioeconomic development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Past grants include many in aspects of agriculture, energy, and environment. The program is open to Spanish nonprofit organizations and local partners for grants up to €450 thousand for up to four years. The closing date for applications is 18 December 2014.

This 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.A new call for pre-proposals is now open and the deadline for submissions is 4 January 2015.

PEER brings together the U.S. Agency for International Development with other agencies of the U.S. government to address critical challenges in international development.  PEER invites scientists in developing countries to work with U.S. collaborators in research and capacity building on priority topics defined by regions, countries, and subject areas.  The subject areas are water resources, climate change, forests and biodiversity, wildlife conservation, and others.  Applicants must be based at academic institutions, non-profit organizations, or government-managed research laboratories, centers, or institutes in eligible countries.  Applicants need to have at least one research partner in the U.S. that has grant funding from the U.S. government. Grants will range from US$40 thousand to US$120 thousand per year for one to three years. The deadline for pre-proposals is 09 January 2015. 

Food and Business  Applied Research Fund
The Food & Business Applied Research Fund provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. Proposals may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least one private or public practitioners organisation active in the partner countries and one research or higher education organisation. One Dutch partner is required. Application form 2nd Call for proposals 2014/2015 – Round 2. Deadline: 12 January 2015 and last round 12 May 2015.

 The Swiss Program for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Program) makes grants for transnational and interdisciplinary research focusing on poverty reduction, global risks, and the provision of public goods. Applications are invited from nonprofit Swiss research institutions in partnerships with research institutions in the developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Grants are up to CHF 500 thousand for up to three years. The application deadline for pre-proposals is 06 February 2015.

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-1C-2014/2015: Sustainable terrestrial livestock production: Assessing sustainability of terrestrial livestock production (page 8)SFS-2B-2014/2015: Sustainable crop production: Assessing soil-improving cropping systems (page 10)SFS-3-2014: Practical solutions for native and alien pests affecting plants (page 13)
  • SFS-13-2015: Biological contamination of crops and the food chain (page 23)
  • 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 3 February 2015
G4AW is a program by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, executed by the Netherlands Space Office, to support private investments for satellite-based information services that improve the output of agriculture, livestock, and fishing in 26 emerging and developing countries. Grants will range from €500 thousand to €5 million for consortia of Dutch organizations in partnerships with organizations in Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The application deadline is 27 February 2015


IFAD is partnering with the CGIAR to fund research on better practices in agricultural development under the risks of climate change.  The focal countries in this IFAD-CCAFS Learning Alliance are Bangladesh, Bolivia, Chad, Djibouti, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Vietnam.  Funding will be provided to research consortia that can deliver scientific knowledge, policy engagement, and capacity enhancement. The limit on budget requests is US$500 thousand for two years.  The deadline for concept notes is 10 November 2014.

The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation and the Government of Norway aim to acquire certified emission reductions (CERs) from registered and commissioned CDM projects and Programs of Activities under the Kyoto Protocol.  The current purchase will target carbon-reduction projects and activities that face discontinuation because of low CER prices.  Purchase contracts will be for future deliveries of CERs based on emission reductions generated from 01 October 2014 to 31 December 2020.   The deadline for submissions is 27 November 2014.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) makes research grants through the African Peace Building Network to African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peace building in Africa. Support is available for research and analysis on issues that include environmental change and conflict -- among other themes. Applicants must be African citizens currently residing in a country of Sub-Saharan Africa. Grants are up to US$15 thousand. The deadline for applications is 14 December 2014.


ERANet-LAC announces its first joint call on research and innovation with the participation of 20 organizations in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The themes of the call include biodiversity assessment and monitoring; screening for bioactive metabolites and enzymes; small-scale biorefineries; zero-carbon energy systems for heating and cooling; and others (related to health). Proposals need to involve at least four partners from four countries. The deadline for proposals is 27 November 2014

The CEPF invites applications for small and large (>US$20 thousand) grants to conserve biodiversity in Mozambique.  Eligibility extends to NGOs, community groups, private enterprises, universities, and other civil society applicants.  The geographical priorities are the Chimanimani Mountains; Mount Chiperone; Mount Mabu; Mount Namuli; and Lake Malawi. The application deadline for large grants is 14 November 2014; the deadline for small grants is 28 November 2014

Axé sur l’opérationnel, SEP2D s’inscrit dans l’esprit de REDD+, de la mise en œuvre du protocole de Nagoya et de la Stratégie Mondiale de Conservation des Plantes (SMCP) révisée. Des partenariats seront développés avec le secteur privé. Six établissements français ont joué un rôle moteur dans SEP : l’IRD, le MNHN, le CIRAD, le CNRS, et les Universités Pierre et Marie Curie, et Montpellier.
Début 2015 : Démarrage effectif de SEPDD ;  projets, actions, opérations-pilotes

USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance seeks to fund an NGO that works internationally to build the capacity and technical knowledge of Kenyan NGOs in matters of disaster risk reduction at the community level in the event of future droughts. Thematic areas include management of water supply, agriculture and livestock, and others. The project will operate in one or more of Turkana, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, and Marsabit as the basis for expansion to other organizations across Kenya. Funding Opportunity APS-OFDA-14-000008. The application deadline is 30 November 2014. 

The Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund makes grants for local conservation projects in developing countries. The grants are intended as seed money for communities and individuals. The Fund especially invites applications from the developing countries. Grants are a maximum of US$2 thousand for one year. Applications are accepted from 01 December through 01 February 2015.

The Scientific Exploration Society (SES) makes awards to "pioneers with purpose" who combine innovative field expeditions with important research contributions, including in subject areas related to environment and conservation.  The awards are intended to provide a financial contribution to the overall cost of the fieldwork phase of scientific exploration. For 2015, the SES announces five award categories. The application deadline for all awards is 31 December 2014.

Each year, the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences sponsors a competition to stimulate high-quality research regarding problems inherent in the developing world. The questions for 2015 include one on the potential contributions of plant and/or animal biodiversity to improve nutrition security and health in developing countries. Each award-winning work is granted a prize of €2,500. The deadline is 01 March 2015.


Israel's Agency for International Development (MASHAV) offers professional short courses in Israel in subject areas that include agriculture, energy, health, education, and social development. For most courses, MASHAV covers course fees, accommodation, medical insurance, and other expenses in Israel. Applications are submitted through Israel's diplomatic missions. Courses offered in English language for 2015 include biotechnology and bioinformatics (apply before 27 November 2014); integration of research, extension, and applied agriculture (apply before 21 December 2014); and others. Interested individuals should monitor MASHAV for other courses likely to be announced in the next few months.

AGRA and Mali's Katibougou Polytechnic University call for qualified applicants from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger to undertake masters studies in integrated soil management. Applicants must have educational qualifications in agriculture or related fields, together with adequate professional experience. Up to five individuals will be selected for the masters program of two years. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2014.

CGIAR offers funding for early-career scientists in developing countries to conduct PhD research on any of 52 research topics that fall under six research themes. The program is open to qualified and well-rounded rice scientists from the public and private sectors. Applicants should be not more than 35 years old at the time of application, and be proficient in English.  The application deadline is 30 November 2014

European Graduate School in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EGA-ABG) . The EGA-ABG is comprised of four European institutions of higher education to train current and future generations of animal breeders. The program announces six funded PhDs to start in September 2015, including research specific for the developing world. Applicants should have a masters degree in animal breeding and genetics, and proficiency in English. The application deadline is 30 November 2014.

The International Council for Science (ICSU) works with strategic partners to plan and coordinate international research addressing major issues of relevance to both science and society -- such as global environmental change; hazards and disasters; ecosystem change; oceans; space research; and solar-terrestrial physics. The ICSU invites grant proposals to be led by an ICSU Scientific Union, with encouragement to involve other organizations as formal supporting applicants. The documents to apply are available to ICSU members only. The deadline for applications is 01 December 2014.

University of Cambridge. The MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge is a full-time interdisciplinary masters course over 11 months in conservation management and leadership. The program aims to attract graduates that have at least three to five years of relevant experience. Applicants from less-developed and developing countries can apply for scholarship support, which is awarded competitively. The deadline for university admission and scholarship application is 02 December 2014.

The MasterCard Foundation funds citizens and residents of Sub-Saharan Africa for graduate studies at Michigan State University, USA. The fields of study at MSU include agriculture and natural resources; veterinary medicine; natural sciences; and many others. The deadline for completed applications is 02 February 2015.

The French-language universities of Belgium award 150 scholarships and 70 training grants each year in the ARES program to applicants from developing countries. Subjects include aquaculture; tropical animal and plant resources; environmental management; management of natural hazards; and others. Eligibility requirements are defined by age, previous education, and nationality. The eligible countries are Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haïti, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The deadline for applications (French or English) is 11 February 2015.
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
Master complémentaire en protection des cultures tropicales et subtropicales
Master complémentaire en développement, environnement et sociétés
Stage en système d'information géographique
Stage méthodologique en appui à l'innovation en agriculture familiale
Stage en environnement et gestion durable des ressources minérales

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to attend one of the selected trainings (7) or Master programmes (15)
taught in English at a Belgian Flemish university or university college.
Training programmes organized in 2015 (1-4 months)
Technology for Integrated Water Management. Application now open, deadline 1 February
Food Safety, Quality Assurance Systems and Risk Analysis. Application now open, deadline 1 February
Dairy Nutrition. Course dates and applications dates yet to be confirmed
Two-year Master programmes
Nutrition and Rural Development, main subject: Human Nutrition. Deadline: 1 January 2015
Physical Land Resources. Deadline: 5 January 2015
Aquaculture. Deadline: 15 January 2015
Biology - Specialisation Human Ecology. Deadline: 1 February 2015
Statistics - Specialisation Biostatistics. Deadline: 1 February 2015
Environmental Sanitation. Deadline: 1 February 2015
Nematology. Deadline: 1 February 2015
Food Technology. Applications open on 1 November 2014. Deadline: 1 February 2015
Water Resources Engineering. Applications open on 1 November 2014. Deadline: 1 February 2015
Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes). Deadline: 1 March 2015
Molecular Biology. Deadline: 31 March 2015
The Heinrich Böll Foundation annually funds approximately 1,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students across all subjects and nationalities for university studies in Germany. Preference is for applicants working in the subject areas of the Foundation such as climate and energy, resource governance, and ecology and green development (among others). The geographical scope (but not exclusive) for international students is Central and Eastern Europe; EU neighborhood countries and the CIS; the Middle East and North Africa; transition and newly industrialized countries; and conflict regions worldwide. Applicants should be capable in German language. The deadline for international applications (i.e., from outside Germany) is 01 March 2015.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers 20 fellowships for young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and pursuing long-term collaboration. The fellowship allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows choose their own hosts. The fellowship includes intensive language training and an orientation program at the introduction. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2015

The Eppley Foundation supports advanced scientific research by scientists and medical doctors with established records of publications in their specialties. These specialties include endangered animals and ecosystems; climate change; and others. Past grants include examples related to conservation and ecology in Africa, China, and elsewhere. Grants may be awarded for research internationally when applicants are based in the USA, or are associated with U.S. institutions that will administer the grants. Most grants are under US$25 thousand. The deadlines for letters of inquiry are 15 March and 15 September 2015.


This event is scheduled for 2 till 5 February 2015 in Burkina Faso, and it aims to bring together 150 actors engaged with sustainable family farming. Organizations, cooperatives, and associations are invited to submit initiatives that meet the themes of the Camp. The organizers will cover the travel costs of these participants, and the best initiatives will receive international publicity. The deadline for applications (French, English) is 8 November 2014.

Impact Amplifier, Growth Africa, VC4Africa and Hivos. The Green Pioneer Accelerator Program aims to help early-stage green entrepreneurs position themselves for national or regional scale in Africa. The program combines a rigorous curriculum with practical experience shared by entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors. Entrepreneurs across Africa can apply to either the Kenya or South Africa cohort. Upon successful graduation, 10 enterprises in each program will be showcased to a group of investors. The application deadline is 01 December 2014.

The Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food recognizes contributions in research, development, and capacity building in the North, South, or the Mediterranean Region to sustainably improve food and agricultural systems while addressing food security and poverty reduction. The Prize will be awarded in three categories: distinguished scientist; promising young scientist; and outstanding career in agricultural development. The winner of each category will be awarded €20 thousand. Applications are open to academic and research organizations (private or public), civil society organizations, and the private sector (e.g., small/medium enterprises). The deadline for applications is 4 December 2014.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is a partnership of business schools in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and funding to support their social ventures. Past winners include plans for water supply, energy micro-credit, agricultural processing, ecological building materials, and other environmental themes. The GSVC will award cash prizes up to US$25 thousand.  The deadline for the first entry round in all regions is 05 December 2014.

The Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation (CFH) Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations worldwide for projects in conservation, sustainable agriculture, and health in developing countries. The average grant is approximately US$17 thousand. The deadlines for concept applications is 01 January 2014.

The Tusk Conservation Awards highlight achievements of individuals working for conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is awarded to a distinguished individual for exceptional contribution over a minimum of ten years. The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa is awarded to an individual with a minimum of five years experience who has demonstrated a considerable commitment to conservation, and who has already made a significant impact. In both categories, the winner receives a trophy and a grant to support further work. The deadline for nominations is 06 February 2015.

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