Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PAEPARD: ARD funding opportunities

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Collaboration with Developing Countries 2015. The Swedish Research Links Program funds research cooperation between scientists in Sweden and scientists in selected low and middle-income countries. Past grants have funded research to address water pollution; control of agricultural diseases and post-harvest losses; livestock introductions; management of protected areas; and various other topics related to agriculture and natural resources. The closing date for applications is 21 April 2015.

The Foundation's international grant making includes projects for agriculture, natural resources, and grassroots conservation. Grants range from US$500 to US$30 thousand per year for projects of 1-2 years. Applicants must have tax-exempt status or a tax-exempt fiscal agent in the USA. The deadline for applications is 30 April.

This program supports nonprofit organizations for projects that provide food relief, development assistance, and improved public policy in the fight against hunger. Activities in international development assistance include agricultural production, livestock development, land rights, soil and water conservation, and others. PHP gives preference to applications submitted by organizations based in the geographic area of the proposed activities. The average grant is about US$7 thousand. The deadline is 30 April.

The £70m ‘Agri-Tech Catalyst' funding scheme has been launched to help businesses and researchers develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology (‘agri-tech') sector.
·         Early-stage projects will explore the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea through feasibility studies. Deadline: 17 June 2015.
·         Late-stage projects evaluate or trial the commercial potential of an innovative concept in a real-life environment ahead of deployment. This can be through pre-experimental feasibility studies or experimental development. Deadline: 17 June 2015.

The Yara Prize is awarded for significant achievements related to food security and sustainable agriculture in Africa. The Prize can be awarded to any qualified individual, group, or organization without restriction by nationality, profession, or location. In 2015, the Yara Prize will have a special focus on youth, women, and agribusiness in Africa. The amount of the Prize is US$60 thousand. The deadline for nominations (in English) is 19 June 2015.


Green Challenge 2015. The Dutch Postcode Lottery offers the Green Challenge to encourage the development of products and services that contribute to an environmental lifestyle; that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and that rate highly in aspects of quality, design, and convenience. The competition is open globally. The winner will receive €500 thousand to help bring his or her plan to market. An additional €200 thousand be awarded to the runner-up. The Green Challenge accepts business plans through 01 June 2015.

International Climate Initiative 2016. Germany's BMU (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety) funds the International Climate Initiative (IKI) to support projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and biodiversity projects that have climate relevance. Most projects are led by German and international organizations with partners in developing and emerging countries. Grants are generally over €200 thousand, and sometimes much larger, for projects that are usually two to four years. The closing date for project outlines (German, English) is 01 June 2015.


The SWFF Founding Partners -- USAID, the Government of Sweden, and the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – selected in the past 17 winners out of 520 applications from universities, start-ups, and NGOs in more than 93 countries. Innovations ranged from crops for saline environments to flying water sensor technologies. SWFF seeks innovators who understand the local environment, understand the needs of the end users of their technology, and have sustainable innovations that benefit the poor and women. Stage 1 and Stage 2 Awardees will receive between $100,000 and $3 million in funding and acceleration support to bring their innovations to scale. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM ET on May 22, 2015.

Award for outstanding contributions by individuals or organizations towards solving the world's water challenges by applying innovative technologies, policies, or programs which benefit humanity. Nominations are welcomed from leaders of international water companies and water utilities; academics in water research, policy and management; heads of international organizations; members of government; and distinguished individuals in the field of water. The prize laureate will receive S$300 thousand plus a certificate and medallion at the award ceremony at Singapore International Water Week 2016. The deadline for nominations is 01 June 2015.

The Rotary Foundation partners with UNESCO to offer funding for masters studies in water and sanitation. Applicants for Rotary's support must be provisionally admitted to one of the three participating degree programs at UNESCO's Institute for Water Education (IHE). Students apply via their local Rotary club or district. Each award is approximately €34 thousand, paid directly to UNESCO-IHE. The application deadline is 15 June.

The Belgium Royal Academy for Overseas Science Competition 2016. Every year, each section of the Academy puts questions forward on specific subjects. Each award-winning work in the yearly competition is granted a prize of €2,500. The competition is open to all scientists worldwide without age restrictions. The deadline for submissions is 01 March 2016.


The CTFS-SIGEO Grants Program supports tropical forest research by senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Social scientists and natural scientists of all nationalities are eligible. Preference is to scientists in the countries that have CTFS-SIGEO sites, and to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Most grants will range from US$2 thousand to US$15 thousand. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2015.

The U.S. National Science Foundation NSF funds an annual competition for research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth's surface. Projects on a variety of topics (U.S. and international) qualify for support if they offer promise of enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. Past projects include several in the world's developing countries related to environmental disasters, waste management, marine spatial planning, wildlife conservation, and others. The deadline for regular proposals is 03 September 2015.

The Christensen Fund makes grants to indigenous-led and community-based organizations for projects that combine biodiversity with cultural diversity. Pre-proposals are accepted for consideration in the following programs: African Rift Valley; Central Asia; Northwest Mexico; Melanesia; Global; and San Francisco Bay Area. Most grants are in the range of US$50 thousand to US$100 thousand for one or two years. The application period is 01 September through 30 September.

Funding for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. The Jack Kimmel International Grant Program makes grants to researchers in arboriculture and urban forestry worldwide. Projects of one to three years are funded to a maximum of US$10 thousand. The application deadline is 01 October 2015.


Development Scholarships 2016. New Zealand's government provides a variety of opportunities for training and university study through the New Zealand Aid Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The priorities often include agriculture, renewable energy, fisheries, disaster risk management, and other areas related to natural resources and environment. For individuals intending to pursue tertiary studies at any of the ten eligible New Zealand universities and institutes of technology, NZAID recommends applying for admission before 30 April.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission provides funding support to study master’s degree courses offered in partnership with universities in developing countries, or delivered directly by UK institutions. The available offerings include tropical forestry; veterinary medicine; environmental management; conservation and wildlife management; risk and disaster management; and others. Eligibility extends to Commonwealth citizens of developing Commonwealth countries, refugees, and British protected persons. Applicants must be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country and meet the entry educational requirements. The application deadline is 15 May 2015.

The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) makes awards of US$5 thousand to each of 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 younger than age 40. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2015.

Professional Fellowships 2015, Round 2. Commonwealth Professional Fellowships support mid-career professionals from developing Commonwealth countries to make professional visits (typically of three months) with UK host organisations. Applications are invited in broadly defined fields that include agriculture, fisheries, and forestry; environment; and others. Fellows must be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons -- and they must be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country. Applications are submitted by UK host organizations. The closing date for 2015 applications (Round 2) is 18 May 2015.

Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC) offers doctoral research awards in priority themes that include agriculture and environment (among others). The program is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and nationals of developing countries who are pursuing doctoral studies at Canadian universities. IDRC funds research in all developing countries, with a few exceptions. The award covers expenses for field research up to CA$20 thousand a year. The deadline is 20 May 2015

The program KLIMAFORSK is Norway's new 10-year initiative for climate research. KLIMAFORSK announces funding for research stays abroad, visiting researcher stays in Norway, and events that promote the scientific and strategic objectives of the program. The formal applicant must be a Norwegian institution. Grants are also available to promote communication and dissemination activities in climate research. The application deadline (both opportunities) is 27 May 2015.

The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) aims to facilitate active collaboration among African scientific institutions for the purpose of training and research in science, engineering, and technology. ANSTI announces a imited number of fellowships for postgraduate studies in the 2015/2016 academic session, and tenable in ANSTI member institutions. The application deadline is 31 May 2015.

Postgraduate Training Fellowships. Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) supports female scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with doctoral fellowships in the natural sciences. The fellowships are for the pursuit of a doctoral degree at a host institution in a developing country, but not in the applicant's home country. Applicants should be qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age), who have an M.Sc. degree or outstanding B.Sc. in the natural sciences. The application deadline is 31 May 2015.

Research Training Fellowships for Scientists in Developing Countries 2015/2016. India's Department of Science and Technology (DST) offers fifty fellowships in 2015-2016 for scientists and researchers from developing countries for collaboration with Indian research partners. Thematic areas include agricultural sciences, biological sciences, and several others. The fellowships program is coordinated through the Center for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Center). Applicants should be less than 40 years of age. The closing date for applications is 15 June 2015.

The Center for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen University in the Netherlands helps build the capacities of individuals and organizations that are addressing the global challenges of sustainability and food security. Services at CDI include professional short courses in subject areas related to agriculture, genetic resources, pest management, water management, climate change, natural disasters, rural entrepreneurship, and others. Funding for most courses can be applied for through the Netherlands Fellowship Program. Many of the remaining courses in 2015 have application deadlines on 24 March 2015 or 21 July 2015.


Award for outstanding scientists at African universities who have made significant contributions to agricultural research and science for development in Africa to the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). June 30 is the deadline to submit nominations.

The deadline is 1st May 2015
Agrinatura Association -- Travel Grants to Tropentag 2015. AGRINATURA is offering eight travel grants for MSc and PhD students participating in Tropentag at Humboldt University, September 2015. Each grant is €500 for individuals at AGRINATURA's member institutions. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 01 May 2015; the deadline to apply for travel grants is 01 June 2015.

African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Affiliates' Program provides support to young scholars to enable them to develop into research leaders. The program is open to applicants from any field of specialization. Nominees should be aged 40 or under; employed in higher educational or research institutions; have obtained their PhDs during the last five years; and have post-doctoral research experience. The deadline for nominations is 30 April 2015.

International Opportunities Fund 2015. NERC's International Opportunities Fund announces grants up to £40 thousand over two years for initiatives that help UK researchers develop new collaborative links with international partners. Eligibility is limited to applicants currently having grants through NERC. The closing date for proposals is 30 April 2015.

VLIR-UOS is the secretariat of Flemish universities for development cooperation, with funding by Belgian Development Cooperation. VLIR-UOS announces several cooperation activities for 2015-2016 between its member universities and partner universities and networks in the developing world. The submission deadline for IUC North South South projects is 28 May 2015. The deadline to apply for international conferences; short training initiatives; and international training programs ranges from 07 September to 21 September 2015. Additionally, VLIR-UOS makes travel grants for EU students at Flemish universities for research and internships in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It offers PhD scholarships for nationals in selected countries of these regions to study at Flemish universities.

The Wangari Maathai Award honors this exceptional woman who championed forest issues around the world. The award to recognize an individual for outstanding achievements related to the key role forests play in supporting local communities, rural livelihoods, women, and the environment. The awardee will receive a cash prize of US$20 thousand, along with international recognition. Applicants should be nominated by a third party. Nominations related to grassroots initiatives are particularly encouraged. Nominations are accepted in English, French, or Spanish before 29 May 2015.
Organised by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Djibouti, scientists, experts, practitioners, policy makers and academicians from areas of food security and nutrition, agriculture, prevention and management of social conflicts, humanitarian aid and development, specialists on resilience and vulnerability are invited to submit their abstract by 30 May 2015.

Support for International Students
Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST) offers full or partial scholarships for 40 international doctoral students; 100 masters students; and 180 undergraduate students. Academic areas at NUST include environmental engineering, biotechnology, energy science, and many others. Application deadlines are 10 April 2015 for the Chinese Government Scholarship, and 30 May 2015 for the Jiangsu Jasmine Scholarship.

With funding from UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Agency, the African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI) aims to encourage the mobility of African students in the earth sciences. This call targets: (i) young earth science postgraduate students willing to participate in a specific course or to use a research facility in another African institution; and (ii) African earth science institutions willing to host students from other African countries for a specific course. The application deadline is 30 June 2015.

With funding from UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Agency, the African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI) aims to encourage outstanding women geoscientists to pursue post-graduate education. Grants of US$2,500 will enable female candidates to undertake exposure visits to research programs, facilities, and institutions in geosciences. Nominations are invited from institutions on behalf of their best performing post-graduate female student. The deadline is 30 June 2015.

In Europe's research program Horizon 2020, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and re-integration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked there. It also develops or helps to re-start the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants in the EU; their overseas territories; countries associated to Horizon 2020; and most developing countries are eligible for consideration. The closing date for applications is 10 September 2015

Within the framework of Danish development cooperation, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby invites Phase 1 applications for The Call is applicable for both North-driven (Den­mark) and South-driven (Ghana, Nepal, and Tanzania) development research grant applicants. Application deadline: September 4, 2015.

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