Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

AR4D Funding Opportunities _ August 2018


A G R I C U L T U R E

The Horizon 2020' Sustainable Food Security call
This is EC's main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production. The call advocates for food system approaches to tackle the inherent links between ecosystems, food production, the food chain and consumer health and wellbeing.
Download the ENHorizon 2020Work Programme 2018-20209. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine,maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy (133 pages).
  • § SFS-12-2019: A vaccine against African swine fever January 2019
  • § LC-SFS-34-2019: Food Systems Africa. Coordination and support action January 2019
  • § FSFS-35-2019-2020: Sustainable Intensification in Africa. Research and Innovation action:
A. [2019]: African Farming Systems, sustainable intensification pathways January 2019
B. [2019]: Soil system for Africa January 2019

MYTOX-SOUTH intends to harness the expertise and infrastructure available at Ghent University to strengthen the capacity of the Southern partners to tackle the mycotoxin problem and the associated food safety and food security issues. In this way, MYTOX-SOUTH tries to strengthen the human capacity of partners in the South to mentor a new breed of innovators and young researchers. For this reason, MYTOX-SOUTH announces a research traineeship for PhD students for MYTOX SOUTH partners. The traineeships offer an unique opportunity to use the expertise and (instrumental) facilities from the laboratories (North partners), and to establish a great professional experience.Applicants have to fill the APPLICATION FORM and send it in PDF-format to info@mytoxsouth.org before 30th August 2018 5 pm (Brussels time).

The Leatherman Grant program awards US$100 thousand to non-profit organizations around the world who are paving the way for change through innovative ideas. This may also include solutions or tools in the category of agriculture, energy, water, and/or cross-cutting subjects. Applications will be accepted until 31 August 2018.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation invites journalists from across Africa to participate in a one-week Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development workshop in Kigali (Rwanda). The Foundation offers full bursaries for journalists from African countries working for established media organisations. Participating journalists will have access to high profile delegates, leading experts, and technical experts. Participants are expected to pursue stories in their home countries after the workshop. The application deadline is 31 July 2018.

The uptake and impact of agricultural research innovations in developing countries – often referred to as ‘scaling’ – has not lived up to expectations. One reason is that research and development communities operate under different mandates, time frames and incentive structures. Agricultural research focusses on developing innovations to address global challenges. Research often has limited direct beneficiaries, and it takes a relatively long time to translate findings into practical outcomes. Agricultural development is concerned with translating innovations into local solutions for larger numbers of users so that their impact becomes more substantial. Public and private development agencies have short time horizons and may not be prepared to wait for findings of longer term research processes. Manuscript submission deadline: 31 December 2018


Agribusiness
SEED is a global partnership founded by UNEP, UNDP, and IUCN to promote eco-enterprises. The program announces starter workshops in Lilongwe (Malawi) during August and September 2018. The starter workshops help individuals in the very early stages of setting up their enterprises to refine their business ideas. Selected participants will receive training free of charge, although travel and accommodation costs are not included. The application deadline is 06 August 2018.

The World Bank, in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), is interested in supporting innovative collaborations for data production to be directed towards sustainable development. Consortium members may include social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and academic organizations. Funding may range from between US$25 thousand and US$250 thousand. Proposals must be submitted by 15 August 2018.
Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture — Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2018
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is sponsoring a competition for young African entrepreneurs (less than age 40) to showcase their business innovations in agribusiness at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference in October 2018. Although the focus of the competition is agribusiness, business innovations in other themes (e.g., natural resources, meteorology, urbanization, green economy, etc.) will also be considered. The winners will have their expenses paid for travel to the conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and a cash award. Submissions are invited in English or French before 31 August 2018. DEADLINE: 31 AUGUST 2018

Cartier supports women entrepreneurs who lead social enterprises in their early phases that have potential to grow significantly. Cartier reviews applications from Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East & North Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. Previous laureates have included several whose work links to environment and related issues, e.g., product recycling, low-cost energy, water treatment, fair trade, and others. Each of the selected women entrepreneurs receives a cash prize of US$100 thousand, networking and visibility opportunities, and business coaching. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2018.

Bio-diversity, environment, climate change
The CEPF invites applications for small grants (under US$20 thousand) in support of conserving biodiversity in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands. Eligibility for funding extends to community groups and associations, NGOs, private enterprises, universities, research institutes, and other civil society organizations. CEPF posts the ecosystem profile, and a list of key biodiversity areas, in the announcement. The deadline for letters of inquiry (English, French, Malagasy) is 07 August 2018.

tvebiomovies — Climate Change Video Competition for Africans
tvebiomovies invites African filmmakers to submit short 3 minute video diaries showing how groups and organisations are using technology to fight climate change. The top five videos will be awarded a prize of $US500 each. The top 20 ideas will be featured in a Case Study Library so other people can benefit from new technology and innovative ideas. Videos have to be submitted by 31 August 2018.

The Rainforest Trust partners with local conservation organizations to create new protected areas and expand existing ones for Critically Endangered and Endangered species. The Initiative invites applications for conservation partnerships from nonprofit entities and NGOs for projects in tropical Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Applying organizations may submit proposals for either a land purchase or a protected area designation. Applications to create new protected areas are reviewed three times per year. Application deadlines for 2018 are 01 March, 01 July and 01 November.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program offers short-term fellowships to African-born academics at universities in the USA and Canada to collaborate with African universities in research, curriculum co-development, and/or graduate student training. Project requests to host scholars are submitted by universities and other higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Past scholars in the program have included several in agriculture, environment, and related disciplines. The next application deadlines are 06 July 2018 and 09 December 2018.

Fellowships/scholarships/grants
Australia’s International Water Center announces funding for three international candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management. Two scholarships will cover full tuition and living expenses (Type A Scholarship), and a third will cover full tuition (Type B Scholarship). Applications are invited from eligible countries in Asia-Pacific; Africa; Latin America and Caribbean; the Middle East; Europe; and North America. Note: Eligible countries for Type A are different from Type B. The application deadline is 01 August 2018.

The DAAD offers scholarships to qualified individuals from eligible developing countries for post-graduate studies at German universities in development-related subjects. The program (EPOS) is open to individuals who completed their previous academic degrees no longer than six years previously; who have at least two years of professional experience; and who are nationals of countries receiving official development assistance (DAC list of the OECD). The available courses range across water resources; renewable energy; land management and tenure; agricultural sciences; forest sciences; ecology; nature conservation; environmental governance; and many others. Most scholarship deadlines for the 2019-2020 intake fall between August 2018 through December 2018, varying by courses (check carefully).

New England Biolabs Foundation — Grants for Grassroots Conservation 2018
The New England Biolabs Foundation makes grants to grassroots and charitable organizations to support conservation of biological diversity; ecosystem services; community food security; and marine environment. The geographical scope focuses on the Gulf of Honduras (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras) and Nicaragua in Central America; Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru in the Andes region; and Ghana and Cameroon in West Africa. The Foundation occasionally makes grants in a few other countries where it has previous experience (El Salvador, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania). Maximum grant size is US$10 thousand. Most grants are US$3 thousand to US$8 thousand. Deadline: 13 AUGUST 2018.

The UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme offers young people from developing countries the opportunity to start their career at the interface between international climate policy development and research. Fellowships may last from six months to two years. Climate Fellows will be able to work in their home countries or internationally, deploying the valuable experience and insights they have gained during the programme. Applicants must be enrolled in their final term or have recently graduated from an advanced university degree programme in environment, climate change, communications, international relations or a related field. Qualified women candidates and candidates from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline: 16 AUGUST 2018.

Eco-Generation announces the call for applications for the 21st Eco-Generation Regional Ambassadors Program. Eco-Generation is a social networking platform offering a range of possibilities for engaging children and young adults youth to advance their role and commitment in environmental conservation and protection. Youth aged between 13 and 24 qualify to become an ambassador and represent Tunza Eco-Generation. The Ambassador Program provides exceptional experiences with the opportunities to actively plan, to execute or participate in various environmental awareness programs around the world. Deadline for applications is 19 August 2018.

World Academy of Sciences — Biotechnology Research Fellowships in India
In partnership with TWAS, India’s Department of Biotechnology offers a fellowship programme for scholars from developing countries to pursue research towards a PhD in biotechnology. The TWAS-DBT postgraduate fellowships are tenable at key biotechnology research institutions in India for a period of up to five years. Applicants should not be older than age 35. DBT will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food, and health insurance. Deadline: 31 AUGUST 2018

The Mastercard Foundation funds economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa for study at UCT. The fields of study at UCT include different areas of sciences; and many others. Applications for graduate scholarships close 31 August 2018.

AWARDS and O T H E R

Each year, the Lipman Family Prize awards US$350 thousand in cash to three social impact organizations. The award recognizes and amplifies the work of organizations devoted to positive social impact and creating sustainable solutions to significant social and economic challenges. Past winners include projects in the field of improved sanitation, energy innovations, and microforestry. Eligibility extends to organizations from all around the world addressing social and economic issues. The 2019 Prize application closes on 03 August 2018.

The African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards aim to incentivize and create a critical mass of journalists reporting on the area of climate change and environment. The 2018 ACCER Awards contest theme is “Changing the Narrative on Environmental Challenges in Africa: the Case of Pollution”. The competition is open to all journalists from Africa. The winner will receive US$1000 in cash, a full sponsorship (including return air ticket, accommodation and other living expenses) for the UN Climate Change Conference (December 2018) in Poland, and training throughout 2019. The application deadline is 05 August 2018.

The Youth Sub-Committee seeks submissions from youth, showcasing their work inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals at the 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference, ”We the Peoples”. Video submissions should show why Multilateralism is needed in ending poverty, addressing climate change, forging equality and ensuring access to education in order to create a more peaceful world. Please note that submissions can be in all languages. The deadline for videos/films is 12 August 2018.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invites nominations for the Pathfinder Award. The Award recognises outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas from around the world. Nominations are invited from individuals and organizations. The overall winner will receive US$ 10 thousand. The deadline for nominations is 15 August 2018.

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) honours one young scientist who has made significant contribution to improve sustainability of water and sanitation-related activities and programmes in the developing world. The winner will receive US$ 2,000. Nominees must be sub-Saharan African nationals. Nominations are invited from TWAS fellows, research institutions, research councils and universities. Self-nominations will not be considered. The deadline is 20 August 2018.

This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university.
AFS is looking for a research award recipient to conduct research on emerging critical trends in the agricultural sector within the context of increased productivity and reduction of post-harvest loss, rural economic development, improved food and nutrition security, and the empowerment of women. The research will contribute to knowledge on identifying emerging knowledge gaps in the agricultural sector at the national, regional, and global levels. The research will pay particular attention to bottlenecks and pathways in agri-food value chains for the integration of smallholder producers within sustainable food systems. Deadline: September 5, 2018

The ABC Conservation Awards (up to £2 thousand) support small and medium-sized bird conservation projects in Africa. Applicants should normally be resident in Africa. The ABC Expedition Awards (up to £3 thousand) take place within continental Africa or adjacent islands, with a strong base in conservation and birds. Deadline: 31 October 2018.

The BAF Awards serves to showcase and award entrepreneurs who are running early-stage for-profit and not-for-profits that are addressing Africa’s unique needs through technology or differentiated business models. These needs are in health, education, energy, financial inclusion, gender inclusion, nutrition, commerce, industrial development, and other socioeconomic good. Deadline: January 2019

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