IFS Individual Research Grants: Inviting Early-Career Scientists in IFS Eligible Developing Countries

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Deadline: 31 December 2015

The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is inviting early-career scientists in IFS eligible developing countries for its IFS Individual Research Grants to support excellent individual research and to build capacity of early-career scientists in the developing world to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources.

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Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Angola , Bangladesh, Benin, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, The Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, DPR, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia , Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Rep., Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Focus Areas

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Proposals are sought under one of three research areas:

  • Biological Resources in Terrestrial Systems
    • Including but not limited to: Biodiversity, Forestry, Natural Products, Renewable Energy and Climate Change.
  • Water and Aquatic Resources
    • Including but not limited to: Water Resources Research; Research on all aspects of freshwater, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments.
  • Food Security, Dietary Diversity and Healthy Livelihoods
    • Including but not limited to: Research on Food Production; Animal, Production and Veterinary Medicine; Crop Science including Underutilized, Crops; Food Science and Nutrition, and Food Security issues.

Funding Information

  • Individual Research grants are awarded on merit in amounts up to USD 12,000 for one to three.
  • Grants are intended for the purchase of basic tools for research: equipment, expendable supplies and literature, as well as field activities.

Eligibility Criteria

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Applicants for IFS Research Grants

  • Personal Eligibility
    • Must be citizens of eligible countries, and carry out their research in an eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship)
    • Must have a minimum of an MSc, MA or equivalent academic degree
    • Must be (for men) younger than 35 years of age, and (for women) 40 years of age [If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on or after the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible.]
    • Researchers, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for a renewal grant irrespective of age.
  • Institutional Affiliation
    • Applicants must be attached to a national research institute (e.g. university, non-profit making research centre, or research-oriented NGO) in a developing country.
    • The institution is expected to: administer the grant, guarantee that the applicant has a salary (or other source of income), and provide basic research facilities.
    • Researchers employed at international research institutes are NOT eligible. However, researchers doing part of their project at an international institute can apply for an IFS grant, if their principal affiliation is with a national institution.
  • Country Eligibility
    • Eligible for IFS support are low and lower middle income countries and the IFS cut off point for country eligibility is the middle income GNI threshold.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

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