Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme - 3rd Call for proposals published

The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa. The scheme aims to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.

The programme's objective is to improve the skills and competences of students and staff through enhanced mobility between African countries. Strengthening cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa will increase access to quality education and will encourage and enable African students to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent. Furthermore, mobility of staff (academic and administrative) will enhance the international cooperation capacity of HEIs in Africa. More precisely, the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme aims to:

  • contribute to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions;
  • enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another African country. Read More

 

Prince Bernhard Nature Fund — Conservation of Endangered Species (Flora & Fauna)

This aims to save critically endangered flora and fauna in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It gives funding preference to organizations in these regions, sometimes in partnership with parties in Europe or North America. Grants are up to €20 thousand or US$20 thousand. Read More
Deadline: 01 February 2020

 

Idea Wild — Equipment and Supplies for Biodiversity Conservation
This is a nonprofit organization to provide equipment and supplies in support of biodiversity conservation in developing countries. Grants are to individuals of any nationality engaged in biodiversity conservation, education, or research in the developing countries. The total cost of your equipment must be below US$1,500.  Read More
Deadline: Open until filled

 

Rainforest Action Network — Protect-an-Acre Fund
This makes small grants to protect forests, promote local self-sufficiency, and strengthen the rights and livelihoods of forest communities. Grants are to local forest communities, indigenous federations, and NGOs active in rainforest zones worldwide. Grants generally do not exceed US$5 thousand. Read More
Deadline: Open until filled

 

Conservation Trust Grant Application

The objective of the Conservation Trust is to support conservation activities around the world as they fit within the mission of the National Geographic Society. The trust will fund projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth's biological, cultural, and historical resources. While the Conservation Trust acknowledges the need to preserve archaeological sites and artifacts, our current budget limits prevent us from funding such requests. Read More

Primate Conservation Incorporated

Primate Conservation, Inc. will grant seed monies or provide matching grants for graduate students, qualified conservationists and primatologists to study rare and endangered primates and their conservation in their natural habitat. Grants have averaged approximately $2,500, with a maximum grant of $5,000. Read More

 

WWF Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These trainings can include short courses, certificate trainings, or conferences among other training opportunities. Read More

Club300 Bird Protection

Projects we have supported include conservation and research on many rare, threatened or little known species like Guerney's Pitta, Hawaiian Crow, Pale-headed Brush-finch, Puaiohi and Sumatran Ground Cuckoo. Since our funds are limited our focus is to contribute money to highly threatened or poorly known species. Read More

 

Development Innovation Ventures

DIV is designed to help find, test and transition to scale the most effective innovations, and encourages the use of rigorous testing methods as appropriate given the stage of the proposal and the scale path. Evidence can encompass ultimate impacts , or improvements in implementation outcomes for those solutions that have been causally linked to ultimate impacts in the past. DIV seeks innovations that deliver more development impacts per dollar than other ways of achieving the same development goals. Read More

Global Fund for Community Foundations

The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) is a grassroots grantmaker working to promote and support institutions of community philanthropy around the world Read More

The Waterloo Foundation – Tropical Rainforests

Under our Tropical Rainforests programme, preference will be given to initiatives working to protect tropical rainforests for their value to the climate, communities and biodiversity, principally through avoided deforestation. We will consider both practical local projects, and strategic initiatives. Read More

The Fondation SUEZ

The Fonds supports concrete actions in favour of: Access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for disadvantaged populations in developing countries; The insertion of vulnerable populations thanks to employment and training in France. Read More

Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild

Action for the Wild aims to provide habitat and survival aids for native species and support of nature projects nationally. In co-operation with other bodies, it aims to establish protected areas, implement habitat management and be involved in breeding and translocation of threatened flora and fauna. Read More

The Naturex Foundation Jacques Dikansky

We are involved in implementing programs with a strong human and environmental dimension. To this end, we work in partnership with associations located in the countries where Naturex operates and where we source our raw materials. We focus on the areas of environment, health, education, and economic development. Read More

OPEC Fund for International Development

OFID’s grant assistance supports initiatives aimed at enhancing the livelihoods of people in non-OPEC developing countries. It does so by addressing challenges in areas such as education, energy poverty, food security, public health, water supply and sanitation, which may not be directly funded through OFID’s other financing windows. Read More

AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an inter-governmental organisation that was launched in 2006. Its mission is to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. Read More

The Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation

You must choose a category or categories that best fit your project from the following list: Amphibians, Bats, Biodiversity, Birds, Carnivores, Caves, Cetaceans, Communities, Conflict, Corals, Ecotourism, Education, Elephants, Farming, Fishes, Forests, Fungi, Habitats, Hunting, Invertebrates, Mammals, Marine, People, Plants, Primates, Reptiles,Trade, Turtles. Read More

Palliative Care Development in Africa

Due date September 1, 2019 The African Palliative Care Association's (APCA) mission is to ensure palliative care is widely understood, integrated into health systems at all levels, and underpinned by evidence in order to reduce pain and suffering across Africa Read More

Growthpoint’s Grant Program

SOUTH AFRICA. We support Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes that promote skills development and empowerment, rather than dependency. Acknowledged as being at the forefront of sustainability and as leaders in our field, we aim to impact the lives of the previously disadvantaged and marginalised groups by creating opportunities for them to thrive, through education and skills development Read More

THE MOTT FOUNDATION South Africa

The Mott Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are working to strengthen our hometown of Flint and communities around world. We work to empower underserved communities by developing local philanthropy and increasing access to justice. Read More

Embassy of Japan in Uganda Grant Assistance

GGP funds are provided to the recipient organization after examination and evaluation of each application on an annual project-by-project basis. The grant amount per project is generally under 10 million yen (Approximately US$100,000 depending on exchange rates). Read More

Telema Congo Foundation

The eligible project sponsors to finance the foundation Telema Congo face of an association, organization or Congolese institution be established in the Democratic Republic of Congo and justify a legal existence. Read More

The Waterloo Foundation – Marine programme

Under our Marine programme, preference will be given to initiatives working to halt the decline of fish stocks that communities in developing countries rely on, and those working to bring about sustainable fisheries in Wales. We will consider both practical local projects, and strategic initiatives. The protection of mangroves to benefit local fisheries is also a component of our Marine Programme. Read More

Mennonite Economic Development Associates

Due date October 6, 2017. The INNOVATE Call for Proposals (the Call) seeks applications from eligible organizations, companies and institutions (i) to pilot a Non-Traditional Finance (NTF) product/service focused on rapid testing and learning OR (ii) to document through a case study an ongoing or completed initiative related to NTF. Read More

Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

We are both a donor and implementor working locally and internationally, which gives us an enormous flexibility in terms of reach and impact. We join processes that are consultative and participatory. We support initiatives with a demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity. Read More

Global Fund for Women Travel Grants

Women’s rights groups that have received a grant from Global Fund for Women in the past five years can apply for a travel grant of US $5,000-$15,000 to attend national, regional, and international gatherings and events. The purpose of travel grants is to strengthen women’s rights movements, influence decisions, and mobilize resources. Read More

Friends of Malawi Association Small grants

The Association makes small grants, normally up to £1,000 to any one organisation in any one year, for a variety of projects in Malawi where we believe our contribution can make a difference. Grants are usually oriented toward social, educational and healthcare projects but we will consider any project that will improve the welfare of Malawians or further the objectives of the Association. Read More

SMALL AND GROWING BUSINESS FUND

Focus on Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) that are grossly underserved by other funds or financiers. Delivers a unique integrated solution for patient risk capital and end-to-end business support to start-up and growing businesses at the SME base. Read More

Air Liquide Foundation

Air Liquide's corporate foundation attests the Group's commitment to being a responsible company engaged in long-term philanthropy’s action.The Foundation's three missions : Environment, Health / Breathing, Local development Read More

The Leakey Foundation

The mission of The Leakey Foundation is to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. The Leakey Foundation funds primatology fieldwork and other research related to understanding human origins. Read More

The Jephcott Charitable Trust

We like to make grants which will make a difference, preference will be given to charities or projects which are having difficulty getting started, or raising funds from other sources. This often means that the Trust is funding capital projects, eg for equipment or materials, rather than running costs. Grants are made to charities in all parts of the world. The Jephcott Charitable Trust is prepared to consider support for schemes, particularly educational ones, which help to control excessive growth in population. Read More

The Hilden Charitable Fund

Hilden’s grant making priorities overseas are for projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health. Trustees will particularly welcome projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women. Read More

The Van Tienhoven Foundation

We are concerned about life on earth, the well-being and maintenance of the variety of living organisms and their living environment. Human beings play a crucial role as actor and factor in biodiversity. We see people as instrumental in mitigating the pressures of global change on the living environment and biodiversity. Read More

The Addax and Oryx Foundation

The Addax and Oryx Foundation funds the projects of non-profit, non-governmental organisations that demonstrate the experience and expertise to help poor communities in Africa and the Middle East to become the masters of their own destiny, with tangible and sustainable results. Read More

Jana Robeyst Trust Fund

The JRTF aims to provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with a clear conservation value. This funding program is open to individuals or organisations for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Priority will be given to projects related to the conservation of forest elephants. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world. Small grants will be awarded up to a maximum of 1500 euro. Read More

 

Enfance, Solidarité, Santé, Développement

La Fondation d’entreprise Mazars a pour objet de soutenir, en France et à l’international, des initiatives en faveur de l’enfance et de la solidarité, du développement durable et de la santé. A cette fin, elle apporte des moyens financiers visant en priorité les pays et les populations pour lesquels ces enjeux sont les plus cruciaux. Read More

JRS Biodiversity Foundation 2019 Request for Proposals

Biodiversity Informatics for African Freshwater and Pollinator Biodiversity

The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for multi-year projects focused upon biodiversity data, knowledge and information services related to freshwater biodiversity and pollinator biodiversity. The foundation will award about $2,100,000 among qualifying proposals by July 2019[1]. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. For the latest updates, please see  JRS 2019 Request for Proposals and 2019 RFP Frequently Asked Questions.

 Download the RFP Announcement (Updated December 19 2018).

The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation

Our mission is to increase the access to and the use of information for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2007, the foundation has invested more than $18M in biodiversity informatics projects to: (1) collect and enhance data, (2) aggregate, synthesize, and publish data, (3) make data more widely available to potential end users, and (4) gain insights from biodiversity data to inform biodiversity conservation.

The JRS strategy is to connect data to knowledge use in domains of conservation and sustainable development where the demand for information can sustain investment in biodiversity informatics. This call for proposals supports our grantmaking programs in Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources and in Pollinator Biodiversity and Services.

The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation focuses our grantmaking in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. We may make exceptions to this policy for projects with the potential for exceptional impact upon biodiversity informatics capacity development, highly transferrable models or technologies, or close partnerships of data providers and data users.

Please Ask Us Questions

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions regarding the degree to which your project fits this RFP scope. Inquiries or short concept notes are welcomed by email or via our online forms.

General Qualifications

We will prefer projects that can grow to a larger scale or can be transferred across geographic regions or organizational and institutional contexts. Projects that hold potential to engage with, reinforce, or benefit our current projects will be preferred. Applications that demonstrate strong demand for data and ties to decision-making will be most competitive for JRS funding. All projects must conform to the foundation’s Open Data Policy. U.S. law prohibits our financing of projects to influence legislation through advocacy or lobbying (see JRS Grantmaking).

Requirements

The following requirements will ensure that your proposal aligns with JRS strategy and will be considered for funding and act as an eligibility checklist.

  • The biodiversity information system is at the center of the project, and there is a clear potential use of and future value to the data or tool.
  • The end-users of the biodiversity information are clear, and they are directly involved in proposal development and project implementation.
  • There are specific descriptions of hardware, software, data standards, and related technical tools, and their choice is justified.
  • All primary data generated by the project will be available per the Open Access Data Policy and its terms for license, timeliness, standards, access, and compliance.
  • The grant applicants are African or that African professionals and African institutions play significant and long-term roles in project design, implementation, and sustainability, and as recipients of funds for projects that originate outside of Africa.
  • Training and capacity development are explicit aims of the project through long-term engagement with trainees, network building, and sharing of training resources.
  • Outputs and outcomes have specific targets that are measurable and time-bound.
  • Plans for outreach include efforts to secure future partners and funders.
  • Budgets are justified in significant detail regarding cost assumptions, timing, and rationale.

Types of Proposals:  The total multi-year requested grant may range from about $50,000 to about $250,000. JRS will accept three types of proposals: 1) proposals for multi-year projects,  2) proposals for planning grants for multi-year projects, and 3) proposals for JRS co-funding of biodiversity information components of existing projects.

Application Process:  All proposals that comply with the application guidelines will be considered. All proposals must be submitted using the online system. Proposals will not be accepted after February 28, 2019.

2019 Timetable for Applications:

  • Thursday, December 20: Grant application portal opens.
  • Thursday, February 28: Deadline for submission of proposals.
  • Thursday, April 25: Invitation to semi-finalists to revise proposals.
  • Tuesday, May 7: Deadline for submission of revised proposals.
  • Tuesday, June 4: Final funding decision communicated by the Foundation.
  • Wednesday, August 1: Approximate date of first payment to approved grantees.

Thank you in advance for your interest. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions regarding this request for proposals.

[1] This is an estimate only and is subject to change. JRS awards for multi-year implementation projects have ranged from $70,000 to $350,000 and averaged $180,000.

Freshwater Biodiversity Scope

Freshwater ecosystems are under threat from expanding agriculture, human settlement, extractive industries, and from climate change. The biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems is critical for ecosystem services for human well-being and livelihoods. Please see our program description at Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources.

JRS seeks projects that increase the access to and use of biodiversity information relating to freshwater biodiversity assessment and the conservation of freshwater ecosystem services in Uganda, Tanzania Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, and South Africa.

All proposals must comply with the General Qualifications described in this announcement, particularly that the information system is at the center of the project’s aims, information users are directly involved, and all data is Open Access.

Problem Scope: Successful proposals will address challenges that face freshwater biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Problems (focusing on the biodiversity component) may include but are not limited to (1) assessment of species and ecosystem conservation status, (2) designation or improved management of protected areas, (3) management of fisheries, (4) siting of water and other infrastructure, (5) mitigating impacts of energy and extractive industry development, (6) protection of watersheds for freshwater supply, (7) mobilization of data for and from environmental impact assessments, and (8) trans-boundary management of catchment basins.

Meeting Demand for Knowledge: Approaches to ensure the value and use of data to address the problems above may include but are not limited to: partnerships that include data providers and users, data use for the development and implementation of national policies or international agreements, data use for conservation planning and management, and partnerships to mobilize environmental impact assessment data. Users may be in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in roles that involve decision-making that influences biodiversity.

Technical Scope: Successful proposals will increase the access to biodiversity data of freshwater systems that is valuable to near-term decision-making for conservation and sustainable development. Technical approaches may include but are not limited to mobilizing and enhancing: existing data; new or improved information platforms and services; technologies for data collection and publishing; mobile phone based technologies, and data visualization tools and platforms.

Out of Scope: Out of the scope of this call are projects in marine ecosystems, projects focused upon species that do not have critical life stages that are dependent upon freshwater ecosystems, projects that primarily aim at taxonomy or museum collection digitization, projects for livelihood development and ecosystem restoration, and projects without specific end-users and partners. Projects that focus on conservation, basic research, and ecological monitoring without the development of an informatics component are also out of scope.

All applicants are encouraged to use the “In-Process Review” function in our online system or to write directly to us to check whether your project ideas are in scope and to receive constructive input. Please review the awarded grants in our Freshwater Program to understand our funding interests.

Pollinator Biodiversity Scope

Pollination is one of the most important ecosystem services supporting human life and livelihoods as well as natural biodiversity and primary productivity. Please see Pollinators Biodiversity and Services.

JRS seeks projects that increase the access to and use of biodiversity information relating to pollinator biodiversity assessment and the conservation of pollinator services in Uganda, Tanzania Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, and SouthAfrica.

All proposals must comply with the General Qualifications described in this announcement, particularly that the information system is at the center of the project’s aims, information users are directly involved, and all data is Open Access.

Problem Scope: Successful proposals will address challenges facing pollinator conservation in Uganda, Tanzania Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, and South Africa. Challenges to creating access to pollinators data are many and include inadequate expertise, insufficient data on pollinator status and on pollinator-plant interactions, few options to mitigate risks to pollinators, lack of standard field methods and data standards, and lack of economic evaluations of pollinator services.

Meeting Demand for Knowledge: JRS seeks projects that increase the access to and use of biodiversity information relating to pollinator biodiversity assessment and the conservation of pollinator services in sub-Saharan Africa. We are seeking projects related to these four areas of conservation and development policy and practice for which pollinator information may be highly relevant:

  1. Datasets for monitoring landscape-level climate change impacts;
  2. Biodiversity assessments and monitoring in agricultural landscapes;
  3. Monitoring the impacts of land use management approaches; and
  4. Monitoring the impacts of agricultural productivity strategies.

Technical Scope: We welcome proposals that focus on any significant pollinator group. We have an interest in building our grant portfolio related to Hymenoptera (bees & wasps) or Lepidoptera (butterflies). Our technical priorities are:

  1. Methods: (1) Approaches for large scale/low-cost pollinator data collection; (2) Methods for pollinator identification; and (3) Methodology, standards, and database design for plant-pollinator data.
  2. Platforms: (1) Develop transferrable database and website models; (2) Develop pollinator knowledge platforms; and (3) Online access to field guides and checklists.
  3. Capacity Development: (1) Biodiversity informatics expertise; (2) Baseline datasets; (3) High-quality pollinator biodiversity data components of agricultural studies; and (4) Network formation and capacity building.

Out of Scope: Out of the scope are projects to develop new agricultural practices, livelihood projects, community development projects, beekeeping projects, projects that are aimed solely at taxonomic revision and determination, behavioral research, and mass digitization of museum collections.

All applicants are encouraged to use the “In-Process Review” function in our online system or to write directly to us to check whether your project ideas are in scope and to receive constructive input. Please review the awarded grants in our Freshwater Program to understand our funding interests.

 

 

IDRC RESEARCH GRANT 

New research chairs program will expand research and innovation in Africa

IDRC and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce a new research chairs initiative that is set to transform the African research landscape. The OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative, named after Oliver Reginald Tambo, the pre-eminent South African leader and advocate of science and technology, will support up to 10 top researchers from across Africa over the next five years. This call is open to African public research-intensive universities.

Deadline: February 21, 2019

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DANIDA RESEARCH CALL

2019 Calls for Research Collaboration Projects

 
Yonas Hailu Alemu, assistant professor at Haramaya University in Ethiopia, completed his PhD study in 2017 as part of the University of Copenhagen’s Haramaya Camel Dairy Project.

Yonas Hailu Alemu, Assistant Professor, Haramaya University in Ethiopia, completed his PhD study in 2017 as part of the University of Copenhagen’s Haramaya Camel Dairy Project.

Two calls for applications 2019 (Phase 1) for research collaboration projects are now open at the Danida Fellowship Centre website.

The calls cover research collaboration projects in:

- Danida priority countries (Window 1). Applications are open to research-based institutions in Denmark, Ghana, or Tanzania
- Growth and transition countries (Window 2). Applications are open to research-based institutions in Denmark.

The deadline for the submission of the electronic Phase 1 applications for both calls is 1 February 2019, 12:00 noon Danish time.

For questions concerning the calls, please contact the DFC Research Management Team by mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Danida Fellowship Centre has administered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s support to research projects in Danida partner countries since 2008. We administer the two phased annual application rounds for the competitive funds. Phase 1 is the first step of a process in which applicants submit their project ideas, while Phase 2 is the submission of a full application by those prequalified in Phase 1.

Fore more information visit: https://dfcentre.com/call-for-applications-test/