Tanzania Innovate and Learn Grants - Applications Accepted All Year Round

Finnish Fund for Local Cooperation Call for Proposals in Tanzania

Grants for Youth-led Organizations in Tanzania and Malawi

Nuffic Grants in Tanzania - Call for Proposal for Renewable Energy

Tanzania Call for Proposals for Grants for Women and Childrens Rights

Tanzania Innovate and Learn Grants

US Embassy Special Self Help Community Grants in Tanzania

Wellcome Trust inviting Applications for 2020 Collaborative Awards in Science

Deadline: 18 August 2020 Wellcome Trust is currently accepting applications for its Collaborative Awards in Science to promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. The Trust, funds teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. Funding Information A Collaborative Award provides funding up to £4 million. The duration of funding … [Read more...]

FORMAS Mobility grants for early-career researchers 2020. The aim is to encourage researchers who have recently completed their doctor degree to visit new research environments and get the chance to make new contacts, learn new tools, explore research issues with a new direction and expand their networks. The host organisation or organisations may be located outside or within Sweden. Formas funds research within the fields of environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning and preferably for inter- and transdisciplinary research questions. Duration: 24-48 months. Eligibility: Researchers who have obtained their PhD between 1 January 2017 and 1 September 2020. Mobility grants for early-career researchers may only be administered by a Swedish university, college or other Swedish public organization. Deadline 28 April 2020

David Hopper Prizes for Leadership in Research for Development are awards for outstanding achievement in the field of international development, bestowed in memory of IDRC’s first president . The prizes are intended to recognize two individuals for whom IDRC support has been foundational to their careers and whose sustained original thought and leadership have led to significant positive societal impact within a development context. The application process is by nomination only; an institution must nominate a candidate. Amount: Two prizes of CAD 50,000 each. Program areas: Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies, Technology and Innovation. Deadline: 29 April 2020

TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Award recognizes women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) countries. It carries a cash award of USD4,000. Nominations for the 2020 award are invited in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering Sciences.Eligibility: Nominees must be female scientists national of a ST-lagging country and have been living and working there for at least two years immediately prior to their nomination.Deadline: 30 April 2020

TWAS─Abdool Karim Award in Biological Sciences is designed to honour women scientists in Low Income African countries for their achievements in Biological Sciences. It carries a cash award of USD5,000. Eligible nominees are female scientists national of a low-income African country who have been living and working there for at least two years immediately prior to their nomination.Deadline: 30 April 2020

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listedScience and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs). The OWSD Early Career fellows are supported to establish environments at their institutions where they can maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate.Eligibility: Applicants must have been resident in one of the eligible countries for at least 5 years. At the time of application, applicants must be already employed at the university or research institute where the research project will be carried out. The university/institute must be in one of the eligible countries. Deadline: extended to 30 April 2020

AJ-CORE (Africa-Japan Collaborative Research 1st Joint Call. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is accepting proposals for collaborative research projects under the framework of AJ-CORE (Africa-Japan Collaborative Research) in the field of "Environmental Science".Participating countries are Japan, South Africa and Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI)African countries (Botswana, Burkina​ Fa​so, Côte d'Ivoire​, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Organizations of Japan, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Senegal have declared their funding to the 1st call. Eligibility: Consortiums of Japanese, South African and SGCI country PIs.Applications only possibly through JST and NRF. Amount: Max 18 mill JPY for 3 years for Research networking and exchange projects. Deadline: extended to 30 April 2020

NWO Talent Programme - 2020 Vici round is now open for pre-proposals. This funding schemegives senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution. Eligibility: Researchers who obtained their PhD no more than 15 years before 1 March 2020.Researchers working at a foreign institution are eligible to apply. If awarded, the project must be carried out at a Dutch institution recognised by NWO. Amount: Max. Euro 1.5 million for 5 years. The Vici competition will be assessed by four committeescorresponding to the NWO domains: Social Sciences and Humanities, NWO-Science domain,Applied and Engineering Sciences, and Health Research and Development. Deadline extended to 30 April 2020

ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call - Finding solutions to skills mismatch. A good solution to address skills mismatch takes both the supply and demand sides of the labour market into consideration. It seeks to connect the two sides and develop a more holistic solution in the process. ILO with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invite innovation ideas or solutions. Benefits: USD 50,000 in financial support; six-month innovation lab and technical support; joining the ILO Skills Innovator Network. Deadline: 30 April 2020

Nestlé Foundation. Entry level research grants can support a small research project such as a PhD thesis project with up to USD 20,000. PhD students have to submit a letter of intent together with their thesis advisor & mentor. Detailed, evidence-based information about the public health relevance of the project as well as its immediate impact and sustainability must be included in the letter of intent. Priority is on human nutrition research issues dealing with maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding and complementary feeding, macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances, interactions between infection and nutrition, and nutrition education and health promotion. Deadline: Letter of intent can be submitted any time. Deadline: Proposals are evaluated twice a year by 10 January and 10 May

TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science.This newly established award will recognize scientists not older than 45 who are living and working in a developing country. The first edition of the award will recognize achievements in the physical sciences, including physics and chemistry. Award amount: USD 10,000. Deadline: 15 May 2020

TWAS─Atta-ur-Rahman Award in Chemistry This annual award, sponsored by the Searle Company Ltd, is given to a chemist not older than 40, national of a Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) country, who has been living and working there for a minimum of two years immediately prior to his/her nomination. The award is worth USD 5,000. Deadline: 15 May 2020

UG Nestlé PhD Scholarships for Research Excellence The University of Ghana has received a grant from Nestlé to support PhD students in conducting interdisciplinary research in the broad areas of Food and Nutrition Security, and Climate Change. Eligibility: Ghanaian nationals or permanent residents; First or Second year PhD students in a discipline closely related to thedefined research themes (e.g. Food Science, Nutrition, Food Process Engineering etc).The grant will provide support for tuition, research costs and stipend starting from the 2020/2021 academic year. Deadline: 15 May 2020

ETH4D Research Challenges: Special call to respond to COVID-​19 outbreak on the African continent  The goal is to support project-based research between ETH Zurich researchers, practitioners (i.e. from the private sector, NGOs, governmental organisations) and partners from low- and middle-income countries. The research questions for this special call must help to address the prevention of a spread of an infectious disease in African countries or help to mitigate the negative impact of a pandemic/epidemic on people’s health or livelihoods living on the African continent. The objective of ETH4D Research Challenges must be the development, testing, evaluation or implementation of an innovative product, policy or service – involving a technology (as part of the solution or as part of the research). All academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Amount: CHF 10,000-50,000 over 6-18 months. 50% match funding required. Deadline: 17 May 2020

TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a three-month ‘Cooperation Visit’ to a research institute in Germany. Such visits must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.DFG will cover health insurance, travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. Eligibility: PhD obtained not earlier than 2015; sub-Saharan African nationals; hold a research position in SSA; not be a previous recipient; all academic fields. Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline: 18 May 2020

Aquatic Pollutants transnational research and innovation call. The main applicant and co-applicants must have doctoral degrees. Grants can be given to researchers at Swedish universities, university colleges or research institutes with research assignments. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA, support the participation of researchers from low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and other sub-Saharan African countries where Sweden has bilateral development cooperation. Only proposals addressing aspects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including resistant pathogens, resistance genes and antibiotics and other antimicrobial substances, under any of the themes and subthemes defined in the call are eligible for funding. Amount: Euro 300,000 or 500,000. Deadline for pre-proposals: extended to 18 May 2020 

Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2020. EACEA/07/2020.  The present Call is open to the following thematic fields of study: Agriculture and Food Security; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); Economics, business, finance; Education Sciences; Health Sciences; Environment.  Specific objectives are to:  increase the employability of students; improve the quality of higher education in Africa and its relevance to Africa's development vision; strengthen the modernisation and internationalisation of African higher education institutions, and promote the development of an African higher education and research space. Mobility of students and staff between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is expected to help them acquire stronger knowledge and skills and contribute to improve the quality and relevance of teaching and learning through exchanges of practices. Eligibility: Consortium of 4-6 HEIs, with African lead, members from min. 3 African regions and EU technical partner.  Duration: 60 months. Deadline: 19 May 2020

Green Talents Competition of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research brings together young researchers from around the world who are engaged in excellent interdisciplinary work on environmental topics. Are you an up-and-coming scientist with innovative ideas and a strong focus on sustainable development? Does your research have the potential to change the world? Convince the high-ranking expert jury and become one of the 25 Green Talents of 2020!Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access toGermany’s research elite. The jury look at an individual’s research potential and their passion for what they do and where we think this might take them some day. Benefits: Fully funded participation at 2-week science forum in Germany and up to 3-month research stay in Germany the following year. Eligibility: Enrolled or a degree (master’s/PhD) completed no more than three years ago; max 3 years professional work experience; Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach in any field of sustainability research; excellent command of English; Significantly above-average grades; Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the framework for this year’s competition and applicants must indicate, which SDGs their research is contributing to. Deadline: 19 May 2020

RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Research Grants - The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), with funding from Carnegie Cooperation of New York invites applications for PhD research grants. The research supported through these grants should as much as possible have a participatory action research approach, working closely with a range of stakeholders and thus contributing to the RUFORUM mission of linking universities more closely with rural communities and with research, extension, development and policy-making agencies. Eligibility: Applicants must be registered at a PhD Programmes in one of the 126 RUFORUM Network universities as Graduate Teaching Assistant and must have completed and passed their course work before the grant can be awarded. All the PhD Programmes in the RUFORUM Network universities are Eligible. Female Graduate Teaching Assistantship candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Duration: 2 years. Amount: The grants will support only research and will not cover tuition fees or stipend for the students.Applications to be submitted via RUFORUM member universities after internal review. 42 Research grants available. See guide for applicants. Deadline: 20 May 2020

RUFORUM Post- Doctoral Fellowships in African universities for former RUFORUM-Carnegie supported doctoral alumni. The Doctoral qualification should not be older than 3 years and women are specifically encouraged to apply. The applicant would need to be attached to a RUFORUM University faculty. The goal of this call is to increase high retention rate of these graduates in Africa to help strengthen African universities and research institutions to meet the growing demand for higher education and research for creating knowledge and prosperity in the continent. The proposal should clearly articulate how the fellow plans to integrate postgraduate students (Masters and PhD) who will be part of the research team. Amount: Budget ceiling is USD 60,000, including monthly stipend of USD 1200 for 22 months, research funds, mentor support and university administrative costs. 8 fellowships available. See guide for applicants. Deadline: 20 May 2020

RUFORUM Post- Doctoral Fellowships with Uganda National Agricultural Research Organisation. The focus of the programme is on rigorous, intensive agricultural research training relevant to Africa, and research projects will be carried out in Uganda. Research projects focusing on any aspect of Horticulture (Oil Palm or tomato research), Beans or root crops (cassava or sweet potato) will be considered. The Fellowships will allow for sandwich attachments to NaCRRI and Makerere University. The proposal should clearly articulate how the Fellow plans to integrate postgraduate students who will be part of the research team. Amount: Budget ceiling is USD 60,000, including monthly stipend of USD 1200 for 22 months, research funds, mentor support and administrative costs. 2 fellowships available. Application to include recommendation endorsement from institution of employment and prospective Mentor at Makerere and/or NaCRRI. See guide for applicants. Deadline: 20 May 2020

GSMA Innovation Fund for Driving Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), BMZ, the GSMA and its members and are now open for applications. Funded projects will focus on innovations that overcome a number of the barriers to mobile internet adoption including Accessibility, Affordability, Digital Skills and Safety and Security, and will look to demonstrate commercially sustainable models that can be scaled and replicated in similar environments. Eligibility: Start-ups and SMEs from Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. Amount: GBP 100,000-250,000 over 15-18 months starting in January 2021. 50% match funding required. Deadline: 22 May 2020

Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships are for talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field. These fellowships provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution and to undertake cutting-edge scientific research that will address global challenges facing developing countries.Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. Eligibility: Sub-Saharan African nationals; holder of PhD; early career researcher (2-8 years of experience); in SSA research institution; with scientific research proposal aligned with the scheme notes. Amount: Up to GBP 150,000 per year for 2 years from 1 April 2021. Approximately 30 fellowships will be awarded. Deadline: 27 May 2020

iF Social Impact Price aims to publish and support projects that contribute to our society.Amount: up to Euro 50,000. Deadline: open. Decisions twice a year by 27 May and 19 November 2020

2021 Rolex Award for Enterprise  Part of Rolex's Perpetual Planet initiative, the Awards support individuals seeking solutions to humankind’s most pressing challenges. The Awards are open to anyone 18 and over, whose pioneering project expands knowledge of our world and improves the quality of life on the planet. Candidates can apply in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, cultural heritage and the environment. Amount: 200,000 Swiss francs.Deadline: extended to 31 May 2020

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) PhD Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries. Eligibility: The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South. Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship. Option of full time or sandwich study scheme. Deadline: extended to 31 May 2020

TWAS Young Affiliates 2020 (TWAS-SAREP). The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner invites nominations for suitable candidates for the TWAS Young Affiliateship. Benefits: Affiliates are invited to participate in TWAS general meetings and conferences free of charge as well as provide feedback to TWAS on how the Academy can respond to the needs of young scientists in developing countries. Duration: 5years. To be eligible, the nominated scientists must have PhD, be aged 40 or less, living and working in a TWAS Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner developing country for at least the past three years and have an excellent track record of at least 10 international publications in peer reviewed journals. The nomination of women is encouraged. Deadline: 31 May 2020

GCHERA World Agricultural Prize: Two USD 100,000 prizes will be awarded in 2020 each to an individual academic/faculty member from a higher education institution in recognition of the academic/faculty member’s life time achievements working in the disciplines relating to the agricultural and life sciences – including but not limited to agriculture, forestry, natural resources, food, bio-based products, bioenergy, rural development and the environment. At least one recipient will be from a country NOT classified as having a developed economy. Deadline: 31 May 2020

IsDB Call for Innovation via Transform Fund 2020 Enhancing Member Countries Preparedness and Response to COVID-19 Pandemic with focus on 1) The application of advanced technology including such as IoT, Big Data, blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to track and monitor the spread of COVID-19 and other emerging Infectious diseases for improved diseases surveillance systems and patient care;   2) Innovative health supply chain management systems powerful search engine of medical supplies, new Biosafety Laboratory Level-3 Design technology and biocontainment;  3) Development of Low-cost rapid tests and screening methods such as Point-of-Care rapid tests, molecular tests and diagnostic test quality, for early detection, diagnostic, treatment and prevention solutions including vaccine production for COVID-19 and future emerging highly infectious diseases; and 4) Capacity building interventions targeted at improving operational capacities of health care providers in the field of epidemiology and infection control management of highly pathogenic cases, such as training, deployment of software applications, awareness campaigns, service delivery or research centres. 4 categories of applications with grants or equity amounts ranging from USD 50,000 to USD 1 million.  Deadline: 1 June 2020

Solutions for Women – the global tech challenge – The World Bank Group – CES will reward scalable, innovative solutions that seek to empower women in four areas:  1) Platform, 2) Digital skills; 3) Online content and 4) Enhancing digital access.  Winners to be announced at CES 2021 planned in Las Vegas, USA in January 2021. The challenge is open to all eligible for-profit and public interest organizations that are currently in the process of scaling solutions to bridge the gender digital divide.  Deadline: extended to 1 June 2020

The Africa Food Prize is the preeminent award recognizing an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa—from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives. The US $100,000 prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa’s agriculture agenda. It puts a spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans.  Deadline: 1 June 2020

TWAS-SN Bose Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. The S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Science in Kolkata, India, and TWAS have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in physical sciences. Duration: 6-12 months. Eligibility: Developing country national, employed as researcher, below 45 years, Hold a PhD degree in physics, mathematics or physical chemistry.Deadline: 1 June 2020

TWAS-SN Bose Postgraduate Fellowship Programme TWAS and the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata, India have agreed to offer fellowships to young foreign scientists from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in physical sciences. Eligibility: Developing country national, below 35 years, MSc degree in physics, mathematics or physical chemistry. Deadline: 1 June 2020

TWAS-NCP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. For young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in physical sciences in departments and laboratories of the National Centre for Physics (NCP) in Islamabad. Duration: 6-12 months. Research areas: Plasma Physics, High Energy Physics, Quantum Information, Applications of Ion Beam Techniques using Tandem Accelerator (5MV), Earthquake Studies, Atomic Physics & Spectroscopy, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Modeling, Simulation & Computing, Astrophysics & Cosmology, Nano Sciences, Vacuum Science & Technology, and Radiation-Matter Interaction, Material Science and Nanotechnology. Deadline: 1 June 2020

IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant 2020: Quick-Response Research on COVID-19  Technologists and researchers from IsDB Member Countries are invited to submit research and innovation proposals that can help address challenges directly and indirectly related to COVID-19. Qualified researchers from 57 IsDB countries* are invited to form a joint research collaboration consisting of two groups from different countries working on areas related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Grants will enable the collaborating groups to purchase the research equipment and strengthen the facilities they need to enhance their partnership and productivity and to support the mobility of scientists between the participating institutions for training purposes. Partners should ensure, through the grant, that enough consumable supplies are available during such visits. Eligibility: Each Principle Investigator (PI) must be a national of an IsDB member country; hold a PhD with good research experience; and lead each research groupoperating in a university or research institute in an IsDB member country. Applications from women scientists are especially encouraged. Amount: max USD 50,000 per research group, USD 100,00 total for the joint project. Deadline: 4 June 2020

IsDB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme will support research related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, providing recipients with high-level training in areas relevant to sustainability science. A host centre located in a developing country should be identified by the candidate based on his/her particular area of research. Eligible research areas include climate change, energy etc. Eligibility: Early-career researchers, below 45 years, from 21 Least Developed Member Countries of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Deadline: extended to 8 June 2020

TWAS - Mohammad A. Hamdan Award will be given for outstanding mathematical work(pure, applied, probability, statistics) carried out by a scientist working and living in Africa or Arab regions for a minimum of two years prior to their nomination. Amount: USD 5000 and a certificate. Deadline: 15 June 2020.

MIT Solve 2020 Global Challenges Current challenges open for solutions include: Good Jobs & Inclusive Entrepreneurship; Learning for Girls & Women; Sustainable Food Systems; Maternal & Newborn Health; and Health Security & Pandemics.  Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact. Deadline: 18 June 2020

NORHED II 2021-2026. Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) is Norway’s flagship programme on higher education and research. NORHED aims to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in developing countries to produce higher-quality graduates, more and higher-quality research, and more inclusive higher education, through academic collaboration. NORHED II consists of six thematic sub-programmes: 1) Education and Teacher training; 2) Health; 3) Climate Change and Natural Resources; 4) Political and Economic Governance; 5) Humanities and Social Sciences; and 6) Energy. Priority countries:  Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda. Norway also gives priority to other Least Developed Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Regional South-South collaboration is strongly encouraged. Eligibility: North-South-South university partnerships led by a Norwegian accredited HEI. Other relevant actors (both in Norway and developing countries) can be included as project partners in partnership with an accredited HEI. Amount: Around NOK 10 mill for 3 years or NOK 15-20 mill for 6 years. Deadline: extended to 26 June 2020

AIMS-NEI Fellowship program for Women in Climate Change Science seeks to increase women’s participation in, and contribution to, a more sustainable societal response to climate change.Funded by IDRC and Government of Canada. Successful applicants are expected to execute, in a suitable African host institution, a self-initiated project with the potential to contribute significantly to the understanding of climate change and its impacts, and/or to the development and implementation of innovative, empirically‑grounded policies and strategies for climate change mitigation, adaptation and/or resilience, among others. Preference will be given to applicants proposing projects that make substantive use of the mathematical sciences. Eligibility: women, PhD holders, employed and actively engaged in relevant research.  Deadline: 30 June 2020 

The Matsumae International Foundation Research Fellowships – 3-6 months in Japan between, April 2021 and March 2022. Field of research: Natural science, engineering and medicine are considered with first priorities. Applicants are free to select host institution (universities, national research institutions or similar facilities in private sector) but need to secure their acceptance letter before applying for the fellowship. Eligibility: PhD holders, below 49 years, employed in home country; with invitation letter from the Japanese host institution. Deadline: 30 June 2020

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation.Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number.The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation or the fight against climate change. Self-nomination is not permitted. Any scientific or cultural organization or institution can submit nominations, following their own internal procedures. Award: 400,000 euros. Deadline: 30 June 2020

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is an annual prize awarded to early-career scientists. The prize is presented in four categories: Cell and Molecular Biology; Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology Approaches; Ecology and Environment; and Molecular Medicine. Applicants are to submit a 1000-word essay that is judged by an independent editorial team organized by the journal Science. Essays are judged on the quality of research and the applicants’ ability to articulate how their work would contribute to the scientific field. Eligible entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2018 or 2019. The winners from each category will compete for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will receive 30,000 USD and be published in Science magazine. The three remaining category winners will receive 10,000 USD each and be published in Science online. Winners will also be invited to Sweden to receive their award, present their research and meet with leading scientists in their field. Deadline: 15 July 2020

AI for Earth Innovation. Artificial intelligence tools for a more sustainable planet. The National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, understand, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural resources for a more sustainable future. The grants given by the partnership will support projects that use cloud computing to create and deploy open-source models and algorithms that make key analytical processes more efficient in the field. This partnership is focused on supporting projects that will build tools such as applications, application programming interfaces (APIs), or packages to be shared. Microsoft will help the successful applicants make their models and tools available for use by other environmental researchers and innovators. Amount: Applicants may request $5,000 to $100,000. Deadline: 22 July 2020

Capacity development for disease outbreak and epidemic response in sub-Saharan Africa, in collaboration with Africa CDC  The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to establish an African cohort of epidemiologists by supporting institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe that provide master’s training in epidemiology and biostatistics, as part of the Africa CDC’s framework for public health workforce development. Proposals can be submitted by a single institution or consortium of institutions which must provide master’s training in epidemiology for 10 to 15 excellent, early- to mid-career researchers ("EPI Fellows") based in sub-Saharan Africa and working in a relevant field. Call budget: Euro 5 million. Expected number of grants: 7-10. Amount: max Euro 50,000 per student and max Euro 750,000 per project. Duration: 36 months.Deadline: 30 July 2020

TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme For young scientists from developing countries (other than India) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in emerging areas in science and technology for which facilities are available in laboratories and institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India. Duration: 6-12 months. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.Deadline: extended to 31 July 2020

TWAS-CSIR Postgraduate Fellowship Programme are tenable in CSIR research laboratories and institutes in India for a maximum period of four years. Applicants may be registered for a PhD degree in their home country or may enrol in a PhD course at any University in India. Eligibility: Masters in science and technology, national of developing country, below 35 years, be regularly employed in their home country and hold a research assignment there. Deadline: extended to 31 July 2020

TWAS-ICCBS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme For young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular medicine, pharmacology or physical chemistry at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Pakistan. Deadline: extended to 31 July 2020

TWAS-ICCBS Postgraduate Fellowship Programme offer fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in chemical and biological sciences. Deadline: extended to 31 July 2020

Career Development Fellowships in poverty-related diseases and child and adolescent health The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to support early- to mid-career researchers (“fellows”) by providing them with opportunities to train and develop their clinical research skills.Projects shouldcontribute towards the achievement of SDG3; promote career progression of researchers in Africa; encourage entry and reintegration of African scientists trained abroad and enable the retention of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers in their respective research fields and that the researchers develop into independent researchers and team leaders at host institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. Ultimately these grants will contribute to the generation of a critical mass of clinical or field/social science/ethics researchers and institutional research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals must be submitted by the prospective fellow in conjunction with and on behalf of their proposed host organisation. Duration: max 36 months. Deadline: 5 August 2020

Innovative approaches to enhance poverty-related diseases (PRD) research The purpose of this call for proposals is to fund a number of small- to medium-scale clinical trials and/or clinical research studies that can deliver proof-of-concept or validation of smart, highly innovative technologies or concepts to prevent, treat or diagnose PRDs in sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals that combine medical and pharmaceutical technologies with other scientific areas such as mobile technologies and digital technologies (mHealth and eHealth), big data processing, and other emerging technologies are particularly encouraged, as are proposals involving small- or medium-sized enterprises. Eligibility: consortium of at least three legal entities that are independent from each other, are from two different participating European states and at least one entity established in a sub-Saharan African country. Call budget: Euro 23.4 million. Expected number of grants: 5-15. Duration: 36 months. Deadline: 13 August 2020

TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) are working in partnership with TWAS to advance science in developing countries through the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships. TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences. NRF will provide travel to and from South Africa, a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. The language of instruction will be English. Age limit: 32 years. Universities will set their own internal cut-off dates for applications and applicants must abide by those dates.Deadline: 14 August 2020

National Geographic Early Career Grants are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project. Amount: USD 5000 – 10,000 for up to one year. Primary and secondary focus must be Conservation, Education, Research, Storytelling, or Technology. Lens must be:Wildlife, Our Changing Planet, or Human Journey. Deadline: postponed until October 2020

NRF One Call for Proposals in 2020 and 2021 for various funding categories including: 1) Concept Notes; 2) Customised Programmes; 3) Infrastructure; 4) Institutional Grants; 5) 

UK Research and Innovation — Reducing the Impacts of Plastic Waste in Developing Countries

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites proposals for international, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects with the aim to reduce the impacts of plastic waste in developing countries. This call aims to support up to five projects with a value of up to £3.5 million (note: overseas organisations are eligible for 100% direct project costs). All projects are required to have a Principal Investigator based in a UK research organisation. The call has a two stage application process. A Notification of Intent to submit has to be submitted no later than 20 January 2020. Read more

Foundation for the Third Millennium — Sustainability Program

The Foundation for the Third Millennium offers funds to projects which promote environmental protection and health, social justice and economic independence in balanced proportions. Applications should focus on combining ecological, social, and economic aspects. The Foundation gives preference to organizations based in Switzerland and in neighboring European countries, but may also accept grant seekers from Eastern Europe or worldwide. Submission deadlines are 24 January, 24 April, 07 August, and 02 October 2020. Read more

European Marine Board — Young Ambassador Programme

The European Marine Board (EMB) seeks creative young ambassadors that are willing to play a role in advocating for EMB and promoting the role and relevance of marine science. EMB ambassadors will participate in various activities, including EMB Plenary meetings and external events or workshops. The Ambassador will receive a total grant of €2 thousand and a travel grant up to a total amount of €3 for meeting and events. Ambassadors should commit up to 120 hours per year for a period of 2 years. Any PhD or postdoc student with experience in marine-based research is welcome to apply. Candidates have to apply by 31 January 2020. Read more



Jana Robeyst Trust Fund — Small Grants for Conservation in Africa

The Jana Robeyst Trust Fund provides financial resources for non-profit organisations and individuals to carry out conservation research 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. Funding is up to €1,500 per applicant. The three annual deadlines are 31 December, 30 April, and 31 August. Read more


Earth Journalism Network — Media Workshop on Wildlife and Conservation Reporting in East Africa

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) seeks journalists for a week-long media workshop in Kenya with focus on conservation, wildlife crime and investigative reporting. The workshop provides on-the-ground experience, an opportunity Read more


2020 Future Conservationist Award

The Conservation Leadership Programme is now accepting applications to support projects in low and middle income countries and some high income islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. Funding will support early-career conservationists to conduct scientific research, encourage and promote pro-conservation attitudes and deliver tangible results to better conserve and manage the natural world. Deadline for applications is 24th November 2019. Readmore


Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Call for proposal

Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) makes medium grants in order to transform conservation knowledge into actions. BIOPAMA aims to improve the long-term conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem services in Africa, the Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific region. Grants of up to €400 thousand will be made available to projects that focus on improving biodiversity conservation in priority areas. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations, government agencies, and small or medium enterprises. Applications (English or French) must be submitted by 21 September 2019. Readmore


The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) Call for proposals

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) offers grants between EUR 250,000 and 500,000 for innovative climate change projects in 21 developing countries. NCF is fully financed and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) - the joint development finance institution of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Our next application round will be open from 5 June to 5 September 2019.
You are receiving this email, because we want to reach out to organisations that you think could benefit from our grant funding. We are hoping that you would distribute information about our call to all potential organisations that might be interested in applying for funding for their climate solution. NCF finances partnership projects implemented between at least one organisation from a Nordic country and one from the country of implementation. More information can be found on our website www.nordicclimatefacility.com.

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


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 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


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).


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.




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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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/