Agriculture / CapDev

Agricultural research for development funding and fellowship opportunities

The Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) has announced funding and fellowship opportunities as follows.

Agriculture

IPNI Science Award 2014
The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Science Award recognizes and promotes distinguished contributions by scientists involved with global ecological intensification of crop production. The award, of US$5,000, is presented each year to agronomists, crop scientists, soil scientists, and food scientists in the public and private sectors of all countries. The deadline for nominations is 30 Sept 2014.

Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative
The Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI) invites proposals for Expert Groups 2014-2015. Inter-disciplinary SIANI Expert Groups contribute to understanding emerging issues related to food security and nutrition in low-income countries. If groups are not based in Sweden, they must link directly to Swedish organizations and resources. SIANA provides seed funds to group coordinators. The deadline to submit proposals is 01 Aug 2014.

Horizon 2020
The Work Programme on ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ offers opportunities in finding diverse and innovative solutions to well-identified challenges in key EU policy priorities.

Climate Change

Energy and Environment Partnership
The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) for Southern and East Africa announces its 8th call for proposals in support of local private sector projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency that are close to commercial maturity, but that need a limited amount of bridging finance to enable sustainable business growth. Projects should be implemented in one or more of the following partner countries: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The maximum grant allocation ranges from €200,000 to €1 million, depending on the level of co-financing. The deadline for submitting concept notes is 16 Jul 2014.

Cross-disciplinary research on health, nutrition, and environment
The Wellcome Trust announces its 2nd call for proposals in Sustaining Health. The Trust is particularly interested in research on the health impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, and the health impacts of feeding a world population of nine billion people by 2050. Awards are of the order of £250,000, exceptionally up to £500,000. The deadline for submitting concept notes is 25 Jul 2014.

Building resilience and adaptation to climate change
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) funds Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) to build the resilience of people to extreme climate events in selected countries of the Sahel, Sub-saharan Africa, and South Asia. Grants are to nonprofit NGOs that lead consortia with project partners. The current call is for full proposals from projects that were awarded project development grants. The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 Jul 2014.

Energy Globe Award for sustainability
The Energy Globe Award is for projects that conserve and protect natural resources, or that employ renewable energy. Applicants can be individuals as well as organizations.The deadline for submissions is 22 Sept 2014.

Biodiversity

Disaster prevention in the arid lands of Kenya
The Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance seeks to fund an NGO that works internationally to build the capacity and technical knowledge of Kenyan NGOs in matters of disaster risk reduction at the community level in the event of future droughts. Thematic areas include management of water supply, agriculture and livestock, and others. The project will operate in one or more of the following regions of Kenya: Turkana, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, and Marsabit as the basis for expansion to other organizations across Kenya. Funding opportunity APS-OFDA-14-000008. The application deadline is 30 Nov 2014.

International Smart Gear competition 2014
The International Smart Gear Competition seeks innovative ways to reduce the amount of fisheries by-catch while protecting the environment. The contest is open worldwide and will be judged by fisheries experts, gear technologists, fishermen, scientists, researchers, and conservationists. The grand prize is US$30,000 and several additional prizes will be offered. The deadline is 31 Aug 2014.

Darwin initiative for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction
Co-administered by the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Darwin Initiative contributes knowledge that links biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction in low and middle-income countries. There are no restrictions on the nationality or location of applicants. Closing dates are 3 Jul 2014 for main projects (Stage 1); 8 Jul 2014 for post projects; 4 Aug 2014 for Darwin plus (i.e., British Overseas Territories), and 27 Oct 2014 for scoping awards and for Darwin fellowships.

Fellowship/Scholarships

Development scholarships 2015
New Zealand’s government provides a variety of opportunities for training and university study through the New Zealand Aid Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The priorities often include agriculture, renewable energy, fisheries, disaster risk management, and other areas related to natural resources and environment. Application deadlines are specific to each country/regional program. The deadline for applicants from Africa is 1 Aug 2014.

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) makes grants through the Freezailah Fellowship Fund for training opportunities, demonstration tours, participation in conferences and workshops, preparation of technical papers, and post-graduate degrees. Grants up to US$10,000 are in support of sustainable tropical forest management. Applicants are young and mid-career professionals in ITTO’s member countries; most grants are to individuals in the developing countries. The deadline for the second application cycle is 22 Aug 2014.

Grants for biodiversity and cultural diversity 2014
The Christensen Fund makes grants to indigenous-led and community-based organizations for projects that combine biodiversity with cultural diversity. Most grants are in the range of US$50,000 to US$100,000 for one or two years. Application dates are 1-31 Aug 2014 for project pre-proposals from the African Rift Valley.

International Water Centre masters scholarships
In collaboration with the Global Water Partnership, Australia’s International Water Center announces funding for four international candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management. Two scholarships are for female candidates who are nationals in the 85 countries of the Global Water Partnership. Two other scholarships are open to international students, men and women, anywhere in the world who meet the eligibility requirements. The application deadline is 01 Aug 2014.

IDRC research awards 2015
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) makes research awards to citizens and permanent residents of Canada, and to citizens of developing countries. The award provides a one-year paid program of research in addition to hands-on experience in research management, grant administration, and the use of knowledge from an international perspective. Program areas include agriculture and food security; climate change and water; and several others. Applicants should be enrolled, or have previously completed, their masters or doctoral degrees at recognized universities. IDRC identifies countries not eligible for awards, as well as countries requiring prior approval. The deadline for applications is 06 Aug 2014.

Postgraduate fellowships in natural sciences
The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) supports female scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with doctoral fellowships in the natural sciences. The fellowships are for the pursuit of a doctoral degree at a host institution in a developing country, but not in the applicant’s home country. Applicants should be qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age), who have an M.Sc. degree or outstanding B.Sc. in the natural sciences. The deadline is 15 Aug 2014.

Fellowships for women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa 2014
Women scientists who are nationals or permanent residents of any country in sub-Saharan Africa can apply for the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowships. The program offers five fellowships of €5,000 each to African PhD students, and another five fellowships of €10,000 each to African postdoctoral researchers. The age limit for applicants is 40 years for PhD students, and 45 years for post-doc researchers. The application deadline is 21 Aug 2014.

LEAP fellowships for agricultural research at US Universities
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries for agricultural research at universities in the USA. The program currently invites applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Each research project is coordinated by a university in the student’s home country, a university in the USA, and a mentor in CGIAR centres. The next application deadline is 2 Dec 2014.

Other funding opportunities

Grants to strengthen farming communities
The Monsanto Fund makes grants in support of agricultural communities around the world. Grants of US$25,000 and more are available to tax-exempt charitable organizations for activities and projects that address farmers’ education and training; food security; community water and sanitation; and other local needs. Interested persons should contact the Fund’s national liaison. The second yearly application period is 01 Jul 2014 through 31 Aug 2014.

TWAS-COMSTECH research grants 2014
Grants up to US$15,000 are available to individual young scientists in countries belonging to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Renewable energy is among the eligible subject areas. The application deadline is 31 Aug 2014.

Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research Award 2014
The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association with a Swiss institution in agricultural research for development. The best PhD or post doc project wins CHF 5,000 and the best masters project CHF 1,000. The application deadline is 15 July 2014.

Young agricultural scientists
The Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) awards the John Dillon Fellowships to young agricultural scientists and economists in developing countries for professional visits to Australia. The fellowships aim to develop leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy, and/or extension technologies. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR’s priority partner countries who spend several weeks at one or two host Australian organizations. ACIAR funds eight to ten John Dillon fellowships per year. The deadline for applications is 31 Aug 2014.

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