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IFS Individual Research Grants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Damaris Foping   
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:04

Africa 1


Deadline: 27th January

Funding Source: IFS




This scholarship is recurrent; please make sure you visit their pointingfingerleftwebsite for updated information. Note that some scholarships are launched annually for a predetermined number of years - so before start preparing your application, make sure you have updated information.


Parce que cette bourse est annuelle ; il est hautement recommandé de visiter leur site pour les dernières infos.




 Providing early-career support to promising young developing country researchers has been
the mandate of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) for many years. Building on
this experience, the new IFS Strategy 2011-2020, launched in 2011, emphasizes three
• Individual Research (this call)
• Collaborative Research
• Contributing Innovation
In the Individual Research Approach, IFS continues its commitment to support excellent
individual research and to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world
to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources.
Applicants are encouraged to tackle research issues linked to these areas, and to develop
solutions that are relevant to local contexts. By encouraging local researchers to work in their
home countries, generating cutting-edge and locally relevant knowledge, we hope to
contribute to strengthening their countries’ research capability and ultimately contributing
to a global research community aimed at reducing poverty and supporting sustainable

Eligible African Countries 

Any African country

Field of Research

Proposals are sought under one of three research areas:
Sustainable Natural Resources Management
Including but not limited to: Biodiversity, Forestry, Natural Products, Renewable
Energy and Climate Change.
Water and Aquatic Resources
Including but not limited to: Water Resources Research; Research on all aspects of
freshwater, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments.
Food Production, Food Security and Nutrition
Including but not limited to: Research on Food Production; Animal Production and
Veterinary Medicine; Crop Science including Underutilised Crops; Food Science and
Nutrition, and Food Security issues.


Country eligibility
To be eligible for support from IFS Individual Research, applicants must be citizens of a
developing country that is eligible for IFS support, and carry out the research in an
eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship).
> Eligible Countries list

Personal eligibility
Within Approach 1 individual research grants will be awarded to individual early-career
scientists in developing countries in support of excellent science.
Applicants should be at the beginning of their research careers and have a minimum
academic degree of an MSc/MA or the equivalent. To be of eligible age, men should be
younger than 35 years and women should be younger than 40 years on 27th January
2013 (closing date for this call). If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on
the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible.
Researchers, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for renewal grant
irrespective of age.

Institutional Affiliation
Applicants must be attached to a national research institute (e.g. university, non-profit
making research centre, or research-oriented NGO) in a developing country. The
institution is expected to: administer the grant, guarantee that the applicant has a salary
(or other source of income), and provide basic research facilities. Researchers employed
at international research institutes are NOT eligible. However, researchers doing part of
their project at an international institute can apply for an IFS grant, if their principal
affiliation is with a national Institution.

Application Procedure/deadline

Read the guidelines:
> English Guidelines
> French Guidelines

The deadline for submission of research grant applications is 27th January 2013 (24.00 hrs GMT)
and applicants will be informed about the outcome of the competitive review process before
the 29th July 2013.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 06:23

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