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Grants and Funding

  1. 1. Grants/Funds for Research, Capacity Building and Training Dr Hamadi Iddi Boga Senior Lecturer Botany Department
  2. 2. Introduction Funding is absolutely essential to science and Technology There are many donors that have dedicated their resources to funding education, training and research Grant giving organizations include: Governments Foundations (Private, Family) Companies (DuPont, Diversa) Regional Blocks (European Union, VicRes) Development agencies (UNDP, World Bank, DFID etc) 
  3. 3. Key points to consider when looking for a donor Do your homework about potential funder Identify funders focus Identify funding patterns know funders proposal requirements (see checklist) Any proposal deadlines? What is the next deadline? Locate a recently funded proposal to use as a guide (Ask a colleague) Funders guidelines have to be followed religiously If you do not qualify, do not apply  “Sending our proposals to wrong funders is like trying to buy groceries from a hardware store”
  4. 4. MSc Postgraduate Training (Fulbright fellowships) African Development Bank-Japanese fellowship foundation (Contact Person is Mrs Francois Ande-Koue ( African Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment (AWLAE) Aga Khan Foundation ( ) Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation fellowship and Grants ( )
  5. 5. MSc opportunities continued... AusAID-Australian Government Overseas AID Program ( German Academic ExchangeService (DAAD) e7 Sustainable Energy Development Scholarship program ( PhD Training Opportunities DAAD (In Country, Sandwich, Germany) Fulbright fellowships (USA-administered by the US Embassy) Commonwealth fellowships Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOS) ( United Nations Universities (Institute of Advanced Studies) (
  6. 6. PhD Fellowships continued... African Centre for Crop Improvement ( supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  Helmholz-DAAD-Fellowships 2006/07: Fellowship Offers (Administered by DAAD)  Leibniz-DAAD-Fellowships 2007: Fellowship Offers (Administered by DAAD)  (Information for Africans)  The International Max Planck Research School: (very competitive, different fields)   (scholarships from all over the world)  (scholarship database for Kenyans)
  7. 7. For Postgraduate Training Tenable in Field Age limit Programme Deadline Brazil Natural sciences 30 years Doctoral Fellowships in Brazil Leading to a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences 31 August each year China Natural sciences 35 years CAS-TWAS Fellowships for Postgraduate Research in China 31 August each year India Natural sciences no CSIR-TWAS Fellowships for Postgraduate Studies in India 1 June each year India Biotechnology 30 years DBT-TWAS Biotechnology Fellowships for Postgraduate Studies in India 31 August each year India Physical sciences 30 years Postgraduate Fellowships in Physical Sciences at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences 31 August each year India Natural sciences 30 years IACS-TWAS Postgraduate Fellowships in India 30 June each year Pakistan Molecular sciences 30 years CEMB-TWAS Postgraduate Fellowships in Pakistan 30 June each year Pakistan Chemical and biological sciences 30 years ICCBS-TWAS Postgraduate Fellowships in Pakistan 30 June each year
  8. 8. Post-Doctoral Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science NIDECO (Switzerland) German Academic Exchange Service
  9. 9. For Postdoctoral Research Tenable in Field Age limit Programme Deadline Brazil Natural sciences 40 years Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in Brazil 31 August each year China Natural sciences 40 years CAS-TWAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in China 31 August each year India Natural sciences no The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) of India and TWAS offer fellowships in natural sciences for scientists of proven ability from developing countries (other than India) 1 June each year India Biotechnology 40 years DBT-TWAS Biotechnology Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in India 31 August each year India Natural sciences 40 years IACS-TWAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in India 30 June each year Pakistan Molecular sciences 40 years CEMB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pakistan 30 June each year Pakistan Chemical and biological sciences 40 years ICCBS-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pakistan 30 June each year For Advanced Research Tenable in Field Age limit Programme Deadline Various developing countries Natural sciences no TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training 1 October each year China Natural sciences 55 years CAS-TWAS Fellowships for Visiting Scholars in China 31 August each year
  10. 10. Research /Capacity Building Grants ACP-Edulink programme of the European Union  Purpose is to strengthen the capacity of ACP higher education institutions at their three naturally constitutive levels: Institutional/administrative, Academic, and Research and Technology strengthening The EDULINK Programme aims at achieving the following results: Enhanced contribution to national and/or regional policies and implementation plans for regional co-operation in higher education, Increased inter-institutional networking between higher education institutions in the ACP regions and with institutions in the EU, Creation of better regional conditions for effective networking of higher education centres in research, science and technology innovation, Enhanced management and financial administration capacity of higher education institutions, ACP higher education institutions become regional and/or international poles of attraction as they deliver labour-market oriented study programmes, which satisfy quality standards, A suitable institutional framework is created to pursue academic excellence in higher education, ACP countries develop or reinforce their strategic expertise in fields linked to the socioeconomic development of the country/region. Eur. 300000-500000
  11. 11. AGRA-Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Rockefeller Foundation
  12. 12. IFS -funding scheme
  13. 13. TWAS Capacity Building for Research TWAS Research Grants -- Research grants of up to US$10,000 each are offered to scientists from developing countries of proven ability for research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The Grants are intended to cover the costs of specialized equipment, essential consumable material, and scientific literature. Deadlines: 1 July and 1 December each year. TWAS Research Units in Least Developed Countries -- The Academy has instituted a new project in support of science and technology development in the Least Developed Countries. The initiative is meant to build and sustain units of scientific excellence, assisting them to achieve a critical mass of highly qualified and innovative scientists who will be able to better address real-life problems facing the countries. Each TWAS research unit selected receives a grant of up to $30,000 to strengthen its activities. The grant can be renewed for up to three years. The deadline for submissions is 31 August of each year. Spare Parts for Scientific Equipment -- The Academy provides funds for covering the cost of small items of spare parts for scientific equipment in Third World institutions, up to a maximum of US$1,000 each. Deadline: none. ICTP-TWAS electronic Journals Delivery Service -- The programme is geared to facilitate the access to current scientific literature for free, by distributing individual scientific articles via e-mail to scientists in institutions in the South that do not have sufficient bandwidth to download material from the Internet in a timely manner and/or cannot afford the connection. Deadline: none.
  14. 14. European Union (FP7)-Deadline 31st July 2007 Scope 1.Health 2 Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology 3 Information and Communication Technologies 4 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies 5 Energy 6 Environment (including Climate Change) 7 Transport (including Aeronautics) 8 Socioeconomic Sciences and the Humanities 9 Space 10 Security
  15. 15. DAAD Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists   Equipment Grants for former DAAD Scholars  Scientist Exchange Programme For Senior Academic Staff Members at Cameroonian, Ethiopian and Kenyan universities study visits to Germany (nomination by the home university necessary; ticket to be provided by the African university)  Book grants for former DAAD Scholars  Workshop grants
  16. 16. Volkswagen Foundation Knowledge for Tomorrow: A Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa Deadlines for the individual programs: 31st April 2007 The funding initiative is open to all disciplines and aims at the development and sustainable reinforcement of research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Research projects, developed and carried out by African scholars and scientists in close cooperation with their German partners, shall provide junior researchers in Africa with an opportunity to enhance their skills and academic qualifications. Special emphasis is put on the development, reinforcement, and extension of academic networks inside Africa.
  17. 17. Global Environmental Facility
  18. 18. German Research Foundation (DFG) Funding Research in an International Context Cooperative Projects - In General The DFG funds international research cooperation in the form of individual projects, coordinated programmes or project-preparation measures. Region-Specific Funding The DFG can provide special funds for research cooperation with developing countries, Central and Eastern Europe/CIS and Israel and Palestine. Subject-Specific Funding The DFG offers additional funding to advance international cooperation in individual disciplines such as chemistry, physics and the geosciences.
  19. 19. JKUAT-RPE Division
  20. 20. Funding for NGOs/Trade Unions Many donors fund NGOs and Trade Unions on matters to do with:Promotion of good governance Poverty reduction Fighting corruption Capacity Building in Governance issues Promoting human rights Food security Health issues
  21. 21. Themes Poverty Environment Energy Health Food Security Climate change Material Science/Earth Sciences Biotechnology and Nanosciences Conservation Biodiversity studies Water
  22. 22. Points to note Multi-disciplinary Activities (Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering & Agriculture; Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Maths)  Cooperation not competition (Utengano ulimaliza nyoka)  Putting our thinking caps on (New Ideas to generate new Knowledge)  Putting our ideas on the table at the risk of loosing them at times  Embracing New methodologies  Leadership (We all have a role to play; Step up)  Mentoring of up-coming Scientists 
  23. 23. Acknowledgment References: Directory of funding sources for Research, Education and Development Programmes in Africa (by Dr Judith Killen et al. of ICRAF) Dr Oyaro (Chemistry Department)