Opportunities Roundup: February 2020

Grants and Fellowships

IsDB Scholarship Programmes

Deadline: 28 February 2020
The IsDB Scholarship Programme was launched to produce technically-qualified human resources in the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries. It provides scholarships to promising scholars and researchers in development-related fields with a special focus on “Sustainability Science.” Scholarships include a Master’s Programme and PhD and Post-doctoral Research Programmes.

EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Deadline: 28 February 2020
The Clinical Research and Development Fellowship scheme is jointly implemented by EDCTP (European-Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership) and TDR. It will fund early to mid-career researchers employed by academic and research institutions in any low- and middle-income country to be placed in pharmaceutical companies, PDPs and academic affiliated research organizations, either in or outside Europe, to train and develop new research skills on infectious diseases. Fellows are placed for 12 months in host training organizations and then receive a reintegration plan for 12 months at their home institutions.

DELTAS Africa Phase II Call for Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2020
The African Academy of Sciences is announcing a second round of calls for a multi-million-dollar research programme led and implemented by African scientists, working collaboratively to address challenges faced by people in African countries. The primary location of proposed programmes must be in Africa, and preliminary applications are invited from universities and research institutions based in Africa; institutions outside Africa are invited to collaborate on applications led by an African institution. Awards will be made for up to 5 years.

Cross Border Collaboration Awards

Deadline: 28 February 2020
CRDF Global, on behalf of Fogarty International Center, is soliciting Cross Border Collaboration Award proposals. These travel, conference, and capacity building awards for up to US$10,000 each are intended to promote new collaborations between US and Latin American investigators, as well as among investigators across different Latin American countries to catalyze new science and expand capacity in performing high-quality childhood obesity research.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Grants

Deadline: 29 February 2020
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund was established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field, and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. Its focus is global and eligibility for grants will extend to all plant, animal, and fungi species conservation efforts. Grants are for a maximum of US$25,000 for each project.

WWF Russell E. Train Fellowships

Deadline: 1 March 2020
World Wildlife Fund Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least 2 years after completing their degree.

Cures Within Reach ReGRoW Pilot Funding Opportunity

Deadline: 1 March 2020
The Cures Within Reach ReGRoW Pilot has up to 3 grants of up to US$50,000 available for researchers in low and lower-middle income countries. Projects can be in any unsolved disease and must repurpose an existing off-patent drug, nutraceutical, or indigenous medicine.

NIH Clinical Trials to Test Artificial Pancreas Device Systems in Populations Challenging to Manage Type 1 Diabetes

Letter of Intent Deadline: 9 March 2020
This funding opportunity will support clinical trials designed to test the clinical safety and efficacy of artificial pancreas device systems with the objective of improving glycemic control, reducing acute complications, and improving quality of life in people with difficult to control Type 1 Diabetes. US$3 million will fund 2-5 awards for a maximum 5 years.

TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 16 March 2020
The TWAS-CUI Fellowship Programme for Postgraduate Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to obtain all or part (sandwich or full-time) of their PhD in natural or social sciences. TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in the departments and laboratories of the campuses of the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI). CUI will provide a monthly stipend which should be used to cover living costs.
SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 18 months.
FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD in the relevant department at one of the campuses of CUI, Pakistan.

TWAS-CUI Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 16 March 2020
The TWAS-CUI Fellowship Programme for Postdoctoral Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in natural or social sciences. Fellowships are tenable in the departments and laboratories of the campuses of the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) for a minimum period of 6 months to a maximum period of 12 months.

NIAID Study Phage Biology to Support Development of Bacteriophage Therapy

Deadline: 18 March 2020
Apply for funds to better understand and evaluate bacteriophages and phage products used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. You must propose basic and/or translational research that could increase the overall knowledge base on therapeutic use of bacteriophage as products. You may request direct costs up to US$275,000 over 2 years.

TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences

Deadline: 31 March 2020
Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics carried out by individual scientists or research units in one of the science & technology-lagging countries identified by TWAS. Research grants to individual scientists amount to a maximum of US$15,000, or US$30,000 to research units. The grants may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables and specialized literature. Individual applicants must be nationals of developing countries. Applying research units must be led by a renowned researcher who is a national of a developing country.


TWAS-Lenovo Science Award

Deadline: 10 March 2020
The TWAS-Lenovo Science Award will be given for outstanding achievements in Agricultural Sciences. The Award will carry a monetary award of US$100,000 provided by Lenovo. Candidates must be nationals of a developing country and must have lived and worked in a developing country for the last 10 years.

TWAS Awards

Deadline: 16 March 2020
TWAS provides nine awards of US$10,000 each in the following fields: agricultural sciences; biology; chemistry; earth, astronomy and space sciences; engineering sciences; mathematics; medical sciences; physics and social sciences. Candidates must be scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years immediately prior to their nomination. They must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.
Outstanding contribution to the application of science and technology to sustainable development.

Free Online Courses

Certified Integrated Pest Management for Africa

This free online training course was designed by the Soybean Innovation Lab to provide extension agents and practitioners with an overview of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The course focuses on several key areas, including the principles of IPM, commonly-used IPM practices, pesticide safety, and IPM as applied to specific pests, such as weeds.


Open Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition Online Course

The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition Action network has developed a free online course on Open Data Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition. This course aims to strengthen the capacity of data producers and data consumers to manage and use open data in agriculture and nutrition. One of the main objectives is for the course to be used widely within agricultural and nutrition knowledge networks, in different institutions. The course also aims to raise awareness of different types of data formats and uses, and to highlight how important it is for data to be reliable, accessible and transparent.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations E-Learning Centre

E-learning for agriculture and food security professionals provides free online courses cover a wealth of topics in the areas of food and nutrition security, social and economic development, and sustainable management of natural resources.