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Thursday 23rd March 2017

Newton Advanced Fellowships – Brazil, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey

The Royal Society invites applications for the Newton advanced fellowships – Brazil, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. These enable international researchers to establish and develop collaborations with the UK, with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities. The skills and knowledge gained should contribute to advancing economic development and social welfare of the partner country. Fellowships are worth up to £37,000 per year for up to three years. 

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Friday 24th March 2017

Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3 Africa): call for proposals

The African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) is calling for proposals for Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa), a major genomic research programme. The call is with support of the Wellcome Trust and the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Africa NCD Open Lab Initiative. AESA will provide up to £2.5 million to each successful collaborative project with lead institutions based in Africa to research on the use of genomics and cutting edge approaches to determine environmental factors contributing to health diseases of importance to Africa.

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Friday 31st March 2017

The Cultural Protection Fund is now open for large grants (over £100k)

The Fund supports projects that help creating opportunities for economic and social development through fostering, safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage in conflict affected regions overseas. Grants are worth between £100,000 and £2 million for multi–year proposals. Applicants must first complete our online expression of interest form in order to confirm eligibility. Applicants are advised to send in the expression of interest as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time between confirmation of eligibility and the application deadline of 23rd June 2017.

Expression off interest must be submitted by 31st March 2017

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Saturday 1st April 2017

2nd Drivers of Food Choice (DFC) Competitive Grants Program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID) are seeking proposals for its 2nd Drivers of Food Choice (DFC) Competitive Grants Program with an aim to improve food and nutrition security in LMIC.

The DFC competitive research grants aim to provide a deep understanding of the drivers of food choice among the poor in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Topics

Development of an understanding of factors that influence food choice among consumers in lower wealth quintiles in LMIC to inform policy and practice
Investigation of how changes to food environments and food systems influence food choice among consumers in LMIC settings.
Evaluation of the impact of agricultural policies and interventions (e.g., home gardening, aquaculture, livestock production, cash cropping, bio-fortification, agricultural subsidies, land use policies) on food choice behaviors of different household members, especially women and children.
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The DFC Competitive Grants Program anticipates distributing a total of $2,152,500 in the second two-year funding round of the grants program.

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Tuesday 11th April 2017

Global Alliance for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management of Mental Disorders

The Medical Research Council, in partnership with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) is seeking to generate new knowledge on interventions and their implementation for the prevention and management of mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries.

The call will focus on implementation research proposals on child, adolescent and adult age onset mental disorders including, but not limited to, dementia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, alcohol- and drug-use disorders, etc., in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

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Wednesday 12th April 2017

Global Research Programme; addressing the health needs of women and children in disadvantaged populations globally

The Department of Biotechnologyopens (DBT) in India, in collaboration with Department of International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), are pleased to announce a second joint call to fund global health research addressing the health needs of women and children globally. Originally launched in 2014, this programme aims to fund world-class and cutting edge research which addresses the health needs of the most disadvantaged populations.They are calling for research that will impact the ability to prevent, diagnose and manage prevalent chronic and infectious diseases facing women and their unborn children in low- and middle-income (LMIC) settings. Research addressing these health issues will aim to have a positive effect on the life-course of the mother and her unborn children.

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Monday 17th April 2017

Call for pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa

The International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support 10 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in Africa.  This call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa that bring together African scientists from different scientific disciplines and key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, policy makers, the private sector, civil society, urban planners, engineers and citizens) in research co-design and co – production.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 17 April 2017 (18:00 CET).

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Tuesday 18th April 2017

Food and Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP)

The Food & Business GCP aims to encourage scientific research and innovation projects (covering technological, organizational, policy, and social innovations) on food security and related private sector development that contribute to long-term access to affordable, safe and nutritious food for vulnerable and resource-poor populations in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Up to €250,000 will be awarded. Proposals will be accepted from consortia including a senior researcher at a Dutch research Institute and at least one senior researcher from an LMIC research organisation. Additional partners from (other) LMIC or high income countries are welcomed and encouraged. Closing date 18 Apr 2017 (LOI by 28 Mar 2017).

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Wednesday 26th April 2017

Support to Civil Society in Zimbabwe: Promoting democratic participation, good governance and accountability

The Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) invites proposals which aim to strengthen participatory and accountable governance in Zimbabwe in order to contribute to economic recovery, democratisation, peace and stability.

Applicants should be established in an EU member state, Zimbabwe or any country eligible for the European Development Fund. They must be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action and have demonstrated capacity and experience of at least two years in managing activities of a scale corresponding to at least half of the size and in the sector of the grant requested. Applicants established in a country other than Zimbabwe must act with at least one Zimbabwean co-applicant.

The total budget is €5 million. Grants are worth between €500,000 and €3.5 million each and cover between 50 and 90 per cent of the total eligible project costs.

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Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

The second call of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme has a total budget of €10 million (US$10.5m). Individual projects will receive between €1m and €1.4m. Projects will run for five years. The call also funds partnership projects. These should include between four and six African higher education institutions and a technical partner in Europe. They will focus on training masters and PhD students.
A variety of research areas are eligible for the grants. 

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Monday 8th May 2017

Wellcome Foundation's Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

The Wellcome Foundation is seeking applications for its “Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine” to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level. This scheme helps mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries establish independent research programmes in those countries.


An Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine is for up to five years and cannot be renewed. It can be held on a part-time basis. Support includes:
a basic salary (determined by host organisation)
personal removal expenses
research expenses, directly related to proposal
Applicant can also apply for public engagement funds to involve the public in his/her research and inspire learning.  

Follow website link for eligibility criteria.

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

CIFAR Azrieli global scholars programme

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Canadian-based global organization, brings together more than 400 researchers from 16 countries who are pursuing answers to some of the most difficult challenges facing the world. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and essential skills to position them as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

$100,000 CDN in undesignated research support
A two-year appointment to a CIFAR program aligned with their research interests
Mentorship from experienced researchers
Specialized leadership and communications skills training
Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, but must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within five years of their first full-time academic appointment. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. In 2017, the eligible programs are:

Successful Societies
Institutions, Organizations & Growth
Cosmology & Gravity
Learning in Machines & Brains
Bio-inspired Solar Energy
Quantum Materials
Genetic Networks
Child & Brain Development
Humans & the Microbiome
Molecular Architecture of Life
Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

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Friday 26th May 2017

The Next Einstein Forum launches search for 54 young African science and technology champions

The Next Einstein Forum will be held in in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018. NEF Ambassadors should be residents of an African country, under forty-two years of age, have completed advanced studies in science, technology or have significant entrepreneurial achievements. They should also have a track record of leadership in their community, be passionate about promoting science and technology, and have an active online profile and following.

Applications are available at and will be received until 26 May 2017. The final list of NEF Ambassadors will be published in September 2017. See the NEF Ambassadors video teaser here (

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Monday 5th June 2017

Africa Food Prize 2017

Africa Food Prize 2017 is now open for nominations, 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 Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.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.

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Saturday 24th June 2017

The Africa Food Prize (Yara International)

Aimed at help moving farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives, the Africa Food Prize was launched in Accra, Ghana in April 2016, and is a joint initiative by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Yara International. The USD 100,000 prize will recognise an individual/ institution whose contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security.

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Monday 31st July 2017

MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health; Partnership Awards

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) to co-design a global public health initiative. This call seeks to bring together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with an understanding of local knowledge, cultural dynamics, community engagement and trust. The call will fully launch in mid-February 2017 and be open to applications from mid-March 2017.

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