International Foundation for Science (IFS): Inviting applications for ‘IFS Individual Research Grant’ to support excellent individual and collaborative research, to build the capability of early-career scientists in the developing world, and to contribute innovation to the sustainable management of biological, water and energy resources.

Funding brief: The IFS Programme aims to support excellent individual and collaborative research, to build the capability of early-career scientists in the developing world, and to contribute innovation to the sustainable management of biological, water and energy resources. In particular, to enable young scientists to contribute to a global research community that is aiming to reduce poverty and supporting sustainable development.

The primary focus remains the promotion of excellent science through early-career research grants and capability enhancing support to individual researchers in developing countries. The IFS Strategy 2011-2020 describes the goals and strategies of the organisation for the current decade and presents the new IFS Programme divided into three parts:

Individual Research Approach: This is similar to the former IFS granting programme with some revisions to eligibility criteria. Individual early-career researchers in eligible countries may apply for research grants to undertake research projects on any aspects of the sustainable management of biological, water and energy resources.IFS has introduced time-bound calls for proposals with closing dates. These will be announced here on this website – be sure not to miss the submission deadlines!

Collaborative Research Approach: IFS recognizes that the interlinked development challenges facing humanity increasingly require scientists to work with each other, as well as with other professions and specialists. Support will therefore be provided for collaborative research teams – including interdisciplinary teams, which combine researchers’ strengths, expertise, and experience, to address a larger topic or a research issue where more than one discipline is required. Before IFS provides this opportunity more widely, the Collaborative Research Approach is being piloted. To date the following 3 sessions of the pilot have been initiated:
2012: Restricted to 5 African countries and research on Neglected and Underutilized Species. This resulted in Collaborative Team Grants to 10 teams comprising 38 researchers.
2014: Restricted to 8 African countries and research on Biodiversity. A total of 13 small teams comprising 48 researchers received Grants
2016: Restricted to 9 Asian countries and to research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. A total of 12 teams comprising of 21 women and 20 men received Grants.
If you have an interest in collaborative research, and are eligible and interested in the current pilot please follow the appropriate links. Otherwise watch for the results of the pilot and for our first open call for collaborative research.

Contributing Innovation Approach: Building on feedback received from stakeholders, a change to the IFS Programme agenda is, not only to aspire to strengthen the capability of those embarking on a research career in the developing world, but also to help scientists to find support for the actions they undertake to bring about change, in terms of their values and objectives. In other words, to promote links to those who can support the individual agency of men and women scientists, early in their career in developing countries, to put their science into use.
In 2013 IFS launched the third approach within its ten-year strategy, entitled ‘Contributing Innovation’. While approaches 1 and 2 of the strategy focus on supporting individual and collaborative research and enhancing the capability of scientists from countries with poor scientific infrastructure, the newly launched approach 3 is all about putting research into use. Under approach 3 IFS facilitates and advises grantees upon the implementation of the outputs from their research projects. It is also about equipping young scientists to meaningfully communicate with relevant and key stakeholders. Approach 3 is not a granting programme and it is not envisaged that IFS would have any ‘hands-on’ involvement in putting research results into use.

Donor Name: International Foundation for Science (IFS)
Funding name: IFS Individual Research Grant

Deadline: 31st, December, 2017

Funding details link:

Funding limit: An individual IFS Research Grant amounts to USD 12,000.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Minimum  12 months, Maximum 36 months

Eligible organization: As below

● Applicants for IFS Research Grants must be citizens of eligible countries (see below), and carry out their research in an eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship)
● must have a minimum of an MSc, MA or equivalent academic degree
● must be (for men) younger than 35 years of age, and (for women) younger than 40 years of age [If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on or after the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible.] Researchers, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for a renewal grant irrespective of age.
● Applicants must be attached to a national or regional research institute (e.g. university, non-profit making research centre, or research-oriented NGO) in an eligible country (See below). 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.

Eligible Country: Afghanistan,Algeria,Angola,Bangladesh,Benin,Belize,Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso,Burundi,Cambodia,Cameroon,Cape Verde,Central African Rep.,Chad,Comoros ,Congo, Dem. Rep.,Congo, Rep.,Côte d’Ivoire,Djibouti,Egypt, Arab Rep.,El Salvador,Eritrea,Ethiopia,Fiji,Gambia, The,Ghana,Guatemala,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau,Guyana,Haiti,Honduras,Jamaica,Jordan,Kenya,Kiribati,Korea, DPR,Lao PDR,Lesotho,Liberia,Madagascar,Malawi,Mali,Marshall Islands,Mauritania,Micronesia, Fed.Sts.,Mongolia,Morocco,Mozambique,Myanmar,Namibia,Nepal,Nicaragua,Niger,Nigeria,Pakistan,Papua New Guinea,Paraguay,Philippines,Rwanda,Samoa,São Tomé and Principe,Senegal,Sierra Leone,Solomon Islands,Somalia,South Sudan,Sri Lanka,Sudan,Swaziland,Syrian Arab Rep.,Tanzania,Timor-Leste,Tonga,Togo,Tunisia,Tuvalu,Uganda,Vanuatu,Vietnam,West Bank and Gaza ,Yemen, Rep.,Zambia, Zimbabwe

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply:
● Guideline:
● Eligible country list:
● IFS Programme:
● IFS Research Areas:
● Research support document:
● FAQ:

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website ( or

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