International Foundation for Science (IFS): Inviting applications for ‘Call for Individual Research Grant Applications 2019’ to help early-career scientists to play their part, to contribute to accelerating progress towards addressing the global challenges. 

Funding brief: The International Foundation for Science (IFS) invitees applications for ‘Call for Individual Research Grant Applications 2019’ to help early-career scientists to play their part, to contribute to accelerating progress towards addressing the global challenges.

Research Areas Funded By IFS: The world will need to draw on exceptional individual and collaborative actions, and to harness the transformational power of science, technology and communications in order for our generation to safely and fairly ensure the stewardship of our natural resources.

IFS believes that science in developing countries needs to expand, that scientists in the developing world are well placed to identify the challenges they face, and able to propose transformational research, to build their resilience to global volatility, to engage in global negotiations, and to innovate for sustainable futures.

The International Foundation for Science therefore aims to help early-career scientists to play their part, to contribute to accelerating progress towards addressing the global challenges of today. Our 10-year strategy describes the investment they hope to make in capability to conceive and conduct research and also in people’s agency to put research into use.

Today, our planet appears small, and its biological and water resources base is vulnerable and interconnected.  The development solutions we seek to support through our grantees’ research must be  sustainable  within  defined  bio-physical  boundaries;  they  must  also be  socially just  and help advance freedom from poverty and deprivation.

In this context, doing research includes striving for greater efficiency in sustainably transforming natural resources to meet human needs. It also demands of us all far greater consideration of equity between and within countries, social groups, between women and men and amongst members of households in access to and use of natural resources.

Applicants for support from the International Foundation for Science may submit their proposals through the following three thematic clusters and from different, even cross-disciplinary, backgrounds. These three clusters are arranged to facilitate the applicant’s identification of an appropriate framework for their submissions. The many topical areas within the three clusters are overlapping, and therefore cross-cutting research topics will also be welcomed and encouraged.

Biological Resources in Terrestrial Systems: This includes but is not limited to: research on biodiversity, forestry, animal production, crop science, underutilized species, natural products, renewable energy and climate variability, and technical research on all forms and aspects of food production; also, aspects of the social, economic, cultural and historical context for current and future practices, use and management of natural resources as well as the fostering of socio-economic resilience.

Water and Aquatic Resources: This includes but is not limited to: water resources availability, conservation, use, and issues associated with water-related institutions; research on freshwater, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments, as well as human and community access to such resources in the protection and improvement of their livelihoods.

Food Security, Dietary Diversity and Healthy Livelihoods: This includes but is not limited to: research encompassing agricultural and livestock production systems including socio-economic and farming systems research, research on the conditions for the enjoyment of food security beyond food production, distribution and overall availability, and also research on access to food or resources for food for socio-economic resilience and improved livelihoods, health and wellbeing in rural and urban areas.

Donor Name: International Foundation for Science (IFS)
Funding name: Call for Individual Research Grant Applications 2019

● Call will open: 1st, October, 2018
● Call will close: 30th, November, 2018

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The total budget should not exceed 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

Personal Eligibility
 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.

● Institutional Affiliation: 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: Eligible for IFS support are low and lower middle income countries and the IFS cut off point for country eligibility is the middle income GNI threshold (for 2018, USD 4,905) plus 5%, USD 5,150

For details see: Gross national income per capita 2017, Atlas method and PPP – World Bank, 1 July 2018

● Formerly eligible G-20 Countries are no longer eligible (i.e. Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa).

● Countries formerly part of the Soviet Union are not eligible.

● The list below is based on GNI per capita, Atlas method for 2016 and published in 2017.

● Eligible countries are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cabo 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, Iraq, 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:
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form:
 IFS Review form_template: Click to view
● About: Click to view
● IFS Research Support: Click to view
● How to apply: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view

How to apply: Word applications are no longer valid. Applications must be filled in and submitted online in the IFS community.

Please watch the ‘Call for Applications’ section on the 1st page of the IFS website or subscribe to the RSS feed to get an automatic message when this is updated.

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