International Foundation of Science Research Grants for Developing Countries

IFS Programme (Individual Research Grants)

Course(s) Offered: Science, Development
Course Level: Graduate research
Provider: IFS
Country to Research In: Developing countries

Scholarship Description
The IFS Programme aims to support excellent individual and collaborative research, to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world, and to contribute innovation to the sustainable management of biological and water 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, Collaborative Research Approach, and Contributing Innovation Approach.

Throughout the coming decade the primary focus of IFS will be the promotion of excellent science through early career research grants and capability enhancing support to researchers in developing countries.

Applicants for Individual IFS Research Grants:
  • must be citizens of an eligible countries, and carry out their research in an eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship). See eligible countries list below
  • 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) 40 years of age
    [If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible.]
Researchers, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for renewal grant irrespective of age.

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.

Eligible groups
List of countries whose citizens are eligible for IFS Research grants:

a). AFRICA: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of, Congo, Democratic Republic of, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

b). ASIA AND PACIFIC: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam

c). LATIN AND CARIBBEAN: Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela

d). MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

Fields of research
Applicants for support from the IFS 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.

The three research themes funded by IFS, under which proposals are sought:
  • Biological Resources in Terrestrial Systems: This includes but is not limited to: research on biodiversity, forestry, animal production, crop science, underutilised 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 well being in rural and urban areas.
Sponsorship duration
The research grant covers between one year to 3 years

Scholarship benefits
Individual Research grants are awarded on merit in amounts up to USD 12,000 for one to three years. Grants are intended for the purchase of basic tools for research: equipment, expendable supplies and literature, as well as field activities.

Method of Application
All researchers may submit only one application at a time for consideration by IFS. Applications for IFS Research grants must be submitted using the standard IFS Application Form in English or French.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply, and also to access the IFS Application Form.

New applicants wishing to apply for a research grant to IFS are invited to submit their research application form before the deadline. The deadline for submission of research grant applications is 31st December 2015

Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the competitive review process before the 31st July, 2016.

IFS is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) research council founded in 1972. Its mission is to build the scientific capacity of developing countries in sciences related to the sustainable management of biological and water resources. Funding comes from governmental and non-governmental sources, as well as national and international organisations. The annual budget is approximately USD 5 million. IFS has 135 Affiliated Organisations in 86 countries, of which three-quarters are in developing countries and one-quarter in industrial countries. IFS has an international Board of Trustees, with its Secretariat located in Stockholm, Sweden.

Application Deadline: 31 December 2015
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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