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With support by the European Development Fund, the EC announces grants under the Farm Income Diversification Programme Phase II (FIDP II) – Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN). The goal of the program is to aid governments and civil society to better understand and manage nutritional issues related to agriculture, i.e., taking the six food groups (Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes & Nuts, Animal Foods, Fats – incl groundnuts, Staples) and providing training on how these six food groups translate into cultivated crops and livestock. Eligibility for funding extends to legally registered organizations in the EU and its candidate countries; the European Economic Area; ACP countries (including Malawi); least-developed countries; and qualified international organizations. Grants will range from €1.5 million to €2.0 million, varying by regions and cost shares. Reference EuropeAid/137113/ID/ACT/MW. The deadline for concept notes is 20 July 2015.
The EC will make grants to strengthen agroforestry systems,sustainable agriculture, and sustainable ecosystem management in the Dosso and Zinder regions of Niger in the face of climate risks. Grants will range from €500 thousand to €1.5 million, varying by cost shares. Eligibility for funding extends to nonprofit organizations in the EU and Niger, and to qualifying international organizations. Reference EuropeAid/137236/IH/ACT/NE. The closing date for concept notes is 27 July 2015.
The EC will make grants to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations in Senegal to food and nutritional insecurity. Objectives are to diffuse innovative and sustainable agricultural practices; to diversify agricultural production in order to improve nutritional outcomes; and to strengthen social and policy measures in matters of food security. Grants will range from €350 thousand to €550 thousand, varying with cost shares. Eligibility extends to nonprofit NGOs in Senegal and the EU member states. Reference EuropeAid/137163/DD/ACT/SN. The application deadline is 26 August 2015.
The International Center for development-oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) – member of PAEPARD – will sponsor a 3-week course for agricultural professionals on the subject of “linking research to inclusive development for food security,” scheduled for June 2016 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Applicants can apply for fellowships through the Netherlands Fellowship Programs (NFP and MSP) if their countries are eligible for support in these programs. Fellowship applications can be submitted from 1 September 2015 through ICRA’s course web page after first completing an ICRA application form.
USAID’s Bureau for Food Security invites concept papers to revitalize agriculture and livelihoods affected by the ebola outbreak in West Africa, focusing preferentially on Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The Feed the Future Ebola Recovery Partnership aims to mobilize the expertise, infrastructures, and resources of the private sector, foundations, and other partners — including in-country partners — to achieve a rapid and robust recovery from the ebola outbreak and to foster broad-based food security. Funding is up to US$1 million. Funding Opportunity RFA-OAA-15-000022. The deadline for applications is 06 November 2015.
The Research Council of Norway announces its first call for proposals issued by the MILJØFORSK program (2016-2025) to generate new knowledge about biodiversity, cultural environments, ecosystem services, hazardous substances, and pollution. It will also study pressures on the environment and the relationships between social drivers/measures and natural drivers/responses. The MILJØFORSK program will cooperate with the Norway – Global Partner program (NORGLOBAL) to incorporate partners from the developing world into the grant proposals. The priority partner countries for 2015 are Afghanistan; Ethiopia; Haiti; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nepal; Palestine; Somalia; South Sudan; and Tanzania — see the announcement for other developing countries which are also eligible. The deadline for applications is 09 September 2015.
The Christensen Fund makes grants to indigenous-led and community-based organizations for projects that combine biodiversity with cultural diversity. Pre-proposals are accepted for consideration in the following programs: African Rift Valley; Central Asia; Northwest Mexico; Melanesia; Global; and San Francisco Bay Area. Most grants are in the range of US$50 thousand to US$100 thousand for one or two years. The application period is 01 September through 30 September.
Funding for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. The Jack Kimmel International Grant Program makes grants to researchers in arboriculture and urban forestry worldwide. Projects of one to three years are funded to a maximum of US$10 thousand. The application deadline is 01 October 2015.
The Italian Cooperation will fund up to 16 participants for masters studies at the University of Florence in subjects of natural resources management for tropical rural development. The fellowships are for candidates interested in the Land and Water curriculum. Eligible countries are Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, and Sudan. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is 10 July 2015.
The French Institute for Development Research (IRD) announces funding to support multidisciplinary international teams (laboratoires mixtes internationaux, LMI) to undertake research that corresponds to IRD’s thematic priorities. These priorities include societies and environment; risks, climate, and environment; biodiversity, natural resources, and food security; and several others. The maximum funding in the first year of an LMI is €50 thousand. The deadline for preliminary proposals is 27 July 2015.
The Acumen East Africa Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program that gives 20 individuals from East Africa the training they need to accelerate their social impact and leadership potential. Eligible countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. Past fellows have included several in smallholder agriculture, renewable energy, waste management, fair trade, and other areas. Acumen covers all program expenses related to travel and accommodations, but it does not offer scholarships, stipends, or other funding. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
New Zealand’sgovernment provides a variety of opportunities for training and university study through the New Zealand Aid Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The priorities often include agriculture, renewable energy, fisheries, disaster risk management, and other areas related to natural resources and environment. Application deadlines are specific to each country/regional program. The deadline for applicants from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and several Asian countries is 31 July 2015.
The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) funds short-term training in selected development topics for participants from developing countries. Information about course content and eligibility are included with the course description. Note: Interested individuals should follow the website for additional courses that may be announced, including at global and regional levels. The application deadline for the course in strategic environmental assessment is 30 September 2015.
The Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for university post-graduate studies in Australia. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR’s priority partner countries, and engaged in an ACIAR collaborative project at the time of application. Each awardee pursues research at an Australian tertiary institution relevant to the project in which the awardee is engaged prior to taking up the award. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015
The International Water Centre (IWC) in Australia is currently offering several full scholarships for high calibre international candidates* interested in studying the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2016 at The University of Queensland. Deadline: 01 Aug 2015
The SwissForum for International Agricultural Research annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association with a Swiss institution in agricultural research for development. For 2015, the best research team project will be awarded CHF 10 thousand, and the best masters project CHF 1 thousand. Deadline: 15 July 2015
This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or doctoral degree at a recognized university. These research awards may be part of an academic requirement. Deadline: 06 Aug 2015
The Agropolis Foundation (France) promotes interdisciplinary and integrated plant biology, ecology, and sustainable agriculture addressing development issues in the global North and South. The call for Open Science “Training and Higher Education” will fund projects that contribute to the diversity, quality, and innovation of capacity building offered by the Labex Agro scientific community and its partners. The deadline for applications (French, English) is 17 July 2015.
The United NationsFramework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announces a global competition for individuals aged 18-30 who submit video examples of inspiring actions to combat climate change. The winners will be funded to participate in COP 21 in Paris (November-December 2015) as youth reporters. The deadline for submissions is 17 August 2015.
In Europe‘s research program Horizon 2020, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and re-integration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked there. It also develops or helps to re-start the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants in the EU; their overseas territories; countries associated to Horizon 2020; and most developing countries are eligible for consideration. The closing date for applications is 10 September 2015
Within the framework of Danish development cooperation, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby invites Phase 1 applications for The Call is applicable for both North-driven (Denmark) and South-driven (Ghana, Nepal, and Tanzania) development research grant applicants. Application deadline: 04 September 2015.
The OECD‘s Cooperative Research Program invites applications for international conferences (e.g., workshops, congresses, and symposia) and fellowships from research scientists in agriculture and natural resources. The application deadline is 10 September 2015.
The Yves Rocher Foundation annually sponsors “Women of the Earth” to honor women in France and selected other countries for their achievements in environmental awareness, conservation, and solidarity. Past awards include several for project work in the developing countries. Prizes range from €3 thousand to €10 thousand. The closing date for applications in France is 30 September 2015 (candidates in other countries should check their closing dates).
World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) helps support researchers from the developing world to travel to other countries in order to pursue collaborative research for up to one year. Costs are shared between TWAS and the host institutions. Among several sub-programs are the “TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training” (with an application deadline of 01 October 2015) and the “TWAS-UNESCO Associate Scheme” (with a deadline of 01 December 2015). Researchers should review other sub-programs for opportunities in Kenya, Malaysia, and Pakistan.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) collaborates with institutions and research groups in developing countries to enable distinguished visiting professors to teach and build capacity at these institutions. The focus is least-developed countries and institutions that are most separated from outside contacts. Requests are made by host institutions in the developing countries. The host institutions cover local expenses, while TWAS covers the international travel costs. The application deadline for the Visiting Expert Program is 01 October 2015; the deadline for Research Professors in Least-Developed Countries is 31 October 2015.