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The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), launches a new programme to strengthen the capacity of African countries lagging in science and technology. The new programme is aimed at young scientists who are getting established in their country or about to return home to an academic position. Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences and Physics carried out in African countries lagging in science and technology identified by TWAS.

The Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) was established in response to the needs of researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities. Under this scheme, grants can be awarded for research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences and Physics to Principal Investigators in the African countries lagging in science and technology identified by TWAS, to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity. The Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) aims to support early-career scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Programme Details

  • SG-NAPI Grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences and Physics carried out by Principal Investigators (PI) in the African countries lagging in science and technology identified by TWAS
  • Research Grants to research units amount to a maximum of USD 67,700
  • The grants, which are normally provided for a period of 24 months, may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables, which can include fieldwork and maintenance of equipment and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings only)
  • Awarded PIs may also support MSc student as part of the project, request funding for international conference grant, industrial link grant, mobility grant and open access publication grant. Full details of each component are laid out in the guidelines
  • The programme has an additional component which seeks to enhance the productivity of female scientists returning to academia after a maternity leave, scientist-after-child grant

Criteria

  • Applying Principal Investigators (PI) must be nationals of an eligible country, who holds a PhD and has good research experience. The grant should operate within a university or a research institution in one of the African countries lagging in science and technology
  • The Principal Investigator must be 40 or under
  • The Principal Investigator must have obtained their Ph.D within the last 5 years in a country other than their home country
  • The Principal Investigator must have returned to their home country (refer to list in the guidelines) within the last 36 months or will return home before the end of 2021
  • The Principal Investigator must hold, be offered or be in the process of accepting a position at an academic and/or research institution (including international research centers) in their home country
  • The Principal Investigator must be national of an eligible African country that is lagging in science and technology (refer to list in the giudelines)
  • Applicant must not at the time of application have an active research grant with TWAS or OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship
  • Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged
  • The applicant must submit a strong Research Proposal, you may find further information on how to write a strong proposal by visiting AuthorAID

Benefits

  • Research grants to research units amount to a maximum of USD 67,700

About The World Academy of Sciences

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, works to advance sustainable development through research, education, policy and diplomacy. The Academy was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel Prize winner. Today, TWAS has nearly 1,200 elected Fellows from more than 90 countries; 16 of them are Nobel laureates.