TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Consortia) for Developing Countries, 2015

Applications are invited for TWAS research grants available for a period of 18 months. Grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by research consortia in the 81 S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS. Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged. Research Grants to research consortia amount to a maximum of USD20,000. The deadline for receiving applications is 31 August.. Qualified researchers in one or more of the 81 S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS are invited to form a research consortium with one or two collaborating groups to work on a common problem in basic sciences. The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences 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 biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics either to individual young researchers or to research units in the 81 science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS, to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity.. Grants are available for pursuing PhD research program.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  Grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by research consortia (formed by one or two collaborating groups to work on a common problem and possibly located within the same country or region) in the 81 S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Applying research consortia must be led by a principle investigator (PI) who is a national of a developing country, who holds a PhD and who has good research experience. (Note: The PI will be responsible for the coordination of the research, submission of requested documentation, management of the funds and reporting of the expenses. All TWAS correspondence will be with this ‘consortium PI’).
· Each member of the consortium should operate in a university or research institution in one of the 81 S&T
· lagging countries and should also be represented in the proposal by a PI. No age limit is applied to the consortia PIs.
· Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged.
· Individual young scientists or leaders of research units currently holding a TWAS Research Grant in the Basic Sciences are not eligible.
Benefits of the scholarship: Research Grants to research consortia amount to a maximum of USD20,000. The grants, which are normally provided for a period of 18 months, may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings only). They do not cover salaries of researchers and/or students, field expenses, or travel expenses. In addition, the purchase of laptops and laboratory animals is not supported.
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Duration:  The grants are normally provided for a period of 18 months.
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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