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International Foundation for Science seeks application for Research grants from applicants in the developing world.

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International Foundation for Science (IFS) is currently inviting applications for research grants from eligible researchers in developing countries. The IFS grants support the purchase of basic tools needed to conduct proposed research project. There will be two time-bound research grant application sessions before the new three-program strategy is adopted in 2012.

IFS, a non-governmental organisation, established in 1972, is dedicated towards developing the scientific capacity of developing countries to enable them better manage their biological and water resources. IFS gets its finances from various governmental and non-governmental sources and many national and international organisations. The main office of IFS is located at Stockholm. Since its founding, IFS has offered hundreds of research grants to outstanding students from developing countries for doing research in different disciplines of science.

Grantee Eligibility

An eligible candidate for an IFS Research grant is:

  • a citizen of a developing country
  • a scientist with at least a Master’s or equivalent degree/research experience
  • under 40 years of age and at the beginning of research career
  • attached to a university, national research institution or a research-oriented NGO in a developing country

 Exceptions:

  • China: Chinese applicants must be under 30 years of age. Researchers from Hong Kong SAR are not eligible for support from IFS.
  • Researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa are eligible for IFS support up to the age of 45, provided they have completed their highest academic degree (MSc, MA, PhD or equivalent) in the previous 5 years.
  • Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay: Applications are no longer accepted from these countries.

Project Eligibility

To qualify for IFS funding, research projects must be:

  • related to the sustainable utilisation, conservation or management of the biological or water resource base
  • conducted in a developing country
  • of a high scientific standard
  • feasible
  • relevant for the country/region

Qualifying Countries

IFS Research grants are reserved for developing country scientists for research projects carried out in a developing country.  Country eligibility is based on the GNI per capita (GNI = Gross National Income) of the country, as published annually by World Bank. The upper limit is drawn at the average GNI/capita for so-called Upper Middle Income Countries (UMIC). If a country’s GNI/capita increases and exceeds this upper limit for some consecutive years, the country will be phased out of the IFS granting program.

Due to the improved economic situation in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay, these countries are no longer eligible for IFS grants.

Grant Value and Details

An IFS Research Grant has a maximum value of USD 12,000. It is awarded to an individual researcher, for a specific research project, presented by the Applicant in the Application form. The IFS Research Grant is intended for the purchase of the basic tools needed to conduct the proposed research project – equipment, expendable supplies, and literature – and to arrange fieldwork activities related to the proposed project. The grant cannot be used to pay for the aspiring Grantee’s own salary or for honoraria, or to cover tuition fees or living expenses. It is expected that the IFS Grantees already receive a salary and are employed by or otherwise attached to a developing country research institution.

Last date for submitting the applications is October 9, 2011. For more information, visit this link.

 

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