Monthly Update: July 2017

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July 2017

British Council — Research Workshops. The British Council announces workshops that convene UK researchers with partners in other countries. Among the workshops that have deadlines beyond the date of this posting are: China, polymer electrolyte fuel cells (deadline 30 June 2017); Mexico, sustainable aquatic resources (deadline 30 June 2017); Turkey, offshore wind and wave energy (deadline 30 June 2017); India, closed loop green technologies for rural development (deadline 14 July 2017); China, erosion control and sustainable energy in green port development (deadline 15 July 2017); South Africa, post-harvest systems using renewable and sustainable energy (deadline 16 July 2017); Brazil, biological soft matter science in agri-food systems (deadline 21 July 2017); India, waste heat harvesting (deadline 01 September 2017); Malaysia, climate resilience and urban infrastructure (deadline 14 September 2017). The site lists additional workshops in additional subject areas. Link

French Institute for Development Research — Support for International Research Teams 2017. 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 vary by geographical region to include food production and security; plant-health relationships; water resources; energy resources; ecosystems and biodiversity; natural risks; and others. The maximum funding for a LMI is €40 thousand per year. The deadline for proposals is 15 July 2017. Link

Panthera — Kaplan Graduate Awards. Panthera makes grants for research and conservation of the world’s populations of wild cats. The Kaplan Graduate Awards help develop the next generation of wild cat biologists. The program supports outstanding young biology graduate students working on the conservation of wild felids in situ. Panthera welcomes applications for projects on all wild cat species in all regions. The maximum award is US$15 thousand for one year, although renewals may be requested. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is 15 July 2017. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Livestock Market Systems in Kenya. USAID in Kenya will make multiple grants (“leader plus associates”) under the Feed the Future program to assist the Kenyan livestock sector, focusing on projects in the northern counties. Project activities should aim for improvements in livestock and related market systems; expanded and diversified market-oriented livelihood opportunities; improved governance and management of range lands and water; drought cycle management; and multiple other objectives during projects of five years. Eligibility for funding is unrestricted. USAID encourages cost-sharing. Funding Opportunity RFA-615-17-000003. The closing date for applications is 17 July 2017. Link

Climate Tracker — Journalism Workshops on Climate Change. Climate Tracker is organizing a global series of journalism workshops to help writers publish articles and/or produce films on climate change. Selected candidates will be participate in workshops, seminars, and personal training led by some of the world’s best media trainers and climate communicators. There are different competitions in different regions, on different topics of climate change, and with different application deadlines. The priority is for applications from writers under age 30. For each workshop, Climate Tracker offers fellowships or partial fellowships to the selected participants. The competition to participate in COP23 in Germany has deadlines (varying by topics) on 31 July, 31 August, and 30 September 2017. The other deadlines are as follows: Southeast Asia, 11 July; Middle East and North Africa, 19 July; Latin America, 21 July; Ethiopia, 06 August; Indonesia, 07 August; and South Asia, 10 August. Link

Climate Change Media Partnership — Supporting Journalists for Climate Summit 23. The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) supports journalists in developing countries to attend the annual UN climate summits. Applications are invited from journalists to attend the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change to be held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017. The CCMP will cover travel, lodging, and daily subsistence expenses. It will also help with the press accreditation process, and provide other support services. The invitation is open to professional journalists from or representing established media houses. The deadline for applications is 21 July 2017. Link

FRIDA — Climate and Environmental Justice for Women. FRIDA announces a special grant round for young feminist and young women-led groups focused on climate and environmental justice in targeted regions and countries. Grants of up to US$5 thousand for one year (renewable) will be made to groups founded or led by young women or trans youth (under 30 years) that are committed to advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective; working towards climate and/or environmental justice; and that meet other defined criteria. Eligibility extends to women’s groups formed in the past few years (2011-2017) in specified countries and territories of the Pacific Islands; Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa; Latin America; and Georgia. The deadline for applications (English, Spanish) is 23 July 2017. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Strengthening Agriculture in Kenya. USAID/Kenya announces a 5-year program of US$60 million to strengthen production and marketing systems for dairy and crop production in Kenya. The program will involve multiple regions of the country; multiple intervention strategies; and multiple partners. Eligibility to apply is unrestricted. Funding Opportunity RFA-615-17-000006. The application deadline is 24 July 2017. Link

European Commission — Transboundary Conservation Areas in Africa. The EC will make grants to support livelihoods development and benefit sharing for communities living in or near transboundary conservation areas in order to promote ecosystem management and wildlife conservation. The geographical scope is eastern and southern Africa, and the Indian Ocean. Eligibility for grants extends to nonprofit organizations in the EU, the ACP countries, and various other country affiliations — as well as to international organizations. The participation of co-applicants is mandatory. Grants will range from €0.8 million to €1.2 million, varying with cost shares. The application deadline for concept notes is 27 July 2017. Link

World Bank — Young Professionals Program 2018. The World Bank invites applications for the Young Professionals Program as a starting point for a career at the World Bank Group. The program is designed for individuals skilled in areas such as agriculture, natural resources, and many others. Applicants should hold a PhD or master’s degree and relevant work experience; be fluent in English; and meet other criteria relevant to experience, skills, and age. Every year, around 40 applicants are accepted into the program.The closing date for applications is 28 July 2017. Link

D-Prize — Distributing Solutions to Alleviate Poverty. The D-Prize funds pilot projects that more widely distribute relatively low-cost products and services in the fight against poverty. The current challenges include social enterprises for innovations in specified themes of agriculture; energy; and several other categories. The D-Prize will award up to US$20 thousand to social enterprises that are successful in their pilot phases. Eligibility to compete extends to entrepreneurs anywhere in the world, and of any age or background. Concept notes should be submitted by 30 July 2017 (early deadline); 20 August 2017 (regular deadline); and 10 September 2017 (extension deadline limited to 200 persons who register). Link

African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development — PhD Studies in Sustainable Energy. Located at the University of Rwanda, the African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development addresses key economic challenges resulting from low rural energy access, poor adoption of energy technologies in rural areas, and poor inter-state energy trading in Eastern and Southern Africa. The Centre invites research-oriented students to apply for PhD positions in the fields and specializations of renewable energy; electrical power systems; and energy economics. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for eligible candidates from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2017. Link

ENEA Access — Energy Initiatives in Africa, 2nd Call. The ENEA Access Program offers 30 to 100 days of professional consulting services on a pro-bono basis to advance initiatives for energy access in Africa. The program is relevant for nonprofit organizations and NGOs, technology developers, and social entrepreneurs. Activities that can be considered for ENEA’s support include feasibility studies, market and business models, implementation of pilot projects, and others. Projects must clearly contribute to the reduction of poverty and/or climate change as a result of improved access to energy. Projects must be located in at least one of the continental African countries or surrounding associated islands. There are no restrictions regarding the home country of the applying organization. The closing date for ENEA’s second call for proposals in 2017 is 31 July. Link

Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology — Training Courses, Seminars, and Workshops 2017. The Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (SEAMO BIOTROP) aims to increase the knowledge and skills of ASEAN professionals and students on a wide range of topics in tropical biology. Unless otherwise indicated, training courses are conducted at the SEAMEO BIOTROP headquarter in Bogor, Indonesia. Priority is for nationals of SEAMEO member countries, especially in the sponsored courses. The remaining BIOTROP courses and seminars for 2017 are scheduled from July through October. Application forms should be submitted to the respective course coordinators at least one month in advance of any event. Link

August 2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Solve Global Challenges. The “Solve” program at MIT announces four global challenges in 2017, inviting anyone in the world to propose solutions to them. The 2017 challenges include one on sustainable urban communities, connecting to issues of sustainable water and food production. Each proposal must include a technology element. The finalists in each challenge will be invited to present their ideas at an event in New York (simultaneous with the UN General Assembly, September 2017), after which the selected winners will be offered partnership opportunities. The submission deadline is 01 August 2017. Link

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies — Satoyama Development Mechanism 2017. The IGES, the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies on Sustainability, and Japan’s Ministry of the Environment announce the latest round of sub-grants under the Satoyama Development Mechanism. The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) promotes the sustainable use of Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes. Grants are up to US$10 thousand for field projects; research; collaboration activities; and capacity building and outreach that link ecosystems and community systems on a sustainable basis. Applicants must be approved members of the IPSI at the date of submitting project proposals. The application deadline is 04 August 2017. Link

U.S. Department of State — Scientist Exchange in the Lower Mekong Region. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok announces funding in support of managing a Young Scientist Exchange Program where young scientists from the Lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam) engage in exchange programs with participating institutes/research centers on issues deemed challenges for the region. They include issues of sustainable development and environment. Eligibility to apply extends to non-profit organizations. The program expects to make one grant for US$395 thousand. Funding Opportunity SFOP0002211. The application deadline is 04 August 2017. Link

MasterCard Foundation — Fund for Rural Prosperity 2017. MasterCard Foundation aims to support ideas from institutions looking to deliver a financial service, product, or process to smallholder farmers in eligible African countries. Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership. However, the lead applicant must be a for-profit entity. Examples of applying institutions may include banks; insurance or leasing companies; agribusinesses; IT enterprises; and firms that facilitate increased access to financial services by persons currently excluded from them. Applications should request support of between US$250 thousand and US$2.5 million. The application deadline is 10 August 2017. Link

World Academy of Sciences — Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Brazil. In partnership with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Brazil’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) invites young scientists from developing countries other than Brazil to pursue postdoctoral research in natural sciences at selected Brazilian research institutions for periods of 6-12 months. Subject areas include agricultural sciences, biological sciences, and many others. CNPq will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs such as accommodation, food, and health insurance. The application deadline is 11 August 2017. Link

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund — Conserving the Guinean Forests of West Africa. CEPF invites letters of inquiry for small grants (up to US$50 thousand) in support of conservation in the Guinean forests of West Africa. Grants can be made to community groups and associations; NGOs,;private enterprises; universities; research institutes; and other civil society organizations. The eligible countries are Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Applicants can apply in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish using the templates provided in the announcement. The closing date is 14 August 2017. Link

Hogan Lovells — Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017. The 2017 Community Solar Innovation Awards will honor innovative enterprises that utilise solar energy to improve the lives of poor communities in the developing world. Hogan Lovells will make ten awards to businesses and non-profit organizations in developing countries which are locally-led and which use solar energy systems or solar innovations to significantly help the lives of women and girls. The winners will receive support services consisting of capacity building, pro bono legal support, publicity, and support in replicating the enterprises in other regions. One overall winner will receive US$10 thousand. The application deadline is 16 August 2017. Link

UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council — Energy Networks in Developing Countries. The UK’s EPSRC invites research proposals that address the energy distribution challenges faced by developing countries. Proposals to this call must focus on sustainable local energy networks, including off-grid to grid transitions. Principal investigators must represent UK research institutions. Appropriate collaborators in one or more low- or middle-income countries are a mandatory requirement. Applicants should submit an expression of interest by 17 August 2017. Link

UNFCCC — Global Youth Video Competition 2017. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in collaboration with the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Program, invites youth ages 18-30 to submit videos about projects or campaigns that showcase actions on climate change. The two categories are (i) climate-friendly and resilient cities, and (ii) oceans and climate change. The videos will be posted on a web page, and the winners of the competition will have their expenses paid to attend and participate in the COP23 in Bonn (November 2017) as youth reporters. The deadline for video submissions is 18 August 2017. Link

African Union Commission — Earth Observation Data for Sustainable Development. The African Union Commission (AUC), in partnership with the European Union, will make grants to expand the practical use of Earth Observation (EO) data and services for policymakers, scientists, businesses, and the public across Africa. Grants will be awarded in two categories: (i) water and natural resources; and (ii) marine and coastal areas services. The grants will be allocated across five African sub-regions. Eligibility for grants extends to consortia of African national or regional organizations, research institutions, and universities that have at least five years of experience in implementing large-scale EO projects in subjects that include water and natural resources, and/or marine and coastal zones. Applying institutions should have a regional, continental, or global mandate. Grants will range from €1 million to €2 million. Applicants will be required to provide co-financing up to 20%. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 21 August 2017. Link

Taronga Conservation Society — Conservation Field Grants. The Taronga Conservation Society (Australia), associated with the Taronga zoos, calls for conservation field projects of 12-24 months for the cycle 2018-2019. Priority is for projects that demonstrate measurable conservation outcomes in the field; that consider the implications of climate change effects on the success of the project; and that meet other criteria specified in the announcement. Most past grants have been made for conservation in developing countries. Taronga favors applications requesting less than AUD$10 thousand per year. The application deadline is 27 August 2017. Link

Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology — Research Proposals 2018-2019. The Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (SEAMEO BIOTROP) welcomes research proposals in support of its program “Forging Ahead with Tropical Biology for Environmental and Societal Transformations in Southeast Asia.” The focal areas are restoration of degraded ecosystems; sustainable management of intensively-used ecosystems and landscapes; and conservation and sustainable use of unique ecosystems and landscapes of high biodiversity. Proposals should have a budget under Rp100 million, or under Rp50 million for PhD thesis research. The deadline for proposals is 30 August 2017. Link

Dubai Municipality — Dubai International Award for Best Practices, 11th Cycle. The Dubai Municipality collaborates with UN Habitat to offer Best Practices Awards for outstanding contributions to improve the living environment, particularly for poor and disadvantaged populations. The categories of best practices include awards for organizations (i.e., NGOs and associations); businesses and enterprises; university research; and individuals. The cash prizes are US$30 thousand for best practices (six winners); US$30 thousand for transfer of best practices (two winners); and US$15 thousand for university research (two winners). The deadline for submissions is 29 December 2016 (extended to 31 August 2017). Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Watershed Management in Peru. USAID invites applications to scale up investments in green infrastructure in Peru as a strategy to regulate water supply and increase resilience to climate change. The five-year program will aim to build public awareness and political support for improved management of Andean watersheds, and to propose site-specific projects that invest in ecosystem services to reduce soil erosion and improve water supply. Eligibility for funding extends to U.S. and non-US organizations, including organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID. Funding Opportunity RFA-527-17-000002. The application deadline is 31 August 2017. Link

September 2017

European Partnership for Responsible Minerals — Responsible Mining. The international coalition of the EPRM is designed to improve conditions in and around mines and for the miners concerned in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. Projects should aim to improve the social, humanitarian, and environmental aspects of mining. Applicants may be companies, knowledge institutions, public or semi-public bodies, or NGOs in any combination and registered in any country. The maximum grant for a project is €450 thousand. The deadline for concept notes is 04 September 2017. Link

Global Biodiversity Information Facility — Ebbe Nielsen Challenge 2017. The GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge is an annual competition that seeks to inspire innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data. In 2017, the Challenge will award a total of €14 thousand to developers and data scientists who create tools capable of liberating species records from open data repositories for scientific discovery and reuse. The Challenge is open worldwide to individuals, teams of individuals, companies and their employees, and governmental agencies and their employees. The closing date for submissions is 05 September 2017. Link

Human Development Innovation Fund — Grassroots Projects in Tanzania. The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is funded by the UK government to create social impact in education, health and water, and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania. In Round 3, HDIF welcomes funding applications for pilot and scale-up projects between £500 thousand and £1 million for projects up to three years. Eligibility extends to non-state organizations such as for?profit businesses; social enterprises; civil society organisations; public-private partnerships; NGOs; charities or societies; faith?based organizations; community?based organizations; academic institutions; and research institutes involved in solutions to improve services for the poor. Lead applicants should have proof of registration in Tanzania. The application deadline is 08 September 2017. Link

MIT Center for Collective Intelligence — New Contests at Climate CoLab. The MIT Climate CoLab organizes contests to solicit the world’s best ideas to prevent and adapt to climate change. Some contests pose social and political questions, while others focus on issues in science and technology. Each year, the contest winners are invited to a conference at MIT’s campus in the USA, where a pool of prize funding is shared among the best ideas. The Climate Co-Lab has recently posted seven new contests, each with a deadline on 10 September 2017. Link

British Ecological Society — Grants for Ecologists in Africa. The BES makes grants for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. Applicants must be scientists and citizens of a country in Africa or its associated islands; have at least an MSc or equivalent degree; be working for a university or research institution in Africa that provides basic research facilities; and carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands. The maximum value of a grant is £8 thousand for research. An additional sum up to £2 thousand may be requested to fund travel to help grantees develop connections with other ecologists outside their usual peer groups. The application deadline is 11 September 2017. Link

InnoEnergy — Supporting Energy Start-ups in Central and Eastern Europe. InnoEnergy announces PowerUp! as a competition for energy start-ups in central and eastern Europe. Successful applicants will take part in training workshops to develop their ideas and skills, and to accelerate their businesses towards commercialization. The best 15 start-ups will present their innovative solutions to a panel of industry, start-up, and energy experts in November (Budapest). InnoEnergy offers three cash prizes of up to €20 thousand each, along with support worth €150 thousand to the most promising start-ups. The application deadline is 11 September 2017. Link

Future for Nature Foundation — Future for Nature Award 2018. The Future for Nature Award aims to stimulate a new generation of nature conservation leaders. The award is made to candidates of any nationality or residence, not older than age 35, who have achieved substantial and long-term benefit to the conservation status of one or more animal and/or plant species, or that of a specific population. Work related to the conservation and protection of endangered species is a priority. The award is made to individuals, not organizations. Each of three award winners will be given a cash prize and a sculpture. The winners are expected to invest their prize in a conservation project of their own choice. The application deadline is 15 September 2017. Link

Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs — Voice. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is partnering with HIVOS and Oxfam on methods to effectively empower and give voice to marginalized and discriminated people in low- and lower-middle income countries of Africa and Asia. The thematic areas include one for improved governance and access to productive resources (e.g., land and water) and employment. The priority countries are Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Tanzania, and Uganda. Voice hopes to stimulate learning about the most successful methods of building community empowerment. Applications are invited from legally registered nonprofit civil society organizations and community groups. The applicant (or a consortium member) must be based in Africa or Asia, and operate in one or more of the focus countries. Grants range from €25 thousand to €500 thousand for up to three years. The application deadline is 15 September 2017. Link

Geneva Centre for Security Policy — Prize for Innovation in Global Security. The GCSP offers a prize to recognize deserving individuals or organizations that have an innovative approach to addressing international security challenges. The prize seeks to reward the most ground-breaking contribution of the year in the form of an initiative, invention, research publication, or organization. All disciplines and fields are relevant (TVG note: including global environmental security). The amount of the prize is CHF 10 thousand. The application deadline is 27 September 2017. Link

European Union — Kolarctic Cross-Border Cooperation. Kolarctic supports cross-border strategies between Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway in the Barents region of the Arctic. Projects may include issues related to environment and natural resources (e.g., fisheries, plant resources, climate change, etc.). Each proposal must have at least one actor from the EU (Sweden, Finland) and at least one from Russia. Eligibility requirements, and the rules on Lead Partners and partners, are explained in the call for proposals. The next call for proposals will open 26 June 2017 and close on 29 September 2017. Link

Ramsar Convention– Wetland Conservation Awards 2018. The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards will be presented in Dubai at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13, October 2018). There are three categories of awards, and the winner in each award category will receive US$10 thousand. Eligibility for the awards extends to individuals and groups worldwide representing government institutions, NGOs, community groups, and private companies. Self nominations are not accepted. The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2017. Link

Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture — PhD Research Scholarships. SEARCA offers scholarships for PhD studies in agriculture, natural resources, and related fields. The top priority is to support Southeast Asian nationals who are enrolled in PhD programs in any of the five member universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources. However, the program is also open to applications from Southeast Asian nationals who are regular staff members of government agencies or non-profit development-oriented institutions, and who are PhD students of agricultural universities not in the consortium. The application deadlines are 30 April and 30 September of each year. Link

Yves Rocher Foundation — Terre des Femmes. The 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. The eligible countries in the current competition are France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine. Past awards include several for project work in the developing countries. Prizes range from €3 thousand to €10 thousand. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2017. Link

German Academic Exchange Service — Postgraduate Studies in Germany 2018-2019. DAAD offers scholarships for qualified applicants from developing countries who enroll at German universities for development-related studies, normally ranging from 12-36 months. Several offerings are available in agricultural and forest sciences; environmental sciences; and other subject areas. Application deadlines vary across the German universities and from program to program. Several deadlines for DAAD scholarships in agriculture, ecology and environment, and integrated water management are in September and October 2017. However, applicants should carefully review the closing dates of each program. Link

October 2017

National Geographic Society — Grants 2017. The National Geographic Society awards grants for research, conservation, education, and storytelling through its Committee for Research and Exploration. National Geographic welcomes applications from around the world, and it specifically encourages applications from outside the USA. Early-career grants are up to US$5 thousand, and standard grants are up to US$30 thousand. The next application deadline is 01 October 2017. Link

TREE Fund — Jack Kimmel International Grant Program. The Jack Kimmel International Grant Program makes grants to researchers in arboriculture and urban forestry worldwide. Projects of one to two years are funded to a maximum of US$10 thousand. TREE Fund requires a match of least 10% cash or in-kind support from other sources. The application deadline is 01 October 2017. Link

TREE Fund — John Z. Duling Grant Program. The John Z. Duling Grant Program offers funding up to US$25 thousand during 1-3 years to support exploratory work in the early stages of untested but potentially transformative research in arboriculture. TREE Fund requires a match of least 10% cash or in-kind support from other sources. Applicants can be of any national or ethnic origin. The application deadline is 01 October 2017. Link

European Commission — Improved Agriculture in the Gambia. The EC invites proposals to strengthen Gambia’s smallholder agriculture as a strategy for poverty reduction. Grants will be made in three lots (focus areas): agro-ecology and ecological restoration; market access and value chains in agriculture; and access to quality food. Eligibility for funding extends to nonprofit organizations in the EU and The Gambia. Grants will range from €250 thousand to €750 thousand, varying with cost shares. Reference EuropeAid/156210/DD/ACT/GM. The deadline for applications is 04 October 2017. Link

European Commission — Agriculture and Climate in Mauritius. The EC calls for proposals to increase the capacity of vulnerable non-sugar smallholders and other key stakeholders towards developing and sustaining climate-smart agriculture in Mauritius. Eligibility for funding extends to nonprofit organizations in the EU and Mauritius. Grants will range from €300 thousand to €1 million, varying with cost shares. Reference EuropeAid/155919/DD/ACT/MU. The application deadline is 06 October 2017. Link

UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council — Biotechnology for Industrial Waste in India. The governments of the UK and India are collaborating to co-sponsor the Newton Bhabba UK-India Industrial Waste Challenge 2017. Projects should address reducing industrial waste and pollution, and improve value recovery from waste using biotechnology in one or more of five defined industrial sectors. The total grant will not exceed £2 million per project for UK partners. The Government of India will provide match funding for Indian project partners. Either a business or a research organisation can lead the project in the UK. Only Indian academic institutions or research organisations can lead the project in India.The deadline for registration is 11 October 2017. Link

World Forest Institute — Fellowship Program 2018. The WFI International Fellowship Program hosts foresters and other natural resource professionals from around the world for six to twelve months at WFI’s campus in Oregon. Applicants propose research topics that include elements from their home countries and the USA’s Pacific Northwest, where WFI is located. Fellows also engage in professional networking and visitations. WRI offers fellowships that cover 50% of program fees. The application deadline is 15 October 2017. Link

COMESA — Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Awards for Women 2017. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is partnering with the African Union to offer the 2017 Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Awards for Women. The value of the award is US$20 thousand in each scientific sector: (i) life and earth sciences; and (ii) basic science, technology, and innovation. The application process is managed on a regional basis (Central Africa, Northern Africa, Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa). There will be two award winners per region. The application deadline is 31 October 2017. Link

Earth Institute — Post-Doctoral Fellowships 2018. The Earth Institute at Columbia University invites applications for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that contribute to understanding critical scientific and social issues in global sustainable development. Specific areas of research include food security, energy systems, climate change, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. The multi-disciplinary program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who received their doctoral degrees within five years of beginning their appointments. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2017. Link

November 2017

East-West Center — Fellowships for Graduate Students. The East-West Center provides graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the USA with funding for up to two years for masters and doctoral studies. Participants engage in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i. The university’s graduate programs include ecology and conservation; biology and marine biology; tropical plant and soil sciences; ocean policy; and several other disciplines related to environmental sciences. The deadline for applications is 01 November of each year. Link

ETH Zurich — World Food System Grants 2017. ETH Zurich makes competitive grants in two programs sponsored by its World Food System Center. They are: (i) Sustainability in Food Value Chains (Cooperative Research Program); and (ii) Organic Production Systems for Food Security (Mercator Research Program). Principal Investigators must be current members of the World Food System Center. Co-applicants can be from other research institutions in Switzerland or other countries. The deadline for proposals is 01 November 2017. Link

European Commission — IC4WATER. Funded through Horizon 2020, the joint program “IC4WATER” aims to promote transnational and transdisciplinary research on sustainable management of water resources in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 2017 Joint Call is funded by 13 organizations in 13 countries, including organizations in the following developing and emerging economies: Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Moldova, South Africa, and Vietnam. Consortia should include a minimum of three eligible partners that request funding from three different participating countries. The application period for pre-proposals is 30 August through 02 November 2017. Link

Energy Globe Award for Sustainability — Awards 2018. The Energy Globe Award recognizes outstanding projects that conserve and protect natural resources, and that employ renewable energy. The international winner in each of five categories is awarded €10 thousand. Applicants can be individuals as well as organizations (i.e., private companies and corporations, development NGOs, community associations, government agencies, and others) anywhere in the world. The 2018 awards are open for submissions, although the closing deadline is not yet announced. (The deadline last year was 17 November.) Link

Islamic Development Bank — Prizes for Science and Technology, 16th Edition. The ISDB offers prizes for S&T that are awarded on the occasion of the ISDB’s annual meeting of its Board of Governors. The prizes are awarded to institutions in ISDB member countries in three categories. Category 1: Outstanding scientific or technological contribution to the socioeconomic development of a member country. Category 2: Outstanding contribution to any of agriculture, biotechnology, energy, or other scientific disciplines listed in ISDB’s announcement. Category 3: Noted scientific research institutions in ISDB’s least-developed member countries. The prize in each category is US$100 thousand plus a trophy and certificate. The deadline for applications (Arabic, English, French) is 30 November 2017 (12 Rabi Awwal 1439H). Link

December 2017

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR) — Roger Conant Grants in Herpetology. The SSAR annually makes 12 grants of US$500 each for herpetological research, education, and conservation. Applications are submitted by individuals. Some grant categories are restricted to SSAR members and students, while others are open to everyone. The application period is 15 September through 15 December each year. Link

Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs — Voice for the Marginalized. “Voice” is a new grant program financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and implemented by a consortium between Oxfam Novib and Hivos. Voice aims to support the most marginalized and discriminated people in ten low- and lower-middle income countries of Africa and Asia. The program operates through five target groups and four grant types, explained on the website. Grants may address practically any development issue of importance to the most marginal members of a community. This may include (for example) problems of access to natural resources by indigenous groups, disadvantaged women, etc. Voice currently calls for proposals focusing on Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, and Tanzania. The timing of when applications are reviewed depends on the grant type and country (check carefully). However, proposals for most grants are accepted continuously through the end of 2017 or 2019. Link

Orskov Foundation — Grants in Sustainable Land Use for University Students. Orskov makes grants to support student projects in agriculture and sustainable land use in developing countries. Preference will be given to training that emphasizes animal, plant, and soil interactions. Projects should have the potential to alleviate poverty and to provide sustainable environmental benefits, including adaptation/mitigation to the impacts of climate change. Applications are invited from individuals in lower-income and lower middle-income countries. The program includes student grants up to £2,500 to support studies at a university or similar organization other than the university/college in which the applicant is registered. The application period is 01 October through 31 December of each year. Link

Right Sharing of World Resources — Seed Grants for Women’s Micro-Credit Projects. Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) makes seed grants to support income-generating projects led by women. RSWR’s current priorities are grassroots organizations selected states and districts of India; Quaker groups in Kenya; and grassroots organizations in Sierra Leone. Projects include many in the production and sale of fruits and vegetables; meat and milk; grain crops; fish; fuelwood; and other enterprises associated with small-scale agriculture and rural livelihoods. The application deadlines are 30 June and 31 December of each year. (However, RSWR recommends earlier submissions to allow time for proposal revisions.) Link



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