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TVG-YPARD Funding News
January-February 2009
A joint venture of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD to provide guidance about funding opportunities
for young professionals in agricultural research, with a focus on research for development
This is the first issue of TVG-YPARD Funding News, an information service for YPARD members.
We are inspired to assist young researchers in agriculture to find grants and related funding for
their important work.
In 2009, we will produce and disseminate six newsletters (i.e., an issue every two months).
We welcome you to this new initiative in YPARD.
Application Closing Dates
Through July 2009 (rolling calendar, updated each newsletter)
ACP-EU Science and Technology Program – Grants: 27 February for proposals. The
Program invites proposals in agriculture, agro-industry, environmental research, energy, and
other focus areas. Open to research institutions, universities, government ministries, national
research networks, civil society actors, businesses, regional science and technology institutions,
etc., in the 79 ACP member states and to international organizations. Grants range from €350
thousand to €1 million. The Program offers a partners search.
Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation - Grants: June for funding in 2010.
Grants of US$10,580 to individuals for research and educational programs. Thematic areas are
agriculture, animal resources, plant resources, water resources, general conservation, and waste
minimization. Open to citizens of all countries. Check Lindbergh website for precise date in June
when applications are due.
Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation - Grants: Concept notes are due 01 July for
proposals reviewed in November, and 01 January for proposals reviewed in May. Grants to
NGOs in resource conservation and sustainable agriculture (in addition to health). Grants
support research and solve specific problems in order to build capacity in developing countries.
No geographical restrictions. Average grant size is US$11 thousand, and grants are rarely over
US$25 thousand.
Ekhaga Foundation - Grants: 31 May for receipt of applications. Grants are for agricultural
systems where chemical compounds are replaced with ecological and biological measures of
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promoting production. No geographical restrictions. Applicants submit a project description
which explains the problem to be addressed, present knowledge, project goals, methods
proposed, and other background data. Details are on the website. Most grants range from 100-
500 thousand Swedish crowns (about US$12-60 thousand at current exchange rates).
EC FP7-ENERGY-2009-Brazil - Grants: 05 May to submit applications. Coordinated European
and Brazilian research on advanced technologies for 2nd-generation biofuels. Open to any
legal organization. €4 million budgeted.
EC Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation 2009-2010 - Academic Exchanges: 13 March
for proposals. Student and academic exchanges for studying, teaching, training, and research
between countries of the EU and other countries. Open to universities and enterprises. €163
million budgeted for 2009.
Global Horticulture Initiative – Concept Notes: 27 February for concept notes in four areas:
nutrition and human health; protected horticulture; fruit fly management; and linking farmers to
markets. Open to international and national research institutions, universities, NGOs and other
civil society organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
International Foundation for Science - “Green Water” Grants: 30 June and 31 December for
second and third grant cycles. Open to candidates at the beginning of their careers who have at
least an MSc degree, are under 40 years old (45 for Africa), and whose research is carried out at
a national university, national research center, or research NGO in a developing country.
International Fund for Agricultural Research (IFAR) – Grants: 03 March for proposals. Small
grants to professionals from national agricultural research systems for agricultural research in
cooperation with the CGIAR. Priority is for researchers in Africa and South Asia. Up to US$11
thousand per award.
McKnight Foundation, Southeast Asia - Grants: 01 June and 01 December for letters of
inquiry to Southeast Asia Program (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam). Program includes some
elements of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and conservation of natural resources.
Grants over US$100 thousand are possible. [Search McKnight for its other program areas,
including the program on agricultural research housed at Cornell University.]
New England Biolabs Foundation - Grants: 01 March and 01 September, only if invited to
submit a proposal after your preliminary inquiry. Grants of less than US$10 thousand for
technical assistance, education and capacity building, and research at the community level.
Selected countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Interested applicants make a preliminary
Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) - Grants: Check FONTAGRO
website in February for the annual (normally) call for research proposals. Grants are to national
agricultural research organizations of the FONTAGRO countries in collaboration with partners in
the CGIAR, national universities and research institutes, and others. Eligible countries:
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Ecuador,
Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela. Most grants range from US$100-500
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Rothamsted International - Fellowships: 20 March for applications. Rothamsted offers
fellowships for mid-career researchers in agricultural sciences. One fellowship program is open to
scientists from all developing countries, and another is for scientists from Africa. Applications are
completed and submitted by a project leader at Rothamsted Research who has had previous
contact with the applicant.
Royal Geographical Society - Grants: Multiple deadlines. The Society has 18 named grant
programs across four categories (research, students, teaching, and expeditions). Most grants are
for individuals, and some are for UK residents only. Research grants focus on agricultural and
pastoral systems, soil and water management, climate change, ecological surveys, and others.
Grants range from £500 to £15 thousand. The Society posts a calendar of application deadlines.
Royal Society - Grants, Fellowships, Study Visits: Multiple deadlines. The Society’s
international program makes several types of grants to connect the UK with scientists in both
developed and developing countries. This includes grants and fellowships in agriculture, animal
health, biofuels, climate change, plant conservation, and other areas of science and technology.
Each type of award has an application deadline, which can be researched on the Society’s
website. For all international grant programs, a UK-based host scientist must submit the
application. The Society has agreements with science academies in several countries, and
preference for funding is for organizations and citizens of those countries.
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture –
Grants: 01 August for Seed Fund for Research and Training. Projects considered by the Seed
Fund for Research and Training must fit SEARCA's thematic focus on natural resource
management and agricultural competitiveness. Grants up to US$15 thousand for applicants from
ASEAN countries. [Also see SEARCA’s other opportunities for fellowships, academic exchanges,
and training collaboration.]
System for Analysis, Research, and Training (START) – Grants, Fellowships, Awards:
Multiple deadlines. START is an international framework of scientists and institutions to conduct
research on regional aspects of climate change, including in relation to land use. START's
capacity building includes the following program areas: Advanced Institutes; Fellowships and
Visiting Scientists; African Doctoral Fellowships; Young Scientists Awards; African Small Grants;
and African Climate Change Fellowships. The website indicates which programs are open for
applications, and the closing dates.
U.S. Higher Education for Development – Planning Grants: 02 February closing date for
Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative Planning Grants. The U.S. Agency for International
Development will make grants to U.S. universities jointly with African partner universities for
planning long-term programs. Areas of interest include agriculture, environment, and natural
resources – in addition to engineering, science and technology, and other areas. There will be 20
grants of US$50 thousand each. An application must be submitted by an eligible U.S. university
in partnership with an eligible African university. See details on the HED website.
West African Centre for Crop Improvement - Applicants for PhD Studies In Plant Breeding:
30 March for current round of applications, enrollment January 2010. WACCI is recruiting its third
cohort of students for PhD studies in plant breeding, combining two years of studies and three
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years of research. Initial emphasis is Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.
World Food Prize - Award: 01 April for nominations. Awarded to an individual or individuals
who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field of enhancing food production and
distribution, and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need.
Yara Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa - Award: Check the Yara Foundation website
early in the year. In 2008, the closing date for nominations was 31 March. The Yara Prize
focuses on food security, measures that reduce hunger and poverty by improving food production
and availability, and developing local African markets. The award consists of US$100 thousand, a
glass trophy, and a diploma. Nominations are made to a Prize Committee.
Applications with No Closing Dates
Partial Listing (additional grant makers to be added in future newsletters)
Aga Khan Foundation: AKF’s program area for Environment includes support to NGOs in
selected countries for research on environment in relation to human uses, e.g., agriculture.
Before developing proposals, grant seekers should inquire with the Foundation’s office in the
country where the proposal originates, or where the project is to be implemented.
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa: AGRA’s current priorities are its sub-programs in
the Seeds Systems program (PASS). Grants are made to African government agencies,
universities, research institutes, and private seed companies. Some universities in turn invite
applicants for higher-level education and research in crop science. Grant seekers send AGRA a
brief concept note. If AGRA is interested, it will invite a full proposal and provide guidelines for
proposal submission.
ASEAN Foundation: Makes grants in environment, social development, science and
technology; and culture and information. Projects in social development include research in
agriculture and fisheries. Most projects are implemented by relatively experienced research and
training institutes in the ASEAN region, and by ASEAN's network organizations.
HIVOS: Grants to NGOs in selected countries for field projects that often include aspects of
applied research in agriculture and related fields of rural development. The HIVOS Virtual Office
provides guidance on funding criteria, application forms to be downloaded, and the online
submission process. Grants average about €45 thousand per year, and average grant period is
about 3 years.
International Foundation for Science: Grants support the research of promising young science
graduates in agriculture and food science, environment and natural resources, and the production
and transfer of knowledge for sustainable development. Applicants should be under 40 years of
age, and at the beginning of their research careers. Applicants should have at least a master's
degree, an equivalent degree, or equivalent research experience. Grants are a maximum of
US$12 thousand. Occasionally posts special calls for proposals (monitor IFS website).
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TWAS Prizes for Young Scientists in Developing Countries: These prizes by the Academy of
Sciences for the Developing World are awarded each year in various fields of natural sciences on
a rotating basis. TWAS provides US$2 thousand annually to each of over 40 science
organizations in developing countries. Each organization awards one or multiple prizes to its
young scientists. [Also see TWAS for other types of awards and grants.]
Updates in Funding Programs
New and Changed Grant Making
Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS): TWAS is reviewing the conditions
governing the TWAS Prizes and the Trieste Science Prize. TWAS recently combined two former
programs on research grants, and it has canceled its funding of parts for scientific equipment.
Grant seekers should regularly monitor the TWAS site to monitor ongoing developments.
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office: The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
recently made significant changes in its funding programs. The Strategic Program Fund replaces
the former Global Opportunities Fund. A major program area in the Strategic Program Fund is the
initiative, “Low Carbon, High Growth.” This is budgeted at £19 million for 2009-2010. Project
applications are submitted through the UK's embassies and high commissions in eligible
countries (see FCO website for a list of them). Grant seekers consult FCO's website at the
country level for application guidance, forms, supporting materials, and calendar deadlines.
Rolex Awards - Young Laureates Program: The Rolex Awards for Enterprise is launching a
program for Young Laureates between 18 and 30 years old. The program rewards creativity in
five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, the environment, and cultural
preservation. Rolex provides US$50 thousand over two years to advance each person’s project.
Regarding nominations, Rolex is inviting a range of institutions, organizations, and individuals to
nominate potential candidates in early 2009.
Guidance for Grant Seekers
Sources, Links, Tips, and Advice
In this section, we explore special topics inspired by the old proverb: “Give a family a fish, and
you feed them for a day. Teach them how to fish, and they will never go hungry.”
We begin with identifying information sources on the internet where agricultural researchers can
search for grant opportunities. We do not intend to cover all possibilities so much as to identify
essential sites not to be missed. You may want to bookmark the addresses on your computer.
This first newsletter will recommend the best websites for spotting funding opportunities from
Europe. Future newsletters will focus on where to look for funding from North America, Asia-
Pacific, the international agricultural research centers, prizes and awards, and other sources.
Thereafter, we will post ideas on how to set up efficient internet searches for grants using Google
or other global search engines.
Information Sources for Grants in Agricultural Research No. 1: Funding from Europe
EC: 7th Research Framework Program (FP7): The Cordis website is the essential guide to this
large research program connecting Europe with the world. Programs of interest include Food,
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Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FP7-KBBE); Energy (FP7-ENERGY); Environment
(and climate change) (FP7-ENV); and Activities of International Cooperation (FP7-INCO). Search
Cordis under “Find a call.”
EC: EU-Agrinet: Related to the preceding item, this is the portal of EU-funded research in
agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development.
EC: EuropeAid: This is the EC’s principal information source regarding funding for external
collaboration across the different EC directorates (i.e., Research, Environment, Development, all
others). “Funding” has a searchable database of calls for proposals, and another for tenders.
EC: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU: The agricultural
technical center (CTA) in support of the European Development Fund links to a Knowledge for
Development portal. The portal includes information on “Fellowships and Grants.”
EC: Standing Committee on Agricultural Research: This committee is managed within DG
Research. SCAR’s website provides a directory of national systems for agricultural research in
each European country. Grant seekers can explore these country profiles to learn about possible
international programs at the ministries, agencies, institutes, and universities which are identified.
European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development: EIARD is an informal
European coordination platform that initiated the European Information System on Agricultural
Research for Development (EARD-InfoSys+). InfoSys+ is searchable by funding opportunities,
organizations, projects, experts, and news and events. Additionally, a parallel InfoSys+ platform
functions for Africa through the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA-InfoSys+).
ERA-ARD: This is an initiative of the European Research Area to encourage synergies among
European researchers in themes of Agricultural Research for Development. ERA-ARD aims for
collaboration with research programs in the developing countries. Its first call for proposals
(2008) was on bio-energy.
European Tropical Forest Research Network: ETFRN’s website offers “Funding and Grants.”
While the emphasis is natural resources, agriculture is represented in many postings.
Council for Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Research (ATSAF): This group, based at
Hohenheim University in Germany, offers a web page on funding opportunities.
European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI): EADI
includes a range of European research and training organizations, think tanks, national bodies,
and researchers who are focused on development issues internationally. EADI’s website
provides information on tenders, grants, and funding information (“DevFunding”). It offers RSS
feeds for funding alerts.
European Consortium for Agricultural Research in the Tropics (ECART): ECART comprises
six European research organizations in France, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, and UK which have
a strong focus on agricultural research for development. The ECART website includes a section
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on Call for Proposals (not activated at the time of preparing this newsletter).
NATURA: The Network of European Agricultural (Tropically and Sub-tropically oriented)
Universities and Scientific Complexes Related with Agricultural Development has 26 members in
16 countries. News on NATURA’s website often includes calls for proposals.
Euroalert: This website (which carries sponsored links) posts calls for proposals and calls for
tenders from across the EU system. Calls can be searched by categories including research and
innovation, agriculture and fisheries, energy, environment, and others.
WelcomEurope: In the same category as Euroalert preceding, this site posts calls for proposals
and tenders across the EU system. Some information is free on the site, and some is obtained
by paid subscriptions.
CONCORD: The European confederation of relief and development NGOs (CONCORD) posts
links and articles that include some on funding news in international development, usually at a
general level, from Europe. However, CONCORD does not support a grants directory or similar
information service.
TRIALOG: With funding from Austrian Development Cooperation, TRIALOG aims to raise
development issues in the enlarged EU. The TRIALOG Information Service (TIS) includes
“Funding Opportunities” and “Partner Search for Joint Projects.” A few items are relevant for
agricultural research. Like CONCORD, it does not support a grants directory.
CIRAD, INRA, IRD, and Agropolis International: These four French organizations fund
research and provide training in agriculture and rural development. CIRAD and INRA jointly
manage the French Initiative for International Agricultural Research (IFRAI). IRD’s research
includes projects on aspects of environment, natural resources, and agriculture. IRD’s website
posts calls for proposals. Agropolis counts 24 French establishments for research and higher
education, and its website posts opportunities (including some grants).
DFID: The UK’s Department for International Development is a significant funder of research for
development, including agricultural research.
Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research: The forum maintains a website of
Swiss activities related to international agriculture, including “Funding” for Swiss and other
Danish Development Research Network: DDRN links research-based knowledge and
development within the sectors of agriculture, environment, and governance. It currently has
more than 1,400 members primarily in Denmark and developing countries. The network posts
funding news.
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National Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aid Agencies: In addition to their financial
contributions to the EU, the individual European countries fund international development
assistance through their national budgets for multilateral and bilateral aid. Several European
countries include agriculture among their funding priorities, particularly in relation to the UN’s
Millennium Development Goals. Some of the agricultural funding may include a research
component. This newsletter cannot review the funding of 30+ European donor countries.
However, interested grant seekers can make a start by exploring the profiles of Government
Organizations in Terra Viva Grants.
Editor’s Note: Please send us information sources about European funding that we may have
overlooked. We will be pleased to post them in future newsletters.
Contact Us at TVG-YPARD
Questions, Comments, Suggestions
We seek your feedback on TVG-YPARD Funding News. How can the service be improved and
expanded? Can you suggest new concepts to produce and distribute funding news? We
welcome innovative thinking “out of the box” to take this joint venture forward.
Also, we invite you to contribute items for posting in TVG-YPARD Funding News. We will
consider including calls for proposals, updated changes in funding programs, profiles of grant
makers, and tips for getting grants in agricultural research. We are mainly interested in items that
have international or broad regional significance.
Please communicate with Dr. Jan Laarman, newsletter editor, at the following email address for
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