Open Call for Mobility Grants under the BIOFISA II Programme

This call is open until December 2018.

Date of issue: 18 November 2015

Call ID: V6LFISA/2015/MFG001

Programme Description

The Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research and development, and an innovation platform aimed to address Southern Africa’s challenges in health and nutrition. It is one of the five Networks under the Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology (African Biosciences Initiative) and was officially launched in August 2005. The SANBio Network was reconfigured in response to the 4 Pillars and 6 Priority Areas of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024 – a 10-year strategy which is part of the long-term African Union Agenda 2063). The STISA envisages the accelerated transition of largely commodity-based African economies to innovation-led, knowledge-based economies. Such economies are underpinned by robust science, technology and innovation (STI) systems[1].

In line with STISA-2024, the SANBio Flagship and its supporting programmes are implemented on a regional multi-country basis outlined in the SANBio Business Plan. The Network is comprised of 12 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States and operates on a Regional Hub (The CSIR in South Africa) and Country Nodes model. The current SANBio Member States are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SANBio aims to support positive and dynamic development and increase opportunities to distribute research results and multiply practical applications throughout the Region.

The BioFISA Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme) is aimed at strengthening the NEPAD SANBio Network and in this second phase it focuses on boosting regional collaboration and networking. The Mobility Grant is used to support this objective.

The activities supported by the Mobility Grants include:

  • Regional (Southern Africa) and international conferences related to the research areas of health and nutrition;
  • Knowledge exchange in specific thematic areas supported by SANBio/BioFISA II;
  • Specific technical training related to current work undertaken by the institution with follow up plans to utilise skills acquired;
  • Mentor and mentee visits (both academic and business development of bioscience start-ups) provided a mentorship plan is in place:
  • Peer-to-peer exchange meetings between different institutions in the SANBio Network;
  • Proposal development (only applicable for shortlisted candidates during the preparation of full proposals the SANBio/BioFISA II Call for Proposals).


SANBio member country individuals working in the bioscience field are eligible to apply. All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the activity and contribution towards strengthening the SANBio network;
  • Relevance in terms of the thematic areas in health and nutrition supported by SANBio/BioFiSA II Programme;
  • Preferred participation of women and under-represented groups (target of 50%).


Individual support grants of up to ZAR 22,000 for regional applications or ZAR 30,000 for international applications will be provided, depending on the particular nature of the exchange or visit.

BioFISA II Mobility grant will target to support 50% applications from female applicants.

Application process

This call is open until December 2018.

Submissions must be made electronically to with the subject line titled: V6LFISA/2015/MFG001. The applicant must submit a signed PDF of the application form together with a word version (unsigned) containing the same information as the PDF.

For more information and to download the guidelines and application form, please visit

[1] Please visit to download the STISA and the SANBio Business Plan

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