The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2016/2017 Call for Applications (new guidelines)



The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities.  The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences, which enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impact. This mission is achieved by the BecA–ILRI Hub’s contributions to:

  • Research: enabling research to harness the potential of the biosciences to contribute to increasing agricultural productivity and to improving food and nutritional safety and security.
  • Education: contributing to the education and training of the next generation of African agricultural research leaders and scientists.
  • Innovation: promoting the development, delivery and adoption of new technologies to address key agricultural productivity constraints.

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African Union Research Grants II Open Call for Proposals 2016 Edition

The African Union Commission launches Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union.
This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on Human development of the EU-Africa partnership. The call supports research on: Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Sustainable Intensification.

The African Union Research Grant (AURG) is one of the programmes initiated within the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (DHRST) to support a Pan African research and development through grants and direct funding. The programme provides the needed opportunity to use Science and Technology (S&T) as a tool for sustainable development, building and strengthening Africa’s S&T capacities.The Commission through the support of the European Union secured a sum of 17.5 million euro under the EU Pan-African Programme to launch 2 calls for research proposals in Africa in 2016 and 2017.

The full Guidelines for Applicants, Application form and other supporting documents are available for downloading under the Event Resources Section located on the right hand side of AU page.

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Apply Now: Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

The CADFP is currently accepting Project Requests until July 5, 2016

Faculty of accredited public or private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda apply to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) by using the online project request.

Log in to the online project request to apply

Eligible types of project activities that can be requested by the African host institution are:

  • curriculum co-development,
  • research collaboration and
  • graduate student mentoring and training.

A Project can be conducted in the African host country for between 14 and 90 days, with one visit by an African-born scholar who lives in the United States or Canada and works in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries. See the program description for information on the purpose, benefits, fellowship allowances and cost sharing from the African host institution.

Please email with questions.

A Microsoft Word version of the project request is available to prepare a working draft of the project request if needed. Log in and complete the online project request to submit it to the Institute of International Education (IIE) for funding consideration.

Download a Microsoft Word version of the project request (548 KB, DOC)

Download project request guidelines (245 KB, PDF)

See the Review Criteria and the How To Apply for African-born Scholars links at the top of this webpage for more information. Click here for more information.

Application for PhD Studentship under the DELTAS Africa Learning Research Programme

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in partnership and Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), are calling for applications for the PhD Studentship offered under the DELTAS Africa Learning Research Programme.

The DELTAS Learning Research Programme (LRP) is co-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID), and implemented by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in partnership with the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

The overarching aim of this learning programme is to produce robust research on cross cutting themes from the DELTAS Africa initiative’s approach to accelerating research excellence in Africa.
The LSTM-LRP programme leaders now invite suitable African candidates to apply for PhD studentships under the thematic topics:

  • Examining barriers and enablers to health research uptake in an African context.
  • Examining barriers and enablers to gender equitable scientific career pathways in African research institutions.

Applications close on 27 May 2016. Click here to apply