The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Deadline: 28 February 2014
FARA is undertaking a study on “Food sovereignty versus food security: Where does Africa stand in the post-Millennium Development Goals era?” in order to provide evidence that will inform a stakeholder consultation on food security versus food sovereignty that FARA will organize early in 2014. The outcomes of the consultations will generate the supporting arguments that will inform Africa’s position during the Rome negotiations of the principles in May 2014. Please see link for more details http://www.fara-africa.org/media/uploads/File/Vacancies/reoi-_food_security_vs_food_sovereignty_(2).pdf
Deadline: 28 February 2014 KFPE (a Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT) Learning Events Programme supports researchers from developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America involved in research partnerships with a Swiss institution and promotes interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. Swiss institutions and/or their partners in developing countries are invited to submit proposals for the learning events. Learning and training content should include soft skills, theories, methods, integrated approaches, thematic specialisations, and inter- and transdisciplinary working methods. http://www.kfpe.ch/fundings/learning-events.php
The Humboldt Foundation has three fellowships available. Check the former fellowship holders to get an impression of the profiles: http://goo.gl/uq4BdE. One is the International Climate Protection Fellowships http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/icf.html. Submit an application by 15 March 2014. The other two are the Georg-Foster Fellowship (6-24 months) for young post-docs (less than 4 years after PhD) http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/georg-forster-fellowship-postdoc.html and the Georg-Foster Fellowship (6-24 months) for experienced scientists (less than 12 years after PhD) http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/georg-forster-fellowship-experienced.html. Applications can be submitted at any time from now to mid-2015.
Deadline for application to the 2014 programme: 30 April 2014 Deadline for DAAD Scholarship application, 2015 programme: 31 August 2014 ISATEC is a two-year international Master of Science study programme on tropical aquatic ecosystems. It is held at the University of Bremen (UB) and conducted in collaboration with the affiliated Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT). Interested students from abroad can apply for funding at the German Academic Exchange Service: http://www.isatec.uni-bremen.de/images/stories/isatec/daadappl.pdf
Deadline for paper submission: 01 April 2014 Papers may include conceptual frameworks, field observations, modelling approaches for impact assessment, scenario analyses and adaptation studies. Topics may be related to both microbial and chemical hazards and be linked to any type of food or production or supply chain. This special issue aims to present the state-of-the-art in the field of climate change and food safety. http://www.journals.elsevier.com/food-research-international/call-for-papers/special-issue-impact-of-climate-change-on-food-safety/
Deadline: 31 March 2014 The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months. The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists, possibly including some preliminary experiments, with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration. http://twas.ictp.it/prog/exchange/res-collab/twas-dfg
Closing date was 15 February 2014 -- NOW EXTENDED TO 09 MARCH 2014. This project aims to boost the awareness of the many technological and other innovations “low-hanging fruits” that ACP research organizations, universities, extension services and farmers have developed and are being used in ACP countries. By documenting and publicizing these ‘high-potential innovations’ that do not require complicated new management practices, that are endorsed by other experts and farmers themselves, are easy to adopt and can be further adapted, the project expects to raise the profile among policy makers of extension, research and education organizations, and furthermore, establish a convincing evidence base for allocating sufficient budget support to these organizations. Guidelines can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Africa’s Land and Food Fellowships, Royal Agricultural University Deadline: 3 January 2014 -- http://www.ypard.net/opportunity/royal-agricultural-college-land-and-food-fellowships-africans-2014-2015
Research and Internship Assistance Program 2014 Deadline is 15 November 2013
Call for articles: Agricultural biodiversity - Breaking the barriers Deadline: 01 December 2013
Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award Deadline: 15 January 2014
Call will be issued on 30 September 2013. The focus of a 5-year climate impact research capacity building programme for sub-Saharan Africa called ‘Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE)’ will be to enhance the research skills of African scientists through experiential learning by doing research that offer solutions to the impacts of climate change at local, national and regional levels. Successful candidates will be supported and mentored by a combination of African and international researchers to define researchable climate impact research questions in consultation with relevant public interest groups.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is launching a call for proposals to conduct case studies on innovative approaches (public, private and/or civil society) designed to link sustainable crop production practices with local markets for sustainable products in developing countries.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. With this call, it is looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya.
UNU-ISP will support capacity building projects proposed and implemented by leading scientists (host scientists) who are engaged in research related to sustainable agriculture (including forestry and fisheries) in developing countries, under the responsibility of a host institution. The programme mainly consists of capacity building through on-the-job training (OJT) for young researchers in developing countries (trainees).
The Swiss programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (R4D programme) is looking to expand into the following topics: 1) sustainability of agricultural and food systems, natural resources and resilience; 2) agricultural innovation, extension and research into use; 3) governance and policies for the future world food system. The pre-proposal should provide an outline of the planned research project and has to cover the entire period of six years with more details of the planned activities for the first three year period.
The Swiss National FAO Committee has launched a student competition aiming to develop innovative ideas on how to fight food waste in Switzerland and postharvest losses in developing countries. The best ideas will be awarded at a public event on the eve of World Food Day 2013.
Dates: 24-27 September 2013 Venue: Joly Hotel, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28 July 2013