TWAS Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) 2022

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2022/2023 TWAS Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) 2022.

UNESCO-TWAS launched a new program with the help of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to develop the capacity of African countries that are behind in science and technology.

The initiative is geared at young scientists who are establishing themselves in their home country or are preparing to return to academia. Grants are given to promising high-level research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, and Physics that are being carried out in TWAS-identified African countries that are falling behind in science and technology.

Nevertheless, The Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) aims to support early-career scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Duration: 24 months


The research grants to research units amount to a maximum of USD 67,700.


  • Applying Principal Investigators must be nationals of an eligible country, who hold a PhD and has good research experience
  • The PI must be 40 or under.
  • He/she must have obtained their Ph.D. within the last 5 years in a country other than their home country.
  • The PI must have returned to their home country within the last 36 months or will return home before the end of 2022.
  • He/she must hold or be in the process of accepting a position at an academic and/or research institution (including international research centers) in their home country.
  • The Principal Investigators must be nationals of an eligible African country that is lagging in science and technology.
  • Applications from women scientists and those working in the least Developed Countries are especially welcome.
  • Applicant must at the time of application NOT have an active research grant with TWAS or OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship.
  • The applicant must submit a strong Research Proposal.
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Application Process

To apply for the Seed Grants for New African principal investigator, click here.

Deadline: May 24, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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