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

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and UNESCO-TWAS welcome applications for the 2023 Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI).

With the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), UNESCO-TWAS launched a new program to strengthen the capacity of African countries lagging in science and technology. Young scientists who are establishing themselves in their nation or who are preparing to return home to take up university positions are the target audience for the program. Grants are available to promising, high-level research initiatives in the fields of agriculture, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, information technology, computer science, mathematics, medical sciences, and physics that are being conducted in TWAS-identified African nations that are falling behind in science and technology.

Grants

Research Grants to research units amount to a maximum of USD 67,700.

Eligibility

The following criteria apply for Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI): 

  • Applying Principal Investigators must be nationals of an eligible country, who hold a PhD and has good research experience.
  • The grant should operate within a university or a research institution in one of the African countries lagging in science and technology.
  • The PI must have obtained their Ph.D. within the last 5 years in a country other than their home country.
  • Applicant must at the time of application NOT have an active research grant with TWAS or OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship.
  • The PI must have returned to their home country (refer to list in the guidelines) within the last 36 months or will return home before the end of 2023.
  • The PI must hold, be offered or be in the process of accepting a position at an academic and/or research institution (including international research centers) in their home country.
  • Applications from women scientists and those working in the least Developed Countries are especially encouraged.
  • The PI must be 40 or under. Any applicant turning 41 in the year of application is not eligible.
  • The PI must be national of an eligible African country that is lagging in science and technology.
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Application Process

Candidates applying for Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) must provide a clear and explicit justification for each component for which they applied, the applicants will need to explain how each component supports the overall aim of the research project.

To apply for the Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI), click here.

Deadline: April 20, 2023.

For more information on Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI), visit the official site.

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