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International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology -- Doctoral Research in Insect Sciences for Development

posted May 20, 2015, 3:10 AM by Site Manager

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Program in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS). The selected individuals will conduct their research at icipe’s laboratories and field sites located in various agro-ecological zones. Twelve scholarships are available in 2015, covering all costs of the program. Qualified candidates from any country in Sub-Saharan Africa are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 06 June 2015. Link

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) -- Food and Business Global Challenges

posted May 20, 2015, 3:02 AM by Site Manager   [ updated May 20, 2015, 3:11 AM ]

The Food and Business Global Challenges program defines two priority areas for research and innovation: Sustainable Food Systems; and Urbanization and Challenges for Food and Nutrition Security. Proposals are invited from research teams and other public and private partners in the Netherlands and at least one low or middle-income country. Fast-track projects of 2-3 years are up to €250 thousand. Integrated projects are up to 4 years and €600 thousand. Fast-track proposals require a letter of intent before 23 June 2015. The deadline for proposals (preliminary Integrated and final Fast-Track) is 16 July 2015. Link

International Development Research Center (IDRC) -- Research on Food Systems and Markets for Disease Prevention

posted May 20, 2015, 2:58 AM by Site Manager

Canada's IDRC will fund research that explores public policy and market innovations to improve the quality and diversity of food, and to enable adoption of healthy and sustainable diets among vulnerable populations. The lead applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident with a primary work affiliation in a low- or middle-income country of South Asia, Southeast Asia, or Latin America. Exploratory grants will range from CAD 100 thousand to CAD 300 thousand for projects of up to two years. Consortium grants will range from CAD 600 thousand to CAD 1,200 thousand for up to three years. The application deadline is 03 July 2015. Link

Agropolis Foundation -- Open Science Training and Higher Education

posted May 20, 2015, 2:53 AM by Site Manager

The Agropolis Foundation (France) promotes interdisciplinary and integrated plant biology, ecology, and sustainable agriculture addressing development issues in the global North and South. The call for Open Science "Training and Higher Education" will fund projects that contribute to the diversity, quality, and innovation of capacity building offered by the Labex Agro scientific community and its partners. The deadline for applications (French, English) is 17 July 2015. Link

LAUNCH Nordic -- Materials Innovation Challenge 2015

posted May 20, 2015, 2:49 AM by Site Manager

The LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2015 focuses on innovations within the areas of alternative raw materials and cultivation; sustainable design and manufacturing; and better design tools for a circular economy. Potential areas of interest include new types of renewable raw materials or significantly improved sustainability in existing raw materials such as wood and grass, algae and halophytes, agricultural residues, and food production waste. Other interests are cultivation of raw materials that remove the need for chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides, as well as novel places to grow and produce biomass. LAUNCH Nordic aims to select 10 innovations to be scaled globally through its international partners, network, and accelerator program. The deadline for submissions is 12 August 2015. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development -- Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Development Project

posted May 11, 2015, 12:25 AM by Site Manager

The “Feed the Future Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Sectors Development Project” aims to increase national crop productivity and food security of poor households in Nepal by strengthening seed and fertilizer systems, and by improving farmers’ access to quality seeds and integrated soil fertility management. Project activities will focus in 20 districts on rice, maize, lentils, and other high-value vegetable value chains. Eligibility for funding is unrestricted. Funding Opportunity RFI-367-15-0003. The closing date for applications is 21 May 2015. Link

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research -- Latin America Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Research Network (LAMNET)

posted May 11, 2015, 12:19 AM by Site Manager

The CGIAR's Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security invites PhD students from Latin America to apply for grants to attend a short course on greenhouse gas mitigation, and to conduct greenhouse gas measurements in livestock and rice production systems. Applicants should have a background in agriculture and climate change research, and an interest in mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Grants are up to US$5 thousand. The deadline for applications (English, Spanish) is 31 May 2015. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) -- Agricultural Development in Asia

posted May 10, 2015, 11:58 PM by Site Manager

USAID aims to catalyze regional efforts to develop, test, share, adapt, and scale agricultural technology in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Activities should focus on horticulture, aquaculture, and additional interventions to ameliorate food insecurity. The geographical scope of the five-year program is Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, and possibly also Burma (Myanmar), India, and Timor-Leste. Other Asian countries can participate in regional events. The program invites applications from non-profit and for-profit NGOs. Funding Opportunity USAID-RDMA-486-15-000011. The application deadline is 01 June 2015. Link

European Commission -- SHARE Mobility Program for Agricultural Education in Africa

posted May 10, 2015, 11:44 PM by Site Manager

SHARE is a partnership of 12 African universities to promote quality graduate education in agriculture.  The project supports staff and student exchanges in various disciplines of agriculture within and outside the 12 member countries of the partnership (Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia).  SHARE invites applications for mobility grants for both staff and PhD students, with an application deadline of 31 July 2015.  Link

Wageningen University and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research -- Research on ICT in African Agriculture and Natural Resources

posted May 1, 2015, 2:47 AM by Site Manager

Wageningen University and the CGIAR invite applications for 10 PhD positions to support the program "Environmental Virtual Observatories for Connective Action" (EVOCA) in crop, water, livestock, and disease management. EVOCA aims to understand the conditions for successful virtual platforms that enable participatory monitoring and effective action in development contexts. Case studies will focus in Ethiopia (potato production); Ghana (water monitoring and irrigation; cocoa farming); Kenya (tick-borne disease in livestock and wildlife; and Rwanda (malaria management). The closing date for applications is 28 May 2015. Link

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