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U.S. Agency for International Development -- Young Professionals in African Agricultural Development

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:57 AM by Jan Laarman

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funds Africa LEAD II to support skills transfer and technological know-how that will help African agribusinesses and organizations to innovate, improve their commercial viability, and catalyze agricultural transformation. The current call is for agricultural interns to be placed for a period of 12 months in the ECOWAS countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Cape Verde. The program will cover housing, a monthly stipend, living allowances, round-trip airfare, and related travel expenses. Nationals of ECOWAS countries are welcome to apply. Candidates should be fluent in both French and English. The deadline for applications is 05 September 2014. Link

Texas A&M University -- Research and Education in Transboundary Animal Diseases

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:50 AM by Jan Laarman

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) specializes in research and development of tools, technologies, and programs to protect and defend against transboundary animal, emerging, and other zoonotic diseases. IIAD invites proposals for research and development (R&D) and education that can be completed in a 12-month period or less.  The announcement includes details of the specific themes that can be funded.  IIAD encourages international and highly collaborative submissions. Grants are up to US$250 thousand per year.  The deadline for submitting proposals (white papers) is 15 September 2014.  Link

Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) -- Award for Women in Wheat Research

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:37 AM by Jan Laarman

The BGRI offers the Jeanie Borlaug Laube award for the professional development of women working on wheat research during the early stages of their careers.   The award is intended to help cover costs associated with attending the BGRI workshop and a training program at CIMMYT in Obregon, Mexico. The application deadline is 01 October 2014.  Link

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) -- Agriculture and Climate Change in the ACP Countries

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:27 AM by Jan Laarman

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation is a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.  CTA will fund the documentation of proven practices, policies, and ICTs that contribute to increased productivity and resilience of agriculture under changing climate in ACP regions. The practices, policies, and ICTs should be documented in such a way as to provide practical information that will be useful to different stakeholders. The call is open to individuals, groups of individuals, and organizations in EU and ACP countries.  Each grant should not be more than €20 thousand.  The final date for applications (English, French) is 14 October 2014.  Link

ETH Zurich -- World Food System Grants

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:13 AM by Jan Laarman

ETH Zurich announces competitive grants in two programs sponsored by its World Food System Center. They are: (i) Sustainability in Food Value Chains (Cooperative Research Program); and (ii) Organic Production Systems for Food Security (Mercator Research Program). Principal Investigators must be current members of the World Food System Center. Co-applicants can be from other research institutions in Switzerland or other countries.  The deadline for proposals is 01 November 2014. Link

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) -- Improved Seeds and Technologies for Agriculture in Malawi

posted Aug 10, 2014, 12:35 PM by Jan Laarman

AGRA calls for proposals to scale up the quality of planting material of superior varieties of maize, rice, cassava, beans, and pigeon pea in Malawi.  Funding will support production and distribution of improved seed;  increased use of blended fertilizers and rhizobium inoculation; and popularization campaigns with smallholder farmers.  Reference RFCN-Malawi-SSTP-Round2.  The application deadline for concept notes is 20 August 2014.  Link

International Foundation for Science (IFS) -- Training Course on Writing Research Proposals

posted Aug 10, 2014, 12:30 PM by Jan Laarman

In collaboration with several partners, IFS invites applications for a training course on writing research proposals, focusing on the value chains of neglected and underutilized plant species in Sub-Saharan Africa. The course will be given in three regions (East Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa). The announcement lists the participating countries for the training in each region.   Applicants should be both citizens and residents of the eligible countries, and under 35 years of age (males) or under 40 years of age (females).  The project will fund the travel and accommodation for up to 25 participants per course. The application deadline is 24 August 2014.  Link

Horticulture Innovation Lab -- Trellis Fund for Assistance in Horticulture

posted Aug 10, 2014, 12:18 PM by Jan Laarman

The Trellis Fund is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and administered by the University of California at Davis.  The Fund offers small grants and technical assistance provided by U.S. graduate students in relation to fruits, vegetables, and high-value horticultural crops.  Applications are invited from organizations based in countries of the program "Feed the Future" (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia).  The deadline for proposals and applications is 15 September 2014.  Link

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) -- Improved Food Security in Ethiopia

posted Aug 10, 2014, 12:15 PM by Jan Laarman

USAID/Ethiopia invites the private sector and research institutions, both internationally as well as locally in Ethiopia, to work together towards finding solutions to address chronic food insecurity in the country.  This can take the form of low-cost water harvesting, support for biofuels production, improved agricultural extension methods, reduced post-harvest losses, and other approaches.  USAID will accept and review concept papers on a rolling basis over a one-year period, and will make funding decisions on a biannual basis. Grants are expected to range from US$150 thousand to US$500 thousand. Funding Opportunity APS-663-14-000003. The closing date for the first round of concept papers is 15 September 2014. Link

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) -- Evaluating the Regional Food Security Program of the West African Development Bank

posted Aug 10, 2014, 12:11 PM by Jan Laarman

3ie invites qualifying research teams to submit their qualifications to review and evaluate the regional food security program of the West African Development Bank. In the first phase, 3ie will award a proposal preparation grant of US$30 thousand. Proposals received in the first phase will reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria, and will be considered for evaluation grants in the second phase. The lead applying organizations and principal investigators must be located in West Africa. The deadline for the submission of qualifications (English, French) is 16 September 2014. Link

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