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Global Giving -- Fund Raising Challenge September 2014

posted Jul 20, 2014, 6:28 AM by Jan Laarman

GlobalGiving is an online platform to raise funds for grassroots projects worldwide across many sectors and themes -- including in agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources. It periodically announces an Open Challenge to invite participants to become long-term members in GlobalGiving if they are able to raise a minimum amount of funding within a defined period. The next Open Challenge is scheduled for September 2014, and it has an application deadline of 24 July 2014. Link

European Research Council -- Travel Grants to Europe for Researchers in Southeast Asia

posted Jul 20, 2014, 6:26 AM by Jan Laarman

The European Research Council (ERC) will fund up to 10 travel grants for researchers in Southeast Asia (all scientific disciplines) to prepare applications with European partners for the next ERC Starting Grant call for proposals (tentatively planned for October 2014). ERC's Starting Grants support researchers at the early stages of their careers (2-7 years after the PhD). The funding per travel grant is up to €4 thousand. The closing date for applications is 01 September 2014. Link

Global Development Network (GDN) -- What Is the Future of Development Assistance?

posted Jul 20, 2014, 6:15 AM by Jan Laarman

The GDN, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announces an international essay contest on the future of development assistance. The contest invites fresh thinking that can inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance, and make this thinking available to policymakers and key stakeholders. Up to 20 winning entries will be chosen, and each will receive US$20 thousand. The contest is open in English, French, and Spanish through 15 September 2014. Link

Wageningen UR Center for Development Innovation -- Professional Training Courses 2015

posted Jul 20, 2014, 6:06 AM by Jan Laarman

The Center for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen University in the Netherlands helps build the capacities of individuals and organizations that are addressing the global challenges of sustainability and food security. Services at CDI include professional short courses in subject areas related to agriculture, genetic resources, pest management, water management, climate change, natural disasters, rural entrepreneurship, and others. Funding for most courses is available through the Netherlands Fellowship Program. The currently posted application deadlines for short courses in 2015 are 21 October 2014; 07 April 2015; and 04 August 2015. Link

Vibrant Village Foundation -- Grants for Projects in Water, Agriculture, and Community Development

posted Jul 20, 2014, 5:50 AM by Jan Laarman

The Vibrant Village Foundation takes a village approach with attention to community needs, community-based organizations, and community leadership. The priority is community projects that are integrated and that can be scaled up as opportunities arise. The areas of focus are water quality; education; agricultural improvements; food security and health; and well-being. Grants range from US$10 thousand to US$150 thousand per year for projects of one to three years. Applications can be submitted at any time. Link

American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) -- Global Innovation through Science and Technology 2014

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:58 PM by Jan Laarman

The program Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) invites scientists, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators in 86 countries to compete in the GIST Tech-I Competition 2014.  The competition has four subject areas (agriculture, energy, health, and information and communication technology) and four GIST regions (Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America). Each participant in the competition submits an executive summary and a promotional video of the product or service. The 30 top contestants will participate at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco to showcase their ventures and receive intensive training.  The winners will receive grants up to US$15 thousand, along with 2-3 months mentoring.  The deadline to submit ideas is 21 July 2014.  Link

AuthorAID -- Small Grants for Researchers in Developing Countries

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:55 PM by Jan Laarman

AuthorAID announces its second round of small grants to support researchers in developing countries with travel and workshops.  AuthorAID plans to award four travel grants (US$1,500 each) and four workshop grants (US$2,500 each).   Applications are invited from nationals of the following countries:  Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The deadline to apply for travel grants is 31 July 2014. The deadline to apply for workshop grants is 31 August 2014.  Link

International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) -- Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:50 PM by Jan Laarman

The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program offers doctoral candidates the opportunity to develop research skills in systems analysis and its application to policy and management. Thematic areas include ecological mining and drilling; land requirements for renewable energy; air quality and climate models in southern Africa; climate change related to food production; dynamic systems in ecology; and others.  Applications are invited from:  (i) Participants registered at a public South African institution, irrespective of their nationality; (ii) Participants registered at an institution in a SADC country other than South Africa, irrespective of their nationality; and (iii) Participants registered at an institution in an IIASA member country other than South Africa, irrespective of their nationality.  The application deadline is 03 August 2014. Link

Campus France -- Bio-Asia 2014

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:37 PM by Jan Laarman

Bio-Asia promotes French-Asian research and innovation related to biodiversity, natural substances, and bio-technologies. Priority topics for 2014 are biodiversity conservation and bio-technologies applied to health, sustainable cosmetics, and food security. Projects must include at least one research unit from France (public or private), and at least two research units from Asian partner countries (of which at least one is in an ASEAN member state). The partner countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Mayanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Projects may include research units from EU member states, with mandatory co-financing. Grants are a maximum of €20 thousand per year for two years.  The deadline for applications (French) is 31 August 2014. Link

Acumen Fund -- India Fellows Program

posted Jul 10, 2014, 1:29 PM by Jan Laarman

The Acumen Fund seeks to harness the power of social innovation to create solutions to the world's most pressing problems. Past fellows have included several in smallholder agriculture, renewable energy, waste management, fair trade, and other areas. The Fund administers a program for India.  The application deadline is 01 September 2014.  Link

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