Call for Applications: IFS Basic Research Grants
IFS provides tailored research capacity-enhancing support to promising early career scientists based around the provision of individual Basic Grants. To secure IFS support, applicants must submit a sound research project application on a self selected topic within the three research cluster area that is innovative and/or relevant to her or his local or national development needs. The research proposal must demonstrate knowledge of the subject area, identify knowledge gaps, elaborate testable hypotheses and research objectives, develop a convincing, doable and appropriately costed research plan and research dissemination plans. Proposals must be written in English.
The Research Areas for Basic Research Grant Proposals are sought under one of three research clusters:
- Biological Resources in Terrestrial Systems (Biodiversity, Forestry, Natural Products, Renewable Energy and Climate Change).
- Water and Aquatic Resources.
- Food Security, Dietary Diversity and Healthy Livelihoods.
To be eligible for support from IFS Basic Research Grant:
- Applicants must be citizens of a developing country that is eligible for IFS support, and carry out the research in an eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship), and
- must either be enrolled in a PhD program or have recently (within five years) completed a PhD degree.
- Applicants must be attached to a national research institute (e.g. university, non-profit making research centre, or research-oriented NGO) in a developing country. The institution is expected to: administer the grant, guarantee that the applicant has a salary (or other source of income), and provide basic research facilities.