8th May 2015
Why we cluster
The very real problems associated with sustainable development, which are typically being researched by IFS funded early-career scientists’ risk the same disciplinary fragmentation. That is why, under the ten year strategy, entitled ’working together’, in 2012, we introduced the IFS Collaborative Research Approach. As well as enabling and supporting research collaboration, it enables us to pose coherent thematic calls for applications (so far including: Neglected and Underutilised Species, and issues around Biodiversity Loss). At the same time, to facilitate individual research applicant's identification of an appropriate framework for their submissions, we organised applications into coherent clusters of research themes (Biological Resources in Terrestrial Systems, Water and Aquatic Resources, and Food Security, Dietary Diversity and Healthy Livelihoods).
Whilst these approaches may pose challenges for administering and evaluating research proposals, within IFS, the broader objective is to provide intellectual support and effective efforts that add value to the end result, such that the total is more than the sum of the individual parts. We pride ourselves on the intellectual freedom that applicants to IFS have to identify the problems extant before them, and to research the practical questions not normally asked by ordinary disciplinary pursuits.
As Deborah Stone rather perceptively points out in her book ‘Policy, Paradox and Political Reason’, people generally `represent the world in such a way as to make themselves, their skills, and their favourite course of action necessary'. Yet many disciplines and methods can contribute to an ongoing analysis of a problem, including one's own evolving appreciation of it.
So to paraphrase Brewer, again, ‘One needs to create and maintain a sense of optimism and excitement about overcoming the limitations of traditional institutions to solve complex environmental problems. A positive orientation is essential since, new demands often challenge, even threaten, old ways of doing business. Yet, at least as often new demands also create opportunities but only for those wise enough to adapt, lucky enough to evolve, and courageous enough to seize the moment.’
Dr Patricia Folgarait
No. of IFS Grants: 2 (1995; 1999)
Prof Mawardi Rahmani
No. of IFS Grants: 1 (1987)
IFS HAS NO OPEN CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS
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22nd April 2015
IFS has signed new Memorandum of Understanding with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The new agreement streamlines the way the two organisations choose projects in support of the peaceful use of chemistry and expands the scope of OPCW support to IFS.
15th April 2015
The second ’Carolina Mac Gillavry - IFS Collaborative Research Award’ recognizes the top ranked application to the 2014 IFS call for collaborative research. The award goes to Team InvAfrica comprising: Mr Oludare Oladipo AGBOOLA, Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria, Dr Palesa Natasha MOTHAPO, Stellen…
15th April 2015
Using our social networking platform, after months of painstaking work, and following a detailed assessment of all proposals, a second cohort of IFS collaborative research team projects were awarded research grants this week. This time the topic of the call was Biodiversity.
30th December 2014
13th October 2014
Dr Richard Hall of IFS was invited by Tropentag 2014 to deliver a keynote address. He talked about, amongst other related issues, how applied researchers might interact with relevant stakeholders to maximise the chances of their research generating useful outcomes.