• Contact IFS
  • Login
  • Go

IFS Blog


14th September 2020

IFS Grants Enable Research at Home

Nighisty Ghezae, DirectorNighisty Ghezae, IFS Director

A recent SciDevNet article entitled "Foreign funding ‘controlling’ African research" struck a chord with us at IFS, given our nearly half-century of supporting early career scientists in their own countries to do locally relevant research based in their home institutions.

IFS grantees are contributing significantly to changes around the world, through their commitment to scientific advancements, their enthusiasm to learn and to work with others, and their attainment in getting their research results put into use at local, national, regional and global levels. As gleaned from 153 grantee responses to a recent survey question about how their results are being used, numerous impacts were evident from IFS’s support for their research, in immediate, near-term and long-lasting ways, in villages, forests, fields, policy discussions, government practices and the global scientific community.

From the micro-level of genotyping, to the ultimate macro-level of satellite remote sensing, IFS grantees are making an impact in tiny and vast environments alike. They are local professionals whom IFS is honored to include among those who work to support its mission, especially to enhance opportunities to put their own high-quality local research into use in their home countries. Many of our more than 8,000 alumni now themselves play significant roles in science, for example, as researchers, teachers, government officials at all levels, directors of science academies in a number of countries and regionally, and even a head of government. IFS grantees will be at the forefront of the changes envisioned by the producers of this Africa Science Focus episode.

Read the SciDevNet article here.

With thanks 

Nighisty Ghezae


Recent blog posts

Two of our many grantees

Prof Mawardi Rahmani

Prof Mawardi Rahmani

No. of IFS Grants: 1 (1987)

Current position:
Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science & Environment, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr Qifa Zhang

Dr Qifa Zhang

No. of IFS Grants: 2 (1989; 1993)

Current position:
Researcher, National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, Hubei Wuhan, China

> Find out more about our grantees

Calls for Applications

December 2019



Currently, IFS has no open calls for Research Grant Applications

The  next call  for Research Grant Applications is expected towards the end of 2020.

If you want to access your account in IFS Community, follow the link below:

 >   IFS Community Log In 

IFS News


Latest News

on science, technology & the developing world