Our New IFS Strategy is Published: Thanks to Everyone!

Published: 2020-05-29

We are pleased to announce that after many months of effort by numerous members of the IFS community, our new strategy for 2021-2030 – Investing in Future Scientists – has been published.

Nighisty Ghezae, DirectorNighisty Ghezae, IFS Director

Our new strategy can be accessed on the following links as a turning document and as a downloadable pdf. We are grateful to each person who contributed their time, thoughts and hard work to the forward-looking strategy development process, including grantees, alumni, Scientific Advisory Committees (SACs), Board of Trustees, strategic partners, donors and the IFS Secretariat staff.

Starting in 2021, IFS will provide tailored research capacity-enhancing support to promising early career scientists centered around the provision of individual Basic Grants and Advanced Grants. Eligibility is education-based, with applicants either enrolled in a PhD program or having completed one in the previous five years. Applications are submitted online in response to annual calls, screened by the IFS Secretariat, and circulated for evaluation to our global network of 1400 scientific peers. Using the reviews, the thematically-organized SACs make the final recommendations. To secure IFS support, applicants must submit a sound research project application (in English) on a self-selected topic that is innovative and/or relevant to her or his local or national development needs. The proposal must demonstrate knowledge of the subject area, identify knowledge gaps, elaborate testable hypotheses and research objectives, and develop a convincing, doable and appropriately costed research plan and research dissemination plans.

This year of 2020 will be one of transition, where we are continuing with elements of the “old” strategy as we begin incorporating parts of the “new”. To learn from this process, we are reflecting on it in several ways, for example, through these monthly blog posts. I will be highlighting our experiences as the IFS Secretariat and I also invite others in the IFS family to share any reflections they may have.

With thanks 

Nighisty Ghezae



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