IFS launches pilot Collaborative Research Programme

Published: 2012-10-31

With the support of the Carnegie Corporation, IFS has launched a pilot project of its Collaborative Research Programme.

The Programme will award Collaborative Research Grants to small teams of early-career researchers in developing countries to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources.

The pilot launched this week will be limited to research on Neglected and Underutilized Species in five African countries (Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda). Based on the experience of the pilot methodologies and procedures for the IFS Collaborative Research Grants Programme will be developed which will subsequently be available to a wider group of young researchers in developing countries.

Those teams of scientists that are awarded research grants during the pilot project will pursue their research projects for up to three years.

Read more details about the Collaborative Research Grants Programme here.



  1. Dr. Fufa Abunna, Apr 01, 2013 at 01:57 PM

    I was one of the participants on the scientific writing training organized by IFS at Nairobi. We Ethiopians need IFS support for research. Currently, donor organizations form international cooperation diminished a lot; may be due to economic crisis, as a result we can’t pursue our PhD study (develop research projects of high scientific quality) because of the lack of funds. Can IFS say something?

  2. ATCHOU Vincent Lodoun, Jan 15, 2013 at 03:55 PM

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  3. patouossa, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    hello ; i'am cameroon phd student please hepl me to apply IFS scholarship

  4. Toyin, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Can a scientist already applying for a collaborative research grant also apply for and individual IFS grant?

  5. jegede olutola, Dec 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM

    Please, how do i get studentship PhD grant? i am in need of one. thanks

  6. Antoine GBOFAN, Dec 07, 2012 at 07:28 PM

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  7. Graham Haylor, IFS, Dec 06, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Individual research grants are the core business of IFS and early-career scientists from all countries eligible for IFS support in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America are welcome to apply. Our country eligibility is listed and defined elsewhere on this website. Bolivia for the reasons you raise is most definitely eligible.

    The collaborative research approach in the 10-year strategy is new for IFS. It is therefore being piloted first as a limited project, so that we can learn together on a smaller scale what works well and what works less well. Only in the pilot project, the research topics are limted to Neglected and Underutilised Species and the country colleagues eligible for the pilot project are limited to just the five countries.

  8. Carla Oporto, Dec 05, 2012 at 08:09 PM

    In Bolivia we also need support for research, these last years international cooperation , mainly from european countries diminished a lot, and we young researchers, with PhD degree also from european universities, can´t develop research projects of high scientific quality because of the lack of funds. Please take a look on South Amerrica.

  9. January Ndagala, Nov 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM

    Dear IFS, congratulation for all you do in support and promotion of research work particulrly in Developing countries.

    I am troubled with this 35 years age limit to apply for collaborative research grant. I have just submitted my MSc dissertation on Coral reef resilience and by time 'expression of interest call closed' I was attending training on conservation tools for Evolutionarilly Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species which have formerly been receiving little research and conservation attention and it's feared they might go extinct if they continue to be marginalised. I work with MPAs in Tanzania and would like to research on EDGE coral species and further integrate EDGE species survey in the regular ecological monitoring programme. I am 40 years old and at my early career advancement in marine ecological research. How can IFS or perhaps SIDA support me work on these Neglected and Underutilized coral species? I have fellows we would colaborate who were also in the training who can probably meet the age criteria.
    Can I be supported to carry out independent reserach on EDGE coral species in Tanzanian within or outside MPAs.

    Kindly advise.

  10. Graham Haylor, IFS, Nov 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM

    Following a long envisioning process with very substantial interactions with IFS stakeholders, we have debated this issue and the IFS Board of Trustees (BOT) have advised that our eligibility going forwards should reflect that we focus on early-career scientists from least developed countries. Going further the BOT have advised that the application age for women and men should be different. Therefore for first time IFS grant applicants, men may not be older than 35; and women, not older than 40 years of age.

    Global statistics indicate that women are not only unequally represented in science but also less likely than men to be involved in the planning, research, development or application of science. The underrepresentation of senior women scientists limits the role-models, mentors and professional networks available to girls.

    It is a priority for IFS to support women within developing world science, especially African research, and to enrich the scientific enterprise with the added diverse themes and perspectives that can be derived from a more balanced gender representation within science. The priority and the approach to empowering women in science, in the IFS strategy 2011-2020, builds on the learning from the 2009 IFS initiative ‘Developing Africa through Science, Technology, and Innovation in Agriculture: Women as key drivers’, undertaken with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and RUFORUM, and from the IFS contribution to the CGIAR project ‘African Women in Agricultural Research and Development’ (AWARD). The approach aligns with the Norwegian Committee for Mainstreaming Women in Science, and contributes to the global agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment implied by MDG 3. The focus on Africa reflects the identified needs, that are found to be most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa and supports the African Union declaration of 2010-2020 as the African Women’s Decade, which includes a thematic focus on the promotion of women in science and technology.

    IFS believes that mainstreaming a gender perspective in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) could enrich innovative problem-solving and decision-making, enhance social equity, women’s rights and contribute to the more effective achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the attainment of sustainable development. This priority within the IFS strategy is based on the premise that to strive for gender equity in science is not only an international obligation, but a wise approach to science management and governance.

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