The world will need to draw on exceptional individual and collaborative actions, and to harness the transformational power of science, technology and communications in order for our generation to safely and fairly ensure the stewardship of our natural resources.
IFS believes that science in developing countries needs to expand, that scientists in the developing world are well placed to identify the challenges they face, and able to propose transformational research, to build their resilience to global volatility, to engage in global negotiations, and to innovate for sustainable futures.
The International Foundation for Science therefore aims to help early-career scientists to play their part, to contribute to accelerating progress towards addressing the global challenges of today. Our 10-year strategy describes the investment we hope to make in capability to conceive and conduct research and also in people’s agency to put research into use.
Today, our planet appears small, and its biological and water resources base is vulnerable and interconnected. The development solutions we seek to support through our grantees’ research must be sustainable within defined bio-physical boundaries; they must also be socially just and help advance freedom from poverty and deprivation.
In this context, doing research includes striving for greater efficiency in sustainably transforming natural resources to meet human needs. It also demands of us all far greater consideration of equity between and within countries, social groups, between women and men and amongst members of households in access to and use of natural resources.
Applicants for support from the International Foundation for Science may submit their proposals through the following three thematic clusters and from different, even cross-disciplinary, backgrounds. These three clusters are arranged to facilitate the applicant's identification of an appropriate framework for their submissions. The many topical areas within the three clusters are overlapping, and therefore cross-cutting research topics will also be welcomed and encouraged.
Read the IFS Research Areas document here.