The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences was established in response to the needs of researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities. Under this scheme, grants can be awarded for research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics either to individual young researchers, or to research units in the science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS, to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity. The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences is generously supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Italian government. The Sida contribution is mainly intended to support research proposals from S&TLCs in dire need of basic research tools.
Maximum Grant of $15,000
- Individual applicants must be nationals of developing countries.
- Applicants must hold a PhD, be at the beginning of their careers, but already have some research experience.
- Applicants must hold a position at a university or research institution in one of the S&TLCs and be under 45 years of age.
- The TWAS Research Grants Programme supports research in the basic sciences only
- Proposals focusing on more applied research should therefore be submitted to IFS.
- TWAS cannot accept projects relating to applications in agriculture or medicine or that use existing techniques to screen, for example, medicinal plants for bioactive substances or to monitor an environment for pollutants; TWAS will have to reject such proposals.
- Applicants must at the time of application NOT have an active research grant with TWAS or OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship.
- Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged.
The application deadline is on 14 April 2021