World Academy of Sciences
Principal Office: International
TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences, aims to promote scientific excellence for sustainable development in the global South.
TWAS offers prizes and awards to honor scientific achievement; grants to build scientific capacity; exchanges to enhance scientific collaboration; and meetings to encourage the flow of scientific information.
Membership categories in TWAS include agricultural sciences, biological systems and organisms, social and economic sciences, and several other groups.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Science Prizes and Awards. The TWAS prizes of principal relevance in the Terra Viva Grants Directory are identified below.
TWAS Prizes — Prizes are awarded annually to senior scientists in developing countries in agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, medical sciences and physics. There is one award of US$15 thousand in each category.
TWAS Prizes to Young Scientists in Developing Countries — These are awarded at the national level by cooperating national institutions. Over 20 participating organizations are eligible for annual grants of US$2 thousand to be awarded to scientists employed by those organizations. TWAS provides a contact point for additional organizations which want to apply to the program.
AU-TWAS Young Scientists National Awards (for African Countries) — These are sponsored by the African Union with TWAS. Each participating African institution makes one award of US$5 thousand in life and earth sciences; and another award of US$5 thousand in basic sciences, technology, and innovation. Note: TWAS identifies the countries and institutions which make these awards.
Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists — These awards are made to young women scientists (within 10 years of receiving their PhDs) who live and work in countries that lag in science and technology. There are five regional prizes awarded annually, each for US$5 thousand. The disciplinary fields rotate from year to year.
TWAS Regional Offices Prizes — Each of the five regional offices of TWAS annually offers one prize of US$3 thousand in topics that rotate from year to year.
Other Prizes and Awards — TWAS normally posts additional prizes and awards, some in special categories and others that have a wider scope. Interested persons and organizations should check the listings each year.
About science prizes
2 — Research Grants. TWAS sponsors two programs of research grants.
TWAS Research Grants in Basic Sciences — These are for individual scientists, research units, and research consortia in countries that are least developed in science and technology (about 80 countries are eligible). Grants are a maximum of US$15 thousand per individual scientist; US$30 thousand per research unit; and US$20 thousand per research consortium.
TWAS-COMSTECH Research Grants — The grants enable young scientists in OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) countries to purchase research facilities in order to enhance their science productivity. Grants are a maximum of US$15 thousand for promising research projects carried out by young individual scientists.
About grant programs
3 — Fellowships. TWAS collaborates in several programs of post-graduate training and research. Most of these are “South-South” exchanges hosted by institutions in large developing countries such as India, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, China, Malaysia, and others.
4–Visiting Scientists. Visiting senior professors help with teaching and other capacity building at lesser-developed institutions. Researchers in the lesser-developed institutions are offered travel opportunities to work for one year with colleagues in a different country.
About visiting scientists
5 – – Support for Meetings. TWAS collaborates with other sponsors to makes grants for meetings of several kinds. These include financial assistance to organizers of science-related conferences, workshops, symposia, and special meetings held in developing countries.
About support for meetings
For each program area, TWAS posts guidelines, eligibility criteria, and contact information. Some grant applications operate with calendar deadlines, while others do not.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
CommentsSince its inception, the operational expenses of TWAS have been largely covered by the Italian government. Other supporters include UNESCO, the OPEC Fund for International Development, and several national governments.
TWAS offers contact information for its main office in Trieste, Italy.
TWAS maintains regional offices in Brazil, China, Egypt, India, and Kenya.
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