The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Monthly Update: March 2017

Additions and changes in the Terra Viva Grants Directory for the period 16 February 2017  >  15 March 2017.

SECTION A:  Updates to Application Deadlines

Below we identify the most recently added or changed opportunities which remain relevant (i.e., with calendar deadlines beyond the date of this posting). 

March 2017

Eastern Bird Banding Association — Research Grants. The Eastern Bird Banding Association (EBBA) seeks applicants for grants to be used toward research using banding techniques and/or bird banding data. From one to five grants of up to US$1000 each will be awarded. Priority is for research on species that spend at least part of their life cycle in any U.S. state or Canadian province,included in EBBA territory. Projects that are planned for other portions of the USA, Canada, or the Western Hemisphere also may be considered. Research studies with conservation or management implications are particularly encouraged. The application deadline is 15 March 2017. Link

European Commission — Kolarctic Collaboration, Europe with Russia. Kolarctic offers funding to projects that contribute to internationalization and cross-border cooperation between countries in northern Europe (Finland, Norway, Sweden) and Northwest Russia. Themes in Kolarctic address environmental protection, along with climate change adaptation and mitigation (among others). Eligibility for project funding extends to private and public organizations from each side of the EU-Russia border. Every project should provide at least 10% co-funding. The application deadline is 15 March 2017. Link

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use — Capacity Building Workshop. The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), in collaboration with NASA and the University of Missouri, will be conducting a capacity building workshop on the theme of “Interdisciplinary Remote Sensing, Modeling, and Validation of Environmental Processes.“ The workshop, to be held in Ghana in June 2017, is for advanced doctoral students and early-career scientists across all countries of West Africa. It will focus on advanced analysis of satellite and climate data for multi-sectoral applications, including climate, agriculture and water resources. The workshop will take sponsored and self-sponsored participants. Tuition and workshop fees will be waived for sponsored participants. The deadline for expressions of interest is 15 March 2017. Link

Nando Peretti Foundation — Grants for Wildlife Conservation. The Nando Peretti Foundation supports a wide range of charitable causes that include nature conservation with a focus on birds and wildlife in Europe and developing countries. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations and associations, which register with the Foundation. In year 2017, the periods for new registrations are 28 February through 17 March; 31 May through16 June; and 31 October through 17 November. Link

Wageningen UR Center for Development Innovation — Professional Training Courses 2017. The Center for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen University in the Netherlands helps build the capacities of individuals and organizations that are addressing the global challenges of sustainability and food security. Services at CDI include professional short courses in subject areas related to agriculture, genetic resources, pest management, water management, climate change, natural disasters, rural entrepreneurship, and others. Funding for most courses can be applied for through the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) and/or the MENA Scholarship Program (MSP). Many courses in 2017 have NFP/MSP scholarship deadlines on 21 March or 16 October 2017. Link

International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture — International Course in Agribusiness. ICRA supports education and capacity strengthening in agriculture and the rural sector in the developing world. Applications are invited for a new course on building agribusiness services. The course will be held in Ibadan (Nigeria) in November 2017. The 2-week course is aimed at professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors, and other affiliated enterprises. ICRA’s courses qualify for NFP scholarships funded by the Dutch government. Individuals wishing to apply for these scholarships should apply to ICRA before 22 March 2017. Link

International Riverfoundation — Thiess International Riverprize 2017. The Thiess International Riverprize 2017 invites applications from any organization or partnership that has implemented a successful program benefiting a river, lake, wetland, or estuary in any part of the world. The Prize has a cash component of A$200 thousand plus an opportunity to apply for a twinning project. The application deadline is 24 March 2017. Link

Minor Foundation for Major Challenges — Grants to Promote Awareness on Climate Change. The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges funds innovative, experimental, and untested communication measures to raise awareness on climate change. The Foundation welcomes applications from all over the world, with preference for experienced organizations and networks.The remaining application deadlines in 2017 are 24 March and 26 May. Link

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education — Short Courses for Water Professionals in the Caribbean Region. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs is partnering with the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education to fund masters degrees and short courses at Delft University of Technology for water professionals from Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The project aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers to improve water management in SIDS, and to better address challenges such as coping with climate change. The program announces short courses open to applicants from Aruba, Bahamas, Curacao, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Sint Maarten. The application deadline is 24 March 2017. Link

Southern Africa Network for Biosciences — Innovative Solutions in Nutrition. The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD program for collaborative research, development, and innovation addressing challenges in health and nutrition in Southern Africa. The SANBio/BioFISA II Programme invites proposals for innovative solutions in the nutrition sector. Themes are value addition to indigenous foods; post-harvest technologies; and other nutrition innovations for the SADC region. The SANBio member states are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The application deadline is 28 March 2017. Link

UK Natural Environment Research Council — Research on Water Quality, UK and India. The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, in partnership with the UK’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and India’s Department of Science and Technology, invite proposals on research to improve water quality. The programme aims to provide a better understanding of the sources and fate of different pollutants, and to support the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels. Proposals are sought for collaborative projects involving researchers from both the UK and India. The deadline for notifications of intent to submit is 30 March 2017. Link

European Commission — Interreg Mediterannean Program, 2nd Call for Proposals. The Interreg MED Programme calls for modular projects supporting priority axes 1, 2, and 3. These priorities include eco-innovation for sustainable growth; low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency; and protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources. The relevant countries include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro in addition to Mediterranean countries of Western Europe. The announcement includes information to find national contact points, and guidelines for making applications. The deadline is 31 March 2017. Link

São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change — Training and Networking in Climate Change. The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change will hold a 2-week training and networking session in July 2017 on the science of climate change. The Advanced School will focus on five themes, and it will be led by speakers from several countries. The School will accept about 100 graduate students and early-career scientists from Brazil and other countries. The Advanced School will be conducted in English. A limited number of travel grants is available. The application deadline is 31 March 2017. Link

Swedish International Development Agency — International Training for Africans in Urban Water and Sanitation. Sida funds short-term training in selected development topics for participants from developing countries. The Africa regional program includes a course in sustainable urban water and sanitation services for applicants from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Candidates may be nominated by authorities, institutions, universities, NGOs, water utilities, or other private companies active in the water and sanitation sector. The application deadline is 31 March 2017. Note: Interested individuals should follow the website for additional courses that may be announced, including at the global level and for other regions. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Asian Women Entrepreneurs in Clean Energy. The USAID Private Financing Advisory Network-Asia, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, and the Asian Development Bank announce a joint call for proposals for women entrepreneurs in clean energy. Selected woman entrepreneurs and organizations supporting the selected entrepreneurs will receive mentoring support from USAID PFAN-Asia with an aim to secure funding to up-scale their operations. The program is open to women entrepreneurs and organizations in the private sector and in public-private partnerships in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Smart Solutions for Adaptable Cities in Asia. The USAID Private Financing Advisory Network-Asia calls for proposal to advance “Smart Solutions for Adaptable Communities and Cities.” Examples of these solutions include apps on clean transport and pilot projects on climate-adaptable housing and buildings, water management, and waste management. Selected project developers, technology providers, innovators, and inventors will receive mentoring support from USAID PFAN-Asia with an aim to secure funding to up-scale their operations. Applications are invited from the private sector, and from public- private partnerships, in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017. Link

Xiamen University — Scholarships for International Students 2017. Xiamen University (XMU) in coastal Southeast China supports a number of doctoral, masters, and undergraduate programs in English. Subject areas at XMU include marine affairs, environmental sciences and ecology, life sciences, and many others. The university’s scholarship programs include several for international students. The application periods vary with each scholarship program, but most close in March and April. Link

April 2017

African Leadership Academy — Anzisha Prize for Young Innovators 2017. The Anzisha Prize is awarded to young innovators ages 15-22 in Africa who develop and implement innovative solutions to challenges facing their communities. Past awards include innovations in energy, agriculture, and ecological consumer products. The grand prize winners will share prizes worth US$100 thousand. The closing date for nominations and applications (English, French, Arabic, Portuguese) is 01 April 2017. Link

Drivers of Food Choice — Competitive Grants Program. With funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development, the program “Drivers of Food Choice” solicits applications for research projects that will provide a deep understanding of the drivers of food choice and the relationship with agriculture among the poor in the world’s low- and middle-income countries. Research grants can be awarded to any organization (e.g., research organizations, NGOs, government institutions, and private-sector organizations) committed to improving food and nutrition security in one or more of the 41 countries that account for 90% of global under-nutrition. The program expects to fund seven research grants of up to US$300 thousand each. The deadline for concept memos is 01 April 2017. Link

Neotropical Grassland Conservancy — Conservation Research and Education in Latin America. The Neotropical Grassland Conservancy (NGC) provides grants and equipment to students and scientists working in grassland habitats in Latin America. Research grants of one year are open to Latin American researchers affiliated with a university, museum, or conservation organization. Additionally, the NGC offers equipment grants for conservation science, and small grants to Latin American graduate students doing field projects. The NGC describes the amount of funding; eligibility criteria; review process; and application deadlines for each of the three programs. The application deadline for the research (memorial) grants is 01 March. The application deadlines for equipment grants and student grants are 01 April, 01 August, and 01 December. Link

Nordic Africa Institute — Guest Researchers from Africa 2018. The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) provides funding to researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa for short-term collaborative assignments of 60-90 days in Uppsala, Sweden. The scholarship programme is directed at postdoctoral researchers based in Africa and engaged in Africa-oriented research within the discipline of social sciences and humanities. Research themes include climate change and sustainable development, among others. The application deadline is 01 April 2017. Link

World Food Program — Sustainable Food and National Security. The World Food Program’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger, in partnership with the University Centre of Brasília, invite research papers on the topic ”Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: Building Bridges between Durable Agricultural Practices and School Feeding Programmes.” The contest is open worldwide to students enrolled in graduate programs, as well as professors and graduate researchers in social and political sciences, and nutrition. The three top winners will participate in international study trips organized by the WFP Centre of Excellence. Articles must be submitted in English. The application deadline is 02 April 2017. Link

UK Royal Society — Grants for Scientific Meetings. The Royal Society hosts a programme of scientific meetings each year. Each meeting is organised by leaders in the field, using their expertise to ensure the key topics are covered. Proposals are invited from any UK-based researcher. Many meetings have co-organizers from outside the UK. The application deadline is 03 April 2017. Link

Feed the Future — Data-Driven Farming Prize. The Data-Driven Farming Prize seeks tools and approaches that use data to help smallholder farmers improve their agricultural productivity and value. Feed the Future invites proposals for data-driven approaches to be tested in Nepal to improve the productivity of rice, other cereals, and vegetables. Eligibility to compete for the prize extends worldwide to individuals, groups, organizations, and companies — in all sources and sectors — particularly local innovators in South Asia. The judging panel will award two grants of US$100 thousand each, and two others of US$50 thousand each, to the proposals with highest potential. The deadline for applications is 06 April 2017. Link

Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans — Fellowships 2017. The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) — with funding through the Nippon Foundation — supports capacity building in oceanography for individuals and institutions in developing countries. POGO’s Visiting Fellowships Program is open to scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD), and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work. Priority is given to applicants in their early stages of career development. The fellowship offers the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period of training on any aspect of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation. The application deadline is 07 April 2017. Link

Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) — Research Fellowships 2017. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) awards research fellowships to international highly qualified PhD students and young postdoctoral researchers. Applicants should be non-Turkish citizens who are age 35 or younger. Preference is for candidates who have the potential to contribute to Turkey’s international cooperation in scientific and technological development. The fields of research collaboration include agricultural sciences, among others. The maximum length of the fellowship is 12 months. The application deadlines in 2017 are 06 March through 07 April, and from 05 September through 06 October. Link

U.S. Department of State — U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues in the Seas of Southeast Asia. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok invites proposals from organizations interested in organizing a conference that examines current marine environmental issues in the seas of Southeast Asia. Proposals should encourage think tanks and academia to engage in a comprehensive conversation examining and analyzing international issues related to environmental challenges in the seas of Southeast Asia. Awards are up to US$250 thousand. The application deadline is 07 April 2017. Funding Opportunity 17-BKK-NOFO-1. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Coastal Biodiversity in Central America. USAID’s regional office in Central America invites proposals to conserve biodiversity in targeted coastal-marine areas and associated upland ecosystems; to decrease degradation of forest and mangrove landscapes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience to climate change; and to enhance climate-smart economic opportunities and sustainable use of natural resources (“biocommerce” ). Eligibility for funding is unrestricted. The program will aim to make one award of up to US$17 million over five years. Funding Opportunity RFA-596-17-000002. The closing date for applications is 10 April 2017. Link

Global Biodiversity Information Facility — Biodiversity Information for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. GBIF invites proposals for project funding from Sub-Saharan Africa under the “Biodiversity Information for Development” programme. Funding up to €40 thousand per grant will establish or strengthen national biodiversity information facilities, and increase biodiversity data to respond to national priorities. Additionally, small grants up to €20 thousand will mobilize biodiversity data relevant for biodiversity conservation priorities. The deadline for submission of concept notes is 09 April 2017. Link

Erasmus Mundus Programme — MEDfOR Master Course in Mediterranean Forestry. The MEDfOR Consortium includes seven European universities with expertise in Mediterranean forestry. The MEDfOR master course is open to EU and non-EU students. Scholarships will be offered by different funding agencies according to specific eligibility requirements, although the program does not guarantee Erasmus Mundus fellowships. The closing date for applications is 15 April. Link

International Council for Science — Sustainable Development in African Cities. The International Council for Science, in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies and the International Social Science Council, will support 10 collaborative research projects to advance Sustainable Development Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in Africa. Topics include several in environment, e.g., clean drinking water, sanitation, energy, climate change, and natural disasters in relation to health and sustainability. Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. Grants will be up to €90 thousand each over two years. The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is 17 April 2017. Link

UNESCO and the International Center for Sustainable Energy Development (ISEDC) — Training in Russia on Energy Resources 2017. UNESCO in collaboration with the ISEDC in Russia will offer 20 fellowships for a one-month program of capacity-building in sustainable and renewable energy. The program in October 2017 is open to applicants from developing countries and countries in transition that are UNESCO member states. Instruction will be in English. The application deadline is 17 April 2017. Link

U.S. Agency for International Development — Renewable Energy in Mexico. The U.S. Agency for International Development announces funding for a three-year program “Comunidades y Energías Renovables” to encourage a transparent process for renewable energy development in Mexico. The goal is to foster a process for renewable energy development that engages local communities, the Mexican government, civil society, and the private sector. Applications for funding are requested from NGOs in Mexico. Funding Opportunity RFA-523-17-000001. The closing date for applications is 19 April 2017. Link

CRDF Global — Research on Alternative Energy, USA and Russia. CRDF Global invites applications from joint teams of U.S. and Russian university researchers focusing on: (i) alternative energy for generating electricity (solar, wind, wave, geothermal), and (ii) renewable and alternative energy for fuels (chemicals and biofuels). CRDF offers grants up to US$50 thousand for one year of research to the U.S. component of the collaborative team. The application deadline is 20 April 2017. Link

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization — Fellowships at Chinese Universities. UNESCO and the China Scholarship Council announce the availability of 75 fellowships under “The Great Wall Program” for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Chinese universities. Applications are invited from eligible developing UNESCO member states in Africa, the Asia–Pacific region, Latin America and Caribbean, the Arab States, and Europe and North America. Fellowships are for one year, and most fellowship programs are in English. Among the many participating Chinese universities that admit scholarship students are some that offer agriculture, forestry, environment, and other disciplines in natural resources. The application deadline is 20 April 2017. Link

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe — Danubius Young Scientists 2017. The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, in partnership with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research, offer the Danubius Award to honor persons with extraordinary scientific achievement in relation to the Danube Region. The Danubius Young Scientist Award will be granted to 14 young scientists — one in each of Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania, and Ukraine. Priority is for work that is relevant beyond national borders, in any discipline. Each winner will receive €1,200. The deadline for nominations is 21 April 2017. Link

European Commission — Women and Sustainable Energy. The EC calls for proposals to promote women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in the sustainable energy sector and value chain, with an emphasis on financial services. The action must take place in multiple countries which are recipients of official development aid, including in Sub-Saharan Africa and possibly in other developing regions. Partnerships among academia, civil society, NGOs, international or local organisations, financial institutions, government, private sector, etc., may bring added value to a comprehensive approach. The amount of funding is from €4 million to €8 million, varying with cost shares. Reference EuropeAid/155118/DH/ACT/Multi. The deadline for submitting concept notes is 25 April 2017. Link

U.S. Department of State — Combating Wildlife Trafficking in Southeast Asia. The U.S. government seeks to fund projects that build criminal judicial capacity in Southeast Asia to deter, investigate, and prosecute wildlife crime. The solicitation scope may also include money-laundering, corruption, illegal logging, and other crime areas that aid wildlife trafficking. Eligibility for funding extends to nonprofit NGOs and institutions of higher education in the USA and internationally. Funding Opportunity INLEA-INLTC-17-002. The closing date for applications is 25 April 2017. Link

Kurita Water and Environment Foundation – Water Research Grants 2017. The KWEF makes grants in Asian countries (except Indonesia,Thailand, and Vietnam) for water research. Research topics include technologies to conserve and restore rivers, lakes, and other water resources – among other themes. Grants are up to 300 thousand yen per project per year. Applicants should be under age 40. Each applicant needs to provide a recommendation letter by a Japanese researcher who resides in Japan or in the researcher’s home country. The application period is 20 March 2017 through 27 April 2017. Link

Australian Aid and Tata Group — XPrize for Water Abundance. Sponsored by the Tata Group jointly with Australian Aid, the Water Abundance XPRIZE invites teams to revolutionize access to water by creating a device that uses renewable energy to extract a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere at a combined operating and capital cost of no more than two cents per liter. Eligibility to compete for the prize extends to teams of scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all over the world. The grand prize is US$1.5 million, and the competition will award additional (milestone) prizes of US$250 thousand. The registration deadline is 28 April 2017. Link

BMCE Bank of Africa — African Entrepreneurship Award 2017. The African Entrepreneurship Award is a business competition inviting young African entrepreneurs to submit their entrepreneurial ideas in three categories, one of which is Environment. This refers to business proposals addressing problems such as poor agricultural systems, over-grazing, deforestation, etc. Submissions are invited from for-profit businesses managed by Africans who are at least 18 years old. Proposals should include a technological component such as digital, machinery, computers, ICT, automated processes, field-related technologies, and others. The competition winners will share US$1 million. The closing date (Round 1) is 28 April 2017. Link

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute — Research in Tropical Forests. The CTFS-Forest GEO Grants Program supports research that uses forest data from the program’s field sites. Priority will be given to early-career researchers, and researchers with less access to other institutional funds. Social scientists and natural scientists of all nationalities are eligible. Applicants do not need to be associated with a site prior to applying, but each applicant will need to contact a site Principal Investigator (named and linked from the announcement) prior to submitting a proposal. Most grants will range from US$2 thousand to US$15 thousand. The deadline for applications is 28 April 2017. Link

Common Fund for Commodities — Open Call for Proposals. The CFC calls for proposals that advance commodity development in its member countries. Financial support takes the form of grants, loans, and equity investments. Funding is targeted mainly to for-profit organizations and social enterprises for production, value chains, and marketing across a wide group of commodities (e.g., agricultural crops, tree crops, timber, bamboo and rattan, minerals, and others). CFC will consider proposals where its share of financing does not exceed 50% of the total. The deadline for proposals is 30 April 2017. Link

Fiat Panis Foundation — Prizes for Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources 2017. The Fiat Panis Foundation makes awards for university thesis and dissertation research in themes of agriculture and natural resources, with a focus on food security in developing countries. The Justus von Liebig Award for World Food is €25 thousand; the Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg Graduate Award is €7.5 thousand. The deadline for both awards is 30 April 2017. Link

Smart Villages — Photo Competition on Sustainable Rural Energy. Smart Villages announces a photo competition on the theme of how energy access changes the life of rural communities around the world. The contest will emphasize the concept of energy “smartness” i.e., how energy is being used in productive, innovative, and even entrepreneurial ways. The competition is open to everyone regardless of nationality, background, age, and experience. The competition offers several cash prizes up to US$2 thousand for the overall winner. Photos must be submitted before 30 April 2017. Link

May 2017

Amphibian Ark — Seed Grants 2017. Amphibian Ark offers the AArk Seed Grant of US$5 thousand in support of species whose threats cannot be mitigated in nature in time to prevent their extinction, and which therefore require ex situ intervention to persist. The grant is intended for start-up rescue projects that need seed money in order to attract larger funding. Projects should work with species in their range countries, involve range-country biologists, conform to biosecurity standards, and observe other guidelines explained on the website. The application deadline is 01 May 2017. Link

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization — Prize on Education for Sustainable Development. The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development honors outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions, organizations or other entities engaged in activities on Education for Sustainable Development. Nominated projects and programs should address the three integrated dimensions of sustainability — society, economy, and environment — in innovative ways. The Prize consists of three annual awards of US$50 thousand each. Nominations can be submitted by governments of UNESCO member states, and by NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO. The deadline for nominations (English, French) is 02 May 2017. Link

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo — Scott Neotropical Fund for Wildlife Conservation 2017. The Scott Neotropical Fund makes grants for conservation of wildlife in the neotropics (Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and South America). Grants support research, training, and technical assistance with the aim of benefiting local communities and providing wildlife protection. The primary investigator must be resident in the neotropical region. Grants are US$3 thousand to US$5 thousand. The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is 08 May 2017. Link

World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) — Research Grants 2017. TWAS provides grants to researchers in some developing countries for specialized equipment, consumable supplies, and the support of MSc. students. Depending on the program, grants are for individual scientists or research groups. TWAS describes the objectives, subject areas, and eligibility criteria of each program. The application deadline is 11 May 2017. Link

Waterloo Foundation — WASH Grants. The World Development program at the Waterloo Foundation offers grants in subject areas that include water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). The Foundation gives funding priority to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with NGOs based in the countries in which they operate. Waterloo will also accept applications from organizations in developing countries if they can supply acceptable references in the UK. Grants are usually between 1-3 years for a total of over £50 thousand, although very occasionally the Foundation will provide grants of over £100 thousand per year. The deadlines for the WASH grants are 14 May 2017 (Round 1) and 19 November 2017 (Round 2). Link

Australian Center for International Agricultural Research — John Allwright Fellowship 2017. ACIAR awards the John Allwright Fellowship for university post-graduate studies in Australia. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR’s priority partner countries who are engaged in an ACIAR collaborative project at the time of application. Each awardee pursues research at an Australian tertiary institution relevant to the project in which the awardee is engaged. The deadline for applications is 15 May. Link

European Commission — Black Sea Cross-Border Cooperation. The EC announces the first call for proposals of the ENI CBC “Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2014-2020.” The program aims to promote business and entrepreneurship (including in agriculture), and to promote coordination of environmental protection and reduction of river and marine litter. Participating countries are Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017. Link

World Academy of Sciences — C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research 2017. The prize is named after TWAS Founding Fellow and former president C.N.R. Rao to honor TWAS Fellows from the developing world. The special focus is scientists in the world’s scientifically lagging and least-developed countries who have made significant contributions to global science. The amount of the prize is US$5 thousand. The closing date is 31 May 2017. Link

June 2017

Dutch Postcode Lottery — Green Challenge 2017. The Dutch Postcode Lottery offers the Green Challenge to encourage the development of products and services that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The competition is open globally. The winner will receive €500 thousand to help bring his or her plan to market. An additional €200 thousand will be awarded to the runner-up. The Green Challenge accepts business plans through 01 June 2017. Link

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries — Fellowship Program in Freshwater Science. The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Germany invites scientists from all countries and at different career stages to apply for a research visit. The program offers fellowships for PhD students, postdocs, and senior scientists for periods of 6-24 months. The fellowships provide resources to cover basic living expenses, but do not include health insurance (which is mandatory in Germany), nor contributions to pension schemes. IGB is determined to increase the proportion of women in science, and particularly encourages female scientists to apply. The application deadlines are 01 June and 01 December of each year. Link

Volkswagen Foundation — Research and Higher Education in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The Foundation’s program “Between Europe and the Orient” addresses the newly emerged independent states of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as Afghanistan and some of the immediately neighboring regions of the Russian Federation and China. The Foundation aims to work closely with local scholars and scientists to develop relevant research and to strengthen intra-regional cooperation. The current call is to universities in the region for structured doctoral training, with an application deadline of 01 June 2017. Additionally, the Foundation invites proposals for training of young researchers; support for academic infrastructure; and workshops, symposia, and summer schools. Thematic areas of interest include environment, natural resources, and renewable energy. Link

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians – International Grants for Conference Participation 2017. The AAZV provides financial aid to zoo and wildlife veterinarians from outside of the USA to participate in the AAZV’s annual conferences. Preference is given to applicants from developing countries with demonstrable financial needs and focused educational/ conservation goals. Grants are normally up to US$2 thousand. The application deadline is 04 June 2017. Link

Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development — 3rd Open Call on Global Issues. The Swiss Program for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Program) makes grants for transnational and interdisciplinary research focusing on poverty reduction, global risks, and the provision of public goods. Thematic areas include innovation in agriculture and food security, sustainable management of ecosystems, and others. Applications are invited from nonprofit Swiss research institutions in partnerships with research institutions in the developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Grants are up to CHF 600 thousand for up to four years. The application deadline for pre-proposals is 12 June 2017. Link

July 2017

International Council for Science — Antarctic Research 2017. ICSU’s Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) invites applications for its programs of fellowships and scholarships. The aim is to encourage the active involvement of early-career Antarctic researchers, and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty. The application deadline for SCAR and COMNAP fellowships is 01 July 2017. The deadline to apply for the CCAMLR scientific scholarship is 01 October 2017. Link

Zayed Future Energy Prize — 10th Anniversary Edition. The Zayed Future Energy Prize recognizes innovation, long-term vision, and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The Prize is awarded across several categories: (i) Large corporations; (ii) Small and medium enterprises; (iii) NGOs; (iv) Lifetime achievements (i.e., of individuals); and (v) Global high schools (i.e., high schools in five world regions). The prize winners will divide US$4 million. The closing date for applications and nominations is 06 July 2017. Link

Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research — SFIAR Award 2017. SFIAR annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association with a Swiss institution in agricultural research for development. For 2017, the best team project will be awarded CHF 10 thousand, and the best masters project CHF 1 thousand. To be eligible, research must have been carried out at or in close collaboration with a Swiss institution. The deadline for applications (French, German, English) is 13 July 2017. Link

Association of Field Ornithologists — Skutch Grants for Research on Neotropical Birds. The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of information about birds in their natural habitats. The Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award supports minimally invasive research into the life histories of little known birds of the continental neotropics. The AFO welcomes applications for funding from amateur or professional ornithologists of any nationality. Applicants and/or their primary research supervisors must be members of the AFO. The program offers one award annually up to US$10 thousand. The deadline for applications (Spanish, Portuguese, English) is 15 July. Link

Waterbird Society — Grants for Wading Birds. The Waterbird Society offers the Kushlan and Niblet grants to advance the biology, ecology, or conservation biology of wading birds. The Kushlan award (herons, egrets, storks, ibises, and spoonbills) is a maximum of US$7 thousand; the Niblet award (terns or gulls) is up to US$1 thousand. These awards are open globally to professionals, amateurs, and students of any age. The deadline for proposals is 15 July. Link

United States-India Educational Foundation — Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship. The Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship aims to build long-term capacity in the USA and India by engaging both countries in research and education on climate change. The program offers research fellowships for PhD students in India who will affiliate with a U.S. institution for six to nine months. It also offers post-doctoral fellowships of eight to twelve months for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The fellowships provide air travel between India and the USA; a monthly stipend; accident and sickness insurance, a modest settling-in allowance; a professional allowance; and a dependent allowance (under certain circumstances). The application deadline is 17 July 2017. Link

After July 2017

Fulbright Scholar Program — Core Program for U.S. Faculty and Professionals 2018-2019. The Fulbright Scholar Program invites applications from U.S. scholars for research, teaching, and creative arts in an international context. Eligibility criteria include U.S. citizenship and a PhD or equivalent professional degree. The available openings include several in the developing world in subjects related to agriculture, environmental and biological sciences, geography, and others. The deadline for applications is 01 August 2017. Link

Fulbright Scholar Program — Postdoctoral Awards for U.S. Scholars 2018-2019. The Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees or other terminal degrees. The selected individuals engage in research, teaching, and mentoring at their host institutions — including institutions in developing countries. Disciplinary areas include agriculture, environmental sciences, and many others. Project periods from three to 12 months. The application deadline is 01 August 2017. Link

Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture – Research and Training in Food Security. The Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) is open to individuals in ASEAN member countries for competitive grants up to US$15 thousand in research and training related to agriculture and rural development. Applications are due before 01 August of each year. Link

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust — Grants for Research and Training 2017. The Trust makes grants for education and research in ornamental horticulture in North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Australia. Applicants include botanical gardens, arboreta, universities, and other nonprofit charitable organizations. Grants are up to US$25 thousand. The application deadline is 15 August 2017. Link

Christensen Fund — Grants for Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity. The Christensen Fund makes grants to indigenous-led and community-based organizations for projects that combine biodiversity with cultural diversity. Pre-proposals are accepted for consideration in the following programs: African Rift Valley; Central Asia; Northwest Mexico; Melanesia; Global; and San Francisco Bay Area. Most grants are in the range of US$50 thousand to US$100 thousand for one or two years. The application period for pre-proposals is 01 August through 31 August, except for the Melanesia Program (01 September through 30 September). Link

American Orchid Society — Annual Conservation Awards. The American Orchid Society sponsors the Conservation Awards to honor outstanding work in orchid conservation. One prize focuses on conservation in North America; the other has no geographical limitations. Prizes are US$500. The closing date for nominations is 01 September each year. Link

U.S. National Science Foundation — Geography and Spatial Sciences Program 2017. The NSF funds an annual competition for research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth’s surface. Projects on a variety of topics (U.S. and international) qualify for support if they offer promise of enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. Past projects include several in the world’s developing countries related to environmental disasters, waste management, marine spatial planning, wildlife conservation, and others. The deadline for regular proposals is 07 September 2017. Link

Philip Henman Trust — Grants for Development Projects 2017. The Philip Henman Trust makes grants to UK-based development organizations, with few restrictions on thematic areas. Support is normally between £3 thousand and £5 thousand per year, with a maximum total of £25 thousand. The closing date for applications is 10 September each year. Link

Inquiries and/or Applications Accepted Anytime

CS Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy — Agriculture and Food Sovereignty. The CS Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy take an activist approach in making grants to defend traditional management of agriculture and natural resources in the Global South. Specific interests include protecting local seeds and reducing chemicals in agriculture; regulating the introduction of genetically modified organisms; and supporting communities in their self-governance of natural resources. Recent grants include several for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most grants are under US$20 thousand. Letters of inquiry can be sent at any time. Link

Lemelson Foundation — Programs for Developing Countries. The Lemelson Foundation’s grants and fellowships emphasize innovation and invention that address the needs of the poorest people. This includes innovations in water supply, renewable energy, agricultural production, etc. The Foundation funds very few unsolicited applications. However, it accepts short concept notes by email. Link

Lighthouse Foundation — Coastal and Marine Conservation. The Lighthouse Foundation promotes science and research, teaching, culture, and the principles of environmentalism and international development in relation to the world’s seas and oceans. Funded partners of the Lighthouse Foundation are conservation NGOs, community NGOs, universities and educational organizations, and government organizations. There is no application form. Link

Rockefeller Brothers Foundation — Sustainable Development in Southern China. Grant making in the program for Southern China focuses on the link between environment and human health; sustainable approaches to meet China’s energy needs and address climate change; and community leadership in China in support of sustainable development. Grant recipients are a mix of Chinese and international organizations. Grants generally range from US$30 thousand to US$300 thousand — with exceptions — for periods of one to three years. Applicants use an online grant inquiry form. Link

Stockholm Resilience Center — SwedBio Collaboration Program. The Stockholm Resilience Center hosts the SwedBio Collaboration Program. The program contributes to ideas, methods, and policies regarding how biodiversity, ecosystem services, and resilience help sustain livelihoods. Organizations that want to be considered for potential partnerships contact the staff at SwedBio for details. Preferred partners include regional and international network organizations; action-oriented research institutes; think-tank institutions; and civil society organizations based in developing countries. Link

XminusY — Grassroots Actions. XminusY makes small grants for grassroots actions across a range of thematic areas, including ecology (environment). It supports politically controversial projects that do not easily find financial aid elsewhere. Examples of supported activities include demonstrations, blockades, occupations, direct actions, revolts, revolutions, and other confrontational action. Grants are a maximum of €3 thousand. Link

Waitt Foundation — Small Grants for Marine Protected Areas and Fisheries. The Waitt Foundation makes the Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) grants to strengthen and expand marine protected areas, and to promote sustainable fisheries. Grants support scientific research, policy, management, and public awareness. There are no geographical restrictions. Grants are up to US$10 thousand, and occasionally up to US$15 thousand. Applications are reviewed with a quick turnaround time to address urgent needs. Preliminary grant requests are accepted all year. Link

SECTION B:  Updated Profiles of Grant Makers

The Terra Viva Grants Directory reviews grant makers on a calendar cycle. The profiles of grant-making foundations and NGOs are updated mainly during January-June. The profiles of international and government grant makers are updated mainly during September-December. The grant makers below were updated recently (since 16 February 2017).

SECTION C:  New Grant Makers Added to Profiles

These grant makers are newly included among the profiles of the Terra Viva Grants Directory (since 16 February 2017).

SECTION D:  Announcements This Month

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