External funding for cooperation with low-income countries

Last changed: 14 November 2017
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Here you can find funding opportunities and informtion about upcoming calls/fellowships/scholarships regarding cooperation with low-income countries, sorted by deadline and subject. Some of these calls might not involve academia but can still be of interest to be acquainted with. For other recent calls and information about research support at SLU in general, please visit the Grant´s Office.

Call about collaborating on Agenda 2030 and the Global Goals

Do you have innovative solutions to social challenges? Can you connect it to the Global Goals in Agenda 2030 and collaborate with several other sectors? Apply for this announcement from Vinnova with deadline 25 January 2018.

Nestlé Foundation Grants 

For research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. Support includes grants for Masters and PhD projects. 
Applications accepted all year round. 

The Swedish Research Council

Sweden has several cooperations through The Swedish Research Council which gives swedish researchers access to international research facilities and organisations. More information on their website.


The international activities of Formas are intended to contribute to knowledge development of high scientific quality and relevance to sustainable development. Find out more about how Formas works internationally on their website.


Sustainable Food Security

The Sustainable Food Security (H2020-SFS-2018-2020) call is Horizon 2020's main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production. 
Various deadlines during 2018-2019.

This is EC's main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production. The call advocates for food system approaches to tackle the inherent links between ecosystems, food production, the food chain and consumer health and wellbeing. 

Download the ENHorizon 2020Work Programme 2018-20209. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine,maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy (133 pages).

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research

U.S. National Academy of Sciences — PEER invites scientists in developing countries to work with U.S. collaborators in research and capacity building on priority topics that include environmental contaminants, agricultural productivity and food security, biodiversity conservation, water security, low-carbon development, fisheries assessments, and others. The priorities are different for each PEER focus area (i.e., varying by regions and countries). Applicants must be based at academic institutions, non-profit organizations, or government-managed research laboratories, centers, or institutes in the eligible countries. Applicants need to have at least one research partner in the U.S. that has grant funding from the U.S. government. The deadline for pre-proposals is 12 January 2018.

Competitive Call of the Europe Africa LEAP-Agri project 

This call is mobilizing 24 Funding Agencies from 18 African and European countries, with EC contribution. The next call is expected beginning of 2018.

Second phase of the Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund

A new AUS $25 million investment will support greater food security and improve nutrition throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, the partners behind the investment – Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The investment represents the second phase of the Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund, a joint IDRC-ACIAR partnership aimed at transforming African agriculture and improving the lives of millions of smallholder producers and consumers across the continent. To be confirmed.

African Union Research Grants II Open Call for Proposals 2017 Edition

The African Union Commission launches Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union.

This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on Human development of the EU-Africa partnership. The call supports research on: Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Sustainable Intensification. To be confirmed.

Belmont Forum Food Security Collaborative Research Action

Scoping workshop for a proposed Food Security and Safety Collaborative Research Action (CRA) of the Belmont Forum. The Food Security and Safety workshop brought together Food Security and Land Use Change awardees from the first joint Belmont Forum and FACCE-JPI CRA on this topic with interested funders and organizational leads in food security and safety to discuss lessons learned and possible themes for a second joint call for proposals. Call expected end 2018.


Women-led agribusiness

Victus Global Capital and Altree Capital have partnered to launch a US$50mn fund focusing on investment into women-led agribusinesses in Africa. To be confirmed.

Fund for Rural Prosperity in Africa 2017

MasterCard Foundation aims to support ideas from institutions looking to deliver a financial service, product, or process to smallholder farmers in eligible African countries. Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership. However, the lead applicant must be a for-profit entity. Examples of applying institutions may include banks; insurance or leasing companies; agribusinesses; IT enterprises; and firms that facilitate increased access to financial services by persons currently excluded from them. Applications should request support of between US$250 thousand and US$2.5 million. The application deadline is 30 November 2017.

Grants to Strengthen Farming Communities 2018

The Monsanto Fund makes grants to strengthen agricultural communities in several countries around the world. Grants of US$25 thousand and more are available to tax-exempt charitable organizations for activities and projects that address farmers’ education and training; food security; community water and sanitation; and other local needs. Monsanto’s international grants are administered at the country level. The Fund presents a list of eligible countries. Monsanto accepts international applications during two periods each year. The first period ranges from 01 January through 28 February. The second period ranges from 01 July through 31 August.


Bio-diversity, environment, climate change

Climate Technology Initiative — Women’s Energy Projects in West Africa

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), in partnership with other organizations, invites applications to facilitate the initiation and management of commercially viable energy projects by women entrepreneurs in West Africa. At least 10 projects or businesses will receive coaching support from experienced professionals for the development of a financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable business plan. The application deadline is 20 November 2017.

Research on Risk Management, Academic Chairs 2018

The AXA Research Fund supports research to help understand risk management and prevention, including risks related to natural disasters and climate change. Applications can be submitted by pre-registered research institutions in EU member states and collaborating countries — including a selection of developing and emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific region; Africa and the Middle East; and Latin America. The next application deadline for Academic Chairs is 24 November 2017.

Accelerating Investments in Climate Resilience 2018

The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance invites ideas that will attract increased investment for a low-carbon and climate resilient economy. The call for ideas covers four programs, each with distinct priorities. (i) The Global Lab seeks ideas to scale up finance in mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. (ii) The India Lab seeks ideas to accelerate investment in infrastructure for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green growth. (iii) The Brazil Lab seeks ideas that can address the priority sectors identified in Brazil’s nationally determined contribution to the Paris Agreement. (iv) The Fire Awards seek to accelerate early-stage pilots and businesses that can unlock finance for clean energy and green growth. Selected ideas will receive guidance and support from experts and investors, as well as analytical and communications support. The application deadline is 28 November 2017.

Call for Research and Development Projects 2017

The BRICS STI Framework Programme calls for proposals to promote research cooperation among partner institutions in Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa. Project proposals should consist of partners in at least three BRICS countries for research on preventing and monitoring natural disasters; water resources and pollution management; new and renewable energy; and other themes. The deadline for submissions is 28 November 2017.

International Networking on Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA have announced a call to stimulate the formation of international networks of scientists to enhance the usefulness ecosystem services and biodiversity scenarios in decision-making. Participation includes Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (State of Sao Paulo only), Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America. Deadline for pre-registration is 01 December 2017.


World Bank Group — Africa Fellowship Program 2018

The Africa Region of the World Bank Group is relaunching its fellowship program for Ph.D. students who are Sub-Saharan nationals. Fellows will spend a minimum of six months at the World Bank offices in Washington, D.C. or in a Sub-Saharan country, getting hands-on experience in development work. While benefiting from research and innovation in multiple sectors, fellows will also work on economic policy, technical assistance, and lending for eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity. The program invites applications from Sub-Saharan nationals who are recent Ph.D. graduates, or current doctoral students within one or two years of completing or graduating from a Ph.D. program, in disciplinary fields that include agriculture, energy, and others. The application deadline is 19 November 2017.

Eco-conscious ideas and innovations

Green Campus Initiative offers a 12 month fellowship program which will serve as a platform for executing eco-conscious ideas and innovations. Successful applicants will receive stipends and funded trainings. Applicants must be a recent graduate or postgraduate student currently undertaking a leadership role in an organization, company or association. The fellowship opportunity is open to all countries. There is no deadline announcement but as awards are announced in mid-January applications should be submitted no later than November 2017.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Ghana, Kenya, South Africa

The Australia Awards – Africa program has launched the second pilot phase of Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Phase 2 of the pilot is open to eligible applicants affiliated with universities in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa that are members of the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN). Eligible fields of research include agricultural productivity, among others. Fellowships will be up to two years in total, comprised of research components in both Australia and Ghana, Kenya or South Africa — but limited to 12 months in Australia. The application deadline is 30 November 2017.

TROPIMUNDO Masters Program in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems 2018-2019

TROPIMUNDO is a 2-year Erasmus Mundus masters program in tropical biodiversity and ecosystems. Students alternate their semesters between consortium universities in Europe (Belgium, France, Italy) and tropical regions outside Europe (Australia, Cameroon, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Malaysia). Applicants should have an internationally accepted bachelor’s degree in biology, natural sciences, environmental sciences, or equivalent. The EC provides a certain number of scholarships for EU and non-EU students. The deadline for applications (with scholarships) is 30 November 2017.

Fellowship Training Programme 2018-2019

Irish Aid offers scholarships to qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake Masters degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland. Awards are made in the fields development studies, rural development, biodiversity conservation, and many other subject areas. The scholarship covers course fees, flights, accommodation, monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. Eligible countries are Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The deadline for applications is 08 December 2017.

African Diaspora Fellowships

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program offers short-term fellowships to African-born academics at universities in the USA and Canada to collaborate with African universities in research, curriculum co-development, and/or graduate student training. Project requests to host scholars are submitted by universities and other higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Past scholars in the program have included several in agriculture, environment, and related disciplines. The next application periods are 01 October through 08 December 2017.

Australian Scholarships and Fellowships for Africans 2018

Australia Awards funds qualified African candidates for masters studies in Australia in priority subjects that include agriculture; extractives; climate change; environmental management; water management; and others. Additionally, the program offers short-term fellowships for professional training in Africa and/or Australia. The announcement identifies the eligible countries and eligible fields of study (varying by country). Most application deadlines are 15 December 2017 (masters) and 15 January 2018 (short courses).

FAO Fellowships 2018

The FAO Fellowship Programme is designed to attract fellows — typically PhD students, researchers, and professors — who have an advanced level of relevant technical knowledge and experience in any field of agriculture, fisheries, or forestry. Fellows will be assigned to supervisors in FAO’s headquarters or in its regional, sub-regional, or country offices. Applicants should have a graduate or post-graduate degree, or be enrolled in a PhD programme. FAO encourages qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non- and under-represented member countries to apply. There are no age limits. The application deadline is 31 December 2017.

Scholarships for Africans at Michigan State University 2018

The MasterCard Foundation funds citizens and residents of Sub-Saharan Africa for graduate studies at Michigan State University, USA. The fields of study at MSU include agriculture and natural resources; veterinary medicine; natural sciences; and many others. Applications for graduate scholarships close 01 February 2018.


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