Research Grants 2018

  1. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the next round of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

For details, visit their site at:

  1. TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants

TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants are aimed at encouraging the pursuit of scientific excellence in OIC countries by identifying and supporting the best young scientists there; reinforcing and promoting scientific research and strengthening the endogenous capacity in science and technology, and counteracting the brain drain and reducing the exodus of scientific talent from the OIC countries.

COMSTECH-TWAS Joint Research Grants are awarded to high-level and promising research projects carried out by young individual scientists in OIC countries to a maximum amount of USD 15,000 for a period of 18 months.

For more details, visit TWAS Opportunities. Deadline for receiving applications is 11 May 2018.

  1. TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months.

The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. 

For details: Twas-dfg-cooperation-visits-programme Deadline: 31 March 2018. 

  1. AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy 2018

TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy 2018 aims to expose participants to some key concepts on the interactions between the scientific and diplomatic communities. It will also explore contemporary international policy issues relating to science, technology, environment and health.

The course will be held from 20 to 24 August 2018 in Trieste, Italy. The application deadline is 9 April 2018. Deadline for applications is 9 April 2018. For more information on the science and diplomacy programme, please see

  1. Call for Innovations

If you have an innovation that is a workable solution for SDGs, especially those focused on one of the below 5 SDGs, submit your innovation for consideration.

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

The selected innovators will be invited to participate in the STI Forum 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York on June 5 and 6. At the Forum you will have the chance to present your innovation and connect with a valuable network - other innovators, those who can support or scale up your innovations, and those seeking to utilize such innovations.

 Additionally, all innovators who respond to the Call can benefit from being featured on Global Innovation Exchange (GIE):

  1. The Call uses GIE’s innovation profile as applications. These innovation profiles help you share your innovation’s accomplishments and milestones, making it easier to tell the innovation’s story.
  2. Your innovation profiles will be featured on GIE indefinitely helping you with fundraising and securing other support to scale your innovation.
  3. You can find open funding opportunities that suit your innovation.
  1. G-STIC 2018 Challenges

The G-STIC 2018 Challenges are launched to encourage studentsresearchersstart-ups and SMEs worldwide to come up with innovative ideas on new technological solutions and business concepts that hold great potential for achieving the SDGs.

The G-STIC 2018 Challenges provide you with a unique opportunity to join the dialogue on technologies for the SDGs:

  • Improve your pitching skills and interact with other participants.
  • Have your video pitch displayed at the G-STIC 2018 conference.
  • Meet with experts during the conference, and contribute to G-STIC’s goal to accelerate global action on technology development and deployment.

All winners will be invited to participate in the G-STIC 2018 Conference, free of charge. The winners of the Student & Research Challenges will be asked to present their idea in the solicited thematic session. The winner of the Start-up & SME Challenge will be offered a free booth at the G-STIC 2018 Exhibition.

To participate in any of the above opportunities, Please visit G-STIC WEBPAGE

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