Funding Agencies

Pak-US Joint Academic & Research Program

The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of Pakistan and the United States Department of State signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that established a framework to increase cooperation in science, technology, engineering and education for mutual benefit and peaceful purposes between the science and education communities in both countries. In 2005, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to support the joint Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program. Beginning in 2008, the United States Department of State (DOS) joined USAID as US co-sponsor of the program. This program, which is being implemented by the US National Academy of Sciences on the US side, is intended to increase the strength and breadth of cooperation and linkages between Pakistan scientists and institutions with counterparts in the United States.

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TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants

The OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) – TWAS Joint Research Grants Programme complements the TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences and the Research Grants Programme of the International Foundation for Science (IFS). The programme aims at encouraging the pursuit of scientific excellence in OIC countries by identifying and supporting the best young scientists in these countries; 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. A Research Grant amounts to a maximum of US$15,000. The grant is normally provided for a period of 18 months and is renewable once. The grant may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings only). The grant does not cover salaries of researchers and/or students, field expenses, travel expenses and/or participation in international conferences.

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Human Frontier Science Program

 The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences. Research Grants are awarded for novel collaborations involving extensive collaboration among teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines. Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators’ Grants and Program Grants

Eligible Countries

Scientists from all countries may participate in the Research Grant and Fellowship programs. The only restrictions on participation are:

  • The Principal Applicant of a research grant must be from one of the member countries (see list below), but other team members may be from anywhere in the world as long as the teams fulfill the basic international requirements described in the guidelines.
  • Young scientists from anywhere in the world may apply for a Fellowship to work in a laboratory in one of the supporting countries(see list below). A scientist from one of the member countries can apply to work anywhere in the world.
  • The member countries are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus (EU part), the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

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International Foundation for Science

IFS is a NGO (non-governmental organization) founded in 1972, with its secretariat located in Stockholm. Funding comes from governmental and non-governmental sources, as well as national and international organizations. The annual budget is approximately USD 5 million. IFS has 135 Affiliated Organizations in 86 countries, of which three-quarters are in developing countries and one-quarter in industrial countries. IFS offers grants through a programme open for project proposals from developing country scientists conducting research on the sustainable management of biological resources. This includes topics in both natural and applied sciences such as agriculture, soil science, forestry, biodiversity, environmental chemistry, natural products, food science, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, aquaculture, marine resources…as well as social or economic aspects of the sustainable management of natural resources, or the production and transfer of knowledge for sustainable development.

Grants are normally awarded to individual researchers, for a specific research project lasting 1-3 years. Application deadlines are 30 June and 31 December every year. All application should be sent to IFS as an attachment in an e-mail to: [email protected]

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