Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic

Research Grants

This section of the site provides information on research grants from around the world as compiled at the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). It serves as a one-stop destination for members of staff to find research grants that they might be interested in.

The International Foundation for Science (IFS)


The International Foundation for Science (IFS) provides support to young scientists of merit in developing countries by awarding research grants and providing grantees with additional services such as travel grants and purchasing assistance.

The IFS supports research related to the renewable utilisation of biological resources in areas such as crop and animal production, forestry, food science, natural products, and fisheries, as well as research on the sustainable utilisation and conservation of natural ecosystems, including themes such as water and biodiversity. Proposals for projects may address biological, chemical, or physical processes as well as social and economic relationships important in the conservation, production, and renewable utilisation of the biological resource base.

Research grants are awarded up to a maximum value of USD 12,000 for a period of one to three years and may be renewed twice. They are intended for the purchase of equipment, expendable supplies, and literature. Applicants must be citizens of, and carry out the research in, a developing country. They should be attached to a university or national research institution in a developing country. Specifically excluded are countries in Europe, including Turkey and Cyprus, as well as countries of the former Soviet Union. Argentina and Uruguay are also not eligible to receive support. As well as being under the age of 40 (under 30 for applicants from China) and at the start of their research career, candidates must possess a higher academic degree, which should be at least an MSc or equivalent.

Applications are made on the application form, in English or French, which is available from the IFS Secretariat or can be downloaded from the website

IFS, Grev Turegatan 19S-114 38 StockholmSwedenFax: +46-8-54581801Email: [email protected]

NRF - Updated Development Grant formsKFD’s primary focus is to facilitate and support activities at the beginningend,i.e. basic research, of the research-innovation - commercialization value chain. In addressing its goals, the directorate also complements and works in tandem with other research value-chain directorates of Research and Innovation Support and Advancement.Click here to view Grant forms.

Funding for 3rd generation biotechnology projects

Cape Biotech is looking to invest a substantial amount of money (almost R50 million) in new and exciting 3rd generation biotechnology projects. Human Health and Industrial Bioprocessing are the areas in which Cape Biotech would like to invest in (as it is outlined in its mandate from the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa).

Cape Biotech has launched an online \"New opportunity capturing model\" on its website, which can be accessed through the Cape Biotech Member\'s Area (registration is free). If you have a good project that is in need of funding, please submit your proposal via Cape Biotech\'s webpage. Proposal can be submitted by clicking on the \"Submit a proposal\" field in the members area.

In addition to the \"New opportunity capturing model\" the member\'s area also contains useful information about the current projects funded, community news, interesting articles, up coming events and biotech personality profiles. If you are not a registered member you are encouraged to join and this service is free of charge to the whole community. If you should have any problems with your registration please do not hesitate to contact us.

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