Funding opportunities

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This page provides a listing of selected funding opportunities. To view Call details click on links provided in each Call. 

More funding opportunities can also be found on Research Professional Africa. What to expect from the Research Professional African funding platform


International exchanges scheme – standard programme

Royal Society

This stimulates new collaborations within the natural sciences between scientists in the UK and overseas. Grants are worth between £3,000 and £14,000.

 Closing date: 17 Oct 17


DEADLINE BROUGHT FORWARD: Georg Forster research award

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation | Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 15 January 2018 has been brought forward to 31 October 2017. All other call details remain unchanged.

This award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire academic record to date. Up to six awards worth €60,000 each are available. ***

Closing date: 31 Oct 17


MasterCard Foundation – RUFORUM Scholarships for Ugandan and Kenyan Students 2018/2019

The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture is offering scholarship to Kenyan students to pursue bachelor and master programme in Kenya.

The scholarships tenable at Egerton University, Kenya and Gulu University, Uganda respectively, will see 20 undergraduate and 10 masters’ students benefit from the scholarship in the 2018/2019 academic year.

For more information, visit

 The deadline of the scholarship is March 16, 2018.


Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invites applications for its innovations for integrated diagnostics systems grants. 

Grants of USD 100,000 over 18 months are available in phase I.

Closing date: November 8, 2017


INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme

The Call for the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Research Associate Grant Programme is open and receiving applications.

There are six professional development and research grants worth €15,000 each, to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. 

Projects should be in line with the priority research theme:

“The role of scientific evidence and advice in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

Application deadline: Wednesday November 15, 2017

 For more information see Call brochure

 or visit


Joint WHO-AFRO/TDR/EDCTP Small Grants Scheme for implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty

The World Health Organization’s regional office for Africa and the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership invite applications for their small grants scheme for implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty. Applicants must be based in African institutions. 

Grants are worth up to USD 15,000 for a duration of one year.

For more information, visit

Application deadline: November 17, 2017


Green chemistry award

Royal Society of Chemistry

This recognizes the design, development or implementation of novel chemical products or processes which have the potential to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

The award is worth £2,000.

Closing date: 15 Jan 18


Nyholm prize for education

Royal Society of Chemistry

This recognizes a major national or international research or innovation contribution to the field of chemical science education. The award is worth £5,000.

The winner will also receive a medal and certificate and complete a UK lecture tour.

Closing date: 15 Jan 19


BRAIN initiative: new concepts and early-stage research for large-scale

recording and modulation in the nervous system (R21)
NIH: National Eye Institute, US
- This seeks applications for unique and innovative technologies that are in early stages of development, including new and untested ideas that are in the initial stages of conceptualisation. The combined budget for direct costs is USD 300,000 for up to two years.
- Maximum award: USD 300,000
- Closing date: 26 Oct 17

Global health research groups

Department of Health including NIHR, GB
- This allows academic groups to develop links with LMIC partners and to put in place collaborations, build capacity, and run pilot projects, with the aim of preparing them for delivery of world-class global health research in the future.

Awards are worth up to £2 million each for a three-year period starting in April 2018.
- Maximum award: £2,000,000
- Closing date: 20 Oct 17

Africa catalyst capacity building of professional engineering institutes
Royal Academy of Engineering, GB
- This aims to strengthen professional engineering bodies in sub-Saharan Africa so that they can effectively promote the profession, share best practice and increase local engineering capacity to help drive development.

Grants are worth up to £300,000 over three years.
- Maximum award: £300,000
- Closing date: 23 Oct 17

COMING SOON: Africa prize
Royal Society, GB
- *** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2017. The following information is subject to change. 

This prize recognises innovative contributions to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

The award is worth £12,000. ***
- Maximum award: £12,000
- Closing date: Not known

COMING SOON: Biomedical resource and technology development grants
Wellcome Trust, GB
- *** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in autumn 2017. The following information is subject to change.These grants support researchers who want to establish or maintain resources or technology for the benefit of the wider scientific community.

Grants are worth up to £1.5 million for up to five years, however larger
proposals may be considered. ***
- Maximum award: £1,500,000
- Closing date: Not known


COMING SOON: Rosalind Franklin award and lecture
Royal Society, GB
- *** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in November 2017. The following information is subject to change.This award supports the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The winner receives a silver medal and £30,000. ***

- Maximum award: £30,000
- Closing date: Not known


Technology impact award

Cancer Research Institute, US
- This supports the development of innovative technologies that can ultimately be adopted by the research community at large, and that will enable researchers to develop the next generation cancer immunotherapies that can be effective and personalised for each patient.

One grant, worth up to USD 1 million, is available over a maximum period of three years.
- Maximum award: USD 1,000,000
- Closing date: 15 Nov 17 (recurring)