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Grant Guidelines:

The Grant: 

A grant of $150,000 will be awarded to one successful applicant. The grant will support a research project or programme for up to three years (previously funded research not eligible).


The lead applicant should be:

a.      An early career scientist

Applicant must already hold a degree (PhD or equivalent) and should have no more than seven years of work and/or research experience post-degree (excluding time taken for family responsibilities).

b.    Have strong links to a credible African institution

The institution should have a proven ability to manage to fund and subscribes to good financial grant practice and can be any of the following: academic institution, research institution, government institution, NGO, for-profit organisation

Furthermore, the proposed research should be focused on or in Africa. JWO 2022 themes:

  1. The intersection between biodiversity and the economy
  2. Environmental tipping points
  3. Impact of landscape changes on novel and known disease
  4. Pollution and impact on the environment – please note no microplastic research will be considered.
  5. Impact of basic sciences on sustainable development. 
Application deadline

27 May 2022 at 00:00 (SAST)

What the judges look for:
  • Advances the frontiers of knowledge within the chosen field
  • Facilitates solutions to African challenges: The research should try and solve an African challenge that occurs in more than one geography and is scalable to other areas. The research should include multiple research sites
  • Demonstrates innovative methodologies and approaches
  • Exhibits scientific rigour and excellence
  • Contributes to human capital development (e.g. mentorship, support, and professional development opportunities) for the next generation of researchers.
  • Incorporates a holistic perspective and involves inter-and multi-disciplinary collaboration with partners (preference intra-African) to leverage time, expertise, skills, materials, and resources and reduce duplication
  • Articulates the potential to create impact both during and beyond the grant period
  • Displays knowledge of associated recent or ongoing work on the continent.
  • Defines a clear plan for disseminating research outcomes both inside and outside the scientific community
  • Endeavours to open access publications (popular and scientific
  • Does not present unacceptable ethical or safety risk


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