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:
- The intersection between biodiversity and the economy
- Environmental tipping points
- Impact of landscape changes on novel and known disease
- Pollution and impact on the environment – please note no microplastic research will be considered.
- Impact of basic sciences on sustainable development.
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