Funding opportunities are made available through the Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) – ICGEB Research Grants, which is a dedicated source of funding aimed at financing projects addressing original scientific problems of particular relevance for the host country and of regional interest.
Established in 1988, the programme aims to stimulate collaborative research in Member States and with the ICGEB Component laboratories, to promote training of young scientists and to facilitate the creation of appropriate research facilities. The programme provides support for research projects in basic science, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology and bioenergy. A call for applications is launched yearly.
We are pleased to confirm that over 510 applications from across 44 Member States have been received under the 2021 call for Grants.
Type of Support
Grants are awarded to contribute to the implementation of outstanding scientific research projects. An important element of successful applications is the feasibility of the proposed project within the designated time-frame (maximum 36 months). The maximum annual contribution from ICGEB is Euro 25,000.
Funds can only be used to cover expenditures that are directly relevant to the project. This may include purchasing consumable items, scientific literature and basic standard laboratory equipment. Travel and training costs can also be covered.
Salaries of the Principal Investigators and infrastructural support (e.g., normal administrative and overhead expenses of the Institution, maintenance and rental of capital equipment, building, etc.) are not admissible and cannot be funded.
To read about the kind of ground-breaking research on infectious diseases, cancer, metabolic and genetic diseases, plant science, immunity, genetics and many biotechnology applications that are being supported by ICGEB, download the information on the ICGEB Research Grants awarded under the 2021 call for Applications.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2023 CRP – Research Grants
Submission and Closing Dates
In adherence with the ICGEB mandate to equally support its Member States, each ICGEB Member State can endorse up to 3 standard Research Grant applications, plus up to 2 Early Career Return Grants for each call.
Principal Investigators should submit their complete applications online via the dedicated portal by the deadline of 30 April 2023. A copy of the full application will be accessed by his/her Country representative (Liaison Officer), who is in charge of endorsing the application at the national level.
The call for 2023 is now open.
Applicants for research grant proposals (identified as “CRPs”) should hold positions at Universities or Research Institutes in any of the ICGEB Member States.
International collaboration is an essential feature of all ICGEB grants and must be fully integrated into the project. Active collaboration with ICGEB Research Groups is welcome but not mandatory. Particular attention will be given to projects addressing issues of interest for specific geographic regions and presented by groups collaborating across more than one country.
Investigating groups do not qualify for submission of applications:
- if previously awarded projects have not been evaluated and satisfactorily concluded;
- if the University or Research Institute of the Principal Investigator is based in Italy.
A special category of CRP-ICGEB Early Career Return Grants is intended to fund young researchers with an outstanding track record, who have spent a minimum of 2 years abroad and have recently returned to an ICGEB Member State to establish their own independent laboratories.
Applicants for Early Career Return Grants should be no more than 40 years of age at the time of application.
Applicants should have returned to an ICGEB Member State (except Italy) no more than 2 years prior to submitting the application.
Thanks to a contribution of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) within the framework of the BIOTECHNET initiative (AID n. 12098), dedicated resources are available for candidates from Ethiopia and Djibouti applying to the CRP–Research Grants Call for proposals.
Owing to the generous contribution of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Directorate General for Development Cooperation (MAECI-DGCS), within the framework of the WE-STAR programme, support has been secured for 4 additional grant proposals from African candidates applying to the 2022 Call for proposals for ICGEB Collaborative Research Grants. Of these, 2 grants will be awarded to Principal Investigators from Egypt, and at least 2 grants will be awarded to women Principal Investigators from the African continent (including Egypt). Through these grants, beneficiary research institutes in Africa will be supported in the creation and/or upgrading of appropriate research facilities providing local solutions to pressing current local challenges, at the same time establishing durable collaborations between ICGEB laboratories and those in the recipient countries.
How to Write an ICGEB Grant Proposal
What do we look for in a grant proposal? Learn more about submitting successful invitations.
FAQ for ICGEB Grants
Is my Country and/or my Institute eligible for funding? How do I obtain the required endorsement? Who is the Liaison Officer for my country? How do I contact him/her? Find answers to these and other FAQ on this page.
Impact of the CRP Research Grants
The CRP programme aims to stimulate collaborative research in Member States, to facilitate the creation of appropriate research facilities, train young scientists and develop research programmes.
Member States may also request targeted Awareness Workshops to be held for the scientific community in their country, where participants can interact with ICGEB scientists and obtain specific information on CRP grants and fellowships.
For further information:
CRP-ICGEB Research Grants Unit
Email: [email protected]