ICGEB launches Special Funding Programme with DSI for South African HDIs

The ICGEB and South African Department of Science and Innovation have partnered in a Special Programme to develop and support capacity development in South African Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDIs).

Through a specially designed Programme, ICGEB invites applications from South African citizens and/or South African permanent residence holders from eligible HDIs for the following Programme activities:

  • Call for Collaborative Research Grant Programme: The ICGEB invites proposals from Principal Investigators employed at South African HDIs for funding for projects with the goal of promoting collaboration, training of young scientists, and the development of research facilities.
  • Calls for Meetings and Courses: The ICGEB invites proposals from Principal Investigators in South African HDIs to run joint scientific events, workshops and practical training courses in the Life Sciences, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology and the bio-economy, co-organised with ICGEB researchers. There is also an additional funding opportunity for researchers and students from HDIs to apply for funding to attend ICGEB Meetings and Courses in Africa, as well as a limited number in Trieste, Italy and New Delhi, India.
  • Junior and Senior Fellowship Schemes: The ICGEB invites applications from highly motivated scientists from HDIs for short-term Fellowships in Life Sciences, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology and the bio-economy, wishing to pursue research in a world-class scientific environment.

ICGEB Director-General, Dr. Lawrence Banks comments: “Through a long term and wonderful collaboration with the South African Department of Science and Innovation, ICGEB is delighted to announce this call in support of HDIs in South Africa.  ICGEB’s mission is to ensure that the latest developments and innovations in Biotechnology are accessible by all.

In this programme, scientists from HDIs will work closely with ICGEB scientists in Cape Town, New Delhi and Trieste and provide fellowship exchange, access to state of the art training courses and workshops and foster research activity through a dedicated grant funding programme.”

Dr. Luiz Zerbini, ICGEB Cape Town Acting Director adds: “We believe that the ICGEB Special Programme with South African HDIs presents an incredible opportunity for the South African research community in general, and the scientists, researchers and students at HDIs, in particular.

The ICGEB Cape Town Component is fully committed to the Programme and looks forward to welcoming researchers to ICGEB, building human capacity in South Africa and establishing and strengthening collaborations in HDIs. In partnership with DSI, we are working together to utilise science for development, improving the lives of South Africans and have an impact on the Continent.”


ICGEB launches Special Programme with South African HDIs