Through two new joint projects, BIOTECHNET and WE-STAR, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), together with the ICGEB, are providing resources for candidates from the Horn of Africa and for African women scientists.
ICGEB is pleased to announce additional opportunities for funding for candidates from Ethiopia and Djibouti and for women applicants from Member States in Africa under the current calls for Grants, Meetings and Fellowships, thanks to projects with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: championing educations and capacity building in Africa through ICGEB.
Within the initiative “BIOTECHNET – Enhancing biotechnology know-how in the Horn of Africa” (AID n. 12098), thanks to the contribution of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) the following opportunities are available for candidates from Ethiopia and Djibouti:
CRP Research Grants to support the establishment or upgrading of new laboratories and research lines in the two countries, particularly in the fields of health, sustainable agriculture, industrial biotechnology and renewable energy.
Meetings and Courses to organise scientific events in the two countries and promote participation of their researchers to ICGEB international scientific meetings.
Three Fellowships schemes to support training and skills enhancement of researchers from the two countries:
In addition, 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 programme “WE-STAR – PhD and Postdoctoral training scheme for Women Scientists in Africa”, additional resources are available to provide training opportunities to women researchers (WE-STAR Call for Short-term Fellowships) and to support 4 research grants 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.