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Calls for proposals

Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project - Open call

The USAID-funded Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) is working with 200,000 farmers to build a highly competitive horticulture industry. They are inviting applications from interested companies and organizations to partner in the following area: Potato, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas and Export Vegetables. Innovative approaches are being sought to integrate smallholders into these value chains to develop profitable ventures that significantly impact the horticulture sector. This could include expansion of current activities into new markets, adding value to existing fresh products by freezing, drying and other types of processing, or development of new crops or products that make advantage of existing marketing systems. Co-investment ideas are encouraged.
How to apply: Download the application form the website mentioned below and send it to:
Deadline for submission: Open

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Symposia and conferences

4th International Symposium on Molecular Markers in Horticulture

Location: Napier War Memorial Conference Centre, New Zealand
Dates: 7-10 March 2017
More information: PDF (880kB)

8th International Scientific Seminar on Plant Health

Location: Havana International Conference Center- Havana, Cuba
Dates: 10-14 April 2017
More information: PDF (700kB)


Training courses

Tropical Fusarium Workshop

Theoretical and practical course aimed at training researchers and graduate students in the study of Fusarium-related topics including: species concepts, compatibility groups and intersections, morphological and molecular identification of pathogenic species to plants and humans, phylogeny, population genetics, potential toxigenic, epidemiology and management of diseases caused by Fusarium. The course will be offered in Portuguese and English. There will be no simultaneous translation; instructors will speak in their native language.
Registration: places are limited and selection will be based on experience in the area. If you are interested, please send a message to the organizers demonstrating your interest; the message form is available on the website homepage.
Location: Plant Pathology Department of the Federal University of Viçosa - Viçosa, Brazil
Dates: 13-17 February 2017
Website: (Portuguese)

Course on the in vitro cultivation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

International training course on the in vitro culture of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on excised roots (root-organ culture techniques) and autotrophic plants, both of which are used in the in vitro mycorrhization of bananas. The trainees will have the opportunity to manipulate the organisms (i.e. roots, whole plants and fungi) during each phase of the establishment of an in vitro culture. Postdocs, PhD students and technicians from the Center of Study on AM Monoxenics and the Glomeromycota in vitro collection will be on hand to help the trainees. The training is limited to 12 participants.
Location: Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Dates: 23 - 28 October 2016

Course on modern banana breeding techniques, and regulatory and biosafety issues

The course includes an overview of the most important banana diseases and how to address them through breeding and biotechnological approaches, including regulatory and risk assessment principles relevant to Africa. There will also be a two-day workshop on how to communicate research findings to non-scientific audiences and visits to confined field trials and local farmers. The course is organized by Ghent University’s International Plant Biotechnology Outreach in collaboration with KULeuven and NARO.
Location: Kawanda, Uganda
Dates: 19-30 September 2016
Registration deadline: 30 June 2016
Contact: Sylvie De Buck


Scholarships and awards

PhD fellowship on banana seed biology

The Royal Botanic Garden Kew is looking for a highly motivated and well qualified graduate to carry out research into aspects of seed biology and genetic diversity in wild Musa spp. (bananas) leading to a PhD at KU Leuven university in Belgium. The selected candidate will be supervised by staff from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Bioversity International and KU Leuven, and will be based at the Millennium Seed Bank in West Sussex, UK. Part of the research will also take place at the International Banana Transit Centre in Leuven, Belgium. The project is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project “BBTV mitigation: Community management in Nigeria, and screening wild banana progenitors for resistance” led by the University of Queensland in Australia.
Duration: Fixed-term contract of 4 years
Closing date: 16 October 2016


African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards 2016 Edition

The African Union Scientific Awards were created in 2008 by the African Union Commission and its development partners. The objective of the programme is to award cash prizes and recognition certificates to excelling African researchers for their achievements in Earth and Life Sciences, and in Basic, Science, Technology and Innovation sectors. The programme includes three levels of awards:
1. The Continental Awards (100,000USD prize) is open to all African scientists
2. The Regional Awards (20,000USD prize) is open to African women in science, technology and innovation
3. The National Awards ($2,000USD prize) is open to all young researchers in each AU member state
Closing date for the Continental and Regional awards: 31 October 2016
Closing date for the Continental and National awards: Contact for the closing date and application form

TWAS Fellowships and Prizes

TWAS administers several programs of research grants, mainly in the basic sciences, for researchers in the developing world. Depending on the program, grants are for individual scientists, research groups, and consortia. TWAS describes the objectives, subject areas, and eligibility criteria of each program. Applications are to be submitted on a new online system.
Closing date: August  - October 2016, depending on the fellowship

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Travel grants

SEARCA travel grants

To reinforce the Center’s efforts and resources in the promotion of agricultural competitiveness and natural resource management toward food security and poverty reduction in the region, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will provide Travel Grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professionals and social scientists including graduate students in Southeast Asia.
Closing dates: 7 December, 7 march, 7 June and 7 September
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Hayek Fund for Scholars

Open to graduate students and untenured faculty members of any nationality. Up to $1,000 for career enhancing activities e.g., presentations at conferences, travel to academic job interviews or for research at archives or libraries, participation in seminars, distribution of an article, submission of manuscripts to journals or publishers.
Closing dates: Applications are accepted all year round.


Job opportunities

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