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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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List of grants related to agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.


Symposia and conferences

4th International Symposium on Molecular Markers in Horticulture

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

8th International Scientific Seminar on Plant Health

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


Training courses

Online course on the science and politics of GMOs

Participants to this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by Cornell University will learn the basics of genetic engineering, explore the political debate around GMOs and review the arguments for and against their use. The course is designed to be accessible for people without a strong biology background.
Start: 13 September 2016
Duration: 5 weeks at 3 – 4 hours per week
Price: Free, but participants can get a certificate for 49 USD
Online registration:

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 climate-smart agriculture: from fundamentals to applications

The course addresses the interlinked challenges of agriculture and climate change from various perspectives including animal and plant sciences, politics and governance, and business and finance. It will provide participants with an overview of climate-smart agriculture, the opportunities, challenges and trade-offs. The 6-day course is built around a series of lectures followed by discussions, a poster session and group work activities.
Location and date: Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 21-26 August

Early bird registration ends 15 July
Contact: Dr. Claudius van de Vijver (


Scholarships and awards

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

For more information and to download application forms:

Closing date for the Continental and Regional awards: 31 October 2016

Contact for the closing date and application form for the National Awards

ACIAR grants for agricultural scientists

John Dillon Fellowship for Young Agricultural Scientists
ACIAR awards the John Dillon Fellowships to young agricultural scientists and economists in developing countries for professional visits to Australia. The fellowship aims to develop leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy, and/or extension technologies. Applicants must be citizens of an ACIAR priority partner country. ACIAR funds eight to ten John Dillon fellowships per year.
Closing date: 31 August 2016
More information:

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 date: Applications are accepted all year round.


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