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The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) awards modest grants to sponsor short visits of international experts through its Working Visits of International Expertise to Research Institutions in the Member States mechanism. This program was designed to support the process of capacity-building in scientific and technological research and to facilitate cooperation and interaction among the scientists and research institutions in the Islamic countries. Prospective host institutions in the member states must submit applications through their respective national points of contact.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific &Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH)-ISESCO Research Grants program was designed to reinforce and promote scientific research, strengthen the endogenous research capacity and reduce the exodus of scientific talent from the OIC region. Young researchers with a PhD in agricultural biotechnology, health biotechnology, frontier areas of science and technology, engineering sciences, medicinal plants, information technology or material sciences can apply for the two-year grants of up to US$10,000. The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2005. [Source: SciDev.Net]
Each year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recognizes an individual or small group of individuals in the scientific or engineering community for making an outstanding contribution to furthering international cooperation in science and engineering through the AAAS Award for International Science Cooperation. There are no restrictions with regard to nationality or citizenship. Nominations must be received by 1 August 2005.
The US Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is soliciting proposals for its Cooperative Grants Program (CGP). CRDF’s primary goals for this program are to support high-quality, innovative, basic and applied research and development by establishing sustainable US-Eurasian research collaborations; to provide an alternative to emigration for Eurasian scientists; and to fully employ former weapons research scientists in civilian research. The CGP provides one- to two-year support to joint research teams of US and Eurasian scientists and engineers in all areas of basic and applied research and development. This particular competition cycle is for the fields of biological, biomedical, chemical and geological sciences. Additionally, targeted funding is available for Russian scientists working in the fields of nanotechnologies and materials; life sciences; environmental sciences and conservation biology; and safety and anti-terrorism research. The next proposal deadline is 2 August 2005.
The Wellcome Trust and its partners recently unveiled a new Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative. This program was created in response to the UK Clinical Research Collaboration’s assertion that the provision of support for experimental medicine is key to addressing UK national deficits in clinical research capacity. They further named several priority areas—clinical research facilities, enabling technologies (imaging, proteomics, genomics, diagnostics, devices), capacity for early medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical support. The sponsors of the Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative are soliciting proposals for the development of new and existing clinical research facilities; support for enabling technologies/infrastructure for clinical research; and a number of 3T whole-body MRI scanners and supporting costs, which will be funded by the Medical Research Council. Preliminary proposals are due on 1 September 2005.
The European Commission’s Sixth Framework Program (FP6) has several open calls for proposals for international cooperation projects through Specific Support Actions (SSAs) and Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREPs). Calls for SSAs intended for developing countries, Mediterranean partner countries and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union have a deadline of 7 September 2005. The calls for STREPs intended for Mediterranean partner countries and developing countries have a deadline of 13 September 2005.
The Association of Academies of Science in Asia (AASA) is currently receiving proposals for financial support for meetings related to AASA Joint Projects. Several modest grants will be awarded to support workshops, seminars and other scientific meetings hosted by its member academies. Proposals for meetings in either 2005 or 2006 are due by 15 September 2005.
The Centre Training and Awards Program (CTAP) of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) offers personal and professional development of citizens and permanent residents of Canada and developing-country nationals by supporting academic study and offering opportunities for hands-on experience in its three program areas: environmental and natural resource management, information and communication technology for development, and social and economic equity. Masters, doctoral and post-doctoral level fellowships, as well as internships and sabbaticals, are available. Deadlines for the individual awards are spread throughout the year.
The Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme aims to provide problem-focused training in Europe for mid-career African scientists. The program addresses the problems of achieving sustainable agricultural production, improving rural development and conserving biodiversity. Fellowships are awarded for 4–12-month research visits. Pre-proposals for the next program cycle are due on 14 October 2005. [Source: Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)]
The Wenner-Gren Foundation offers individual research grants for dissertation fieldwork and postdoctoral research in anthropology. The foundation particularly invites projects employing comparative perspectives or integrating two or more subfields of anthropology. The next deadline is 1 November 2005.
The Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO) administers competitive Grants to Institutions in the South for Joint Research Projects. This funding scheme is designed to encourage and support joint research projects involving two to three competent research and training institutions from different countries in the global South where at least one of the cooperating institutions is from a least developed country (LDC). A maximum grant of US$30,000 may be awarded for up to two years. Completed applications are due on 1 December 2005.
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International Meeting on Frontiers of Physics; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 25–29 July 2005
World Information Technology Forum: ICT for Accelerated Development; Gaborone, Botswana; 31 August–2 September 2005
EuroNanoForum 2005: Nanotechnology and the Health of the EU Citizen in 2020; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; 5–9 September 2005
2nd African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology; Dakar, Senegal; 27–30 September 2005
World Federation of Engineering Organizations 2005; San Juan, Puerto Rico; 16–21 October 2005
Global Forum on Education: The Challenges for Education in a Global Economy; Santiago, Chile; 24–25 October 2005
World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development; Durban, South Africa; 31 October&8211;2 November 2005
1st DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference: Integrating Biodiversity Science for Human Well-Being; Oaxaca, Mexico; 9–12 November 2005
World Science Forum 2005: Can Science Be Profitable?; Budapest, Hungary; 10–12 November 2005
Past, Present and Future of Research in the Information Society; Tunis, Tunisia; 13–15 November 2005
Communicating European Research; Brussels, Belgium; 14–15 November 2005
World Summit on the Information Society; Tunis, Tunisia; 16–18 November 2005
II International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education: The Financing of Universities; Barcelona, Spain; 30 November–2 December 2005
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