Thursday, 31 July 2014

Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders by the Gates Foundation

Deadline: 7 September 2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invites pre-proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. The Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARL) seeks the projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).

Grant proposal can be made in between $200,000 and $500,000 for a period of 4 years or less.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organization must be led by a scientist based in sub-Saharan Africa at a national agricultural research institution or university.
  • Applicants must involve a partnership with at least one international research collaborator (research partner can reside in any country other than the applicant’s home country, and may include collaborations within Africa). The role and value of the proposed international research collaborator must be clear.
  • Submissions must closely align with the goals of the Gates Foundation’s Agricultural Development strategy.
  • Application must clearly propose a research project with the potential to substantially increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries within the next 5-20 years and must clearly describe how the proposed work fits with related ongoing work in the country or region.
  • Proposed project must have potential applicability to one or more of the following crop species- maize, wheat, rice, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, beans, cowpeas, chickpeas, groundnuts, and banana.

Note: Applicants in need of an international collaborator are invited to apply for the Agricultural Research Connections Workshops to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, summer 2014.

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