|Deadline: 1 December, 2018|
|Principal Office: ZA|
|SANBio/BioFISA II is inviting applications for mobility grants from individuals in the biosciences field from the SANBio member states.
The SANBio member states include Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Individual support grants of up to ZAR 22,000 for regional applications or ZAR 30,000 for international applications will be provided, depending on the particular nature of the exchange or visit.
Call ID: V6LFISA/2015/MFG001
The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research and development, and an innovation platform aimed to address Southern Africa’s challenges in health and nutrition. It is one of the five Networks under the Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology (African Biosciences Initiative) and was officially launched in August 2005. The SANBio Network was reconfigured in response to the 4 Pillars and 6 Priority Areas of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024 – a 10-year strategy which is part of the long-term African Union Agenda 2063). The STISA envisages the accelerated transition of largely commodity-based African economies to innovation-led, knowledge-based economies. Such economies are underpinned by robust science, technology and innovation (STI) systems.
In line with STISA-2024, the SANBio Flagship and its supporting programmes are implemented on a regional multi-country basis outlined in the SANBio Business Plan. The Network is comprised of 12 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States and operates on a Regional Hub (The CSIR in South Africa) and Country Nodes model. The current SANBio Member States are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SANBio aims to support positive and dynamic development and increase opportunities to distribute research results and multiply practical applications throughout the Region.
The BioFISA Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme) is aimed at strengthening the NEPAD SANBio Network and in this second phase it focuses on boosting regional collaboration and networking. The Mobility Grant is used to support this objective.
The activities supported by the Mobility Grants include:
Regional (Southern Africa) and international conferences related to the research areas of health and nutrition;
SANBio member country individuals working in the bioscience field are eligible to apply. All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Relevance of the activity and contribution towards strengthening the SANBio network;
Individual support grants of up to ZAR 22,000 for regional applications or ZAR 30,000 for international applications will be provided, depending on the particular nature of the exchange or visit.
BioFISA II Mobility grant will target to support 50% applications from female applicants.
This call is open until December 2018.
Submissions must be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line titled: V6LFISA/2015/MFG001. The applicant must submit a signed PDF of the application form together with a word version (unsigned) containing the same information as the PDF.
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