Research Communiqué (09/20/2011)

Inside this issue of the Research Communiqué:

  • Seven Recent funding opportunities
  • Three upcoming conferences
  • One recent publication

Recent Funding Opportunities

Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture — 2012 “Make a Difference” Award
The Make a Difference (MaD) Award recognizes ventures and projects that can bring about economic, social, and/or environmental benefits in an innovative and sustainable manner. Categories for the awards include environment and energy, as well as other social and environmental needs (e.g., water, agriculture, and others). Applicants should be based in Asia, or be working primarily for Asia. The awards range from HK$10 thousand to HK$150 thousand.
Deadline: October 03, 2011

Climate and Development Knowledge Network — Global Research Call
The CDKN invites applications for its second global research call. The themes are Climate Compatible Development, and Climate-related Disaster Risk Management and Resilience. The maximum grant is £1 million; CDKN expects most budgets to be less than half of that. The call is open to research institutions, universities, private sector organizations, civil society organizations, and NGOs that meet CDKN’s other eligibility criteria. Deadline: October 24, 2011

Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) — Youth and Agriculture Blog Competition
The Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo) is sponsored by the EU-ACP Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation in collaboration with several partners. The competition aims to highlight successes and challenges faced by youth engaged in agriculture and encourages the use of new information technologies. Deadline: October 31, 2011

Sophie Foundation – Sophie Prize (for Environment and Sustainable Development)
The Sophie Prize is an international award (US $ 100,000), for environment and sustainable development, awarded annually. The Sophie Prize is established to inspire people working towards a sustainable future. The Prize was established in 1997 by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder and his wife Siri Dannevig. Voluntary organizations, independent research institutions and individual’s worldwide, with knowledge or interest in environment and/or sustainable development or other closely related topics, can nominate candidates for the Sophie Prize. The Sophie Prize is awarded to one or several persons, or an organization, which has created awareness of alternatives to modern-day development and/or initiated such alternatives in a pioneering or particularly inventive manner. Deadline: November 01, 2011

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — Grand Challenges, Round 8
The Gates Foundation funds the Grand Challenges Explorations to encourage bold solutions to improve global health. Round 8 includes a topic to “protect plant crops from biotic stress from field to market,” with a focus on agriculture in the developing world. The Foundation makes initial grants of US$100 thousand two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million. Grand Challenges is open to anyone from any discipline, and from any organization worldwide. Deadline: November 17, 2011

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are partnering to support a new research program to be administered by NSF. The objective of the BREAD Program is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. A significant distinction between BREAD and other NSF programs is that proposals to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. The BREAD Program takes the activities of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) to the next level by supporting a broader range of scientific research and by enabling funding to be allocated to international collaborators through subawards. Deadline: November 22, 2011

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is exploring new opportunities to use science and technology to meet the world’s development challenges. As part of its science and technology strategy, USAID is developing mechanisms to leverage the investments that other U.S. government agencies make in scientific research and training. Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between USAID and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the two agencies implemented a pilot program to assess the potential for USAID-funded collaborative research projects. Based on the program’s success, USAID and NSF are now pleased to announce the launching of a new and broader program called Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). This competitive grants program will allow scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators on topics of importance to USAID. Deadline: November 30, 2011

Upcoming Conferences & Seminars

Challenges and opportunities for agricultural intensification of the humid highland systems of sub-Saharan Africa
Dates: 24th – 28th Oct 2011
Kigali, Rwanda
The Conference aims at taking stock of the state of the art of agricultural intensification in the highlands of SSA and drafting the way forward for agricultural research for development in the humid highlands.

Traditional and Indigenous knowledge: A resource in developing livestock systems
Dates: 1st – 5th Nov 2011
Kathmandu, Nepal
This meeting considers current and potential contribution of traditional and indigenous knowledge to developing livestock systems. This will include ethnobotany and ethnoveterinary knowledge, use of locally available feedstuffs and local animal genetics resources.

TM / DVTD Joint Colloquium on Zoonoses and Neglected Infectious Diseases of Africa

Dates: 1st – 4th Nov 2011
Johannesburg, South Africa
The event will offer a platform for animal and human health researchers and professionals to debate common challenges and identify key research priorities for the future.

Recent Publication

From adaptation to climate-resilient development: The costs of climate-proofing the Millennium Development Goals in Africa
Socio-economic development and adaptation to climate change are closely intertwined. Adaptation is sometimes described as climate-resilient development or development under a hostile climate. In support of this view, this paper estimates the combined cost of meeting and at the same time ‘climate-proofing’ the millennium development goals (MDGs) for Africa. Treating adaptation and development in an integrated way helps to better understand financing requirements analytically and, more importantly, to implement the requisite measures more effectively as part of an integrated development programme.