Win up to USD 100,000 project grant in the IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant 2021: Quick-Response Research on COVID-19 (For researchers of IsDB member countries)

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The Islamic Development Bank in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (IsDB-TWAS) calls for the submission of research and innovation proposals that can help solve COVID-19-related challenges directly or indirectly.

Application Deadline: July 5, 2021

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Benefits

  • The grant amounts to a maximum of USD 50,000 per research group ­­– USD 100,000 total for the joint-project.
  • Grants will enable the collaborating groups to purchase the research equipment and strengthen the facilities they need to enhance their partnership and productivity and to support the mobility of scientists between the participating institutions for training purposes.
  • The grant may also cover, where justified, expenses related to field work.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to :

  • Researchers of IsDB member countries

Requirements/Specifications/Terms and Conditions

  • Each Principle Investigator (PI) must be a national of an IsDB member country and hold a PhD with good research experience and lead each research group. (Note: The PI will be responsible for the coordination of the research, submission of requested documentation and reporting of the expenses. All TWAS correspondence will be with each PI).
  • One PI MUST be from an IsDB Least Developed Member Country and the other from any of the eligible IsDB member countries.
  • Each member of the group should operate in a university or research institution in one of the IsDB member countries and should be represented in the proposal by a PI. No age limit is applied to the applicant.
  • Applications from women scientists are especially encouraged.
  • Individual young scientists or leaders of research units currently holding a TWAS Research Grant in the Basic Sciences are not eligible.

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Application Instructions

  • Applications must be submitted online via the TWAS online portal
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Please note that a researcher may only submit one application at a time and for only one kind of grant (either as an IsDB-TWAS grant or as an individual grant, as a research unit, COMSTECH or the OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship). 
  • Applicants cannot apply for other TWAS programmes i.e. Postdoctoral, Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher programme within the same year in order to be present in their home country throughout the duration of the grant.
  • For any queries please write to isdb@twas.org

About the IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and TWAS have partnered to promote and support quick-response research on key challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible consequences.

However, the IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology transfer grant will be awarded to the project with the best chance of advancing awareness and assisting in the response to the coronavirus and possible pandemics. The following are the research areas to concentrate on:

  • Epidemiology of COVID-19
  • Dealing with consequences of COVID-19
  • Regional studies of COVID-19 infection
  • Identification of possible sources of viruses: prevention of new zoonotic diseases
  • HIV, SARS, MERS, COVID-19: lessons to learn on infections arising through species jump
  • Evolution of viral disease: from animal to human and mutations of human strains
  • Developing an emergency R&D response to any emerging infectious disease
  • Discovery and development of diagnostics and therapeutics in viral outbreaks
  • Dealing with viral infections: real-time data collection of the spread and preparation for future outbreaks
  • Remote diagnosis and treatment

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for receiving applications is 5 July, 2021.

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