The TWAS Research Grants programme in Basic Sciences was established
in 1986 in response to the needs of promising young researchers
in developing countries, particularly those attached to iI15titutions
that lack appropriate re5earch facilities.
Under this scheme, creative researchersin the South working
in the fieldsof basic sciences are awarded grants to enable
them to purchase the research facilitiesthey need to enhance
The purpose of these grants is to reinforce and promote scientific
research in basic sciences in the Third world, strengthen the
endogenous capacity in science, and reduce the exodus of scientitic
talents from the South .
The TWAS Research Grants programme in Basic Sciences complements
that of the International Foundation for Science (IFS) which
has been operating since 1974 in the field of applied biological
sciences.The two organizations have been in close contact since
the beginning of the TWAS programme so as to ensure the complementarity
of the two schemes and to avoid duplication.
TWAS Research Grants are awarded for high--level and promising
scientific research projects carried out by individual scientists
in developing countries.
The programme is generously supported by the Department for
Research Cooperation (SAREC) of the Swedish lnternational Development
Cooperation Agency (Sida)and the ltalian government (through
the Direzione Generale per la Cooperazion allo Sviltlppo). The
Sida-SAREC contribution is mainly intended to support research
proposals from African countries and other developing countries
in dire need of basic research tools.
A Research Grant amounts to a maximum of US$1O,000.OO and is
normally provided for a period of one
year. Requests for additional grants to allow for the extension
of a successful project will be considered by TWAS,subject to
the submission of a satisfactory final report on the previous
A grant may be used to purchase scientific apparatus, Consumable
material and specialized literature. The grant does not cover
salaries and travel expenses.
personal computers are normally not covered under this scheme,
except in very exceptional cases where the need is fully justified.
The Research Grants programme provides support for research
projects in the following fields of basic sciences:biology,chemistry,mathematics,and
Applicants should be nationals of deveioping countries with
an advanced academic degree and some research experience.They
should hold positions at universities or research institutions
in developing countries. As a general rule,the grants are normally
awarded to young competent scientists under the age of 45 years
from those developing countries where basic tools of research
are seriously lacking.
A written agreement is made between TWAS,the grantee and his/her
institute.The institute undertakes to administer the grant according
to the agreement and to provide laboratory space,salaries and
other facilities necessary for the project.Equipment, material
and literature provided for the project through the TWAS Research
Grants programme remain the property of the institute after
the project is completed.
The grantee is required to submit a final report within one
year from receipt of the items purchased.
Application forms are available on-line:http://www.twas.org/ResearchGrants.pdf
For inquiries,please contact:
Third world Academy of sciences
c/o The Abdus salam International Centre for Theoretical physics
strada Costiera 11-34014 Trieste--ltaly