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IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant for Research related to COVID-19 in Italy in 2021

TWAS and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) invite applications for the IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant for Research related to COVID-19 in Italy in 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, affecting human health as well as economies and societies worldwide. Technologists and researchers from IsDB Member Countries are invited to submit research and innovation proposals that can help address challenges, directly and indirectly, related to COVID-19.

IsDB Member Countries:


Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

Worth of Award

  • The IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer 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.
  • A grant may be used to purchase scientific equipment and consumables and support the travel and remote working of scientists between the two participating institutions. The grant may also cover, where justified, expenses related to fieldwork.
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  • 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.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted online via the TWAS online portal. The link to this page is found at the bottom of this page.
  • Applications not submitted via this online portal will not be considered.
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Therefore, it is recommended to submit your electronic application as early as possible.
  • 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 [email protected]
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Deadline: The deadline for receiving applications is July 5, 2021. It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the deadline but submit the application as early as you can to enable the processing of your application to be done as quickly as possible.

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