TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences

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TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences for Individual Scientists and Research Units in S&T-Lagging Countries.

Under this scheme, grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by either individual scientists or research units in the 80 S&T-lagging countries (S&TLCs) identified by TWAS.

The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences was established in response to the needs of promising young researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities.

Under this scheme, grants are awarded to individual researchers and research units in 80 science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity.

The programme aims to:

  • Reinforce and promote scientific research in basic sciences in developing countries;
  • Strengthen developing countries' endogenous capacity in science;
  • Reduce the exodus of scientific talents from the South;
  • Build and sustain units of scientific excellence in S&TLC over a longer period to help them achieve a critical mass of highly qualified and innovative scientists capable of addressing real-life problems facing their countries.

    The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences complements that of the International Foundation for Science (IFS).

    The two organizations maintain close contact to ensure the complementarity of the two schemes and to avoid duplication.

    The programme is generously supported by the Department for Research Cooperation (SAREC) of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Italian government.

    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.


  • Research Grants to individual scientists amount to a maximum of US$15,000.
  • Research Grants to research units amount to a maximum of US$30,000.
  • The grants, which are normally provided for a period of 18 months, may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings only).
  • They do not cover salaries of researchers and/or students, field expenses, travel expenses or participation in international conferences.


  • Individual applicants must be nationals of developing countries.
  • They must hold a PhD, be at the beginning of their careers, but already have some research experience.
  • They must hold a position at a university or research institution in one of the 80 S&TLCs.
  • As a general rule, the grants are awarded to competent scientists under the age of 45 years.
  • Applying research units must be led by a renowned researcher who is a national of a developing country, who holds a PhD and who has good research experience.
  • The research unit must operate within a university or a research institution in one of the 80 S&TLCs and consist of a core number of research scientists, postgraduate students and technicians.
  • There is no age limit for unit leaders.

    Individual scientists and research unit leaders who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for a renewal.

    Deadline: 31st August.

    For more grants information and application, see: TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences Website

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