The UNESCO-TWAS launched a new programme to strengthen the capacity of African countries in science and technology. The programme is aimed at young scientists, i.e. 40 or younger, who are getting established in their country. Grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences and Physics.

Programme details:

The Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) is fully funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and amounts to a maximum of USD 67,700.

The grants, which are normally provided for a period of 24 months, may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables, which can include fieldwork partially and maintenance of equipment and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings only). The grant does not cover salaries of the Principal Investigator or travel expenses unless they are clearly related to one of the conference and/or mobility components mentioned in the call for applications. Please note that the purchase of fuel, fees for experts or consultants, laptops, tablets, drones and laboratory animals is not supported.

Awarded Principle Investigators may also support MSc student as part of the project, request funding for international conference grant, industrial link grant, mobility grant and open access publication grant. Full details of each component are laid out in the guidelines.

The programme has an additional component which seeks to enhance the productivity of female scientists returning to academia after a maternity leave, scientist-after-child grant. Full details of this component can be found in the guidelines .

Application deadline is 24 May 2022.

More information

Call for applications at

Application guidelines (PDF)

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