TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences for Individual Scientists (USD30,000)

Competition Grant / Award in Natural Science
  • Apply Before : April 3, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 118206
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description


The World Academy of Science (TWAS) offers research grants in basic sciences to outstanding researchers. Under the current scheme, grants are offered to promising advanced research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics conducted by individual scientists in one of the Science &Technology-lagging countries defined by TWAS. Therefore, if you are a researcher from a developing country, submit your proposal focusing on the development of research tools for developing countries.


Application deadline: April 4, 2024

Awarding institution: TWAS

Supported by: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Type of the opportunity: Grant

Grant provision duration: 24 months

The grant amount is USD 30000 (up to 20000 USD) for an individual scholar to buy equipment, consumables, and literature related to research. It does not cover salary, research and travel expenses, etc.


The research grant aims to:

  • Strengthen and advance scientific research in basic sciences in developing nations;
  • Boost developing countries’ endogenous capacity in science;
  • Decrease the exodus of scientific minds from the South;
  • Develop 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 researchers capable of combatting genuine problems confronting their countries.

Research areas: 

  • Research projects are in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics

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Eligibilities for nomination

  • Individual applicants must be citizens of developing countries. They must be an early-career researcher, but already with some research experience and holder of a Ph.D. degree.
  • Candidates must hold a position at a university or research institution in one of the eligible countries mentioned above and be below the age of 45.
  • At the time of application, the applicant must NOT be in receipt of an active research grant with TWAS or OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship.
  • Women scientists and researchers working in least Developed Countries are especially encouraged to apply.
  • The research proposal applicants submit must be strong, they may read further information on how to write a strong proposal by visiting AuthorAID.
  • Individual researchers who submit a reasonable final report on a previous grant may reapply.
  • Please remember that applicants may submit an application for only one program/ one kind of grant per calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio.

How to apply?

Qualified individual scientists can only apply by submitting an online application through TWAS website linked below.

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For application documents and more information, please refer to the TWAS Research Grant .

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