TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Groups)

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

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Anticipated deadline: Apr 15, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Fields of work: Mathematics Chemistry Physics Plant Science Anatomy Bioengineering Biomechanics Biotechnology Cell Biology Cognitive Science Developmental Biology (non-medical) Ecology Evolutionary Biology Genetics & Genomics Marine Biology Microbiology Molecular Biology Morphology Mycology Population Biology Palynology Systematics Zoology Non-Medical Bioinformatics Biochemistry Show all

Applicant type: Faculty, College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Afghanistan; Angola; Bangladesh; Benin; Bhutan Show all

Location of citizenship: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina Show all

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The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences was established in response to the needs of researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities. Under this scheme, grants can be awarded for research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics either tor to research units in the science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS, to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity.

The information on this page refers to proposals submitted by research units.

The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences 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 is generously supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Italian government. The Sida contribution is mainly intended to support research proposals from S&TLCs in dire need of basic research tools.

Programme Details

  • TWAS Research Grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics carried out by research units in the S&T-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS.
  • Research Grants to research units amount to a maximum of USD30,000.
  • 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). 
  • Awarded research units will also be able to support an MSc student as part of the project (full details will be provided to successful candidates).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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 should operate within a university or a research institution in one of the S&TLCs and should include a minimum of the Principle Investigator (group leader), plus at least two PhD-qualified researchers and a number of PhD and MSc students, technicians, etc.
    • There is no age limit for unit leaders.
  • Each applicant must have at least one MSc student under his/her supervision.
  • Research unit leaders who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for a renewal.


  • Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged.


  • TWAS cannot accept projects relating to applications in agriculture or medicine or that use existing techniques to screen, for example, medicinal plants for bioactive substances or to monitor an environment for pollutants; TWAS will have to reject such proposals.
  • The grant does not cover salaries of researchers and/or students, or field expenses.
  • In addition, the purchase of laptops, tablets and laboratory animals is not supported.
  • 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 TWAS Research Grants Programme supports research in the basic sciences only; proposals focusing on more applied research should therefore be submitted to IFS. 

This page was last reviewed April 16, 2020 and last updated April 16, 2020