TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Individuals)

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

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Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Deadline: Apr 22, 2019

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

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

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

Age restriction: No more than 45 years of age

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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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 to individual young researchers 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 individual young researchers. 

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 individual scientists in the S&T-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS.

Research Grants to individual scientists amount to a maximum of USD15,000.

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). 

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


  • 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 science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC)s and be under 45 years of age.
  • Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged.
  • Individual scientists who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for a renewal.


  • 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 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.