Calls for lucrative grants funding proposals

      The UN Department of Public Information is receiving applications from young journalists, for the 2017 Reham Al-Farra RAF, Memorial Journalists fellow program. The last day of receiving application is 21, May 2017.

UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201, paragraph III-9, mandated in December 1980. In September 2003 it was renamed, to be called now, Reham Al Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program”.

This program helps young journalists to gain first-hand experience working in the United Nations. It is an opportunity for journalists from different countries to meet, and exchange ideas with United Nations communication professionals.

The program is open to junior and mid-level media professionals from developing economies and in transition economies.

This fellowship covers roundtrip airfare from applicant country of residence to New York. It provides a daily allowance of about $385.  This is be used for accommodation and daily meals. The allowance is adequate to cover a standard hotel, and food rates in New York.

Applicant for this program must meet the following criteria: be between 22 and 35 years old, a fulltime working journalist, and proficient in English, with a passport valid for at least six month, time beyond the beginning of the program in September, 2017 and be a national of a developing country.

Application is online via website:

Google search:  Reham Al Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program.

BioInnovate Africa Programme is set to give out $5 million grant funding to support researchers, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa. The deadline for application is 2 June, 2017 its purpose is to link bio-based research ideas, technologies to businesses, and the market. BioInnovate Africa Program is a regional initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

The goal of BioInnovate Africa Programme is to improve the productivity, and living standards of smallholder farming communities in eastern Africa. The purpose is to make agro and bio processing competitive and environmentally maintainable enterprise.

The main objectives are to generate bioscience innovations. This is meant to address the needs of smallholder farmers, and agro processors in the eastern Africa region. To be involved in policy making and evaluate applicable policy options to support bioscience innovations.

Areas to focus includes: value addition to agro produce, and making of agribusiness opportunities. Agro and bio waste adaptation is meant to support of climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability and development of policies to foster bioscience innovations in the east African region.

This funding available is up to $ 5 million for three years. This fund is to be allocated in two categories as follows: First grant is up to $3.75 million, meant to develop and do piloting economically viable bio based technologies and products. The second category is about $1.25 million for Biobased technology business incubation.

Application requirement

Applicants are eligible to apply for these grants must a researcher, a scientist innovator or entrepreneur who is a permanent resident in any of the Eastern African countries, which includes: Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda,

Applicants must be formally associated with a university, private firm, or public research organization as a full-time employee.

Private Firms must be legally registered smallholder farmer based, community based organization or a group. Students already admitted in local universities within the region for PhD or Master’s Degree will benefit from funds to support their tuition fees.  These students have to attach to applicant’s project team, and should not be as co-applicants. Postgraduate Students can be supported only through operational costs. They have to do their research within applicant project.

Applicant can apply online via website. Visit BioInnovate Africa Programme

 

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