Call for Proposals – Young Arab Women in Agricultural Science

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in collaboration with CRDF Global is pleased to announce the launch of a joint research grant competition for young Arab women scientists collaborating with US researchers in agricultural science. The aim of this initiative is to facilitate international research partnerships between American researchers and women Arab scientists that will form the basis of long-term, sustained scientific engagement. Applications are accepted from March 15 to June 15, 2016.

Areas of Research: 

Applications should be focused on innovative research in agriculture in either of the following research areas: 
1. Breeding/genomics around important food crops and resiliency for climate change and salinity water; 
2. Soil and nutrient management to enhance resilience to climate change and salinity.

Multidisciplinary proposals on innovative research relevant to the program’s theme will also be considered.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 
  • Technical Merit
  • Research Plan
  • Research Impact
  • Personnel Capacity
  • Benefit to Education and Infrastructure

Who Can Apply?

Joint research teams of scientists employed in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and USA are eligible to participate;
Proposals must include one MENA Principal Investigator (PI) and one US PI, each 1) possessing the degree of Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent research experience, and 2) having at least five scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Each PI will be responsible for the project in their respective countries.

Teams from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) must be led by a woman principal investigator who is working as an early-career scientist, defined as a clinician or scientist who has received her highest degree of education within the past five years. 

Each team should have at least one student/postdoctoral researcher who will make substantive contributions to the research while receiving practical opportunities for professional development in the natural sciences or engineering.

The team members should be nationals, citizens of and working in the following MENA countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen; Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. 

What the Team Gains:
1. ICBA will provide direct financial support for Arab teams and CRDF Global will provide direct financial support for all US teams;
2. Each team will be awarded up to USD 100,000 to support their project for the period of 1-3 years;
3. MENA and US team members may visit each other’s laboratory or research sites to exchange ideas, conduct joint research experiments, and/or provide training on cutting-edge techniques;
4. A regional workshop will be organized midway through the program to bring together research teams. This will offer networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities for the winning scientists.

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 23:59 pm EDT/GMT - 4 hrs.