TWAS – Elsevier Foundation Project Grants for Gender Equity and Climate Action
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Application Deadline: 19 May 2022
Under this scheme, grants are awarded to teams of 2-5 women for action-based projects which, although scientific in nature, will take them outside the lab to promote practical and tangible change under the umbrella of the “climate action” SDG in their local context. The principal applicant and project leader is a woman scientist, holding a PhD, living and working in a science and technology lagging country (STLC). Co-applicants are either scientists or technical experts in a field relevant to the project, from any developing country.
The TWAS – Elsevier Foundation Project Grants for Gender Equity (SDG #5) and Climate Action (SDG #13) is a new programme established in response to the dual need to support women’s well-being through capacity-building of female scientists and respond to the causes and consequences of climate change with concrete action-based projects, under the umbrella of the “climate action” SDG.
The programme is community-focused: a competitive, open call for applications will consider projects that respond to the needs of, and to the development requirements, of the applicants’ community and/or national or regional context in one of the 66 scientifically and technologically lagging country (STLCs).
The TWAS – Elsevier Foundation Project Grants Programme for Gender Equity and Climate Action aims to:
• Promote gender equality by creating opportunities for women in climate action projects that take them outside the lab, enabling them to deepen their scientific skills, while acquiring, through training, soft skills such as project management and leadership.
• Respond to and tackle communities’ needs in ways that are in line with the principles of sustainable development, focusing on the brunt of climatic changes.
• Effectively transfer knowledge from scientific research to real-life scenarios for practical and tangible change under the umbrella of the “climate action” SDG.
1. Submission of an action-based project with a direct impact on the community of a scientifically and technologically lagging country (https://twas.org/66-countries), with a primary focus on climate action (SDG 13) and secondary focus on gender equality (SDG 5).
2. The principal applicant and project leader must be a woman scientist, holding a PhD, living and working in a scientifically and technologically lagging country (https://twas.org/66-countries), employed at a university or research institute. The programme does not require a direct involvement of the university or of the research institute in the project. Proof of current employment will be asked to shortlisted candidates.
3. There is no age limitation for this programme.
4. The principal applicant will work in group with up to four (4) additional secondary applicants, also women, who are either scientists or technical experts in a field relevant to the project, from any developing country. The technical expertise would complement the work of the scientist(s) and thus enhance the potential of the team. The team must not include more than five (5) members in total.
5. Projects in any area with enough relevance to climate change and gender equality are eligible.
6. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
- The programme will award three (3) grants to Collaborative Teams composed of 2–5 members. These members will be either scientists or technical experts, or a mixture of both: the mix of competencies is meant to ensure that the project is backed by strong expertise.
- The team leaders from the three (3) awarded groups will be invited to an initial training workshop. In case travel restrictions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic allow it, the training will be held face to face in Europe: the programme will cover the costs for flights, accommodation and food. This cost does not need to be included in your application’s project budget.
- The project grant is designed to be flexible and modular, with a total value in the USD 24,000- 25,000 range. It will allow for a variety of expenses within a three-year timescale, as long as these are clearly justified by the work tasks.
Upon application, candidates are required to share the following mandatory documents:
- A full budget in USD covering the whole duration of the project in Excel to be attached to the application form.
- Necessary documentation to prove eligibility for the programme needs to be uploaded as an attachment to the application form:
- Passport or National Identity Document (of Principal Applicant and all co-applicants)
- PhD Certificate (for Principal Applicant only)
- Proof of employment at the university or research institution (for Principal Applicant only)
- A partnership declaration signed by all team members
If a candidate is not able to provide such information, she will lose her eligibility to the programme.
How to apply
- The application must be submitted via the online form at this link: https://tally.so/r/nr14Mw
- A scientist may only submit one application at a time and for only one kind of grant (i.e. individual, research unit, IsDB-TWAS Research Grant or OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship) for consideration by TWAS.
- When submitting the application via the online form the principal applicant needs to upload all required documentation as attachments to the form.
The omission of the documents above-mentioned will make the application ineligible. In case you have questions about this programme, please contact [email protected]
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