Sep 25, 2017 BIH News, Media Release

SANBio Mobility Grants – New Instruments Available

Open Call for Mobility Grants under the BioFISA II Programme

Call Type: Mobility Grants
Call: Call Open
Call ID: Call ID: V6LFISA/MFG001
Deadline for Submission: 1 December 2018

Programme Description

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research and development, and an innovation platform aimed to address Southern Africa’s challenges in health and nutrition. It is one of the five Networks under the Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology (African Biosciences Initiative) and was officially launched in August 2005. The SANBio Network was reconfigured in response to the 4 Pillars and 6 Priority Areas of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024 – a 10-year strategy which is part of the long-term African Union Agenda 2063). The STISA envisages the accelerated transition of largely commodity-based African economies to innovation-led, knowledge-based economies. Such economies are underpinned by robust science, technology and innovation (STI) systems.

In line with STISA-2024, the SANBio Flagship and its supporting programmes are implemented on a regional multi-country basis outlined in the SANBio Business Plan. The Network is comprised of 12 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States and operates on a Regional Hub (The CSIR in South Africa) and Country Nodes model. The current SANBio Member States are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SANBio aims to support positive and dynamic development and increase opportunities to distribute research results and multiply practical applications throughout the Region.

The BioFISA II Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme) is aimed at strengthening the NEPAD SANBio Network and in this second phase it focuses on boosting regional collaboration and networking. The Mobility Grant is used to support this objective.

The SANBio Mobility Grant offers:

  1. Support to candidates on fellowships is for a duration of up to 3 months and may include travel in the region or internationally.
  2. Experts in technical or business fields may be invited by host institutions for up to 4 weeks for specific technical assistance to be provided to organisations in SANBio member states.
  3. Knowledge exchange/peer to peer visits for up to 2 weeks duration includes regional and international meetings as well as seminars or training courses with a specific focus in the areas of health and nutrition and on strengthening the visibility of SANBio network partners.
  4. Business development mentorship programmes to support bio-science start-ups for up to two weeks with the aim to support commercialisation of research outputs.

SANBio Network encourages more applications from the region.

Eligibility

SANBio member country individuals working in research institutions the bioscience field (in the impact areas of health and nutrition) are eligible to apply. All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the activity and contribution towards strengthening the SANBio network;
  • Relevance in terms of the thematic areas in health and nutrition supported by SANBio/BioFiSA II Programme;
  • Preferred participation of women and under-represented groups (target of 50%).

Application process

This call is open until December 2018.

Submissions must be made electronically to biofisamobility@nepadsanbio.org with the subject line titled: V6LFISA/MFG001. The applicant must submit a signed PDF of the application form together with a word version (unsigned) containing the same information as the PDF.

To apply for a Mobility Grant, download the guidelines and application form below:

Link to the application form.

Link to the guidelines.