A brief overview of the programmes offered by TWAS to scientists in developing countries.
PRIZES: Honouring scientific achievement
- The TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize
TWAS and Lenovo have instituted the TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize to be awarded to outstanding scientists in the developing world. The first edition will honour researchers in the field of physics and astronomy. Nominations should reach TWAS by 10 June 2013.
- TWAS Prizes
Each year the Academy awards eight prizes of US$15,000 each to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years. The Prizes are given in the following eight fields of science: agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, medical sciences and physics. Deadline: 28 February 2013.
- TWAS-Celso Furtado Prize in Social Sciences
With funding from the Brazilian government for four years, the prize will recognize social scientists who have been living and working in a developing country for at least ten years.
The annual prize carries a USD15,000 cash award.
The first prize winner will be announced in 2012. Deadline for receiving nominations: 28 February 2013.
- TWAS Prizes to Young Scientists in Developing Countries
The Academy invites national science academies, scientific research councils, ministries of science and technology and high-level research organizations in the South (except Africa; see next item) to institute a scheme of TWAS prizes for young scientists in their countries. Important: The programme is directed at organizations, not individual scientists. Deadline: none.
- AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards
The African Union and TWAS offer support to African countries to institute prizes to honour young African scientists. Important: The programme is directed at organizations, not individual scientists. Deadline: 30 June each year: Africa Scientific Renaissance day.
- TWAS Medal Lectures
Every year, the Academy honours three TWAS Members for their achievements in their fields of research. The recipients lecture on a main aspect of their work, and are presented with a plaque.
- Abdus Salam Medal for Science and Technology
The medal was instituted to honour the Academy's founder and first president, Professor Abdus Salam. It is awarded to highly distinguished personalities who have served the cause of science in the developing world.
- C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research
The prize, named after TWAS Founding Fellow and former president, CNR Rao, carries a cash award of US$5,000. It is designed to honour distinguished scientists from the developing world, especially scientists from the world's scientifically and technologically lagging countries, who have made significant contributions to global science.
- Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry
The annual award, sponsored by TWAS Fellow Atta-ur-Rahman, will be given to a young chemist in a scientifically lagging country. The Prize carries a cash award of USD5,000. The first recipient of the award was announced at the TWAS 23rd General Meeting held in Tianjin, China, in September 2012.
- The BioVision-Lilly Award in conjunction with TWAS (2011 only)
The Prize will recognize young scientists from developing countries who have a track record of excellent research in infectious diseases, with an emphasis on tuberculosis preferred, and whose research promises to have a positive impact in the developing world. In 2011, three winners were selected.
- The TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists (discontinued)
The Prize recognized young scientists in Africa whose research in computer science promised to have a positive impact in the developing world.
- The Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize (2008-2012)
TWAS and illycaffè, in collaboration with the Municipality of Trieste and the Fondazione Internazionale per il progresso e la libertà delle scienze, awarded the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.
GRANTS: Building scientific capacity
- TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences
For individual scientists and research units in scientifically lagging countries. Under this scheme, grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by either individual scientists or research units in the 80 S&T-lagging countries (S&TLCs) identified by TWAS. Deadline: 31 August.
- TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants
For young scientists in OIC countries working in science and technology to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity. Deadline: 31 August each year.
EXCHANGE: Enhancing scientific collaboration
- For information on fellowships for postgraduate training, postdoctoral and advanced research, please see the Fellowships.
- For information on associateships and professorships, please see Research Collaboration.
MEETINGS: Encouraging flow of scientific information
- Support for International Scientific Meetings
With funds provided by the Italian government, TWAS encourages the organization of high-level international and regional scientific activities in developing countries by offering financial assistance to the organizers of such events. Important: TWAS can only provide support to organizers of scientific events held in developing countries to enable scientists from developing countries to attend their meetings. In other words, TWAS does not provide support to individual scientists wishing to attend a scientific event, even if the event is taking place in a developing country. Deadlines for applications: 1 June for meetings to be held during January-June of the following year, and 1 December for meetings to be held during July-December of the following year.
- Grants for Computer Science Meetings in African Countries (discontinued)
With funds provided by Microsoft Research Ltd, TWAS and AAS encouraged the organization of scientific activities on the theme of Computer Science in Africa by offering financial assistance to the organizers of conferences, workshops, symposia and special meetings held in Africa.
COLLABORATIONS: Fixed-term collaborative projects
- Euro-Africa Cooperation Forums on ICT Research
As a member of the European Union-funded EuroAfrica-ICT.org consortium, TWAS is involved in organizing a series of meetings, including two major conferences, the 3rd and 4th Euro-Africa Cooperation Forums on ICT Research.
- Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI)
TWAS, the Royal Society (UK) and the Environment Defense Fund (USA) are co-convening a project to open up the debate on how research into solar radiation management could be regulated.
- ICGEB-TWAS-UNESCO/IBSP Joint Project on Capacity Building in Basic Molecular Biology (expired)
Together with ICGEB and UNESCO/IBSP, TWAS collaborated in a funding opportunity through the implementation of the "Joint Project on Capacity Building in Basic Molecular Biology" that aimed at creating a network of laboratories involved in research on plant and animal pathogens affecting agricultural productivity in developing regions.
- Training Courses in Environment-Related Issues (expired)
TWAS and Forgea International collaborate in the organization of training courses on various aspects of environment-related issues.