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 related to computer science in Africa by offering financial assistance to the organizers of conferences, workshops, symposia and special meetings held in Africa.
The support was provided in the form of travel grants for principal speakers from abroad and/or participants from developing countries other than the country where the meeting was held. Supported speakers had to be from not-for-profit research organizations. The amount provided did not exceed Euro 4,000.
Grants were offered for meetings in the field of Computer Science.
Eligibility of Applicants
- TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. only considered applications made by the organizers of international and regional scientific meetings being held in Africa.
- Employees of TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd., as well as employees of other industry research laboratories and anyone involved in the administration of this award, were not eligible.
- TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. did not provide support to individual scientists wishing to attend a scientific event, even if the event were to take place in a developing country.
- Local authorities had to share in the responsibility for the event and give proper support. Each application had to show at least a (conditional) matching contribution from local sources.
- TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. had to be acknowledged as co-sponsors in all material and websites related to the supported activity.
- The grant was intended only for air tickets.
Funds could only be released after the meeting and upon receipt of the original used ticket stubs and boarding passes of the participants benefiting from the grant.
- Immediately after the meeting, organizers had to send TWAS a final narrative and financial report, the final scientific programme and the list of participants and lecturers.
- All documentary evidence needed to release funds from TWAS had to be submitted by the organizers within six months from the end of the meeting.
Mrs M.T. Mahdavi
TWAS, ICTP Campus
Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is an honorific society that aims facilitate the development of scientific and technological capacity for science-led development in Africa.
Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research Ltd. is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing technologies.