Research Funding Opportunities

Campus Research and Publications Fund

The Campus Research and Publication Fund Committee offers research grants to academic members of staff and graduate students who are pursuing M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees and are entering Year II of their research degree. For further information and application forms, visit http://sta.uwi.edu/postgrad/awards.asp.

Grants for Campus Initiated Research (Government of Trinidad and Tobago Grant)

Each year, for the past three years, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has allocated the sum of $7 million towards research at The University of the West Indies. For further information and guidelines for application, visit http://sta.uwi.edu/news/notices/notice.asp?id=361.

Caribbean Health Research Council

The Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC) is the regional, health institution with the mandate to promote and coordinate health research in the Caribbean. The CHRC Research Grants Programme is one of its mechanisms to build health research capacity in the Caribbean. For further information on this programme, visit http://www.chrc-caribbean.org/GrantProgram.php.
Application forms can be obtained at http://www.chrc-caribbean.org/GrantApplication.php.
The CHRC website also highlights other funding opportunities for Caribbean researchers at http://www.chrc-caribbean.org/OtherFundings.php.

Special Request for Proposals: Mental Health & Non-Communicable Diseases

As part of an initiative to encourage the conduct of priority research, as defined by the Caribbean Health Research Agenda, the Caribbean Health Research Council invites the submission of grant proposals for the conduct of research in the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH III) Programme Areas of Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Specifically, the proposals should seek to address any of the areas indicated below:

Mental Health
• Substance abuse – effectiveness of treatment strategies/rehabilitation centres.
• Child and adolescent mental health – risk factors and possible determinants; effectiveness of treatment strategies.

Non-Communicable Diseases
• Evaluation of interventions to promote health lifestyles, including school-based studies.
• Self management of NCDs – effect on reduction of complications, knowledge, attitudes and practices.

ELIGIBILITY
Applications are invited from individuals or institutions from CARICOM countries.

PROCEDURE
Applicants are required to complete the CHRC Grant Application Form (available from the CHRC website), providing full details on the proposed research.

AWARDS
Awards will be competitive, and a maximum of three (3) grants will be awarded, each with a maximum value of US $25,000. Funds will not be provided for administrative costs, standard laboratory apparatus or computers, travel to conferences and/or publication costs for scientific journals.

DEADLINE
Proposals should be submitted to chrc@chrc-caribbean.org no later than 31 July, 2011.

DURATION
Final reports should be submitted within 18 months from the award of the grants.

TWAS – The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World

TWAS (originally named "Third World Academy of Sciences") is an autonomous, international organization, based in Trieste, Italy, that promotes scientific excellence for sustainable development in the South. Its programmes include prizes, grants, fellowships and support for activities such as training and meetings. For further information visit http://www.twas.org/.

TDR

TDR is a UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization sponsored programme that funds research in infectious tropical diseases, and provides support and training to researchers and institutions in the countries, where these diseases occur. For further information visit http://www.who.int/tdr/

Fogarty International Center

This is the international component of the US National Institutes of Health. There are regular funding opportunities available to Caribbean researchers. For further information visit http://www.fic.nih.gov/.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH consists of 27 institutes, offices and centres, and funds primarily US researchers. However Caribbean researchers can access funding through collaborations with US institutions and collaborators. There are also a few opportunities specifically for foreign investigators. For information on grants and funding visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm, or go to the websites of the individual institutes, which may be found at http://www.nih.gov/icd/index.html.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is the largest charity in the UK. It supports research and activities aimed at protecting and improving human and animal health. Its support is not restricted to UK researchers - significant funding is devoted to international research. For more information visit http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

This Foundation runs several programmes including a Global Health programme, which has the mission “to help ensure that advances in health are created and shared with those who need them most”. This is achieved through targeting diseases and health conditions that cause the greatest illness and death in developing countries, yet receive little attention and resources. These include diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal, newborn, and child health, neglected diseases, nutrition, pneumonia, polio, tobacco, tuberculosis, and vaccine-preventable diseases. For further information visit http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx

The foundation also supports the “Grand Challenge in Global Health” initiative, which funds research on scientific problems that, if solved, could lead to advances against multiple diseases. For further information visit http://www.gatesfoundation.org/global-health/Pages/grand-challenges-explorations.aspx.

Other funding opportunities

If you wish to receive regular bulletins on funding opportunities, we strongly recommend you set up your own “Community of Science” profile. This will give you access to the 'COS Funding Opportunities' database, which enables researchers to search through funding programmes worth a combined $33 billion and set up customised funding alerts.

You will also have access to 'COS Expertise', a CV database, which enables researchers to search for experts and potential collaborators in their specific area of interest. Researchers may also increase the visibility of their own expertise and research ventures by posting a 'COS Profile' of their own on the 'COS Expertise' database.

To set up your COS profile go to http://www.cos.com/.