International Foundation for Science (IFS)
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CTA. 1986. International Foundation for Science (IFS). Spore 6. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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International Foundation for Science (IFS) There are many talented scientists from developing countries who, when they encounter difficulties in carrying out research in their own countries, either decide to emigrate or settle for an administrative...
There are many talented scientists from developing countries who, when they encounter difficulties in carrying out research in their own countries, either decide to emigrate or settle for an administrative job. The International Foundation for Science is fighting this trend by granting scholarships to bright young scientists on the condition that the research is carried out in a developing country. What is the IFS? IFS is a non-profit organisation set up in 1972 by academies and research councils in 12 countries, with the aim of providing a better future for scientists within developing countries. Since its inception, fifty other academies, Royal Societies and research councils have become members of IFS. The Foundation is governed by an international board of directors under the laws of Sweden. Donors include Sweden, Canada, West Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, Nigeria, USA, Australia and UNESCO. The IFS gives financial assistance directly to researchers in the field of natural science and related technoloaies. Grants enable Third World researchers to buy equipment, supplies, documentation, etc. However these basic research tools are often inadequate because the researchers are working in isolation and lack experience. IFS scientific advisors therefore guide the research projects and give personal advice to the grant-holders either during working trips or by correspondence. There are about 550 researchers with grants at present, and all are amongsl the most competent in their field. IFS also organises workshops, conferences and training courses which provide grant-holders an opportunity to exchange ideas and improve their knowledge. IFS has assisted almost a thousand researchers to date. The typical grant-holder is a researcher in the biological or agricultural sciences at the start of his career, and is usually between 28 and 40 years old. The average value of a grant is US$ 6,500. The maximum is set at US$ 10,000 per research period, and up to four periods will be considered. Salaries and basic research facilities are provided by the institutions to which the grant-holders belong, which in fact often provide the researcher with far more funding than the IFS itself. IFS has chosen the fields in which it offers grants according to the types of problem which occur most frequently in developing countries. Priority has been given to areas in which economic and social repercussions will be most beneficial, that is to say the biological and agricultural sciences applied to basic needs, and related technologies designed for rural areas. IFS currently has seven priority areas: fish farming, animal husbandry, food crops, forestry and mycorrhiza, fermentation and applied microbiology, and rural technology related to natural substances. How grants are awarded Candidates must be citizens of a developing country and must conduct their research in a developing country. Requests for grants must be made by individuals. Grants are intended to cover the cost of equipment, supplies, documentation, travel and, if necessary, technical assistance and labour. Applications should be sent directly to the IFS secretariat which processes all requests and sends a copy of each to the national IFS member organisation. Candidates are selected by a panel of scientific advisors who present their conclusions twice a year (generally in June and December) for approval by the Executive Committee. The final decision is taken by the Board of Directors. Candidates are informed of the decision as promptly as possible. Once a grant has been approved a contract is signed between the IFS, the researcher and his institution. The funds are then paid either to the research institution or into a special account in Stockholm. In most cases, the institution allows the grantholder to use laboratories and other facilities required for the research project, and any equipment acquired through an IFS grant subsequently becomes the property of the institution in question. A report must be submitted whenever the researcher applies for a grant to be renewed, and also at the end of the project. The Foundation has no rights to publications, inventions or patents which may result from the project. It is worth noting that in 1986, the King Baudouin Foundation Prize was awarded to the International Foundation for Science in recognition of the originality and effectiveness of its activities. For further information: All requests for information should be sent to the IFS Secretariat, which can also provide the following free ot charge on request: Directory of Grantees with the names and addresses of grantholders and the title of their project (English only); IFS Work 1974-1980. with details of research fields covered, and including abstracts of the research projects undertaken (English only) IFS Statutes; The Research Grant Programme; Grant application forms. Secretariat address: International Foundation for Science Grev Turegatan 19 S-11438Stockholm,SWEDEN Telephone: 46-8-22 07 60. Telegrams: IFOSCIENCE Telex: 13722.