COMSTECH-IFS Research Grants Programme

Allocation of Resources US$200,000/year
COMSTECH Share US$100,000/year
Total Number of Grantees 376 (up to 2021)

COMSTECH signed a MoU with International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm, in 1998 for strengthening of S&T in the OIC member states. The joint programme is valuable because of the similarity of the mandates and strong common interests in capacity building of the two organizations in the developing countries. The essential purpose of the collaboration is to enhance research capability within the OIC region, and to reap a rich harvest by obtaining matching grants from IFS (US$ 0.1 million/year) for OIC scientists and institutions.

This important programme has financed 376 projects in various disciplines in 32 member states of the OIC. The countries supported include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somali, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda. The funds jointly provided so far amount to US$ 4.1239 million. Country-wise distribution of the grants is given in the following table:

S. No.CountryNo. of GranteesGrant in US Dollars
 5Burkina Faso23231279
 7Cote d’Ivoire22235938
 27Sierra Leone447920

Selected Research Proposals for COMSTECH /IFS Co-Funding

Granting Session 2021

S. No.Name & Grant CodeProject TitleCountryGrant in US Dollars

M Majedul ISLAM
W-6560-1 M  
Monitoring and quantifying health risks of antibiotic resistant bacteria in urban surface waterBangladesh            12,500
Sylvanus MENSAH
Assessing the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on the relationship between tree diversity and aboveground tree carbon in West African forests and tree savannas  Benin11,294
Developing stabilized multifunctional backslop starter using cost-effective drying technic for sustainable fermentation of selected cereal-based foods in West-Africa  Benin12,000
Gbèdotchitché Gwladys AZONGNIDE
Morphological characterization and early growth improvement of Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn in BeninBenin9,906
Eliezer BIAO
Assessing the impacts of climate change on water resources and sustainable adaptation strategies in two climate regions in Benin (West Africa)Benin9,600
Maximilien AZALOU
Perceptions of farmers and genetic parameters of endangered Pabli cattle breed: implication for community-based conservation of the species in Benin  Benin15,000
Kangbéni DIMOBE
Multiple abiotic and biotic drivers of seedling survival and growth of the endangered Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir. (Fabaceae-Faboideae) in Burkina Faso: implications for sustainable management  Burkina Faso10,750
Asso Armel ASSO
Poaching, trade and role of critically endangered vulture species in traditional medicine in Côte d’Ivoire (West Africa)Cote d’Ivoire10,100
Dambos Wetlands Over-exploitation and its Implications for Biodiversity Conservation and Local People Livelihoods in Niassa Province, Northern Mozambique  Mozambique11,852
Development of a smart low loss solar dryer for drying local varieties of ginger and black pepper cultivated in Osun State, NigeriaNigeria12,740
Michael AGBAJE
Investigating the causes of variations in strains of Dermatophilus congolensis and their possible association with infectivity of specific animal host  Nigeria14,977
Philip OKE  
Epidemiology, Species Identification and Pathogen Detection in Culicoides from NigeriaNigeria14,810
Investigations of the toxic glycoalkaloids in commercially grown potatoes across Pakistan and their dietary exposure among the urban adults (20-24 years old)Pakistan11,450
Noureen ZAFEER  
Feed-grade Nano-additives to Control and Prevent Dissemination of Zoonotic Diseases from PoultryPakistan14,865
Muhammad Abu Bakr SHABBIR B-6561-1  
Molecular characterization and potential transmission of colistin resistant genes in Escherichia coli from commercial poultry to humansPakistan13,500
Assessment of ram sperm DNA integrity in relation to cryopreservation and in vivo fertility ratePakistan15,000
Impact of human activity on degradation of North african Stipa tenacissima L. ecosystems : Case of TunisiaTunisia12,171
Karlmax RUTARO
Value chain hygiene practices and microbial contamination of street and market vended ready-to-eat edible grasshopper, Ruspolia differences in UgandaUganda13,350
   Total US$225,865
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