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
 1Afghanistan111900
 2Algeria112000
 3Bangladesh20218900
 4Benin33360738
 5Burkina Faso23231279
 6Cameroon21236828
 7Cote d’Ivoire22235938
 8Djibouti19500
 9Egypt13146230
 10Gabon223500
 11Gambia219534
 12Indonesia14167220
 13Iran15160610
 14Jordan555500
 15Lebanon223500
 16Malaysia13125850
 17Mali10102624
 18Mauritania112000
 19Morocco12119970
 20Mozambique781702
 21Niger995745
 22Nigeria26283302
 23Pakistan46521534
 24Palestine222000
 25Senegal12128631
 26Somalia112000
 27Sierra Leone447920
 28Sudan10115965
 29Suriname112000
 30Togo14158520
 31Tunisia13146701
 32Uganda20224304
Total3764123945

Selected Research Proposals for COMSTECH /IFS Co-Funding

Granting Session 2021

S. No.Name & Grant CodeProject TitleCountryGrant in US Dollars
 1

M Majedul ISLAM
W-6560-1 M  
Monitoring and quantifying health risks of antibiotic resistant bacteria in urban surface waterBangladesh            12,500
 2
Sylvanus MENSAH
D-5660-2  
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
 3
Marcel HOUNGBEDJI
E-6165-2  
Developing stabilized multifunctional backslop starter using cost-effective drying technic for sustainable fermentation of selected cereal-based foods in West-Africa  Benin12,000
 4
Gbèdotchitché Gwladys AZONGNIDE
D-6569-1   
Morphological characterization and early growth improvement of Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn in BeninBenin9,906
 5                                          
Eliezer BIAO
W-6600-1  
Assessing the impacts of climate change on water resources and sustainable adaptation strategies in two climate regions in Benin (West Africa)Benin9,600
 6
Maximilien AZALOU
B-6562-1  
Perceptions of farmers and genetic parameters of endangered Pabli cattle breed: implication for community-based conservation of the species in Benin  Benin15,000
 7
Kangbéni DIMOBE
D-6595-1  
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
 8
Asso Armel ASSO
S-6586-1  
Poaching, trade and role of critically endangered vulture species in traditional medicine in Côte d’Ivoire (West Africa)Cote d’Ivoire10,100
 9
Aires MBANZE
D-6594-1  
Dambos Wetlands Over-exploitation and its Implications for Biodiversity Conservation and Local People Livelihoods in Niassa Province, Northern Mozambique  Mozambique11,852
 10
Titilope OLAGUNJU
E-6579-1  
Development of a smart low loss solar dryer for drying local varieties of ginger and black pepper cultivated in Osun State, NigeriaNigeria12,740
 11
Michael AGBAJE
B-6550-1  
Investigating the causes of variations in strains of Dermatophilus congolensis and their possible association with infectivity of specific animal host  Nigeria14,977
 12
Philip OKE  
B-6608-1
Epidemiology, Species Identification and Pathogen Detection in Culicoides from NigeriaNigeria14,810
 13
Amir HAMEED
E-6578-1  
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
 14
Noureen ZAFEER  
B-6565-1
Feed-grade Nano-additives to Control and Prevent Dissemination of Zoonotic Diseases from PoultryPakistan14,865
 15
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
 16
Saima QADEER
B-6549-1  
Assessment of ram sperm DNA integrity in relation to cryopreservation and in vivo fertility ratePakistan15,000
 17
Krichen KHOULOUD
D-6596-1  
Impact of human activity on degradation of North african Stipa tenacissima L. ecosystems : Case of TunisiaTunisia12,171
 18
Karlmax RUTARO
E-6584-1
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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