COMSTECH-IFS Research Grants Programme

Allocation of Resources over US$200,000/year
COMSTECH Share over US$100,000/year
Total Number of Grantees 394 (up to 2022)

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 394 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$ 4.345707 million. Country-wise distribution of the grants is given in the following table:

Country-wise Distribution of COMSTECH – IFS Grantees from 1998 to 2022

S. No.CountryNo. of GranteesGrant in US$
1Afghanistan111900
2Algeria112000
3Bangladesh21230200
4Benin35382051
5Burkina Faso25256184
6Cameroon22250168
7Cote d’Ivoire21225838
8Djibouti19500
9Egypt13146230
10Gabon223500
11Gambia219534
12Indonesia14167220
13Iran15160610
14Jordan555500
15Lebanon223500
16Malaysia13125850
17Mali11114044
18Mauritania112000
19Morocco13130655
20Mozambique669850
21Niger10107745
22Nigeria30333313
23Pakistan48548534
24Palestine222000
25Senegal12128631
26Somalia112000
27Sierra Leone447920
28Sudan10115965
29Suriname112000
30Togo15170471
31Tunisia14161538
32Uganda21236304
Total 3944345707

Selected Research Proposals for COMSTECH – IFS Co-Funding 

Session 2022 – Grants in USD

S. No.Name & Grant CodeProject TitleCountryAmount in USD
 1
M. Abdulaha Al Baquy C 6633-1
Evaluation of phosphorus availability, retention, and uptake by maize plants after incorporation of organic-coated biochar in low-fertility soilsBangladesh11,300
 2Daouda LIBANIO
B 6655-1
Morpho-biometric and genetic characterization of the local population of domestic Moscovy duck (Cairina moschata) bred in South BeninBenin10,329
 3Titilayo Oyélèyè Fafunkè DOTCHAMOUInfluence of combined effects of climate and anthropogenic pressures on the spatial distribution of forest reserves in northern Benin, West Africa: Case of Wari-Maro and Oueme superieur forest reservesBenin11,984
 4BARRO Mariam
C 6636-1
Evaluation of agricultural practices and their impact on rice plant health and productivity in Burkina FasoBurkina Faso13,805
 5NIKIEMA Mahamadi
E 6204-2
Agronomic enhancement of Anacardium Occidental cashew nut shell digestate from anaerobic digestionBurkina Faso11,100
 6AGNES NTOUMBA
F 6683-1
Bioinsecticides against Anopheles gambiae: plants and nanoparticlesCameroon13,340
 7AHMADOU ABDERAHIM
E 6709-1
Implement a decision support system to control mycotoxin contamination in raw milk production in Bamako-Mali – MILKSAFEMali11,420
 8Farsi HICHAM
B 6082-2
Sleep and circadian rhythms under the harsh desert biotope conditions: Effect of heat stress and dehydration in the dromedary camel and the Moroccan black desert goatMorocco10,685
 9Ibrahim Bio Yerima Abdou Razakou
C 6659-1
Improving the productivity of an orphan small grain cereal crop: the fonio millet (Digitaria exilis) in NigerNiger12,000
 10
Leye Babatola
E 6619-1
Impact of Climate Change on Nutrient, Antioxidant and Medicinal Properties of Some Tropical Leafy Vegetables in NigeriaNigeria11,520
 11Latifat Adekunle
B 6689-1
he immunomodulation of micronutrient supplementation on infectious Bursal disease virus response in commercial chickensNigeria11,621
 12Muhammad Bashir Bello B 6654-1Molecular and biological characterisation of some poultry respiratory viruses in Northwestern NigeriaNigeria14,870
 13Tolulope Adebowale
B 6653-1
Fortification of Cassava By-Product as an Alternative to Maize in Meat-type Poultry Birds ProductionNigeria12,000
 14Amna Rafiq
C 6658-1
Development of instrument free, inexpensive, paper based devices for the detection of agricultural pathogensPakistan15,000
 15Syed Mashkoor MOHSIN GILANI
B 5793-2
Transmission Dynamics of Antimicrobial Resistance in Broiler Production Pyramid: A Farm to Fork StudyPakistan12,000
 16Kossi Béssan AMEGNAGLO
D 5924-2
Multi-dimensional evaluation of grazed plant communities and pastoral resources management approaches in the multifunctional landscapes of the sudanian zone of Togo (West Africa)Togo11,951
 17Samia Kdidi
B 6701-1
Design of small SNP panel to predict dairy breed proportion in Tunisian crossbred goat populationTunisia14,837
 18Nakiguli Fatumah
D 6493-2
Assessment of the post-release effects of the reintroduced Barbour’s Vlei Rodent (Otomys barbouri) population in Mabira Forest, Central UgandaUganda12,000
   TOTAL221,762/-

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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