COMSTECH-TWAS Program for Young Scientists in OIC

Minutes of the COMSTECH-TWAS Committee’s Meeting held on September 26, 2017.

Introduction

To facilitate young scientists who are involved in indigenous research within the OIC region, COMSTECH launched a joint program of research grants with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in May 2009. This Program in science and technology enables young researchers to apply for grants of up to US$15000.

The program aims at encouraging the pursuit of scientific excellence in OIC countries by identifying and supporting the best young scientists; reinforcing and promoting scientific research and strengthening the indigenous capacity in science and technology; counteracting the brain-drain and reducing the exodus of scientific talent from the OIC countries.

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  • COMSTECH-TWAS Joint Research Grants are awarded to promising research projects carried out by young scientists working in OIC countries.
  • The Research Grant amounts to a maximum of US$15,000.
  • It is normally provided for a period of 18 months and is renewable once.
  • The grant may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings only).  The grant does not cover salaries of researchers and/or students, field expenses, travel expenses and/or participation in international conferences.

    Subject Areas
    The program provides support for research projects in earth sciences, engineering sciences, information technology and computer sciences, materials science including nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences and renewable energy.

    Eligibility of Applicants
  • Individual applicants must be nationals of OIC Member States, with a PhD and some research experience, but at the beginning of their careers.  They should hold positions at universities or research institutions in one of the OIC countries.  As a general rule, the grants are awarded to competent scientists under the age of 40 years.
  • Scientists who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for a renewal.Under COMSTECH-TWAS joint program 232 research projects amounting to US$ 1,792,924 from 22 OIC Member states have been approved during 2009-2017. Country-wise distribution is as under:

    Country-Wise Distribution of COMSTECH-TWAS Grantees for 2009-2017 :
S. No.CountryNo. of GranteesGrant in US$
 1Albania18,000
 2Algeria323,500
 3Bangladesh973,000
 4Burkina Faso17,000
 5Cameroon111,000
 6Egypt877,700
 7Indonesia857,270
 8Iran15127,000
 9Iraq110,000
 10Jordan632,500
 11Lebanon328,500
 12Mali13,000
 13Malaysia79578,790
 14Morocco320,500
 15Nigeria637,200
 16Pakistan68533,764
 17Palestinian Authority216,000
 18Senegal110,000
 19Sudan110,000
 20Tunisia970,410
 21Turkey553,000
 22United Arab Emirates14,790
 Total2321,792,924
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