Deadline for proposals submission July 20, 2016
Following the success of 1st Edition, the Women for Africa Foundation (FMxA), in line with its mission of contributing to the development of Africa through its women, is launching the 2nd Edition of SCIENCE BY WOMEN programme, with the aim to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries. The main goal is to enable African women researchers and scientists to tackle the great challenges faced by Africa through research in health, agriculture and food security, water, energy and climate change, as well as mathematics and economic science.
Women’s lives are significantly affected by the repercussions of uncontrolled development; however, social, structural and economic barriers limit their capacity to tackle the great challenges faced by the continent. The gender disparities in science and technology in both the public and private spheres affect Africa’s population as a whole. Narrowing this gap, which has severe consequences on the balanced and sustainable development of African countries, is vital to achieve long-term progress and equal growing.
The programme´s ultimate goal is to enable African women researchers to play a leading role in the transition of Africa to a knowledge-based and innovation- led economy through research that can be transferred into products and technologies having impact on people´s lives
To achieve this ambitious goal, FMxA collaborates with the Spanish ‘Severo Ochoa’ Centres of Excellence, whose prestige is unanimously recognized throughout Spain and internationally, thereby ensuring excellence in scientific research in various fields. Our associated research centres are: the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO, www.cnio.es), the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO, www.icfo.eu), the Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB, www.cnb.csic.es) and the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII, www.isciii.es), the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT, www.icmat.es ), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (www.crg.es), the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (www.barcelonagse.eu).
Each of the seven centres will host 1 senior women researcher for a six-month fellowship. Applications will be subjected to a rigorous selection process, evaluating the academic merits and leadership of the applicants as well as the scientific quality and expected impact of their research projects. Selected candidates will receive training and integration in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and highly competitive working team, where they will be able to develop their research projects and acquire complementary skills, empowering them to transfer their research results into tangible economic and social benefits.
Deadline for proposals submission July 20, 2016
The Science by Women programme will fund a total of seven six-month visiting senior research fellowships for seven experienced African women researchers in any of the following Spanish and international research centres of excellence.
Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)´s ultimate goal is to foster translation of scientific breakthroughs into novel and more effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Spanish National Biotechnology Centre (CNB) focuses on the application of contemporary biotechnology to major societal challenges in health, environment and agriculture.
Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is specialised in the science and technology of harnessing light as a pervasive and universal tool that benefit health, energy, information as well as safety, security and environment
Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) is a prestigious biomedical research institute focused on communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT). Its goal is to generate knowledge in all the areas of mathematics, particularly in Algebraic Geometry and Mathematical Physics, Differential Geometry, Geometric Mechanics, Mathematical Analysis, Differential Equations and Applications, Number Theory, Group theory, Statistics, Probability, Operations Research and Mathematics of Quantum Information.
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (GSE) is an institution for scientific cooperation in research and graduate education in economics and the social sciences, and draws on the strengths and noteworthy reputations of its four academic units.
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) The CRG is an international biomedical research institutes of excellence whose mission is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity.
Each centre will host 1 researcher.
The preferred areas of research include:
Beneficiaries of first edition are not eligible.
Candidates must have already contacted and identified research groups in the host centres.
In general, the duration of the research stays will be six continuous months. Nevertheless, depending on personal and professional needs, the planned research may be realized during two stays within two years after the fellowship has been awarded.
Successful candidates will have access to the following benefits:
Beneficiaries must devote themselves entirely to research at the assigned research centre and may not be beneficiaries of any other fellowship, grant, stipend or regular income during their research stay.
Beneficiaries might be asked to formalise their relationship with the research centre in writing. In compliance with the local laws, the Woman for Africa Foundation or the research centre (as the case may be) will, if so required in each particular circumstance by the tax and/or social security regime, retain or withhold the compulsory amounts from the living allowances.
Women for Africa Foundation, in collaboration with the research centre, will help beneficiaries with the compulsory formalities in order to obtain the visa with Spanish Embassies and Consulates.
Deadline for applications is July 20, 2016.
Only applications submitted in English via the Science by Women microsite at www.mujeresporafrica.es will be accepted. They must include the following documents:
Applications will be subjected to a highly competitive selection process by an international jury, including members of the Women for Africa Foundation’s Scientific Committee. The jury will evaluate the following criteria:
Successful applicants will present innovative research projects that respond to the needs of African populations and that are likely to be transferred into products or patents for commercial exploitation, which have a social impact in terms of people’s welfare and quality of life, as well as an economic impact in terms of companies’ productivity and competitiveness. In case a continuous stay of 6 months does not meet the candidate’s requirements, an alternative time schedule should be proposed and properly justified.
Research proposals shall cover the following lines:
Research at the CRG is organised into four interconnected programmes, each comprising a varying number of independent research groups. These four programmes are:
The jury's final decision, which shall be dictated by the strictest criteria of meticulousness and transparency, will be published before October 15, 2016.
Successful candidates are expected to start their research projects at the assigned host institutions from November 2016.
The beneficiaries of the visiting research fellowships agree to respect and comply with the internal academic and legal regulations of the host research centre. The award of fellowships does not generate any statutory or labour relation with FMxA, and candidates commit themselves to return to their places of origin in Africa once they have finalized their research stay.
Fellowship recipients are obliged to submit a final report on the results and impact of their research projects to the Women for Africa Foundation within 3 months after having finalized their research stay.
The Intellectual and Industrial Property (IP) generated by the Beneficiaries throughout the term of the stay at the Host Entity will be regulated by the same terms and conditions which apply to the IP generated by the research personnel of the Host entity.
Submission of applications implies that the fellowship recipients grant to FMxA and the host center, in consideration of the benefits set forth in Section 3, the right to publish and disseminate the results of the chosen research projects in all forms (including, but not limited in form of working papers, electronic documents and books) and in all territories, with no detriment to the publications in scientific journals chosen by the researchers, which should in any case mention the support received by FMxA and the collaborating research centre.