Nagao Natural Environment Foundation announces research grant program


Deadline: 20-Apr-22

The Nagao Natural Environment Foundation is seeking applicants for its research grant program to support academic and scientific research that will advance knowledge of nature conservation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

With the aim of strengthening the research capacity of young researchers in this region, grants are only available for individual researchers, but not for groups/organizations, to enhance their skills, knowledge and experience through their own research.

Funding Information

The maximum grant size in this program is 500,000 Japanese yen per project for a maximum duration of two years (minimum one year).

Eligible expenses
  • consumables necessary for field study and analysis (eg sampling equipment, reagent, etc.);
  • local travel expenses for an excursion (eg accommodation, food, transportation, etc.);
  • reference materials (eg, article, book, etc.);
  • limited salaries and labor costs necessary for the proposed research; and
  • other expenses only upon approval by the NEF Secretariat.
Target countries and regions

The target countries in the Asia-Pacific region are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Palau, Papua New -Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

Eligibility criteria
  • A candidate must:
    • be a national of a developing country in the Asia-Pacific region
    • be a researcher/scientist, working full-time or enrolled in a PhD course, conducting research at a relevant research institute or organization in one of the target countries
    • have sufficient experience and skills in conducting and managing the proposed research;
    • be able to communicate in English;
    • not have any other application to the NEF;
    • not have another ongoing NEF-funded research or publication project at the time of application submission.
  • A proposed research project must:
    • be scientific research contributing to the conservation of nature in the country where the candidate is currently working or studying;
    • focus on LIVING ORGANISMS;
    • be carried out in the country where the candidate is currently working or studying;
    • involve fieldwork for data collection;
    • be the candidate’s own research work (team projects are not eligible);
    • achieve its objectives and submit reports within an expected project timeframe of at least one year and at most two years; AND
    • be exclusively funded by the NEF Fellowship Program or co-funded with the applicant’s institution.

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