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Call for Proposal: Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARL)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries.With this call, we are looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).How to ApplyIn order to apply, applicants must: 
  • Be an African scientist residing in sub-Saharan Africa or planning to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa to implement the proposed project, e.g. returning from diaspora;
  • Identify a local host institution (a national agricultural research institute or university) (International centers based in Africa or institutes overseas are not eligible to lead proposals in this call, but may partner as sub-grant hosts.);
  • Have at minimum an MSc degree;
  • Be able to devote at least 70% of their time to the proposed project.
Details on guildelines and application procedure are here. Deadline for submission of pre-proposal is 30th September, 2013.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Website