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What's happening in Sci4Dev this week? 13/01/2017

Rice by Simone Bosotti
13 January 2017

Announcements and News

  • BEIS is seeking 9 -12 board members for UK Research and Innovation. Apply by 17 February.
  • BBSRC has announced a total of 13 projects to be funded through the Newton Fund UK-China-Thailand-Philippines-Vietnam Sustainable Rice Programme, across a range of research areas, to underpin the long-term sustainable production of rice.
  • Two-fifths of scholars ‘more likely to quit UK’ after Brexit vote – Times Higher Education
  • Six overarching themes to provide opportunities for Africa to spur inclusive growth in 2017 – Brookings Institution
  • Lack of HE collaboration in Latin America ‘goes back centuries’ - Times Higher Education


  • RSHTM small grant or travel scholarship is open for clinicians and scientists in all disciplines of tropical medicine and global health. Deadline 27 January.
  • Evidence Action Beta is looking for researchers whose work or insights could benefit millions of people living in poverty, and who want to participate in seeing their research turned into viable, scaled up programsDeadline 3 February.
  • Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund is open for those who have innovative ideas for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research. Apply online anytime.
  • ESRC Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI) / Food-Water-Energy (FWE) Nexus call aims to develop more resilient and applied urban solutions that bring inter- and transdisciplinary research and innovation together from across the globe. Deadline 15 March.
  • Innovate UK Funding competition: urban innovation in Brazil aims to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and Brazil. Innovate UK and the Brazilian government are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund. Register before 26 April.


  • Tracking aid to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health – The Lancet
  • Why invisible power and structural violence persist in the water domain - IDS
  • Data Disaggregation Action Plan: Better Data for Better Lives - DFID


Other news and interesting links

  • Planet Earth Institute has compiled a list of African science heroes in 2016 - PEI
  • Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity – The Guardian
  • Reuters Predictions 2017: Seismic Shifts - Reuters
  • Tania Ghosh