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Saturday, March 21, 2009

TweetThis! Grants for Computer Science Meetings in African Countries

With funds provided by Microsoft Research Ltd, TWAS and AAS encourage the organization of scientific activities on the theme of Computer Science in Africa by offering financial assistance to the organizers of conferences, workshops, symposia and special meetings held in Africa.

The support is normally provided in the form of travel grants for principal speakers from abroad and/or participants from developing countries other than the country where the meeting is held. Supported speakers should be from not-for-profit research organizations. The amount provided does not exceed Euro 2,000.

Subject Areas
Grants are offered for meetings in the field of Computer Science.

Eligibility of Applicants
  • TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. only consider applications made by the organizers of international and regional scientific meetings being held in Africa.
  • Employees of TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd., as well as employees of other industry research laboratories and anyone involved in the administration of this award, are not eligible.
  • TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. do not provide support to individual scientists wishing to attend a scientific event, even if the event is taking place in a developing country.
  • Local authorities must share in the responsibility for the event and should give proper support. Each application must show at least a (conditional) matching contribution from local sources.
  • TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research Ltd. must be acknowledged as co-sponsors in all material and websites related to the supported activity.
  • The grant is intended only for air tickets.
  • Funds can only be released after the meeting and upon receipt of the original used ticket stubs and boarding passes of the participants benefiting from the grant.
  • Immediately after the meeting, organizers should send TWAS a final narrative and financial report, the final scientific programme and the list of participants and lecturers.
  • All documentary evidence needed to release funds from TWAS must be submitted by the organizers within six months from the end of the meeting.
How to apply
  • Download the application form (Word document; see link at the bottom, under "Related Content") and complete it on your computer.
  • Complete the electronic application form using any word-processing programme.
    The first page of the application must be signed.
  • Incomplete and/or unsigned applications cannot be considered.
  • The application form should be completed in all its parts and sent by email to mahdavi@twas.org

TWAS will acknowledge receipt of an application within two weeks. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within this period please contact:
Mrs M.T. Mahdavi
Strada Costiera 11
34014 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39-040-2240325; Fax: +39-040-224559; E-mail: mahdavi@twas.org

When to apply
Deadlines for receiving applications are:
1 April 2009 for meetings to be held during July – December 2009;
1 June 2009 for meetings to be held during January – June 2010;
1 December 2009 for meetings to be held during July – December 2010;
1 June 2010 for meetings to be held during January – June 2011;
1 December 2010 for meetings to be held during July – December 2011.

We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the deadline but submit the application as early as you can to enable us to process your application as fast as possible.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their requests within three months of each deadline.

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is an honorific society that aims facilitate the development of scientific and technological capacity for science-led development in Africa.

Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research Ltd. is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing technologies.

Click here to download application Form (MS Word)

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