icddr,b launches a research grant program for women

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The grant is worth $400,000 and the first initiative of its kind to build a new generation of women researchers and scientists in Bangladesh

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) has launched a research grant for women titled “The Mujib 100 Research Grants for Women in Science in Bangladesh (Mujib 100 RGfW).”

Icddr,b launched the grant in commemoration of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and in celebration of icddr,b’s 60 years of scientific brilliance, according to a press release on Thursday.

The grant is worth $400,000 and the first initiative of its kind to build a new generation of women researchers and scientists in Bangladesh.

Professor John Clemens, executive director at icddr,b said: “We are proud to announce this initiative in remembrance of a true visionary leader, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had great admiration for icddr,b, which was then the Cholera Research Laboratory, and used to engage it whenever there is a public health crisis in Bangladesh.”

The Mujib 100 RGfW will allow Bangladeshi women scientists, researchers, academicians, students aged below 50 to apply for research grants under eight thematic areas aligned with icddr,b’s strategic goals and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Each applicant may apply for a single project with a maximum project period of eighteen months and for a grant up to USD 50,000. 

Approximately, 8-10 projects will be supported by Mujib 100 RGfW, of which 50% will be allocated to applicants outside of icddr,b.

Applications will be evaluated based on the merit of their proposal along with the credentials of the project lead.

Relevant senior scientist at icddr,b for the respective research theme will be the mentor for each applicant to ensure effective, efficient, and timely completion of the projects.

An open call for applications will begin from March 21, 2020, and remain open until May 21, 2020. Interested applicants are requested to visit www.icddrb.org/Mujib100RGfW for more information on the eligibility criteria, application format, scoring criteria, and grants related information.

This grant will encourage more women to undertake research and innovation in public health and help them realise their full potential.