Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant Program

Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research
Last date: 
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Detailed Description

The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research is seeking applications for its Grant Program to support African-led, research that will contribute to the advancement of environmental- and allied sciences; and address relevant, real-world, African issues of current and future importance.

The Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant was established to honour the late Mrs Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer and continue her extensive contribution to and passion for Africa, the natural environment, and science.

Special consideration will be given to empirical research that:

  • Advances the frontiers of knowledge within the chosen field.
  • Enables solutions to African challenges.
  • Exhibits scientific rigour and excellence.
  • Contributes to human capital development (e.g. mentorship, support, and professional development opportunities) for the next generation of researchers.
  • Involves trans- disciplinary collaboration with partners (preference intra-African) to leverage time, expertise, skills, materials, resources and reduce duplication.
  • Creates impact both during and beyond the grant period.
  • Displays knowledge of associated recent or on-going work on the continent.
  • Defines a clear plan for disseminating research outcomes both inside and outside the scientific community.
  • Endeavours to open access publications (popular and scientific).
  • Does not present unacceptable ethical or safety risks.


The 2021 JWO Research Grant is encouraging inter- and trans-disciplinary research applications that seek solutions to challenges in Africa, some of which may include, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • The intersection between biodiversity and the economy
  • Environmental tipping points
  • Impact of landscape changes on novel and known disease emergence
  • Impact of pollution, with particular micro-plastics and their impact on the environment

Funding Information

  • The 2021 JWO grant of $150,000 (US) will be awarded to one successful applicant.
  • Be completed in US Dollars.
  • Cover the complete project period (3 years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The lead applicant should be an early career African scientist who has strong links to a credible African institution. Furthermore, the proposed research should be limited to the African continent.
  • The applicant must hold a degree (PhD, equivalent or higher qualification), and should have no more than seven years work and/or research experience post degree (excluding career breaks, including family-related breaks).  The institution must have a proven ability to manage funding and subscribes to good financial grant practice. The institutional affiliation may be academic, research, and government institutions, NGO, and for-profit organisation.

Selection Process

  • All pre-proposal and full-proposal applications will be rigorously reviewed by the JWO Research Grant Expert Panel, a distinguished panel comprised of both Oppenheimer Generations’ and independent experts with significant experience across academia, Africa, research, and environmental science. All applications will be reviewed and scored in accordance with the grant criteria.
  • Please note, they will not be able to provide you with feedback on unsuccessful applications. The panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.


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