Natural Environment Foundation’s Research Grant Programme

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation

Relevent Country: Bangladesh

The Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) is pleased to announce an open call for the Research Grant Programme to support academic and scientific research that will deepen knowledge of the nature conservation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

With the aim of strengthening research capability of young researchers in that region, grants are available only for individual researchers, but not for groups/organisations, to upgrade their skills, knowledge, and experience through their own research work.

Funding Information

The maximum grant size in this programme is 500,000 Japanese yen per project for a maximum duration of two years.

Eligible Research Projects

A proposed research project must:

  • be scientific research contributing to the Nature Conservation of the country where the applicant currently works or studies;
  • put its main focus on Living Organisms;
  • be carried out in the country where the applicant currently works or studies;
  • involve fieldwork for collecting data;
  • be the applicant’s own research work (team project is ineligible.);
  • achieve its objective(s) and submit interim and/or final reports within a scheduled project period of not less than one (1) year and not more than two (2) years;
  • be exclusively funded by the NEF Research Grant Programme, or co-funded with the applicant’s institution.

Eligible Countries

  • The target countries in the Asia-Pacific region include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must:

  • be a national of developing country in the Asia-Pacific region
  • work full-time or be enrolled in a doctoral course, conducting research at a research institution or relevant organisation in one of the countries
  • be a young researcher/scientist, whose age is under 40;
  • have sufficient experience and skills in conducting and managing the proposed research;
  • be able to communicate in English;
  • not have another application to the NEF;
  • not have another on-going NEF-funded project at the time of application submission; AND
  • not have another NEF-funded project for the past two years.

Selection Criteria

  • relevance and importance to nature conservation;
  • clearness of objectives and research questions/hypotheses;
  • originality and quality of the proposed research;
  • appropriateness and concreteness of methodology to achieve objectives and answer research questions/hypotheses;
  • feasibility of the research design and schedule;
  • reasonableness of the budget;
  • applicant’s past achievements/experience in related research; and
  • recommender’s statement on the applicant and application.