ASTF Announced the Launching of Abdul Latif Jameel Grant for Funding Scientific Research and Innovation in Technology in the Arab World
The Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) announced the launching of its current funding cycle (first half of 2009) of ’The Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) Grant for Funding Scientific Research and Innovation in Technology in the Arab World’.
This cycle is the eighth that has been managed so far by ASTF, under the sponsorship of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Services Programs which donated generously a yearly ONE MILLION US$ grant. And over the seven previous funding cycles, 69 research projects from 12 Arab countries were funded, with grants for each project in the range of $25,000-$50,000 US.
The ALJ Grant program aims at enhancing civilian R&D activities inside the Arab world towards outputs that contribute to the sustained social and economic development. Emphases are placed on research proposals in medical, engineering, applied sciences, and other sciences that are meeting the following requirements:
- Provide appropriate technologies for developing the Arab world communities
- Develop affordable products through designs, materials and mechanisms whilst building a suitable business plans and strategies that benefit the Arab world communities.
- Address target markets including, but not limited to, energy, medical care, water purification, environmental hazardous, telecommunication, food safety, plant improvement and breeding, household equipment, and others.
Furthermore, one third of the ALJ Grant is to be utilized on proposals that specifically address the problems of the poor, as defined by one or more of the following requirements:
- Aggressively improve the affordability of technology products such that the poor can use them.
- Develop technologies that can be used by the poor to alleviate their current position.
The application process should start by filling out the “Solicitation for Letter of Intent” , the deadline is on 25 April 2009.
For more detailed information about the guidelines, procedures, and applications; you can read the ALJ grant booklet, along with other documents and forms here.