The International Foundation for Science (IFS) provides support to young scientists of merit in developing countries by awarding research grants and providing grantees with additional services such as travel grants and purchasing assistance.

Research grants are awarded up to a maximum value of US$12,000 for a period of 1–3 years and may be renewed twice. They are intended for the purchase of equipment, expendable supplies, and literature. Applicants must be citizens of, and carry out the research in, a developing country. They should also be working at a university or national research institution in a developing country (countries in Europe, including Turkey and Cyprus, and in the former Soviet Union do not qualify for support). As well as being under the age of 40 (under 30 for applicants from China) and at the start of their research career, candidates must possess an advanced academic degree, which should be at least an MSc or the equivalent.

The IFS supports projects dealing with the management, use, and conservation of biological resources. The Foundation organizes its activities into six research areas, that is, animal production, aquatic resources, crop science, food science, forestry/agroforestry, and natural products.

For further information and application forms in English and French, write to The International Foundation for Science (IFS), Grev Turegatan 19, S-114 38 Stockholm, Sweden, fax +46-8-54581801,, website

"The International Foundation for Science (IFS)," Mountain Research and Development 20(3), 285, (1 August 2000).[0285:TIFFSI]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 August 2000
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