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Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant: empowering African environmental science – Africa Briefing

IN a bid to foster innovation and scientific advancement in African environmental science, the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant is calling for applications for its 2024 cycle. Established in 2019 to honour the legacy of the late Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer, a trailblazer in African education and environmental science, this grant aims to support early-career scientists in conducting transformative research on the continent.

The JWO Research Grant, now in its sixth year, has been instrumental in advancing vital research initiatives across Africa. Notably, it has attracted early-career scholars and scientists specialising in various environmental disciplines, from biodiversity to conservation. The grant offers recipients the opportunity to receive up to $150,000 to support their research programmes for up to three years.

Dr. Duncan MacFadyen, the Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation Head, lauds the JWO Research Grant for showcasing cutting-edge scientific research ideas and providing a platform to nurture Africa’s brightest minds. This initiative not only addresses pressing environmental issues but also contributes African perspectives to global conversations on sustainability.

Past recipients of the JWO Research Grant have made significant strides in their respective fields. Dr. Lovanomenjanahary Marline, a renowned bryologist from Madagascar, secured funding for her groundbreaking research on bryophytes and lichen, exploring their potential in monitoring environmental and human health risks.

The JWO Grant has also supported research projects focused on biodiversity, conservation, and the impact of artificial light consumption on vector-borne illnesses. Dr. Bernard Coetzee, Dr. Gideon Idowu, and Dr. Elizabeth le Roux are among the distinguished recipients recognized for their contributions to advancing environmental science in Africa.

The 2024 JWO Research Grant encourages early-career African scientists with strong links to credible institutions on the continent to apply. Applicants are expected to propose transdisciplinary research projects with a focus on biodiversity and conservation. The grant, awarded annually, aims to support innovative research initiatives that address the continent’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Applications for the 2024 JWO Research Grant are open from April 2 to May 3, 2024. Eligible researchers are encouraged to apply via the grant’s official website. To apply for the grant, please follow this link – https://jworesearchgrant.org

The Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation team remains committed to promoting sustainable conservation programs and networks throughout Africa, ensuring practical and impactful outcomes in the field of environmental science.