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This INGSA Asia Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards is an opportunity for INGSA Asia workshop alumni to share their newly-gained insights on science advice to their fellow scientists or policy makers back in their home country. INGSA Asia will award seed grants to 4 alumni; with each grant ranging between €500-800. The grants will be awarded to high quality, well-outlined proposals that are realistic in both scope and costing where the proposal must be based upon a running a workshop to promote science advice. The funds will be available to support the costs of running a workshop on science advice in their institution or community. The Chapter will also send an expert in science advice to the selected workshops to provide support as a facilitator.


  • To serve as a “seed fund” for alumni of INGSA Asia Science Advice workshops to promote science advice in their own home country;
  • To promote science advice at grassroots level;
  • To build a stronger relationship between the INGSA Asia Chapter and their alumni.

Eligibility criteria for the award

  1. An applicant must be an alumni from either the INGSA Asia Science Advice workshops held in Malaysia in 2017, Bangladesh in 2018 or India in 2018. Each applicant can submit only one application.
  2. Seed grants must be used to run a workshop that could promote science advice in the country. The workshop shall be a thematic workshop to discuss specific topic or issues (eg. science advice in disaster mitigation, science advice in gene editing, etc.). Contemporary themes are actively encouraged.
  3. Proposals should clearly state the plan to maintain the sustainability of the projects in the long run.
  4. The chapter will not fund projects where the primary benefit is to the applicant or to any one individual.
  5. The chapter will not fund projects that influence the outcome of any specific elections for candidates to public office, inducing or encouraging violations of law or public policy or causing any improper private benefit to occur.
  6. The chapter will not fund the following specific costs:
  • Scholarships, training fees or travel fees for one person to attend training;
  • One-off events that do not have a clear ongoing impact on your work or the issue your work addresses;
  • On-going operating expenses for existing projects (e.g. ongoing office supply expenses, rental costs, bills, etc.);
  • Purchase of computers, tablets, or other technology/equipment;
  • Payments to the applicant or a member of the applicant’s family for their time or services.

 Application process (Timeline)

  • 25 Mac – 19 April 2019

Invitation to alumni of INGSA Asia workshop to submit proposals to promote Science Advice in their home country.

  • 22 April – 3 May 2019

Review of proposal by INGSA Asia secretariat. The secretariat will select suitable proposals based on the selection criteria scheme.

  • 6 May 2019

Successful Awardees will be informed

  • June – December 2019

Commencement of the workshop

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