The  Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are launching two ambitious new programmes to financially support researchers in sustainability science in the bank's member countries.

The call is open for new grants and postdoc fellowships for scientists in Islamic countries who are working in fields of sustainability.

The goal is to help  IsDB member countries  ranging from Asia and the Middle East to Africa and South America, develop crucial expertise and research in science that can support a sustainable future with shared benefits.

 The IsDB-TWAS Grants for Research Collaboration in Sustainability Sciences will support pairs of research groups that are collaborating on solving a common problem. The collaborating groups must come from different IsDB member countries, and at least one of the two partner groups be one of the  21 IsDB Least Developed Member

Countries. The grants amount to a maximum of USD100,000 each, and will enable the collaborating groups to purchase equipment, improve their research facilities and

support travel between their institutions for training. One joint project will be approved

each year. The deadline to apply is 12 September.

IsDB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral researchers from the same 21 countries. The programme provides three- to six-month postdoctoral fellowships at international centres of excellence in the developing world. At least 21 fellowships will be awarded per year, and only researchers 45 years old and under will qualify. The deadline to apply is 12 September.

These fellowships and grants are focused on promoting expertise in fields directly connected to the SDGs, including agriculture; education; climate change; energy; sustainable cities; responsible growth; waste management; population growth; green chemistry; biodiversity; plastic pollution and micro-plastics; and water and hygiene.


Major Fields


Sustainable Agriculture:

Food security, resilient crops, postharvest technologies, land agrobiodiversity


Quality of teaching, pupil/teacher ratio , high level training

Education for Sustainable


Integration of sustainability-related issues into national curricula and

teaching syllabus documents

Climate Change

Strategies for reduction of CO2 emissions, climate mitigation and

carbon sequestration methods


Renewable energy technologies, fossil fuel dependency, waste-to-

energy technologies, biofuels including biogas, energy storage, hydrogen-fuel cell technology

Sustainable Cities

Green design, insulation technology, energy efficiency,

transportation, urban planning

Responsible Growth

Reduction of waste, serving communities, ethics of growth

Waste Management

Differential waste collection and recycling, carbon footprint

reduction, household and industrial waste, e-waste

Population Growth

Urban sprawl, density and epidemics, overshoot

Green Chemistry

Green and sustainable chemistry, chemistry and nanotechnology for

the environment, alternative technologies, degradation of pollutants


Loss of biodiversity, ecosystem services, 6th mass extinction

Plastic pollution and


Plastic pollution, microplastics, plastic in the food chain, policies to

reduce plastic usage, biodegradable plastic alternatives, plastic recycling processes

Water and Hygiene

Water purity and availability, desalination technologies, underground

water, sanitation and quality


For more details, information and to apply please visit:

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) -

for the advancement of science in developing countries