Jennifer Ward-Oppenheimer Research Grant Awards $600K to African Researchers Focused on Environmental Solutions

Gideon Idowu and Johnathon Oppenheimer

The Jennifer Ward-Oppenheimer Research Grant has been supporting African researchers since its inception, awarding over $600,000 to date, and aims to foster innovative research in environmental and allied sciences, addressing current and future issues facing the continent. With over 1000 applications since its launch, the grant has been able to provide inclusive early-career funding for African scientists.

Dr. Gideon Idowu, a previous recipient, has conducted research on microplastic pollution in Africa’s freshwater systems. Dr. Idowu sought to provide evidence of the effects of microplastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals on growth and reproduction in species, to urge policy-makers to take action to reduce plastic waste. His research highlights the importance of the grant in supporting research that addresses African issues.

The 2023 JWO Research Grant is open to early-career African scientists who are proposing innovative research on the continent. The lead applicant should have strong links to a credible African institution and hold a degree or higher qualification. The institution must have a proven ability to manage funding and subscribe to good financial grant practices. The grant is encouraging trans-disciplinary research applications that seek solutions to challenges in Africa.

The JWO grant of $150,000 (USD) will be awarded to one successful applicant. It will support a research program of up to three years, and the funds will be distributed in agreed tranches based on satisfactory progress. The recipient will be announced at the Oppenheimer Research Conference, and there will be an annual call for new applications.

Dr. Duncan Mcfadyen, the Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation Head, praises the JWO Research Grant for showcasing cutting-edge, innovative scientific research ideas and providing a platform to foster and support Africa’s brightest minds. The grant also contributes African voices to global conversations on the environment and sustainability.

This is a vital initiative that supports early-career African researchers pursuing innovative solutions to environmental challenges and its impact on the continent is immeasurable, with recipients conducting groundbreaking research that will positively impact African communities. To apply, please click on this link:

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