Applications are open for the UNESCO-Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Youg Scientists Awards 2022. The MAB Young Scientists Awards targets young researchers carrying out interdisciplinary research in line with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program.
Until 2025, implementation of the UNESCO MAB Program is guided by the MAB Strategy and Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s MAB Program and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (LAP), which contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). MAB Young Scientists Award applicants are strongly encouraged to take into account the priorities of the LAP and to identify in their applications how their research contributes to the research-related actions of the LAP and to the SDGs.
Objectives of the Award
The objectives of the MAB Young Scientists Award Scheme are to:
- Firstly, encourage young scientists, in particular those from developing countries, to use MAB research, project sites, and biosphere reserves in their research;
- Secondly, encourage young scientists who already use such sites to undertake comparative studies in other sites in or outside their own country;
- Thirdly, promote and encourage the exchange of information and experience among a new generation of scientists;
- Additionally, strengthen the communication of the LAP within the young scientists and strengthen its visibility;
- involve young scientists in the implementation of the LAP;
- enhance awareness among young scientists of the role of research in the implementation of the SDGs – in particular when conducted in biosphere reserves.
Young Scientists Awards
- Awards are set at a maximum of US$5,000 each.
Eligibility Required for Young Scientists Awards
- The application must be endorsed by the applicant’s MAB National Committee with only two applications per year. From applicants who are not older than 35 years of age (at the closing date of the application).
- Applications must contain concise information on past and existing research in the areas concerned. In order to present linkages and avoid duplications and financing of projects already carried out.
- Priority is given to interdisciplinary projects carried out in biosphere reserves designated under the Man. And the Biosphere Program or potential biosphere reserves and which contribute to the implementation of the LAP and the SDGs.
- In this regard, applicants shall identify in their applications if and how their research contributes to the research-related actions of the LAP and to the SDGs.
- Applicants from developed countries are eligible for Awards only in exceptional cases or if working in joint partnership with developing countries. Research supported by an Award should be completed within two years.
- Candidates must accept to submit reports of Award-funded research to the MAB Secretariat in Paris. And, to their MAB National Committees, and agree to the possibility of UNESCO publishing the results of their research.
- International travel expenses are usually not covered under these Awards.
To be eligible, award applications must be made on the MAB Young Scientists Award application form. (In English or French) and follow-up technical requirements stated there.
Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.
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