Updated Sep 03, 2020CLOSED


Since its establishment in 1995, the Marine Research Grant (MARG) Programme of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) has sought to enhance the capacity of scientists in the WIO region to conduct research, as an effort to increase our understanding of various aspects of marine science. The MARG programme provides young and upcoming scientists with a reliable and flexible mechanism to turn their ideas into research projects and also offers the opportunity for presentation of research results at various regional and international fora.

WIOMSA is calling for research proposals for consideration for funding support under the MARG I programme for the year 2021.

MARG-I is intended to provide opportunities to emerging research scientists including MSc and PhD students wishing to turn their ideas into real research projects to carry out well-defined research activities in their countries/institutions. The MARG-I Research Grant is awarded for a duration of 1 year, renewable for a maximum of one term. The maximum amount offered is US$ 10,000 per year. Proposals for MARG I Grants are reviewed once a year.

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CLOSEDSep 25, 2020Deadline
Up to $10,000Amount
12 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryComoros, Mauritius, Mozambique, Kenya, France, Seychelles, Tanzania, South Africa, Somalia and Madagascar
Focus AreasBiodiversity (Environment)
Fisheries (Environment)
Watersheds (Environment)

Young and upcoming scientists and resource managers involved in research in the marine sciences in the WIO region are eligible to apply as individuals or as teams. Additional requirements are:

  • - Affiliation: Employment at a recognised institution in the region.
  • - Educational background: Academic degree of not less than a bachelor’s or equivalent.
  • - Expertise: Proof that the applicant possesses relevant expertise in the field in which the funding is being sought.

Other Requirements

Reporting Requirements

For the purpose of raising the profile of the MARG Programme as well as making the research results easily accessible, MARG I grantees are required, in addition to submission of a final report, to:

  • i) publish the results of their research in an international or regional peer-reviewed journal; and
  • ii) submit to the Secretariat during the course of their research projects, short summaries (one to two pages) of their preliminary results or lessons learned, for publication in the WIOMSA Newsbriefs as well as the WIOMSA website and social media.

Application Directions

Please note that applications will only be submitted through the online system. Only those applications submitted via this system will be processed.


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