AIMS Small Research Grants Application

Applications Open


AIMS periodically makes available small research grants for projects that can be carried out in less than 24 months. These projects may include specific research within the mathematical sciences and its applications, industry-related activities including internships and exchange visits. Projects must align with the vision of AIMS, must be possible to complete with limited resources, and must have measurable benefits and impact.

Many AIMS students and alumni are interested in conducting research and advancing their research careers. Additionally, some senior AIMS alumni are engaged in supervision or co-supervision of students but lack sufficient funds to support the realization of research projects. Through the generous support of Canada’s IDRC, limited funds have been made available to assist AIMS alumni interested or involved in interdisciplinary mathematical science research and its applications, including industry research internships. Applications are welcome throughout the year and reviewed bi-annually (July and February). AIMS alumni and current AIMS students (aspiring to graduate before the end of June or December), interested in mathematical science research and its applications, mathematical sciences research with potential future applications or industry research internships are encouraged to apply.

All awards are highly competitive and funding decisions are based on:

Why apply?

Potential benefit and broad impact of the project on Africa’s development. Applicant’s leadership potential and passion for Africa’s development.

Application Instructions for Grantees

Applicants should submit the following six (6) documents listed below as attachments in a single email. Files exceeding 2MB should be zipped before submission. Submitting different data in multiple emails might delay the review of your application. Your application package should be emailed to with the subject line: “Applicant’s names-AASRG2014” e.g. “JohnJake-AASRG2014”.

  1. The Application Form which should include information about the research proposal and the projected budget (maximum 15 pages, 1.15 point spacing, 12 points, Times font).
  2. A cover letter, clearly stating your vision of the proposed research project, your future research or career plans, and how this aligns with the vision of AIMS (two-A4 pages).
  3. Curriculum vitae that include a list of publications and awards, your scientific and, or technical contributions to your academic discipline, and names of three referees.
  4. A copy of your most recent academic transcript.
  5. Reprints of your two key publications.
  6. An acceptance or admission or employment letter from the collaborating supervisor or institution.

Applicants will be required to initially discuss with the AIMS Centres their interest in spending some of their research time at the Centre and the possible cost implications for budgeting purposes. During the final review phase, a letter of approval will be requested directly by the grant selection panel, from the AIMS Centre, on behalf of the shortlisted candidates, before a final selection.

The applicant must ensure that the following documents are e-mailed directly to by either the referees or the host supervisor:

  • Three confidential reference letters, one of which should come from a previous or current supervisor.
  • A signed letter of collaboration from the collaborating institution or industry (if applicable) disclosing other resources that are available to the candidate to supplement the requested funds.
  • Grantees should use the Progress Report to submit progress reports per their grant agreement.
  • Grantees should use the Bank details form to submit their bank details.
  • At the end of their Grant period, grantees are required to submit a final 2-3 page report highlighting their achievements, results obtained and future aspirations. This report should be accompanied by a completed and signed Progress Reportwhich should capture a complete summary of all their activities and achievements from the time the grant was awarded until the end period of the grant.

Kindly note that grantees will receive periodic payments, which will be initiated upon the receipt of satisfactory progress reports.

Application Documents

For additional information please click on the links below:

Grant Allocation and Reporting Process

AIMS Alumni Small Research Grant Information for Supervisors

Review Process

AIMS Alumni Small Research Activities at AIMS Centres for Grantees 2015

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