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With support from the Swedish Government and WIOMSA, the Marine Research Grant (MARG) Programme seeks to enhance capacity to conduct research and increase our understanding on various aspects of marine sciences, and offer opportunities for researchers from the WIO to present their results in different regional and international fora. In addition provides opportunities for targeting wider audiences and opportunities to learn special skills.

Support offered
The MARG Programme covers all subject areas of marine science and technology. MARG is a competitive grant system managed by a special Committee that selects proposals for research in those areas that are designated as being high priority within the development plans of the WIO member states. The funds can be used at the discretion of the grantee to enable the proposed schedule of work to be carried out, which must take place within 1 year of the award being made. The grants are available for researchers within WIO institutions.

Three types of grants are awarded:

MARG-I: These awards are 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$ 6,000 per year. Proposals for MARG I Grants are reviewed once a year.

MARG-II: These awards are intended to provide opportunities to individual research scientists for the purpose of sharing their work, or gaining technical experience such as to work at a specific laboratory, as well as data processing and manuscript write-up within the WIO region and, where necessary, outside the region. The duration of MARG-II is 3 months, and the maximum amount offered is US$ 6,000. Proposals for MARG II Grants are reviewed continuously through the year.

MARG-III: These awards are intended to provide opportunities to individual researchers to travel to attend scientific meetings and conferences for the purpose of presenting their work and to learn from others. The maximum amount offered is US$ 3,000. Proposals for MARG III Grants are reviewed continuously through the year.

For detailed instructions for applying for these grants, download the call for proposals and to apply visit http://proposals.wiomsa.org

For more information contact the WIOMSA secretariat:secretary@wiomsa.org