I am working with colleagues at Tufts University and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on a five-year project funded by DFID, aimed at the development and application of Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA).
The IMMANA project has three elements:
- A total of 22 one-year postdoctoral fellowships to be awarded from 2015 through 2018.
- Several multiyear research grants awarded in 2015 and in 2016
- A global research network known as the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy
My role is to direct the fellowships program, together with co-director Patrick Webb and coordinator Zachary Gersten. In September 2016 we launched Round 3, as detailed in the full 2017-18 IMMANA Fellowships Call For Applications. A brief description:
Objective: To accelerate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems, health, and nutrition outcomes, and thereby inform policy and programmatic actions in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
Funding available: Five one-year postdoctoral research fellowships with mentor support in 2017 and five again in 2018, building on two previous rounds in 2015 and 2016..
Who can apply: Researchers who have completed a doctoral degree in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice, and are seeking a career in research, education, and engagement at the intersection of two or more of these fields. Eligible candidates must have received their doctorate within 3 years of their proposed fellowship start date. Start dates for Round 3 must fall between June 1st and Dec 31st, 2017. Applicants may be of any nationality and have earned their doctorate anywhere, but IMMANA strongly encourages applications from citizens of low- and middle-income countries who have research or faculty appointments in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. At least one of the fellowship project’s two mentors must be located in Africa or Asia. Fellowship duration is 12 months and is not renewable.
Deadlines for 2017-18 Fellowships:
— Concept notes: Submit on a rolling basis for feedback
— Full proposals: Due on 28 Feb. 2017
— Selected candidates will be notified in early May 2017
— Start dates for fellowships: 1 June – 31 December 2017
The IMMANA collaboration is coordinated by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and includes leading experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; SOAS, University of London; and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston (USA).
IMMANA is funded with UK aid through the Department for International Development (DFID).