INGSA Grant Programmes


The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is a collaborative platform for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.

In line with this mission, INGSA offers professional development and research grants to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. Each grant recipient is expected to manage and conduct a project that explores or advances the understanding or practice of science advice in the region. 

Successful recipients of an INGSA grant:

  • Become INGSA Associates for the duration of their project
  • Receive support and networking opportunities to advance their career paths
  • Receive funding to complete a novel project of their design
  • Can access opportunities for ongoing engagement to advance science advice mechanisms in their regions
  • Are exposed to international peers and opportunities across the INGSA network.

Becoming an INGSA Associate provides a unique opportunity to leverage – and contribute to – INGSA’s global network of science advisors and database of resources. The grants are open to academics or policy professionals, with the aim of increasing the understanding of science advisory mechanisms in the Global South.

Any questions relating to the grant programme can be directed to INGSA Programme Officer, Grant Mills: g.mills [at]


Meet the 2021 INGSA Knowledge Associates

Covid-19 highlighted the critical nexus of evidence-into-policy. To respond to this, INGSA and IDRC have provided 18-month grants to enable INGSA Knowledge Associates to undertake deep-dive case studies on their country’s use of evidence in policy decisions related to Covid-19. This grant round had a particular focus on getting equal numbers of demand-side and supply-side actors from around the world.

Click here to meet the 2021 INGSA Knowledge Associates and find out about their projects.


Meet the 2019 INGSA Research Associates

INGSA and IDRC were excited to be able to expand the 2019 round to 7 grants. Once again, the grant round was extremely competitive and resulted in grants going to researchers in Indonesia, Chile, Pakistan, Uganda, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Ghana.

Click here to meet the 2019 INGSA Research Associates and find out about their projects.


Meet the 2018 INGSA Research Associates

INGSA’s inaugural round of applications were incredibly popular and attracted applicants from every corner of the Global South. After a hard Selection Committee process, 6 professional development grants were awarded.

Click here to meet the 2018 INGSA Research Associates and find out about their projects.


INGSA operates under the auspices of the International Science Council (ISC). Grants are made possible through a partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).