TWAS Research Grants Programme: Maintenance

Under this scheme, grants are awarded to past grant recipients of the TWAS Research Grant programme who procured equipment through the grant in one of the S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS.
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The TWAS Research Grants Programme for Maintenance grants was established in response to the needs of researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities. Under this scheme, grants can be awarded for maintenance and repair(s) to individual young researchers, or to research units in the science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS, to enable them to repair and fix any unutilised laboratory equipment they need to enhance their productivity.

The information on this page refers to applications submitted for maintenance grant

The TWAS Maintenance Grant Programme aims to:

  • Reduce unused equipment in laboratories;
  • Lengthen the shelf life of pieces of equipment in laboratories;

The TWAS Maintenance Grant Programme is generously supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Programme Details

  • TWAS Maintenance Grants are awarded to support repair and servicing of existing lab equipment already procured through a past TWAS Reseach grant (Individual or Group) in the S&T-lagging countries  (S&TLC) identified by TWAS.
  • Maintenance Grants to individual scientists amount to a maximum of USD 3,000.
  • The grants, which are normally provided for a period of 12 months. Purchase of new equipment cannot be supported through this grant.


  • Individual applicants must be nationals of developing countries.
  • The applicants must be previous recipients of TWAS Research Grants (either Individual or Group).
  • The equipment requiring servicing or maintenance must have been purchased through the previous TWAS Research Grant award.
  • Individual scientists who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for this grant.


  • If selected, a trilateral written agreement is drawn up between TWAS, the individual grantee and the home institution. The institution undertakes to administer the grant according to the agreement and to provide laboratory space, salaries and other facilities necessary for the project. Equipment that will be repaired or serviced through the TWAS Maintenance Grant Programme remain the property of the home institution. The grant will not cover any institutional overheads.
  • In general, the grant funds are kept at TWAS for the servicing and repair requested by the grant holder.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit proforma invoices (quotations) for repairing services in accordance with the approved itemized budget for TWAS approval.

How to apply

  • We invite you to read the guidelines (see below) carefully before starting to fill in the application form.
  • TWAS Maintenance Grant applications can ONLY be submitted online now by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab at the bottom of this page.
  • For any queries please contact TWAS Research Grants Office, e-mail: researchgrants@twas.org

When to apply

  • The deadline for receiving applications is 3 April 2024. We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the deadline but submit the application as early as you can.


  • The Selection Committee meetings of the TWAS Research Grant programmes will be held by the end of the year. Applicants will be notified of the outcome shortly after the meeting.