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ASSAR Small Opportunities Grants

The wide-ranging expertise and experience represented across ASSAR provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen individual research, science communication and networking capacities of early career scientists in Africa and Asia. Therefore, a fund was established to support professional development within the project. The ASSAR Small Opportunities Grants (ASSAR-SOG) offer an opportunity for young scientists to tap into a broad spectrum of strengths, skills, perspectives, and ideas across different semi-arid hotspots.


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