Global Development Awards Competition 2019 for Developing Countries


Deadline: 26 July 2019

The Global Development Network (GDN) is inviting researchers from developing and transition countries to submit research proposals under the theme of Doing research in developing countries: the role of non-academic actors, new communication platforms and leadership in social sciences for the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD).

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The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development is a competitive research grant program under the Global Development Awards Competition 2019. The Awards Competition is administered by GDN, funded under the Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD) trust fund managed by the World Bank and generously supported by the Government of Japan. This award program identifies and funds outstanding research proposals in developing and transition countries with high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues.

The first prize is US$ 30,000, and the second prize and third prizes are US$ 10,000 and US$ 5,000 respectively. The funds will be used to support the research work proposed by the winners towards the completion of their research. Grants are conditional to final clearing of the 2019-21 edition of the Awards competition by the World Bank, a process that is ongoing at the moment this call is launched.

Competition Sub-Themes

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The main theme of the Awards competition this year is ‘Doing social research in developing countries: the role of non-academic actors, new communication platforms and leadership in the social sciences’. Research Proposals for the Award will be considered under the following three sub-themes:

  • Understanding and measuring the role of non-academic researchers in development
  • The role of social media in the production, diffusion and uptake of development research in developing countries
  • The role of research leadership in advancing evidence-informed debate in developing countries

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible countries for the ORD competition are those classified by the World Bank as low-income or middle-income countries. The competition is open only to researchers who are citizens or permanent residents of these countries. The applicants (including team members) can be asked to submit proof of their citizenship and residency through documents with legal standing, at any point during the competition. Please note that all personal information details as provided in the application (and CV) should be factually correct, else the application will be liable for disqualification. The information on the Identity Card will remain strictly confidential with GDN.
  • Citizens of eligible countries currently residing in a non-eligible country are only allowed to apply if they have been living in the non-eligible country for no more than five years as of 16 July 2019. This should be clearly shown in the CV and personal information should be provided. In case any information is found to be incorrect, the proposal is liable for disqualification during any stage of the competition, including after the grant has been conferred.
  • The CVs for all team members must be included in the application. The CVs should clearly state the age of all team members, the citizenship for all team members and the country of residence for the past five years for all team members and the current institutional affiliation for all team members. These details are mandatory and an application will be deemed incomplete if these details are not submitted.
  • The upper age limit for all applicants is 45 years as of 16 July 2019. Individuals above 45 years of age as of 16 July 2019 are not eligible to apply.
  • The proposal should not be receiving or scheduled to receive funds from other sources to be eligible for consideration for the ORD unless it is clearly explained how the additional funds provided by the ORD would reinforce the existing funds for successful completion of the research.
  • Staff members of multilateral and bilateral organizations (The World Bank, IMF, IADB, UN agencies, DFID, AusAID, etc.) are not eligible to apply.
  • Previous and current employees of GDN or its Regional Network Partners3 are not eligible to apply up till 5 years from the completion of their tenure. Previous GDN Board Members, project mentors and members of evaluation teams are not eligible to apply.
  • Similar proposals or papers resulting as products from full or partial GDN funded activities (Global Research Projects and other competitions not limited to Regional Research Competitions, Global Research Competitions etc.), cannot be submitted for this competition.
  • Past ORD winners and finalists are not eligible to apply with the same or similar research proposal. Additionally, winners are not eligible to apply for a period of 3 years subsequent to the end of their agreement with GDN.
  • Past and current ORD reviewers are not eligible to take part in the competition.

How to Apply

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Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit http://www.gdn.int/awards2019

  • Avatar Bernard Mondiwa says:

    This is my time to proove my research on renewable energy in my middle income country. Opportunity at the right time.

    Thank you so much for this offer!

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