Deadline: 14 May 2018
The International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) is seeking proposals to support up to 11 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa.
The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa that bring together African early career scientists from different scientific disciplines and key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, policy makers, built environment professionals, the private sector, civil society and citizens) in research co-design and co-production.
Eleven collaborative research projects across Africa will be awarded up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.
- This call is open only to early career scientists who are nationals of an African country, and who are based at organisations in Africa. Applications led by early career scientists from West and North Africa are strongly encouraged.
- Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. If an applicant does not have a PhD, evidence proving research experience should be provided.
- The programme aims to foster research collaboration across Africa, therefore each project should involve 2 African countries. Ideally at least one member of the research team should be based in a low income country (based on OECD ODA’s ranking) or the inclusion of collaborators from the poorest parts of middle income nations should be demonstrated.
- Each application should demonstrate its relevance to the thematic focus of the call.
- Each research team should include minimum one social and one natural scientists
- Pre-proposals should illustrate steps that were taken to co-design research questions with key stakeholders. Plans of engaging these stakeholders in knowledge co-production should also be outlined.
- Each application should include information about the Principal Investigator and should indicate the name of the collaborator(s) and attach a letter confirming his/her interest in research collaboration.
- The institution under which the project will take place should be based in an African country. This institution should provide a letter of support for the project, if it’s successful. A senior scientist from this institution who will supervise the applicant should also provide a letter of support. Applications which do not include such letters will not be considered.
- All projects must include a university partner.
- Applications can be written in English or French. However, if the project is successful, all progress reporting will need to be done in English. However, it is not necessary that the research be conducted in English or published only in English.
- Applications which exceed the character limits (see below) will not be considered.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via given website.
Eligible Country: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
For more information, please visit ISCU.