Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Call for Proposals: Research Grants from Azim Premji University


Call for Proposals

As part of Azim Premji University's efforts to strengthen and elevate the state of understanding of societal processes and outcomes we are launching the second round of our Research Grant Programme. This is designed to promote inquiry into areas of particular interest to the Foundation and to explore possible responses for some of them.

We invite high quality research proposals that examine significant questions of public concern in the areas of education, public policy and governance and development and sustainability. For this cycle, we invite high quality proposals in the following 3 areas that address important issues of public concern

Education and Allied Areas
Law and Governance 
Development and Sustainability 

The grant programme is designed to strengthen and supplement our existing efforts in these areas. While we are open to any broad consideration within the area, the research should be empirically grounded, and be able to inform practice and policy.

The duration of projects can range from 1 to 3 years, and the size of the research grants from Rs.5 to 20 lakhs.

Interested applicants should submit the following via the online portal below which will be open on October 15th 2016:

  • CV for all investigators
  • Short concept note of not more than 3 pages
  • Extended Proposal of up to 10 pages
  • Budget Breakdown
  • Anticipated timeline

Please note that the portal will remain available until the November 15th 2016, the last date for submissions. This deadline is strict.

The concept note and proposal should both indicate why the study is needed, highlight its significance, clearly identify the research objectives/questions, and outline the methodology to be employed. In particular, it should indicate why the research is of general significance and addresses the particular concerns laid out in the terms of reference. Applicants should have demonstrated competency and qualifications to undertake the research in the proposed area. Applicants should read the terms of reference for each area before applying and ensure that the proposal aligns with the specifications. Please note that a proposal that is outside the scope of the specific areas of research will not be considered further. Accordingly please ensure that your proposal addresses the concerns highlighted in each theme and indicate how your proposals specifically seeks to engage with them.

All proposals will undergo an internal review at the outset. Those deemed to be particularly promising will then be sent for an extensive external review that may take up to 3 months.

Grants will be awarded primarily to individuals or teams affiliated with academic institutions, think tanks, NGOs and other centers of vital research both in India and elsewhere. We encourage scholars and researchers in the fields of education, public policy, economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, law and the sciences to submit grant proposals.

Last date for submission of Research ProposalsNovember 15th, 2016
Indication of initial interestNovember 25th, 2016
Selected proposals sent for reviewNovember 25th 2016- Feb 15th 2017
Decisions MadeMarch 1st, 2017

APPLY HERE - This link will work between 15th October and 15th November, 2016.

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