Ends on January 15, 2017
The BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative is excited to announce the 2016 Travel Grant Competition, offered to help facilitate strong partnerships between researchers at BRAC and CEGA. 

 A total of $15,000 will be competitively awarded in this round for CEGA faculty and their PhD students that seek to travel to BRAC field offices (in Bangladesh, East Africa, and West Africa) for exploratory work to develop new research projects, build partnerships with BRAC research counterparts, and initiate proposal development.  Applications are invited for travel taking place in Spring 2017. A separate call will be announced in April for travel in Summer 2017. 

Eligibility: CEGA affiliates and their PhD students are eligible for this award.

Please see the RFA for further details.     

East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative

2016 Policy and Partnerships Grant Competition Application

The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative is a multi-institution research network with a mission to promote rigorous evaluation of social and economic development programs in East Africa. EASST offers competitive fellowships and grants to researchers in the region; it also facilitates collaboration between East African and U.S. researchers. Through these and other activities, EASST seeks to empower the “next generation” of social scientists to measure the impacts of development interventions, and then translate research findings into better public policies.

BACKGROUND:                                                                                                            

EASST is excited to announce a new "Policy and Partnerships" Grant Competition, which is offered to facilitate strong partnerships between EASST fellows, CEGA's partner institutions, or policy makers/ implementers within East Africa. Grants of up to $5,000 will be competitively awarded to three EASST fellows to support their participation in specific scale-up activities/replication efforts; participation in policy committees or convenings; or cultivation of research opportunities with regional governments or NGOs. For example, funding could be awarded to a fellow to assist J-PAL Africa, in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Uganda, to scale-up an evaluation or to attend a matchmaking workshop in which researchers are paired with policy makers to help identify and design an evaluation.

From these activities, EASST hopes to spark working relationships between EASST researchers, policy-makers, CEGA's partners, and development stakeholders, to promote the use of existing evidence and the rigorous evaluation of future development interventions.  We expect to award 3 grants of up to $5000 each.

 

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through October 31st, 2017

Materials should be submitted to http://tinyurl.com/EASSTPPGrant


GRANT INFORMATION AND ADMINISTRATION

 

1.    Funding: EASST anticipates funding a total of $15,000, with a maximum of $5,000 awarded per grant.

2.    Eligibility: Submissions must be made from those within the EASST Fellowship Alumni network

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY

 

Please submit the following materials:

 

1.    Cover Sheet

2.    Budget

3.    Proposal Narrative:

4.    Letter of Support

5.    Save all of the above items as a SINGLE WORD or PDF file. The file name should read “EASSTfellowname_Partnername”

6.    Submit your application to the online “Submittable” platform file at http://tinyurl.com/EASSTPPGrant

 

                                                                                                                        

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

 

Proposals will be evaluated based on their policy relevance, significance and innovation, commitment to evidence-based policy making, partnership viability, and expected outputs. The criteria for evaluation are given in the table below:

 

Policy Relevance

Will the grant address questions critical to the partner organization? Are the proposed activities relevant to bridging the gap between research and policy-making and developing lasting partnerships between researchers and policy-makers?

Significance and Innovation

Do the proposed activities address an important barrier, gap, or inefficiency that is not currently addressed in incorporating the use of existing evidence and rigorous evaluation of development interventions?  Is there evidence of a strong relationship with the implementing partner?

Commitment to Evidence-Based Policy Making

Is there a commitment from the partner organization to institutionalize the use of rigorous evidence in decision making? Is there potential to scale-up a proven policy or process for using this evidence?

Viability of the Partnership

Is the relationship between the researcher and partner likely to endure the length of the project? Is there potential for the partnership to remain in tact beyond the project?

Expected Outputs

What are the expected results? Are the steps that the project will take to facilitate scale-up addressed? What dissemination and sustainability efforts will be made as part of the grant?


INFORMATION ABOUT AWARDS

1.    Deliverables: If selected, grantees will be responsible for the following deliverables, which will need to be submitted in a single PDF file to EASST staff:

a.     Narrative report (2 pages) on the accomplishments of the project and the outcomes of dialogue with partners. The report should also outline the next steps required, and a tentative timeline for undertaking these next steps in their partnership.

b.    An informal blog post discussing new insights gained from the project.

c.    Statement of Expenditures and receipts outlining expenses associated with the grant. 

2.    Fund Disbursement: Once an application is approved, funds will be provided via a fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley to the EASST investigators. CEGA staff will work with UC Berkeley awards office to disburse funds as quickly as possible. It is expected that funds will be disbursed within 60 days of award. Selected award recipients will be sent required documentation for fund disbursement and are asked to provide all necessary information as swiftly as possible to ensure timely fund disbursement.

3.    Other Terms and Conditions: EASST reserves the right to negotiate with project investigators. Any outputs produced as a result of this grant shall include the language “Funding for this research was provided by the East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative at the Center for Effective Global Action”

4.    Questions: Questions relating to this announcement or application process should be sent to EASST Program Associate Kuranda Morgan at kmorgan@berkeley.edu.

  

 

Learn more about EASST at http://easst-collaborative.org