Closing Date: 30th June 2020

This call for proposals is based on the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) Research Agenda developed with collaborative support from several partners, to address gaps in tobacco control research. CTCA supports innovative research that generates the critical evidence to drive tobacco control, bridge the knowledge gaps and narrow the space between Policy and implementation. The primary focus of CTCA is to support the implementation of the WHO- Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Africa, which came into force in 2005.

The goal of this call for proposals is to identify and support cutting edge innovative research projects to address key knowledge gaps of the priority research themes on tobacco control in Africa as identified in the TCRA.

The findings of the research projects will contribute to building an evidence base that will specifically;

  1. Provide decision makers with up to date context specific tobacco burden status to guide development and implementation of tobacco control interventions
  2. Promote reduction of tobacco use among key populations such as youths, women, etc
  3. Unravel and catalyse uptake of the gains of alternative livelihood approaches over tobacco growing
  4. Uncover and reverse the socio-behavioral patterns of tobacco use and dependence


This call for proposals targets students (Masters or PhD level) interested in having this research contribute to their academic research dissertations. The student should have a supervisor who will guide them in undertaking the research. Although it is not a requirement to be an expert in tobacco control at application stage, it is essential to be equipped with knowledge on tobacco control as you excute the research.

Applicants must submit a declaration of no conflict of interest with the tobacco industry in the research they propose to execute.

Only those applications directly addressing at least one of the eight research priorities described in section two will be considered as eligible.

Applicants will be excluded from participating in the call for proposals procedure if they are (a) subject to conflict of interest; (b) guilty of misrepresentation in supplying the information required by this call for proposals.


CTCA will award student grants of 5000 USD to twelve (12) successful applicants to conduct innovative research in a period of 12 months. The total budget earmarked for this call for proposals is USD 60,000 across all awards. While awards are anticipated as a result of this call for proposals, CTCA reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

The research project budget must be submitted in excel format using the template provided. Each line item in the budget must be justified in a brief narrative.