ECOWAS Call for Proposals for Research Grants for Policy Research
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), represented by its Regional Programme on Energy Security and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa, have launched the ECOWAS Research Grant Program.
The Program aims to support teams of young men and women to conduct and develop well researched, policy-relevant academic papers designed to contribute to the transformation of the energy sector in the ECOWAS region.
The Research Grant Program is part of the ECOWAS initiative on Youth Leadership Development in Energy, which works to prepare the region’s young men and women to become globally competitive energy leaders in the future.
Aligned with the initiative’s objective, the Research Grant Program aims to build and strengthen the capacity of young West Africans to contribute and participate actively in the energy discourse at the national and regional levels and, thus, ensure that the youth has a say in the way energy development is shaped in West Africa.
This aligns with the mission of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to improve the political and social framework for climate-friendly sustainable development, as well as stronger regional and international cooperation on energy security and climate adaptation/mitigation plans in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Program will, thus, support research teams with research proposals that are ambitious and innovative, and aimed at generating new knowledge for decision making.
In line with the goal of the initiative on Youth Leadership Development in Energy, which works to prepare the region’s young men and women to become globally competitive energy leaders in the future, the Research Grant Program has as its objective to build and strengthen the capacity of young West Africans to contribute and participate actively in the energy discourse at the national and regional levels.
The overall objective of this is to ensure that the youth has a say in the way energy development is shaped in West Africa.
The maximum grant allocated to each research proposal is one thousand, five hundred euro (1,500 EUR).
The grant will cover costs related to:Fieldwork, travelCommunication/documentationMinor EquipmentSoftwareOffice supplies, copying/printingSupport (research assistants/respondents)
The Research Grant Program will support research proposals that aim at employing scientific methodologies in finding solutions to topical energy issues in ECOWAS Member States.
Research proposals employing a multidisciplinary approach will be favoured.
To be eligible: Research teams must comprise young West African researchers of not more than 35 years of age. Participants should at least be students in an institution of higher education (in the region or outside the region). Research teams with a Master or Ph.D. degree holder, or equivalent, will be given priority. Membership to the Network of Young Energy Researchers is required for team members after the selection of their proposal. The young researchers must be supervised by a Project Advisor in partnership with an institution likely to use the research results.
Countries of research coverage include:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
The proposals will be evaluated based on the:Scientific quality of the proposed researchPolicy relevanceCompetency level of the research teamGender balance of the team
For Scientific quality, proposals will be judged on: Strength of the hypothesis, theories and/or research questionsAppropriateness of the methodology and research designApplicability of the research and its impact.Originality and innovationMultidisciplinary approach.
Deadline: 25th June.