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RESEARCH FUNDING PROGRAMME 2020

As part of Azim Premji University’s efforts to strengthen and elevate the state of understanding of societal processes and outcomes, we have launched the fifth round of our Research Funding Programme. This programme is designed to promote inquiry into areas of particular interest to Azim Premji Foundation and to explore possible responses for some of them. The Research Funding Programme is designed to strengthen and supplement our existing efforts in these areas. While we are open to any broad consideration within an area, the research should be empirically grounded, and be able to inform practice and policy.

We have invited high-quality research proposals that examine the significant questions of public concern in the following areas:

  1. Education and Allied Areas for research that has direct relevance to the strengthening of the public education system in India.

  2. Labour, Livelihoods and Employment for research in the broad area of labour, livelihoods, and employment to foster fresh and creative thinking on the right of every Indian to lead a secure and dignified life in a just and sustainable way.

  3. Urban Governance and Sustainability inviting new theoretical insights and data-based understanding of the complex challenges of urban sustainability in India, and research that examines initiatives towards addressing these challenges, that can serve as models for other contexts were invited.

  4. Local Democracy for research with direct relevance to strengthening local democracy and development, by way of field engagement to create good practices at scale and research to support these; to build capacity through educational programmes, and work with stakeholders to build a conducive ecosystem.

  5. Climate Change Action research is designed to promote increased understanding of the climate crisis in India and to explore possible action and responses to it.

Call for Proposals for Azim Premji University Research Funding Programme 2020 is closed. Thank you for your interest.

The schedule for the Azim Premji University Research Funding Programme 2020 is as follows:

Last date for submission of Concept Notes Closed on Oct 31, 2020
Indication of initial interest
  • Labour, Livelihoods and Employment
  • Urban Governance and Sustainability
  • Local Democracy
  • Climate Change Action
Announced on Dec 1, 2020
  • Education and Allied Areas
Dec 7, 2020
Last date for submission of Full Proposal
  • Labour, Livelihoods and Employment
  • Urban Governance and Sustainability
  • Local Democracy
  • Climate Change Action
11 p.m. on Dec 31, 2020
  • Education and Allied Areas
11 p.m. on Jan 6, 2021
Announcement of awards Mar 7, 2021
Project start date Apr 1, 2021

Please contact us at [email protected] for any assistance you may require. Kindly refer your application number, name, title of proposal, domain applied under and your registered email id in all enquiries made for assistance to the helpdesk.



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