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Research Funding Programme - 2019

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 fourth round of our Research Funding 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 following three areas:

  1. Education and Allied Areas
  2. Urban Governance and Sustainability
  3. Labour, Livelihoods and Employment

The funding 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 fund from Rs.5 to 20 lakhs.

Interested applicants should submit the following via the online portal which will be open on March 20th , 2019:

  • CV for all investigators
  • Short concept note of not more than 3 pages
  • Budget breakdown
  • Anticipated timeline

Please note that the portal will remain available until, 5.00 PM (IST) April 20th , 2019, 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 how it 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 concept note and proposal address the concerns highlighted in each theme and indicate how your proposal 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 2 months.

Research Funds 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 and the sciences to submit proposals.

Last date for submission of Concept Notes 5.00PM (IST) April 20th , 2019
Indication of initial interest May 20th , 2019
Last date for submission of Full Proposal June 20th , 2019
Proposals sent for review June 20th – August 20th , 2019
Announcement of final awardees September 10th , 2019
Projects Start date October 1st , 2019

APPLY HERE - This link will work between 20th March and 20th April, 2019.

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