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As part of Azim Premji Foundation’s efforts to strengthen and elevate the state of understanding of societal processes and outcomes we are launching a Research Grant programme. This is designed to promote inquiry into areas of particular interest to the Foundation and to explore possible responses for some of them.

At the outset we seek to fund research in three linked, but distinct areas:

Education and Allied Areas
Law and Governance
Development and Sustainability

The grant 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 grants from Rs.5 to 20 lakhs.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

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

The concept note should indicate why the study is needed, highlight its significance, clearly identify the research objectives/questions, and outline the methodology to be employed. In particular, the note should indicate why the research is of general significance and 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. If the concept note is selected, the applicant will be asked to submit a detailed proposal for a second round including detailed budgetary requirements and dissemination plans.

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 proposal addresses the concerns highlighted in each theme and indicate how your proposals specifically seeks to engage with them.

Applications will be considered as they are received, and should be sent to [email protected] with the heading indicating which subtheme (Education and Allied Areas; Development and Sustainability; Law and Governance) you are applying for.

Grants 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, law and the sciences to submit grant proposals.

Last date for submission of Research Proposals August 31, 2015
Confirmation of acceptance of Proposals September 15, 2015
Last date for submission of detailed Proposals October 15, 2015
Final confirmation of acceptance of Proposals December, 2015

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