Call for Pre-Proposals: Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa

As part of the 5-year 'Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa' programme, ICSU-NASAC-ISSC has launched a call for pre-proposals on 'Understanding the Energy - Health - Natural Disasters nexus in the urban context in Africa.'

With the impending adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, later this year, it is imperative to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Agenda. The International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support research projects across Africa to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years. The call is part of the 5-year 'Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa' (LIRA2030) programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

The goal of the call, the first launched as part of the LIRA2030 programme, is to better understand inter-relationships between energy systems, air pollution, health impacts and provision of health services, climate adaptation opportunities, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment in Africa.

The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa interested to explore inter-relationships across at least two domains of the nexus and that clearly indicate the inter- and trans-disciplinary nature of the research project.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience.

The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 15 August 2016 (18:00 CET). Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online form available.

Please carefully read the call description with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal.

Following the call, 35 pre-proposals will be selected to attend a training event on integrated research, which will take place on 3-7 October 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. This training aims to strengthen scientific capacity to undertake this form of research, to enable researchers to build meaningful inter- and trans-disciplinary projects, to support the development of full proposals and to strengthen science communication skills. Applicants should be aware that if their pre-proposals are selected, they are expected to attend this training. The programme will cover associated travel and subsistence costs.

Participants of the training will then be given about two months to submit full proposals (deadline is 30 November 2016, 18:00 CET). In January 2017, ten collaborative research projects across Africa will be awarded with up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.

Key dates

Issue of the call for pre-proposals 19 July 2016
Submission deadline for pre-proposal 15 August 2016  (18:00 CET)
Selection decision of pre-proposals Early September 2016
Training on integrated research 3-7 October 2016, Nairobi, Kenya
Submission deadline for full proposals 30 November 2016 (18:00 CET)
Funding decision January 2017

Source: International Council for Science (ICSU)