ECOWAS Research Grant Program for West African Researchers

By | January 1, 2017

ECOWAS Research Grant Program for West African Researchers

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) invites applications for research grant program from young West Africans to contribute and participate actively in the energy discourse at the national and regional levels. Researchers will submit proposals for policy research in any of the energy fields. The maximum grant allocated to each research proposal is one thousand, five hundred euro (1,500 EUR). The duration of the study (including submission of the final manuscript) should not exceed 12 months. The application deadline is 30 November, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Grants are awarded in any of the energy fields (e.g. energy technologies, energy finance, energy economics, energy policy, energy and the environment/climate change, energy and development, energy law etc.)
Course Level: Grants are available for conducting policy research.
Scholarship Provider:
The Research Grant Program is supported by the ECOWAS Commission, the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), the U.S National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Scholarship can be taken at: Africa

Eligibility: Research teams must comprise of young West African researchers of not more than 35 years of age (excluding Research Advisor(s)). Participants should at least be students in or graduates from an institution of higher education (in the region or outside the region). Research teams with a Master or PhD degree holder, or equivalent, will be given priority.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Applicants from West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) are eligible to apply.

Scholarship Description: The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is launching a Research Grant Program and is inviting research teams to submit proposals for policy research in any of the energy fields (e.g. energy technologies, energy finance, energy economics, energy policy, energy and the environment/climate change, energy and development, energy law etc.) Teams will receive a grant amount of not more than €1500 to contribute to the formulation of evidence-based energy policies or strategies in the region.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The duration of the study (including submission of the final manuscript) should not exceed 12 months. Payments will be made in three installments: 50% upon signing of contract; 25% after final submission and acceptance of manuscript and 25% upon acceptance of the research paper for publication by Editorial team.

What does it cover? 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, travel
-Communication/documentation
-Minor Equipment
-Software
-Office supplies, copying/printing
-Support (research assistants/respondents)
-Payments will be made in three instalments:
-50% upon signing of contract;
-25% after final submission and acceptance of manuscript6
-25% upon acceptance of the research paper for publication by Editorial team.

Selection Criteria: The proposals will be evaluated based on the:
-scientific quality of the proposed research
-policy relevance
-competency level of the research team
-gender balance of the team
For Scientific quality, proposals will be judged on:
-Strength of the hypothesis, theories and/or research questions
-Appropriateness of the methodology and research design
-Applicability of the research and its impact.
-Originality and innovation
– Multidisciplinary approach
For policy relevance, the proposals will be evaluated based on its contribution towards solving pressing energy issues. Specifically,
-Relevance of the research to current or planned policy instruments and legislation.
-Contribution to the body of knowledge in energy policy formulation and competence of decision-makers
The third group of criteria will focus on the ability of the research team to successfully execute the proposed project, considering if the team (or a member of the team) has executed a project of similar scope. Evaluation will be based on the:
-Qualifications, skills and competencies of the research team
-Feasibility of the research timetable and suitability of the budget.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted electronically to researchgrant-at-ecreee.org by 30 November, 2015. The following should be sent along with the research proposal:
-A cover letter;
-A supporting letter from an organisation (public or private) interested in the research and that may use the results of research;
-A letter from the Advisor committed to supervise the research;
-Detailed curriculum vitae of each member of the team (including the Advisor).

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 30 November, 2015.