East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative

EASST will award grants for the evaluation of innovative interventions in East Africa. A total of $240,000 in research funding will be awarded across all projects. Researchers may request up to $50,000 in funding.

Research teams with two lead investigators – one from the CEGA affiliate network (or sponsored graduate students) and one from a research institution in East Africa – are invited to jointly develop a research proposal for consideration by EASST. Research teams may request funding for a new project or supplemental funding for an ongoing project. Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of researchers. Successful proposals will achieve two primary goals: (i) creating new knowledge that will improve the design of development programs in East Africa, and; (ii) enhancing East African researchers’ skills and capacity to lead future evaluations.

Note that the CEGA partner and the East African researcher are expected to be full partners in the research—from the writing of the proposal, to design of survey modules, to data collection, to data analysis, to writing up results. Priority will be given to projects that are likely to result in at least one co-authored publication.

Launched in 2009, The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative is a multi-institution research network with a mission to promote rigorous evaluation of social and economic development programs in East Africa. EASST offers competitive fellowships, research grants, and training grants to researchers in the region; in order to facilitate collaboration between East African and U.S. researchers. Through these and other activities, EASST seeks to empower the “next generation” of social scientists to measure the impacts of development interventions, and then translate research findings into better public policies.

Funding: EASST anticipates funding a total of $240,000 during this 2019 Call for Proposals, with a maximum of $50,000 per grant.

Topics: Funding will support impact evaluations (randomized control trials or quasi-experimental studies) that address a topic of critical importance to economic development in East Africa, i.e. agriculture, health, youth empowerment, financial inclusion, etc. It is strongly encouraged that projects incorporate a focus on gender to the extent possible. Applications will be accepted for work in Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, or South Sudan. Please note that approximately 20% of the funds available in this round are earmarked for impact evaluations that use methods from implementation science to examine the socioeconomic dimensions of infectious disease (TB, Malaria, etc.—HIV excepted, unless in cases of co-morbidities with other infectious diseases). This subset of funding is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Eligibility: Submissions must be made by at least one CEGA affiliated Principal Investigator (affiliate or grad students sponsored by affiliate) and one East African Principal Investigator. While the competition is open to any East African researcher, preference will be given to EASST fellows. 

Moreinfo: http://www.easst-collaborative.org/opportunities.html
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