Call for applications - funding for research on corruption in the private sector

Today SOAS-ACE is delighted to launch our competitive call for research grants. The grants will support projects to explore private sector corruption and develop innovative approaches to anti-corruption in the private-sector.

The research funded will supplement the ACE Research Consortium’s core evidence-based research on feasible and high impact anti-corruption strategies in the private sector, with a strong country and sectoral focus.

This competitive call welcomes applications for grants of between £75,000 and £150,000 GBP, which meets our core criteria. These include:

  • The research must be on corruption in, or directly involving, the Private Sector (topics on corruption in the public sector will not be accepted).
  • The study should provide anti-corruption evidence to inform feasible and effective strategies for improving development outcomes in the private sector.
  • The geographic focus for the research will be on countries where DFID is currently working. In these countries, corruption is a key development constraint and a better understanding is needed of what kinds of intervention can make a difference. Countries of specific interest are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, although proposals focusing on any DFID country (or group of countries for comparative work) will also be considered.
  • We welcome applications that will study anti-corruption strategies that have a direct impact on improving gender inequalities, that use or involve new media and study the effectiveness of new technologies in reducing corruption vulnerability in the private sector and that take a comparative perspective in the research.
  • We encourage the use of innovative mix-methods integrating political economy, institutional, sectoral and quantitative analyses.
  • The proposals should be for evidence-based research that seeks to identify implementable anti- corruption strategies in real contexts.

For more information on eligibility criteria, and how to apply, please download the application guidance below. If you wish to apply please download the Application pack which contains three files to complete. Instructions on submitting your application are contained in the application guidance.

Research grants application guidance

Application pack

Deadline for applications: 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 2 March 2018.

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