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

SOAS-ACE is delighted to launch our 2nd 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 gender focus.

This competitive call welcomes applications for grants of between £75,000 and £150,000, 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.
  • Applications that will study anti-corruption strategies that have a direct impact on improving gender inequalities will be given priority.
  • 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.
  • The research should generate publishable outputs such as journal articles, working papers, policy briefs and/or other types of publication that outline policy implications and recommendations.
  • Timeline: 12 months project starting in April 2020 and has to end no later than 30 June 2021.
  • No extension will be possible therefore it is essential to demonstrate the organisational capacity to complete the research within the 12 month’s timeline.

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 (Vol 1)

Application pack (Vol 2,3,4)

Deadline for applications: 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 13 March 2020.

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