PRISE Small Grants Programme Calls for Proposals

Deadline: June 23, 2014

Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) is now inviting concept notes from early career researchers in application for a small grants programme to support research contributing to PRISE’s inception phase objectives and research priorities. The project expects to award approximately 10 grants, each in the range of £3,000 – £5,000. Proposals offering exceptional value to PRISE might be eligible for additional funding.

PRISE is a new, five year research consortium funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK’s Department for International Development.

PRISE objectives and research priorities:

The inclusive, climate resilient development of semi-arid lands.Grants of up to GBP 5,000 are available for research that contributes to PRISE objectives and research priorities: the inclusive, climate resilient development of semi-arid lands.

PRISE particularly welcomes applications from researchers in developing countries, or associated with developing country research institutions.


Up to £5,000 is available for grants to individuals or institutions to cover reasonable costs, which might include personnel fees, travel costs, field work expenses. Indirect costs and overheads will not be covered. There is the potential for projects that bring exceptional value to the programme to receive funding of up to £10,000.

Eligibility criteria

  • The research focuses on either global semi-arid lands, or the semi-arid lands of one or more PRISE core countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Pakistan, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania);
  • The research is based in empirical data (qualitative or quantitative) or modelling, not conceptual or theoretical analysis;
  • The research is original and has not been published elsewhere;
  • The research addresses at least one of the PRISE research priorities (see 2.5 below);
  • The research addresses at least one of the PRISE inception phase objectives (see 1.1 above);
  • The research will be completed by December 2014;
  • The applicant is either a PhD student or has completed their PhD within the last 3 years; and
  • The applicant is not currently enrolled as a student in, or employed by, the PRISE core consortium partners (ODI, LSE, University of Dar es Salaam, IED Afrique, SDPI).

Selection Criteria

PRISE is looking for applications that contribute new and original perspectives, are of high quality and address the consortium’s research priorities and inception phase objectives.
Successful applicants will be expected to produce an academic research paper that is open to being published as a PRISE Working Paper, and to make research data available to PRISE researchers.

Application Information

Applicants should complete and submit by email the attached PRISE Small Grants Programme Application Form to Helen Mountfort, the PRISE Consortium Coordinator – [email protected].

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Successful applications will lead to individual researchers being offered contracts for consultancy services by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

For more information, visit PRISE Small Grants Programme.