Application Deadline: 7 January 2022

This new opportunity is open to applications from Africa-based researchers at African institutions to lead Africa-centred projects in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bristol. Building on advances made in the UK research sector toward promoting greater equity in collaboration with global South partners, this funding aims to help embed a mode of partnerships that goes further in redressing the multiple layers of power imbalances often found in global North-Africa research.

As such, the fund’s goal is to contribute to a championing of transformation in Africa research and partnerships, within the University of Bristol and beyond. This programme has been made possible by generous philanthropic gifts from Alumni and friends of the University.

This call aims to support and help embed research collaborations that build on ideas of African scholars and institutions about what fairer, transformed partnership arrangements should look like. As such the call is open to any Africa-led project that addresses any basic or applied aims prioritised by the African applicant, and that is conducted in collaboration with researchers at Bristol. Research areas may be empirical or theoretical, from any discipline, and related to local and/or national, sub-regional or continental, African Union aspirations for social progress.

Collaborations may build on existing Africa-University of Bristol partnerships. However, applications are also encouraged from African scholars and institutions who do not yet have connections to the University. If you are in this position please refer to the Seeking a Bristol Partner section below for more information about how we will help with this.

The collaborative research projects may be uni-, multi- or interdisciplinary and include non-academic stakeholders such as policymakers, civil society organisations or other local actors as appropriate. The collaboration will be designed to put into practice equitable partnership arrangements envisaged by the African applicant to redress key imbalances in global North-Africa research relations. Methodologies will be as suited to the pursuit of such a partnership mode as they are to the solving of the research problem.

The budget for this call is £200,000 and within this envelope we anticipate funding approximately 3-5 projects. Whilst no precise upper award limit is given, applications for a significant portion of the budget must make an outstanding value for money case. Bids for lower value awards are also very welcome. Projects are expected to last up to 12 months and commence in Spring 2022.

Criteria

The project aligns to African-centred academic or social/policy-focused aims and demonstrates the potential for relevant high-quality outcomes.

The project design actively addresses any potential power imbalances and takes advantage of its Africa-centred collaboration mode in pursuing its specific research or social/policy aims. A learning aspect focused on deriving lessons from the collaboration is included.

The planned activities are appropriate and likely to deliver the aims of the call. The project management design is clear and appropriate , with sufficient consideration given to ethical considerations, wider complimentary partnership building initiatives or plans for mobilising capacity.

Eligibility

The core team should consist of an African researcher based at an African HEI or research institution as lead and at least one Bristol researcher. We call the lead research organisation the “host organisation”. The host organisation must ensure that the principal investigator will have a contract in place that covers the duration of the award.

The application must be made through an African host organisation (e.g. a University, Research Institute) where the appropriate authority has agreed for the application to take place.

The Bristol researchers can be either an experienced researcher (over seven years post-PhD) or an early career researcher (e.g. postgraduate up to within 7 years post-PhD). We would expect their experience to be reflected in the role they take on within the project, e.g. co-investigator or named researcher. Where a Bristol early career researcher is participating, we would expect the application to detail what additional support they will receive from Bristol colleagues, commensurate with their prior experience.

Application process and timeline

Applicants are encouraged to attend and participate in the call webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the call page afterwards, including responses to questions raised.

Applicants submit application form and all supporting documentation by the deadline.

We strongly encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. This will help us in case an issue requires clarification. Should we be unable to resolve an issue by the deadline we may not be able to forward your application to the panel.

Please note: the University’s last day before Christmas closure is Thursday 23 December 2021 and it will open on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

 Timeline

Call opens 15 September 2021
Call launch/application support webinar 22 September 2021
Partnership request form deadline 8 October 2021
End of brokerage service period provided by Bristol 22 October 2021
Call deadline 7 January 2022
Panel  w/c 24 January 2022
Outcomes announced early February 2022
Project setup  from February 2022
Awards commence from Spring 2022

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC) Partnerships Fund 2021

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