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Funding call: Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme

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The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers based anywhere in the world to develop interdisciplinary research projects which enhance the development of more effective policies and interventions aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries. This programme is supported by the British Academy’s partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The purpose of each project will be to improve the evidence base on what works in tackling corruption; to drive multidisciplinary approaches to developing and disseminating best practice through active stakeholder engagement; and to support international collaboration and the development of research capacity.

Research Themes and Focus
This call is for research projects which address one or more of the following four themes:

  1. International architecture and beneficial ownership
  2. Commodity trading and potential responses
  3. Promoting integrity and systems of integrity management in the public and private sectors
  4. Corruption at different levels

The geographic focus for the research will be on DFID Tier 1 countries where corruption is a constraint and where 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, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, although proposals focusing on any DFID Tier 1 country will also be considered.

Eligibility Requirements
This call is open to researchers from anywhere in the world. There is no requirement that a UK-based partner be involved in the proposal. The lead applicant must have a minimum of three years postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience. S/he must hold a position, which is either permanent or lasts at least the duration of the award, at an eligible research or higher education institution, recognised by the British Academy.

All projects must be ODA eligible. Only proposals which aim to support the economic development and welfare of developing countries will be supported under this call.

Value and Duration
The programme will fund projects of between £175,000 and £350,000 each, delivering research excellence with practical development impact. Projects must begin on 1 March 2018 and last two years.

Application Process
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15 November 2017 (17.00 UK Time).
Details are here:



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