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Health and Livelihoods in the Arab Region: Welfare, Fragility and Conflict - Call for Research Proposals

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 20, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on November 22, 2021
Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) logo
Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) logo

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) has launched the ninth round of the Research Grants Program on the topic of “Health and Livelihoods in the Arab Region: Welfare, Fragility and Conflict”.

This is the third and last cycle on the same theme.

The program aims to attract a wide range of research proposals in different countries and locations in the region. The program’s long-term goal is to create evidence-based knowledge that seeks to advance the well-being of marginalized and vulnerable groups.

The program encourages multidisciplinary proposals that link the social and health sciences on the one hand, and draws from approaches in the fields of history, humanities, and arts on the other.

They also welcome proposals that:
• adopt quantitative and qualitative approaches, mixed approaches, and research that reflects current methodologies for studying health and well-being in the Arab region;
• offer new methodological approaches to the study of health.

Funding for this program comes from a grant from the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Arab Council for the Social Sciences.

Utilize This Offer

This program is open to individual researchers, research teams, collectives of researchers and institutions based in the Arab region.

For the purposes of this call:
1. Applicants can be:
a) Individuals: citizens / nationals of an Arab country (defined as a member of the League of Arab States), long-term residents of an Arab country (have been employed for at least five years in an institution based in the Arab region, have produced academic work on the region, and will continue to reside and engage with the region in the foreseeable future); or refugees and stateless individuals from Arab countries who are currently residing in the Arab region;
b) Research teams: with researchers from the same or different institutions, geographies and disciplines who have an interest in conducting multidisciplinary research on the topic;
c) Collectives: independent, informal groups of researchers who may not be registered as an institution but have been working collaboratively on a specific theme or area of interest for a number of years. They should have a mission statement, and a set of practices or a set of outputs that reflect their identity and purposes.
d) Institutions: formal legal entities. They could be a university or a university department, a think-tank, a research NGO, etc.
2. Research teams, collectives, and institutions must present their applications in teams of up to four members, including a principal investigator and co-investigators.
3. At least two members of the proposal, including the principal investigator, must be holders of a PhD in the social sciences, humanities, and / or allied and interdisciplinary fields.
4. All proposals should be grounded in social science theory and methodology. Research proposals that are not rooted in social sciences or are based on clinical experimentation will not be eligible for this program.
5. Proposal material can be submitted in Arabic, French or English. Proposals and attachments should be written in one of these languages; mixing different languages in the same proposal may disqualify the application.

This call encourages the submission of innovative research on health related to the Arab region and health crises and challenges raised and exacerbated by conditions of vulnerability, conflict, fragility and insecurity.

Research proposals must be innovative, demonstrate critical thinking, and take well-established approaches in the social sciences to the study of health in conflict and precarious situations in the Arab region.

This program supports research projects at any stage of their development. Research proposals can either be submitted for new or ongoing projects and may include:
• Preliminary or “pilot” phases of a project.
• Longer-term projects combining fieldwork and analysis.
• Extensions of previous projects that seek to bring in new cases and examples.
• Comparative projects extended to include further locations.

Grants are available to researches/ers that are focused mainly on Arab societies:
• individual researchers (up to $20,000 each),
• research teams (up to $35,000 each),
• activist research groups, and foundations (up to $50,000 each).

The duration of the grant shall not exceed 18 months for individuals and research teams (starting on June 15, 2022 and ending on December 15, 2023) and not exceeding 24 months for active research groups and institutions (beginning on June 15, 2022 and ending on June 15 2024).

Deadline: November 23, 2021

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 20
Oct 20

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 22
Oct 22

Thanks, Ana.