The British Academy is inviting proposals to support bilateral partnership research chairs delivering a programme of institutional strengthening on education research in conflict and crisis. This call is supported by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and forms one part of a wider Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (FCDO ERICC) programme.

The main objectives of the chairs will be to:

  • Develop and expand the research strength of their institutions and more broadly their impact nationally, regionally and internationally in the field of education research on conflict and crisis;
  • Develop the institutions’ ability to support, foster and build strong education research cultures that can be sustained over the long-term;
  • Enhance the support for masters and doctoral students;
  • Create research career pathways for early and mid-career researchers;
  • Develop, retain and attract researchers to work with their institutions in the field of education research on conflict and crisis;
  • Develop strong and tangible partnerships between research institutions through the bilateral research chair model;
  • Engage with the FCDO ERICC programme and relevant Country Research Teams to contribute to the overall objectives of the FCDO ERICC programme through their activities;
  • Work with the wider FCDO ERICC programme across these objectives.

Eligibility requirements
The bilateral research chair application must be submitted by a named applicant in partnership with two named institutions, at least one of which must be from institutions in the Middle East, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The awarding of a research chair is a full-time appointment and research chairs are required to spend half their time in each of the institutions constituting the bilateral research chair.

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

Value and duration
Awards of up to £555,000 over three years are available.

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

The deadline for submissions and institutional approval is Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 17.00 (UK time).

Contact details
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