Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants (CAREG) in Canada and Africa, 2014

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International Development Research Center is funding exchange grants to support research between Canadian and African universities and research institutes that address IDRC research themes. 10-11 grants will be awarded for approximately 20 months to carry out research. Support through this program will be cost-shared on a 2:1 ratio by the program and the partner institutions, respectively. The maximum value of each grant will be $40,000 Cdn. Application deadline is February 18, 2014.

Study Subject (s): Projects funded by IDRC must address one or more of the Centre’s four broad program areas: Agriculture and the Environment, Global Health Policy, Science and Innovation, Social and Economic Policy.
Course Level: Grants are available for research program at Canadian and African universities and research institutes.
Scholarship Provider: International Development Research Center
Scholarship can be taken at: Canada and Africa (African researchers are expected to spend three to six consecutive months in Canada and Canadian researchers are required to spend at least six weeks in Africa, while six consecutive weeks is strongly preferred, two trips are permissible).

Eligibility:
-Applicants from Canada and the following African countries are eligible for this research grants. The project must involve at least one lead researcher from Africa and one from Canada.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead Canadian project researchers must:
-be regular, full-time faculty members (occupying positions below the dean; emeritus professors are not eligible) at an AUCC member university who are actively engaged in the scientific or pedagogical life of their university OR be regular, full-time researchers at an affiliated institution of an AUCC member university such as a hospital or a research institute; and o have completed a doctorate degree in their field of expertise at least five years prior to the submission of the CAREG application. Note that only the lead Canadian project researchers may travel as part of the CAREG grant.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead African project researchers must:
-be regular, full-time faculty members (occupying positions below the dean; emeritus professors are not eligible) at a recognized and established university in one of the eligible African countries OR regular, full-time researchers at an affiliated institution of an African university such as a hospital or a research institute; and o have completed a doctorate degree in their field of expertise at least five years prior to the submission of the CAREG application. Researchers who have already participated in a CAREG-funded project are not eligible to receive another CAREG grant. However, researchers wanting to follow-up with a larger project may consider applying directly to IDRC for funding under other programs.
-Researchers who were unsuccessful in a previous CAREG competition may re-apply to the program.  Researchers can only participate in one submission to the 2014 competition.
-There is no limit to the number of applications from any one university.
-The CAREG program is open to joint projects between researchers from Canada and the African countries listed below. Note that CAREG will not approve projects with partners in countries (or regions within countries) with travel advisories from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada recommending the avoidance of all travel or non-essential travel. Awards may be withheld if a travel advisory arises after concession of the grant and before travel.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applicants from Canada and the following African countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe are eligible for these exchange grants.

Scholarship Description: The Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants program supports short-term exchanges between Canadian and African universities and research institutes that address IDRC research themes. As well as joint research activities, the program also provides some support to activities aimed at improving student training at the graduate level. The CAREG program will support short-term exchanges between Canadian and African universities and research institutes that address one or more of IDRC’s program areas.

Number of award(s): AUCC expects to award 10-11 exchange grants.

Duration of award(s): Grant recipients will have approximately 20 months to carry out their research.

What does it cover? Support through this program will be cost-shared on a 2:1 ratio by the program and the partner institutions, respectively. The maximum value of each grant will be $40,000 Cdn. The IDRC funds will cover:
-International airfares (the most direct and economical routing).
-Local accommodation and per-diems for meals and incidental expenses (using IDRC travel rates as a maximum and lower rates for travel of three months or more).
-Other travel expenses including visas, medical insurance, immunization and ground transportation.
-Personnel costs (a maximum of 25% of the IDRC grant) to cover the payment of replacement salaries when the African and Canadian researchers are abroad (i.e. to release CAREG researchers from teaching commitments) or for the payment of core salaries of lead CAREG researchers, including benefits. These costs must be justified in the context of capacity building for research. Note that IDRC does not pay salary supplements (i.e. honorariums for full-time employees in addition to their regular salaries or higher salaries than the institution would normally pay).
-Equipment purchases (a maximum of 10% of the IDRC grant). Equipment purchased by either the African or Canadian researcher must be left with the African partner institution.
-Research expenses including remuneration for research assistants, resources for the research (e.g. journals, data) as well as computer and laboratory services.
-Expenses that may be covered by the Canadian and African partner institutions’ cash and in-kind contributions include: researchers’ salaries and/or research assistants’ stipends, publication costs, communication costs, technical costs, conference registration fees, costs for organizing an academic event/conference and interpretation. The partner institutions may also contribute toward airfares, ground transportation, per diems, etc.

Selection Criteria: The selection criteria are as follows:
A. Strengthening of international research partnerships and networks (10 points)
B. Relevance and innovativeness of proposed research/training (20 points)
C. Objectives, methodology and results (35 points)
D. Sustainability through institutional support (10 points)
E. Researchers’ qualifications (10 points).
F. Budget (15 points).

Notification: It is anticipated that results will be announced in May 2014.

How to Apply: An electronic copy of the application (complete with signatures) must reach AUCC at CAREG-at-aucc.ca.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is February 18, 2014.

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