Call for proposals

We are inviting applications from research teams interested in developing proposals that can assist us in meeting our research objectives. We expect to fund approximately 70 research projects in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa within an overall budget of £2m.

We will be awarding funding across three categories. 

Project duration: 12 months 
Start date: September 2021 

Project duration: 12 months 
Start date: September 2021 

These awards are intended to support innovative pilot activities and activities that have a strong capacity building element. They are targeted at non-academics new to research and at Early Career Researchers

FUNDING LEVEL: £30-100k 
Project duration: 18 months (subject to confirmation) 
Start date: July 2021 

These awards are targeted at more experienced researchers and research teams. They should also be innovative in nature and support capacity building.

Proposals are invited for projects aiming to transform education in the areas of: 

  • The development of skills and the agency of young people and adults to achieve sustainable livelihoods 
  • The development of sustainable cities and communities 
  • Taking action for addressing climate change / the climate crisis

We are particularly interested in proposals from researchers and research teams that demonstrate the ability to: 

  • Constructively draw on a range of relevant theoretical and practical insights including those derived from different disciplinary perspectives, local and indigenous knowledge systems
  • Bring together different forms of expertise to tackle real world challenges including researchers, policy-makers, business people, education practitioners as well as expertise based in non-governmental and community organisations

Research must be led by institutions from India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland or South Africa. Researchers based in the UK, the Netherlands or elsewhere may participate by collaborating with one or more partners based in the hub countries. 

Information on our call for proposals and how to apply will be published here week commencing 25 January 2021.


Please note – all dates are subject to change and will be confirmed in January 2021.

Launch of call

25 January 2021

Launch of call

Closing date for the submission of EoI

1 March 2021

Closing date for the submission of Expressions of Interest 

Short-listed applicants invited to develop their ideas into full proposals

22 March 2021

Short-listed applicants invited to develop their ideas into full proposals 

Closing date for submission of full proposals

10 May 2021

Closing date for the submission of full proposals

Awards announced

21 May 2021

Awards announced