INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme

INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme: The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is a collaborative platform for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government. Grants are made possible through a partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme Details:

Priority research theme: Funding for 2018-2019 will support research in one of INGSA’s thematic priority areas:
The role of scientific evidence and advice in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

No. of  Research Associate Grant: 6

  • Applicants must hold a PhD at time of application OR have at least 5 years full-time equivalent experience in research or as a public policy professional (e.g. advice, analysis, implementation, evaluation).
  • Applicants must be living and working in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). A list of eligible countries can be found here:
  • Applicants must be employed at a recognised institution of higher education, an independent research organisation, government agency, international organisation, or relevant NGO for the duration of the award.
  • Applicants should have identified and engaged a mentor (either in-country or international) who can offer advice and guidance on the applicant’s project. This support will be supplemented by access to INGSA’s network of mentors.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience relating to developing and using science in public policy and government advisory systems are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Funding cannot be awarded directly to individuals but will be paid to the organisation with which they are affiliated. It is permissible for organisations to claim up to a maximum 3% of the grant sum to cover overheads related to administering funds on behalf of the applicant. The organisation must indicate its support for the candidate’s participation in this process (see application requirements below).

Grant Benefits:

  • Economy class travel
  • visas
  • accommodation
  • subsistence for meetings with project participants
  • Field/scoping visits to research sites of relevance
  • An institutional visit to a foreign university or other relevant agency, including travel, visas, temporary accommodation and subsistence costs
  • Workshops, meetings and other events involving project participants. Consumables (e.g. printing; recording equipment)
  • Appropriate training, including travel, course fees, temporary accommodation and subsistence costs
  • Cost of Open Access Journal fees – This grant adheres to IDRC’s Open Access Policy (
  • Professional facilitation or translation support for meetings.
  • In exceptional cases, where applicants are required by their institutions to cover release time for professional development or research, this expense will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Selection timetable and process:

Call for applicants:                                         15 September 2017

Submission deadline:                                     15 November 2017

Review and selection:                                     December 2017

Funding decision / award:                               January 2018

Grant commencement:                                   1 March 2018

Attendance at INGSA Conference:                 21-22 September 2018

Submission of grant deliverables:                   February 2019

Application Documentation:

Official Website: Click here for details.

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