Economic Research Grants for CIS States

Deadline: 12 October 2013
Open to: individuals or small teams of Commonwealth of Independent States researchers (from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan)
Grant: $6,000-$12,000

Description

The competition is held by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Its goal is to support policy-relevant research projects under five priority areas. Research proposals can be submitted either by individuals or small teams of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) researchers. Grants are in the amount of up to $12,000 and are typically provided for up to 18 months of work. Young researchers and researchers from the regions may be offered smaller-scale development grants (up to $2,000) and training opportunities in the framework of EERC Research Development Program.

Grant size depends on the number of participants and specific budget requirements of the project, but most grants fall within the $6,000 to $12,000 range.

The goal of the competition is to support policy-relevant research projects under five priority areas. During the grant period research outputs are peer reviewed by thematic expert panels at EERC semi-annual research workshops. Research supervision is also provided through consultations with program staff and resource persons. The best findings are published as working papers and policy briefs, and are freely accessible on the web.

Proposals selected for the final review stage of the competition will be presented at December 2013 research workshop (in Kyiv); interim and final reports on funded projects – in June 2014 and December 2014, respectively. The final output of each project shall be a working paper/article and a policy brief. The best research findings will be published in the EERC working papers and e-print series.

Proposals are solicited in the following five areas with relevance to current policy concerns in the CIS:

  1. Enterprises and product markets
  2. Labor markets and social policy
  3. Macro, financial markets and open economy
  4. Public economics
  5. International trade and regional integration

Upon completion of research, the best projects will be considered for the prestigious Zvi Griliches Award to support submission to internationally-refereed journals and presentation at leading conferences.

Eligibility

Applicants must be CIS citizens permanently resident in the CIS countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).

Application

Application procedure must follow the registration on the web-site. Given past experience, they anticipate that many candidates will submit their online application materials in the final days before the deadline. To avoid heavy server traffic and potential delays, they encourage candidates to submit their application materials as early as possible.

A complete application package must be submitted online no later than October 12, 2013 till 12 pm of Kyiv time. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

An application package shall include a set of the following steps:

  1. Online registration form of the user HERE (only for new users, for every participant of the project). In the right upper corner you will see fields for login and password.
  2. Online application form once you have registered
  3. Attachments that include research proposal and curriculum vitae in English (for each research team member)

For detailed instructions on completing the application, carefully review the application instructions HERE.

All questions should be directed to Irina Sobetskaya, EERC Competition Coordinator, at [email protected] Further details are available in the call for applicants HERE and the official website HERE.

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