January 23, 2013

Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants (CAREG) for Postgraduate Research, Exchanges and Trainings

Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants (CAREG)

Course(s) Offered: IDRC research themes
Course Level: Research, Exchanges, Trainings
Provider: AUCC, IDRC
Country to Study in: Canada, Africa

Scholarship Description
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) recently signed an agreement with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for the management of the Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants program (CAREG).

As part of this two year pilot program, IDRC aims to fund seven to eight grants worth a maximum of $40,000 each to support short-term exchanges between Canadian and African universities and research institutes that address IDRC research themes.

As well as joint research activities, the program will also provide some support to activities aimed at improving student training at the graduate level.

Eligibility
Applications that do not meet the following criteria will not be forwarded to the committee:

a). In order to be eligible for a grant, Canadian project researchers must:
  • be regular, full-time faculty members at an AUCC member university who are actively engaged in the scientific or pedagogical life of their university (emeritus professors are not eligible) OR regular, full-time researchers at a recognized Canadian research institute; and
  • have completed a doctoral degree in their field of expertise at least five years prior to the submission of the CAREG application and if at an institution of higher education, occupy a position below dean.
b). In order to be eligible for a grant, African project researchers must:
  • be regular, full-time faculty members at a recognized and established institution of higher education in one of the eligible African countries (emeritus professors are not eligible) OR regular, full-time researchers at a recognized research institute in one of the African eligible countries; and
  • have completed a doctoral degree in their field of expertise at least five years prior to the submission of the CAREG application and if at an institution of higher education, occupy a position below dean.
c). 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.

d). Researchers who were unsuccessful in a previous CAREG competition may reapply to the program.

e). Researchers can only participate in one submission to the 2013 competition.

f). The CAREG program is open to joint projects between researchers from Canada and Africa (see the eligible African countries listed below). Note however, that CAREG will not approve projects with partners in countries (or regions within countries) with travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade 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. See www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp.

g). The maximum that can be requested from the program is CDN $40,000. Project partners must contribute one-third of the total project cost.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following African countries are eligible:
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Participating Institutions
Canadian and African universities and research institutes (that address IDRC research themes)

Fields of study
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
Number of awards
Not specified by provider. However, there will be about seven (7) to eight (8) grants for the short-term exchange programmes. Various support will also be given to activities like joint research and student training.

Sponsorship duration
Two (2) years in the first instance - for now, this is a pilot program

Scholarship benefits
A maximum of $40,000 is awarded to each of the grantees accepted for the short-term exchanges between Canadian and African universities and research institutes.

The program will also provide some support to joint research activities and other specific activities aimed at improving student training at the graduate level.

Method of Application
Researchers may submit their application to AUCC in English or French. Their application must include the following:
  • The eligibility checklist.
  • General project information including a summary of the proposed project.
  • A narrative description of the proposed activities that addresses all points outlined in the application form and not exceeding eight pages.
  • A signed budget summary with budget notes as per the application form.
  • A one-page letter of support signed by the director, dean or head of department from the Canadian institution(s).
  • A one-page letter of support signed by the director, dean or head of department from the African institution(s).
  • Curriculum Vitae for each of the Canadian and African researchers participating in the project. Each CV must not exceed two pages and should address the researcher’s relevant work experience, academic qualifications, credentials, funded research and publications.
Anything provided in addition to the required documents as listed above will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

DEADLINES:
An electronic copy of the application (complete with signatures) must reach AUCC at CAREG@aucc.ca by no later than: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 (4p.m. EDT).

The electronic application must be submitted as a single file and preferably in PDF format (multiple files and attachments will not be accepted). Please do not send a hard copy of your proposal to AUCC.

PLEASE NOTE:
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 AUCC is the national voice for Canadian universities. We represent 97 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges.

The AUCC are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice and a forum for collective action. We have represented the interests of Canadian universities since 1911. Our mission is to foster and promote the interests of higher education and university research.

It is anticipated that the results of the 2013 CAREG competition will be announced in July 2013 and that grant recipients will have until April 2015 to complete their project activities.

Contact
For more information about CAREG, contact:

Manager, International Initiatives and Exchanges
Partnership Programs
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
350 Albert Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1R 1B1 Canada

Tel: (613) 563 - 3961, ext. 303
Fax: (613) 563 - 9745
E-mail: CAREG@aucc.ca

Application Deadline: 22 May 2013
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans AND Canadians)

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