International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA): Inviting applications for ‘INGSA Research Associate’ to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries.

Funding brief: 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.

In line with this mission, INGSA is offering six professional development and research grants of €15,000 each, to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. Please check the eligible countries list.

For this funding round they are particularly interested in the policy maker perspective.  As such, we are seeking research projects that help to answer this question:

“What are the challenges in your country/region/organisation limiting the use of scientific evidence by policy makers? How will your research contribute to overcoming them?”

Additional support will be made available for INGSA Research Associates to travel to an international INGSA meeting in late 2019.

Criteria:
1. Potential for new knowledge to be generated, disseminated and applied
2. Relevance to science advice demand at a national or regional level
3. Applicant’s track record and alignment with interests
4. Feasibility and collaborative nature of approach
5. Alignment with institutional expertise/focus and national/regional priorities

Priority research theme: It is becoming increasingly evident that the biggest barrier, at least in many countries, to better use of evidence in policy is how to create demand from within the policy and political community.

Notably, there are a number of academies and commissions in low and middle income countries that do a good job of producing unsolicited reports which, predictably, are never read or absorbed.

While scientists are very receptive to the idea and skills behind evidence-informed policy making, how to really impact on the policy side is much harder.

In this context, they also need to consider the policy making environment and the ability of the policy maker to receive and process advice, their interest in advice, the ability to find scientists/institutions and the ability to direct research agendas to policy-relevant issues.

There may also be elements at a national or regional level of post-expert, post-truth and post-trust in the current political climate at play.

As a network that is built on strengthening the science-policy interface and encouraging the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government, INGSA would like your help to understand challenges/barriers to effective pathways to policy, make best practice recommendations, and/or identify and analyze potential new approaches for engaging policy makers.

Successful applicants will become INGSA Research Associates and will be expected to undertake research in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) that provide recommendations for, or opportunities to, strengthen demand from policy-makers in your country, region or organization.

Emphasis should be given to generating research or policy outputs that identify real potential for demand-side increases in evidence usage to develop public policy.

These self-directed projects will be expected to work towards the production of a peer reviewed publication, a policy brief, or other high-quality resources and guidelines aimed at policy-makers. They may also include a training component, or the organization of key stakeholder meetings. In addition, INGSA Research Associates will be encouraged to contribute to the wider activities and knowledge resources of the INGSA network by:
● Developing an INGSA case study, by researching and writing an accessible 4000- 5000 word summary of a recent example of scientific evidence and advice relating their region or country. This case report will be made available on the INGSA website and used in international workshops. Examples can be seen here: http://www.ingsa.org/resources/ingsa-case-studies/
● Researching and writing a 2500-3000 word country report as a contribution towards an international ‘Atlas of Scientific Advice’ which INGSA plans to develop, in partnership with UNESCO. Research Associates are encouraged to produce a systematic map of the scientific advisory system in their country (covering a brief history and overview of key institutions, structures, processes and people). This exercise will follow an established template and will be made available on the INGSA website.

Donor Name: International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)
Funding name: 2019 INGSA Research Associate

Deadline: Applications close 15th, November, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: In line with this mission, INGSA is offering six professional development and research grants of €15,000 each.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: 1st, February, 2019

Project duration: Successful applicants will become INGSA Research Associates for the period of the grant (February, 2019 – December, 2019).

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● 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. Eligible countries are subject to ISC and IDRC risk assessments and legal obligations.
● Applicants must be individuals. Teams of applicants are not eligible
● Applicants must be employed at a recognized institution of higher education, an independent research organization, government agency, international organization, or relevant NGO for the duration of the award.
● Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience relating to developing and using science in public policy and government advisory systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

● Please note that these grants are for individuals and teams are not eligible.

Eligible Country: In line with this mission, INGSA is offering six professional development and research grants of €15,000 each, to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. Please check the eligible countries list.

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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

Applicants to provide the following information:
● Name and institutional affiliation, and position held.
● Proposed title of project.
● A short CV (No more than 3 pages).
● A clear, non-expert summary of the proposed project and expected outcomes (up to 500 words).
● A brief outline of likely collaborative/consultative partnerships, e.g. if you are a scientist, who on the policy practitioner side do you intend to consult or collaborate with, and if a policy practitioner who on the research/scientist side will you consult (up to 200 words).
● A proposed budget and justification of the funds requested.
● Short public biography of the applicant (up to 200 words).
● Note: English is the working language of INGSA. All application materials must be submitted in English. Research outputs may be submitted in other international languages but must include an English summary.

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