With this new call for the subsequent research phase (2019 - 2022), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research continues to fund research in southern Africa, building on results achieved during the first phase and referring to stakeholder and decision maker’s needs. The overarching goal of this call is to provide scientific inputs into SASSCAL’s strategic research framework that builds on the achievements of the first phase of SASSCAL and is in alignment with the institution’s mandate. The SASSCAL research framework addresses regional research needs and imperatives within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, the AU 2063 Vision and Action Plan, the African global change research initiatives, national policies as well as the various SADC action and development plans, especially on science, technology and innovation as well as on climate change.
To achieve this goal, the following objectives for SASSCAL’s research framework were identified and, thus, will provide the basis for this call for research proposals:
1. Encourage and support the translation and transfer of research outcomes, new knowledge and innovation, supporting SASSCAL vision for the development of southern African societies. By developing and implementing instruments for dissemination and accessible information, SASSCAL will enhance the ability to transfer research knowledge to a wider community of knowledge users and policy makers.
2. Develop, foster and enhance internationally recognized research programmes and emerging research strengths. SASSCAL’s international reputation will be intensified through increasing regional, continental and global engagement by developing and expanding international 4 research collaboration, building sustained multinational partnerships, and addressing global challenges through international development projects.
3. Promote and enhance SASSCAL’s research, capacity development and service provision activities that provide transformative experiences for academia, stakeholders and collaborating private and public partners.
4. Promote and enhance opportunities for collaborative, inter- and transdisciplinary initiatives among SASSCAL partners with regional and international stakeholders.
5. Promote and enhance research partnerships that contribute to and benefit from SASSCAL’s research strengths, increase the support for research, and enhance the delivery of researchbased information to stakeholders and partners at local, national, regional and global level.
6. Support of research that advances the diversity and inclusivity leading to an increased understanding of cultures and communities within the region and across Africa, and research that affects people and improves the quality of their lives. With this new call for the subsequent research phase (2019 - 2022), BMBF continues to fund research in southern Africa, building on results achieved during the first phase and referring to stakeholder and decision maker’s needs.
Forms for application as well as guidelines, information for applicants and the auxiliary terms and conditions for the award of grants are available at https://foerderportal.bund.de/easy/easy_index.php?auswahl=easy_formulare or can be obtained directly from the project management organization.
Deadline for submission is 16th August 2019.