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DFID Research: Call for proposals from the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research

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The DFID-ESRC Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research is currently open for three new research themes

As part of the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, the Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are calling for new and innovative proposals across 3 new areas of research in the fields of international development and humanitarian assistance.

Urbanisation and Risk in Africa

This research programme will address the evidence gaps around urbanisation and risk in an African context. The programme will map and measure the different dimensions of risk in urban Africa, and will produce policy relevant evidence that can help inform decision-makers in building urban resilience and manage risk and uncertainty. Up to £3.3 million is available for this research programme.

Poverty in Urban Spaces

This research will investigate how urban spaces are changing and what the emerging challenges for tackling urban poverty are. The programme will also consider what interventions can tackle urban poverty at scale in low income countries. Up to £2 million is available for this research programme.

Disability, Inequality and Poverty

This research programme will provide insights into the specific barriers to inclusion facing disabled people in low income countries, such as access to health care, education, social protection and labour market services. The programme will also consider how these barriers can be overcome. Up to £2 million is available for this research programme.

All 3 research programmes are open to UK and non-UK researchers based in higher education institutions, research organisations and other organisations with a credible research capacity. Each programme will last for a maximum of 3 years.

The latest calls are part of an on-going drive to fund high quality multi-disciplinary research that helps reduce poverty. Both funders are committed to commissioning world class research and to making sure the results are made available for decision-makers and practitioners worldwide. It is important that all research funded demonstrates effective demand from, and practical relevance to decision makers, practitioners and communities.

The deadline for applications is 16:00 (UK time) on Tuesday, 10 September 2013. Further information about how to apply can be found here.