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Call for Research Proposals

University of Mauritius -WTO Chairs Research Grant

Call for Research Proposal

The WTO Chair at the University of Mauritius opens the second call for Research Proposal for the University of Mauritius WTO Chair Awards, 2012 Edition.

About WTO Chairs Programme

The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of the trading system among academics, citizens and policy makers in developing countries by stimulating teaching, research and public debate on international trade and trade cooperation at the level of tertiary education and research institutions.

The WCP provides financial support for a period of four years to academic institutions, and facilitates continuous interaction between institutions and individuals associated with the WCP, including though an internet-based platform of services and products.  It also supports academic institutions and associated individual scholars from developing countries in the following areas: course preparation, teaching, research and information dissemination.

The ultimate objective of the WTO Chairs Programme is to strengthen the human and institutional capacities of universities from developing countries to support governments in the formulation of sound trade policies. The programme also seeks, through the Chairs, to support and facilitate the involvement in the process of other relevant stakeholders, such as the private sector, non-state actors and civil society. Policies that are understood and supported by the public at large are far more likely to succeed than those which are simply imposed, whether by internal or external decision-makers.

One of the main objectives of WCP is to promote research focused on extending specialized knowledge and explaining the policy relevance of existing research. Institutions can support academic cooperation with other institutions of the WCP, in respect of possible joint research, cooperation arrangements on lecturing and visit exchanges.

About the University of Mauritius -WTO Chair programme

The WTO is providing annual financial support to the UoM for a period of four years to facilitate continuous interaction between the University and other national and international think-tanks.  It provides financial support to the UoM and associated individual scholars towards their course preparation, teaching, research and outreach activities. This programme is part of the technical assistance and training programme that the WTO delivers, with a view to enhancing the quality and level of participation of developing countries in the multilateral trading system. As part of its research agenda, the WCP-UOM organises international conferences on trade related aspects, encourages and facilitates networking for African researchers, engages in capacity building and also funds research.

Call for Research Proposal

Proposals for research projects are hereby solicited from African researchers on subject areas in line with the WTO mandates and objectives.

In particular, for the 2012 Edition, we welcome proposals addressing, but not limited to the following themes:

· International Trade and Economic Crises

· Non Tariffs Measures: Implications for Developing Countries

· South-South Regional Trade Agreements

· Trade in Services

  • Climate Change, Trade and Green Development
  • Trade in Agriculture: An African Perspective
  • Trade and Poverty

Award

Awards for Research Grants are up to US$ 6,000 and conference attendance (subject to availability of funds) - International Conference on International Trade and Investment (ICITI) 2012 which will be held in Mauritius from 24th – 26th October 2012 (A maximum of two (2) Research Grants will be awarded after the review by a panel of experts.

Submission of Proposals and Important Dates

Proposals designed along the guidelines specified below should be submitted electronically to the secretariat ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , copied to Dr V Tandrayen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Dr V Sannassee ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 30th 2012. Selected researchers will be notified by June 15th 2012 .The interim report is due on 15th October 2012 and the final on 31st January 2013. Selected candidates will have to make a presentation of their interim report at the International Conference on International Trade and Investment (ICITI) 2012 which will be held in Mauritius from 24th – 26th October 2012. The interim report will be assessed by eminent Professors attending the international conference.

Requirements

It is expected that each proposal will include the following:

Background: The policy context of the proposed research.

Objective(s): A statement of the specific research objectives, the issues to be addressed, and the questions that would be answered

Existing knowledge: A brief review of the relevant literature, and previous research on the given topic. Also the existing policy of the state on the research topic

Proposed Methodology: a description of the proposed research methodology – surveys, interviews, econometrics, including a discussion of data requirement and availability (and, where necessary, data collection strategy)

Results, value added, and policy relevance: Anticipated results and how they might contribute to knowledge, future research and especially public policy

Interested Researchers should also submit the following:

CVs of the researcher/team members;

Timeline of the proposed research, including a brief description of activities and timeline needed for each activity and the total duration of research project; and

Estimated budget including expenditure by major line item, e.g., research assistants, travel, computer time, etc. Maximum budget per proposal will be USD 6,000.

Technical Queries

Technical questions and further information regarding the call for proposal can be directed to the members of the co-coordinating team:

Verena Tandrayen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

Vinesh Sannassee – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Boopen Seetanah This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Baboo Nowbutsing – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it