WASCAL Small Research Grants on Climate Change in West Africa

WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Center designed to help tackle severe challenges posed by climate change and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany.

The WASCAL Capacity Building Programme through the Graduate studies programme handle, helps educate the next generation of scientists to attain an intimate knowledge of different climate related issues in order to help the region develop suitable management strategies.

WASCAL offers small research grants of between 5,000 to 10,000 euros to groups of individuals, especially young scientists drawn from academia, research and policy institutions, and government, to conduct research in Climate Change thematic areas. The objectives of the BLOC are to build local capacity for policy oriented research on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, generate data and research results for use by policy makers to promote links between Climate research and policy and encourage retention of high quality Climate Scientists in West Africa.

To be eligible for consideration, the research proposal must focus on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation issues in West Africa in any of the thematic areas of Biodiversity, agriculture, adapted land use, climate systems, education, health, human security, economics and energy. Priority is given to research teams led by young researchers pursuing a career in government ministries, research and/or teaching at a public institution in West Africa. Team work and cross-country research proposals are encouraged.

Application procedure

To apply you need to submit:

  • a research proposal of 15-25 pages with clearly defined objectives, problem statement, policy relevance of the study, substantial literature review and a well-outlined analytical framework, as well as pertinent research methodology, a detailed budget and plan of activities.
  • Curriculum vitae.

The BLOC research award is for data collection, data analyses and reporting. It does not support purchase of equipment. The research is expected to be completed within one or two years and a research report submitted to form part of the WASCAL Working Papers series.

Processing of Application for Research Award

Upon the receipt of the research proposal and the supporting documentation, it is sent to two external reviewers in the larger WASCAL network, who comment on the adequacy of the proposal. In the event that the reviewers suggest corrections to be made and give positive feedback, the comments are sent to the scientist to incorporate and then resubmit the revised proposal for a final review. Once the proposal is cleared by at least two reviewers, it is presented together with the comments from the external reviewers to the Capacity Building Grant Sub-Committee who will go through the recommendations of the reviewers and make recommendation to the Capacity Building Department of WASCAL to approve for research funding. It is after this that research grants can be awarded.

Application Deadlines and Contact Information

The local Capacity Building research award applications deadline is 31 October 2016.

All applications should be sent by email addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Janet Adelegan

Director of Capacity Building,
West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use,
Accra Office,
CSIR Office Complex, 6 Agostino Neto Road,
Airport Residential Area,
Accra, Ghana.
Email: capacitybp(at)wascal.org; weto.s(at)wascal.org; odame.g(at)wascal.org

Source and full call information: WASCAL