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Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance






Proposals for research projects on Information Societies and
& Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) carried out in the
Global South will be accepted by SIRCA II.


*About SIRCA II*

The Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance – or
SIRCA II – aims to improve the inter-disciplinary research skills of
emerging scholars in the Global South. Learning from the experience of
building capacity in the Information Society/ICTD field in Asia, SIRCA
II will include researchers from Africa, Latin America as well as
in order to address the very lack of scholars from developing regions.

The objectives of the program are to:

i.      Build scientific and critical research skills and capacity
emerging researchers in Africa, Latin America and Asia;

a.     Create opportunities for mentorship between established
international researchers (Collaborators) and grant recipients
(Principal Investigators or PIs);

b.    Provide spaces at a regional and international level for PIs to
share experiences and knowledge in face-to-face settings; and

c.     Provide training to PIs on key information society’s issues.

ii.     Establish network connections between African, Latin American
and Asian researchers; and

iii.    Disseminate findings locally and internationally in order to
strengthen the body of methodologically sound, inter-disciplinary and
theoretically-based research.

The program will be managed by the Singapore Internet Research Centre,
based at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the University of
KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and the Instituto de Estudios
Peruanos, Peru. The SIRCA II Programme will be supported by the
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.



You may apply for research funding as the Principal Investigator of
research project, only if you are:

·         an emerging scholar in the Information & Communication
Technology for Development field of no more than 45 years old; if you
are a PhD holder, then you are only eligible if you have no more than
seven years of post-graduate teaching/research experience;

·         affiliated with an academic, government, research, or civil
society institution, consortium or institution based in Africa, Latin
America and Asia; funds will be disbursed to your organization of
employment and not directly to you; and

·         to remain in the country or region of research throughout
grant period/research project;

/NB: The PI is accountable for the project and is expected to be
involved actively in it./

*Pre-application Registration*

Applicants must register via email at sir...@ntu.edu.sg
<mailto:sir...@ntu.edu.sg> prior to submitting a proposal application.
The ema

jonat...@jonathandonner.com <mailto:jonat...@jonathandonner.com>

il registration deadline is *14 October 2011*. The email subject
should read “SIRCA II Registration”, and the body should include the
following details:

·         Full Name of Principal Investigator

·         (Tentative) Research Title (this can be changed at the time
filling in online application form)

·         Country of Research

/NB: Applicants should note examples of previously funded projects and
check that their intended project does not duplicate one of those
already funded in previous calls. Details of the successful awards are
available on the SIRCA website @ //www.sirca.org.sg/current-projects/
a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=http://www.sirca.org.sg/current-projects&usg=AFQjCNHj8BI2w54e9nhy_PEimoDlpVFwVg">http://www.sirca.org.sg/current-projects>/.///

*Funding Information*

Each selected grant recipient will be provided with:

·         upto SGD$24,000 for a maximum period of support of 18 months
to conduct a research project;

·         least-cost travel and per diems covered to attend training
workshop and final research dissemination conference; and

·         one assigned senior-level collaborator to supervise and
you through the research project.

Applicants are expected to provide a detailed research budget,
indicating clearly their expected costs for the following line items:

·         Personnel

·         Equipment

·         International Travel (conference travel relating to SIRCA

·         Local Travel

·         Research

·         Other Operating Expenses

·         Declaration on existing funding agency to your proposal

You are required to use the budget template available at
www.sirca.org.sg/budget a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=http://www.sirca.org.sg/budget&usg=AFQjCNH1tIs0Nm3EGOAtYB5Kvq88-TeGMw">http://www.sirca.org.sg/budget>. Instructions
for each line item and how to account for them are provided in the

*Research Timeline*

Applicants are expected to provide a detailed research timeline,
indicating clearly their project milestones and completion times (in
terms of weeks or months). You are required to use the timeline
available at www.sirca.org.sg/timeline a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=http://www.sirca.org.sg/&usg=AFQjCNH2L9lB43R6fWlfSjT-0ODo9dcmFA">http://www.sirca.org.sg/

*Proposal Processing and Review*

*/Proposal requirements/*

All proposals must state clearly the following:

    * Literature review
    * Clearly articulated research question(s),
    * Potential impact/application,
    * Project beneficiaries: the individuals and groups that would
      benefit from the research,
    * Long to medium term sustainability (how the impact continues
      the end of the project),
    * Research methodology (including elements of multi-
    * Ethical procedure,
    * Expected results,
    * Dissemination plan for project results (peer-review scientific
      literature and media),
    * Risk management,
    * Project budget,
    * Implementation schedule (project timeline),
    * Qualifications of the Principal Investigators,
    * Past research project grant(s) applied and its status,
    * Three referees’ names and contact information, and
    * Two suitable senior collaborators for nomination; although the
      final decisions on collaborator assignment will be made
      by the Grant Review Committee based on availability and matching
      of interests.

Applications will only be accepted through electronic means. You can
find the form online at

/NB: Incomplete submissions will not be entertained. Late submissions
will be considered on a case-by case basis by the Management

*/Review Criteria/*

Proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

1.    Clarity of the proposal or the research question

2.    Novelty, significance, and importance to the community

3.    Adequacy of methodological rigor and theoretical contribution

4.    Appropriateness of interpretations

5.    Quality of writing

6.    Quality of historical research record and referee

7.    Emerging research potential of the Principal Investigator; as
program is intended to build research capacity, researchers who are
senior may be rejected at the proposal vetting phase.


*Award and Non-Award Decisions*

Acknowledgement of receipt of the proposals will only be made to the

Notification of awards will be sent to the respective employing
organizations and copied to the PI normally not exceeding three months
from the submission deadline. Written acceptance of the terms and
conditions of the award co-signed by the PI, Co-Investigators and the
respective employing organization, must reach regional secretariat
within 14 working days from the date of the offer letter.

Applicants for proposals that are not selected for short-listing will
receive a notification of decline with specific feedback.

*Key Dates*

*/Deadline for interest indication: October 14, 2011/**//*

*/Deadline for proposal submission: November 1, 2011/*




*Yvonne LIM (Ms) *| Senior Manager| Wee Kim Wee School of
and Information | Nanyang Technological University* *| WKWSCI 02-16,
Nanyang Link, Singapore 637718  Tel: (65) 6790-4574 GMT+8h | Fax: (65)
6792-7526 | Web: _www.ntu.edu.sg a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=http://www.ntu.edu.sg/&usg=AFQjCNG6XOxPqttr-PH1RKXtEaj0ppN9Sg">http://www.ntu.edu.sg/>/sci_

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