Deadline: 25 June, 2020
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), represented by its Regional Programme on Energy Security and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa, are launching the second cycle of the ECOWAS Research Grant Programme (ERGP).
The programme aims to support teams of young men and women to conduct and develop well-researched, policy-relevant academic papers designed to contribute to the transformation of the energy sector in the ECOWAS region.
ERGP is part of the ECOWAS initiative on Youth Leadership Development in Energy (YLDE), which works to prepare the region’s young men and women to become globally competitive energy leaders in the future. Aligned with the initiative’s objective, ERGP aims to build and strengthen the capacity of young West Africans to contribute and participate actively in the energy discourse at national and regional levels and, thus, ensure that the youth has a say in the way energy development is shaped in West Africa. This aligns with the mission of KAS to improve the political and social framework for climate-friendly sustainable development, as well as stronger regional and international cooperation on energy security and climate adaptation/mitigation plans in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
- The maximum grant allocated to each research proposal is €1,500, covering costs related to fieldwork and travel, communication/documentation, minor equipment, software, office supplies, copying/printing, support (research assistants/respondents)
- ERGP will support research proposals that aim at employing scientific methodologies in finding solutions to topical energy issues in ECOWAS member states
- Research teams must comprise of young West African researchers of not more than 35 years of age
- Participants should at least be students in an institution of higher education (in the region or outside the region)
- Research teams with a master’s or PhD degree holder, or equivalent, will be given priority
- Research proposals employing a multidisciplinary approach will be favoured
- Membership in the Network of Young Energy Researchers is required for team members after selection of their proposal
- The young researchers must be supervised by a Project Advisor in partnership with an institution likely to use the research results