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ASRI Collaborative Faculty Seed Grant

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

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Notice of Award: April 1; Earliest Potential Start Date: May 15

Award Amount: $5,000-10,000

The African Social Research Initiative (ASRI) is part of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan. ASRI was established in response to the critical need in Africa for high-quality social data for policy and planning in economics, urbanization, gender, citizenship and governance, education, demographics, environmental change, and public health. ASRI encourages collaborative research projects that cross national, institutional, and disciplinary boundaries, and innovative partnerships with policy-makers.

The purpose of ASRI seed grants is to provide faculty at the University of Michigan and partner institutions in Africa with seed funding to conduct pilot research on important social research topics that can be used to advance scholarship and policy and leverage future funding.

The program aims to foster new, interdisciplinary teams with a connection to ASRI; deepen scholarship on focal areas of ASRI: survey research methodology, labor & economics, governance & political science, public health, gender, ethnic & racial inequality; encourage co-investigators from any country in Sub-Saharan Africa, but especially Ghana and South Africa; provide data of critical policy value— describe a plan to translate research to action; support junior faculty; and/or promote faculty collaboration across institutions and rank


This seed grant provides a catalyst for researchers from Africa and the University of Michigan to explore social research topics from a multidisciplinary vantage point, while emphasizing capacity-building and collaborative mentoring in all partner institutions.


Each proposal must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet as illustrated at the end of this RFA. Proposal narratives are limited to 5 pages, double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, 1” margins. References, budget, and budget justification are not included in the 5-page limit.

Proposal narratives should address:

  • Background / Description of the problem
  • Research Goals & Objectives
  • Methods
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Significance of the research / potential next steps
  • Deliverable expected as the outcome of the proposed project
  • Anticipated potential challenges and potential solutions to those challenges
  • 1-page itemized budget and budget justification, including a breakdown of expenses across Africa and the United States

Proposals MUST include co-investigators from both the University of Michigan and partner African institution(s).

The cover sheet and additional application materials should be submitted as a single PDF, named “ASRI SEED GRANT [YOUR LAST NAME].” The PDF document should be emailed to no later than February 15. Applications received after this date will not be considered for funding. Applications will be reviewed by Africanist social science faculty.


Ranking of application will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the goals of ASRI
  • Importance of the topic and novelty of the proposed approach
  • A strong, promising collaborative model
  • A stated project deliverable of a publication
  • Prospects for sustained research partnership and capacity strengthening
  • Reasonable structure of budget and management plan


All research projects involving human subjects conducted in connection with this must have written evidence of compliance with required federal guidelines and approval from an institutional review board (IRB). IRB approvals must be maintained and in effect throughout the project’s connection with the program.

Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report to ASC, along with a short summary of results for the ASC website, no later than 6 months from the end of their funding cycle.

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