Call for Research Proposals: Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies


Organisation: Global Development Network (GDN)

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Call for Research Proposals:  Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies 

Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies is a two year research program
launched by the Global Development Network (GDN), as the chosen partner of the Trade and
Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group, with the financial support of the Competitive
Industries and Innovations Program (CIIP).  
This program intends to mobilize developing countries researchers to produce contextualized and
evidence-based research on the issue of industrial policies. This can make a unique contribution to the
understanding of the processes through which government and companies in developing countries
interact to improve – or conversely penalize – industrial productivity, as well as the measurement of
these impacts. 
The Global Development Network is soliciting research proposals from research teams interested in
producing high quality research on the subject of industrial policies. Under this call for proposals: 
– GDN will sponsor up to 4 research teams;
– The research teams will belong to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP 
countries);
– The duration of the project is 24 months project from December 2015 to December 2017;
– The research grant provided to the selected teams will amount to a maximum of USD 41,500 per 
study.
The deadline for submissions is 18 November 2015, 9:00 am (Indian Standard Time) 

Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies is a two year research programlaunched by the Global Development Network (GDN), as the chosen partner of the Trade andCompetitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group, with the financial support of the Competitive Industries and Innovations Program (CIIP).  This program intends to mobilize developing countries researchers to produce contextualized andevidence-based research on the issue of industrial policies. This can make a unique contribution to theunderstanding of the processes through which government and companies in developing countriesinteract to improve – or conversely penalize – industrial productivity, as well as the measurement ofthese impacts. The Global Development Network is soliciting research proposals from research teams interested inproducing high quality research on the subject of industrial policies. Under this call for proposals: – GDN will sponsor up to 4 research teams;- The research teams will belong to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP countries);- The duration of the project is 24 months project from December 2015 to December 2017;- The research grant provided to the selected teams will amount to a maximum of USD 41,500 per study.The deadline for submissions is 18 November 2015, 9:00 am (Indian Standard Time) 

Objectives: 

On the basis of the above assessment, four country studies will be launched as part of the research program Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies. This program will have the following characteristics:  

  • It will generate quality, empirical academic knowledge locally through a careful documentation of existing policies to promote industrial productivity in four countries with a focus on manufacturing industries; 
  • It will therefore be an inductive, as opposed to deductive project, based on a careful empirical study to inform two major research questions : to What do we learn from existing industrial policy initiatives about the value (impact) and possibility of promoting successful industrialization in developing countries? 
  •  What do we learn from these initiatives about the various determinants of the interaction between the private and the public sectors and about their role in the success or failure of current industrial policies?  

It will therefore aim at developing the thinking about industrial policy as part of a trial-anderrornprocess that focuses on learning and implementation rather than a deterministic

Eligibility Criteria 
  • The researchers, including the principal investigator, must be citizens and permanent resident of an ACP country. 
  • The principal investigator must be a permanent resident of the country he is studying.
  • Staff members of multilateral and bilateral development organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Previous and current employees of GDN are NOT eligible to apply up till 5 years from the 
  • completion of their tenure. Previous and current GDN Board Members, project mentors and
  • members of evaluation teams are NOT eligible to apply. 
  • Similar proposals or papers resulting as products from full or partial GDN funded activities
  • cannot be submitted for this competition. 

Review criteria 
The submissions will be first screened and shortlisted by GDN. A high level panel of researchers will  make the final selection among the shortlisted submissions. The applications will be reviewed and  evaluated on the following criteria (the list is only indicative):
  • Contribution to the knowledge on industrial policy 
  • Clarity in addressing the research question(s)
  • Expertise of the team to undertake the proposed research
  • Feasibility of Objectives
  • Methodological Completeness and Appropriateness
  • Policy Relevance 
  • Challenges and Risk Mitigation  

Submission Details:

Proposals have to be submitted through the dedicated online  before 18 November 2015, 9:00 am (Indian Standard Time). Submissions received after this deadline or incomplete submissions will not be considered by GDN. 

GDN accepts submissions in English and in French. Along with the information required on the platform, participants have to attach the following  additional documents

Timeline: 

Deadline for submission: 18 November 2015, 9:00 am (Indian Standard Time)

Results: 4-14 December 2015 

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