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AFRO-NETS> Concept papers on reproductive health requested

  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> Concept papers on reproductive health requested
  • From: Nancy McGirr <n.mcgirr@tfgi.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 14:18:43 -0400

Concept papers on reproductive health requested

Dear Colleagues,

The POLICY Project is pleased to announce that it is now soliciting
concept papers for Round 2 of the Global Policy Research Program. We
would like to encourage you or a member of your organization to
submit a concept paper pertaining to one or more of the following

- family planning and reproductive health financing;
- the impact of policy changes on program outcomes;
- the influence of policies on young adult reproductive health;
- the impact of family planning on preventing abortion;
- the benefits of family planning and other reproductive health
programs for the development of human capital.

Research pertaining to these themes will be commissioned through a
competitive process, culminating in a fixed-price subcontract
agreement. The project expects to make 8-10 awards in Round 2, with a
maximum award amount of $100,000 for each study. The duration of
studies should be no longer than 12 to 18 months, including
preparation of the final report.

Guidelines for submission:

Proposed research may be quantitative or qualitative. Examples
include secondary analysis, case studies (especially those conducted
in a number of countries making use of a common protocol), or
literature reviews of prior research with a view to policy and
programmatic implications. Because the POLICY Project is committed to
supporting research concerning developing countries, we strongly
encourage proposals from principal investigators based in developing
countries. In addition, preference will be given to applications

- are interdisciplinary and rely on multiple types or sources of data
to draw conclusions;
- incorporate information from two or more countries;
- involve collaboration with developing-country or junior
researchers; and
- include gender and age-specific considerations in the research
design, where applicable.

Application Procedures:

Proposed studies will undergo a two-stage review process consisting
of preparation of concept papers followed by submission of full
proposals for the most promising concept papers.

Concept Papers:

Concept papers should be 2-3 pages in length and should

(a) clearly specify the policy issue the research is intended to
address, why the research is important to this issue, and the
primary audience for the results;

(b) include a brief statement of the research question(s), approach,
methodology, and data sources envisioned;

(c) identify relevant capabilities of the research organization(s)
involved and the role of developing country researchers.

Please attach a copy of the resume of the principal investigator(s).

POLICY staff will conduct the initial review of concept papers.
Concept papers will be evaluated in relation to the policy relevance
of the proposed research, qualifications and institutional
affiliations of the researchers, conceptual and methodological
aspects of the proposed work, and adherence to the guidelines
described above. POLICY staff will notify successful applicants, pass
on comments from reviewers, and ask for full proposals. Guidance for
the format of proposals will be distributed at this stage.
Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at this time.

The deadline for submission of concept papers is September 24, 1997.

Please circulate this announcement to interested parties.


Nancy McGirr
Research Co-ordinator
The POLICY Project
The Futures Group International
1050, 17th Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036, USA

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