Call for Proposals: Green Industrialisation Research Grants

UONGOZI Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the year 2016-17.

Over the past decade, most African countries have enjoyed good economic growth relative to their historical performance and the average growth rate for the global economy. Africa is becoming more integrated in the world economy and its partnerships are diversifying, revealing unprecedented economic opportunities.

Despite Africa’s immense potential, and relatively strong economic growth, it remains the poorest region in the world, the least developed, the most technologically backward, the most indebted, the most food-insecure and the most marginalised. Furthermore, malnutrition, disease, environmental degradation, maladaptation to climate change, natural resource depletion, poor and inadequate infrastructure, youth unemployment, gender inequality, rapid urbanization, along with weak institutional capacities, continue to pose serious challenges.

UONGOZI Institute has made funding available to support research on sustainable development in Africa. These research grants aim to support the Institute’s efforts to conduct research where researchers, both local and international study the planning, implementation and impacts of specific decisions, policies, and processes that may influence the sustainability and sustainable development of Africa. The approach will generate information and knowledge to aid the socio-economic transformation for inclusive growth and development of Africa, particularly to contribute to policy formulation. Support is provided to short term studies (up to six months) in areas that are relevant to UONGOZI Institute’s Sustainable Development Programme.

Focus Areas:

Research proposals are invited on Green Industrialisation in Africa:

The transformation of an economy from one which is primarily based on unprocessed raw materials and commodities (typically extractives- and agriculture- based) to one based on the manufacturing of goods, is referred to as industrialisation. Historically, this has been the main pathway of development that countries have followed across the world. It necessarily leads to far-reaching impacts on a variety of scales ranging from individuals through to international relations. African countries are industrialising, however this process is taking place in an increasingly delicate set of relationships, whether within and between communities, or between humanity and nature. Industrialisation can no longer follow the ‘brown agenda’ that industrialises first and ‘cleans up’ later, without further pushing the planet over the climate change edge. Furthermore, the brown agenda has not traditionally been inclusive; this is no longer acceptable. Green industrialisation focuses on inclusive and environmentally sensitive pathways. The following are sample research topics that may be considered, but are not prescriptive:

  • To what extent is Africa’s industrialisation green?
  • What sectors in Africa are better placed for a green industrialisation? What are the factors that make these sectors better placed compared to others?
  • What are Africa’s options for greening industries and pursuing green industrialisation?
  • What are the likely impacts (challenges and opportunities) of pursing green industrialisation in Africa?


  • Grants are open to researchers based in African institutions, and internationally, that partner with African researchers.
  • Applicants should have a Research Degree (Master’s based on research, MPhil) or PhD with not less than five years of post-degree experience.
  • Applicants are expected to hold demonstrable writing skills and expertise relevant to the research theme.


Proposals should include a short background and problem statement, research questions, literature review, extensive indication of methodology, budget (ceiling of 30,000 US Dollars) and timeline.

Proposals that contain clear methodological designs are highly preferred.

Together with the proposal, short CVs of a maximum of two (2) pages, of researchers in the study are required indicating professional affiliations, relevant expertise, publications and post degree certificates.


After submission of proposals, the review committee will review all proposals to identify successful candidates.

Successful candidates will be contacted and a meeting will be held to enable discussion on the research proposals between the applicants and UONGOZI Institute.

Application Deadline:

The call for research proposals will remain open until March 3rd, 2017.

Completed research proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments to UONGOZI Institute at


For further inquiries use the contact information provided below:

UONGOZI Institute

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P.O. Box 105753, Dar es Salaam

Phone: (22) 260 2917   Fax: (22) 260 2918

UONGOZI Institute exists to support African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nation and for Africa.  We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development through research, capacity development and public dialogues.