Research Award: Foundations for Innovation

Deadline: September 7, 2016

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

This particular Research Award is open only to Kenyan nationals.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

The Foundations for Innovation program wishes to better understand the environment that enables researchers and partners to innovate, test new products and processes, and grow their adoption to improve the lives of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs). We invite applicants interested in the new ecosystem for innovations, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to undertake research on partnerships between universities/research institutes and the private sector (particularly industry) in Africa. We are particularly interested in the roles of intermediary or bridging actors (such as science granting councils and incubators), the roles of institutions (for example, policies and regulations), the distribution of power and the role of politics in these partnerships.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of their time toward a research project relating to the above themes under the guidance of an IDRC Program Officer. They will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates during the year, and present their findings at the end of the year. The other 50% of the successful candidate’s time will include contributions to program operations, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; participating in program and project development, monitoring, and evaluation; supporting program communications and research dissemination activities; and preparing internal and external reports.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2017 Call for applications Web page – and for this particular position, you must be a Kenyan national.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of science, technology and innovation;
  • Knowledge of research for development;
  • Field experience in a developing country;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently; and
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

It is highly desirable that the candidate is enrolled in (or has recently completed) a master’s program in one of the following disciplines: science, technology and innovation policy; development studies; or economics.

Priority will be given to proposals outlining focused and feasible objectives, and clearly defined methodology. Further, the proposal should demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to local, national, and/or regional policy debates in Africa.

This position is located at IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa, which is located in Nairobi, Kenya.


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