A New Call for Expressions of Interest

GDN has launched a new call for expressions of interest to generate locally produced, quality, empirical academic knowledge to inform debate on competitiveness strategies and to promote industrial productivity in African countries.

Share the Launch Video | Read the Full Call for Expressions of Interest | Apply online here in English.

The Deadline for Submission is 30 March 2017, 5:00pm (Nairobi time, GMT+3)

Eligibility Criteria
  • Countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania
  • Teams:  Maximum of 4 researchers per team, including the principal investigator; all must be citizens of a developing country and the principal investigator must be a permanent resident of the country he/she is studying
  • Institution: Researchers can belong to different institutions in the same country, but the grant will be given to the institution hosting the principal investigator
  • Period: The research project will be conducted over a 18 month period, from May 2017 - October 2018

Stage 1: Call for expressions of interest

  • The current call asks for detailed expressions of interest. Shortlisted candidateswill be invited to intend a training workshop in Africa in May 2017 to exchange on the topic of industrial policies with other teams, policymakers and experts in the field, and to transform their expression of interest into a full-fledged research plan               

Stage 2: Proposal submission

  • After the workshop, teams will be given one month to submit a full-fledged proposal to be reviewed by the World Bank and a high level panel of experts
  • Selected teams will then have the opportunity to implement their research proposal
GDN Support

During the program, GDN will work closely with the selected teams to provide them with the support needed (beyond funding) to define the scope of the research, to effectively implement the research agenda, to monitor the research outcomes and to assist them in publishing the final research paper. 

In addition, GDN will provide mentoring services to the teams. Each team will benefit from the advice of a Scientific Advisor selected by GDN, i.e., a senior researcher who has recognized experience in the subject. These advisors will provide guidance on the research design, implementation, analysis and effective research outcomes through face-to-face meetings, seminars for peer-reviews and online communication during the entire course of each research project. It is expected that teams and their respective mentor exchange on a regular basis to cope with the problems teams encounter or to seek advice in the direction of the research.

During the program, the selected teams, their Scientific Advisors and the GDN Management Team are expected to gather periodically for methodological, peer review and dissemination workshops.

GDN promotes professional networking among researchers and believes in cross fertilization in ideas and knowledge. These different events are opportunities to learn from peers and benefit from the advice of other colleagues. GDN also expects the teams to use this international platform to reach, as much as possible, the policy makers in their countries. The Trade and Competitiveness Practice of the World Bank Group will mobilize its resources within the selected countries for broader dissemination and policy outreach. 

For more information, contact Pierre Bertrand on