Context Matters Research Grant Program 2022

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Deadline: August 1, 2022

CODE, in partnership with the International Literacy Association (ILA), is pleased to announce the fifth call for research proposals for the Context Matters Research Grants Program 2022 to support research that is clearly situated in local contexts and recognizes the multifaceted and complex relationships between the world in the field of education.

CODE, through its Context Matters program, funds research initiated, designed and undertaken by African researchers. The main aspects of the program are building the research capacity of African scholars, promoting knowledge sharing and informing practices and policies.

Areas of inquiry

Proposals must address at least one of these three areas of inquiry:

  • Teacher training
  • Literacy practices
  • Digital Literacy
Themes

In 2022, Context Matters is primarily interested in research projects that address one or more of the following general themes:

  • advancing local literacy practices;
  • advancing context-specific ways of knowing;
  • the intersection between literacy, education and girls’ empowerment;
  • factors and/or interventions that contribute to reducing barriers to quality education for women and girls: with disabilities; in fragile, conflict, refugee and crisis situations; and/or in connection with the impact of the COVID pandemic.
  • the role that initial teacher education and in-service professional development play in enhancing educational opportunities for girls and vulnerable populations;
  • the relationship between school, home and community and the role it plays in strengthening culturally relevant literacies;
  • the impact of digital literacies as well as the use of technology in teacher training and classroom learning;
  • aim to contribute to lasting change.
Context Matters is designed to:
  • Support the work of African scholars and researchers addressing identified issues in collaboration with African literacy and teacher education communities.
  • Advance research in Africa by Africans in a responsive and respectful manner to participants and their communities.
  • Strengthen the research capacity, knowledge and recommendations of those working in the African context.
  • Fund research initiated, designed and undertaken by local teams.
  • Foster international partnerships and alliances that strengthen Africa’s capacity to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of education and gender equality.
  • Build a body of evidence that can be used to support education policy recommendations at local, regional or national level.
Research projects

In 2022, CODE and ILA are primarily interested in research projects related to one or more of the following:

  • Explore the intersection between literacy, education and girls’ empowerment.
  • Investigate the impact of digital literacies as well as the use of technology in teacher training and classroom learning.
  • Explore the role that initial teacher education and in-service professional development play in enhancing educational opportunities for girls and vulnerable populations.
  • Advance local literacy practices.
  • Advancing context-specific ways of knowing.
  • Explore the relationship between school, home and community and the role this relationship can play in building culturally relevant literacies.
  • Explore factors and/or interventions that contribute to reducing barriers to quality education for women and girls: with disabilities; in fragile, conflict, refugee and crisis situations; and/or in connection with the impact of the COVID pandemic.
Funding Information
  • The grant is issued in Canadian dollars up to a maximum of $10,000.00.
  • Studies can be of any duration but are planned to cover a period of two years.
eligible countries

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea: Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia , Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Eligibility criteria
  • Context Matters welcomes proposals from researchers, scholars and educators who reside and work in the education sector in eligible countries.
  • Funded researchers must be affiliated with and/or collaborate with an academic institution. All proposals should reflect current professional research standards and should explain how they will meet ethical standards and procedures for research involving human participants.
  • Research proposals should clearly indicate how the results will contribute to or fill a gap in existing knowledge and understanding. Context Matters does not fund monitoring and evaluation (M&E) components of existing programs.

For more information, visit https://code.ngo/2022/02/10/context-matters-research-grants-2022/

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