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The Research Grant Program is a piece of the ECOWAS activity on Youth Leadership

Development in Energy, which attempts to set up the locale’s youngsters and ladies to turn out to be universally serious vitality pioneers later on. Lined up with the activity’s goal, the Research Grant Program means to fabricate and reinforce the limit of youthful West Africans to contribute and take an interest effectively in the vitality talk at the national and provincial levels and, accordingly, guarantee that the young has a state in the manner vitality improvement is formed in West Africa. 

This lines up with the strategic the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to improve the political and social structure for atmosphere inviting manageable turn of events, just as more grounded territorial and universal participation on vitality security and atmosphere adjustment/moderation designs in the nations of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Program will, therefore, support research teams, bolster inquire about groups with examine proposition that are goal-oriented, inventive, aimed and planned for producing new information for dynamic for decision making and achievement.

Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted electronically to [email protected] by June 25, 2020.


Teams will receive a grant amount of not more than €1500 to contribute to the formulation of evidence-based energy policies or strategies in the region.

If the paper is accepted for publication, Research Advisors will be paid a sum of €500, separate from the research budget.

The research papers will be published electronically on the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Journal and made available on the ECREEE e-library.

Furthermore, researchers will be given the opportunity to share their findings and recommendations at conferences and workshops organized by ECREEE.


Successful proposals will be selected based on:

Scientific quality of the proposed research

Policy relevance

Competency level of the research team

For Scientific quality, proposals will be judged on:

Strength of the hypothesis, theories and/or research questions

Appropriateness of the methodology and research design

Applicability of the research and its impact.

Originality and innovation

Multidisciplinary approach

For policy relevance, the proposals will be evaluated based on its contribution towards solving pressing energy issues.


Relevance of the research to current or planned policy instruments and legislation.
Contribution to the body of knowledge in energy policy formulation and competence of decision-makers

The third group of criteria will focus on the ability of the research team to successfully execute the proposed project, considering if the team (or a member of the team) has executed a project of similar scope.

The evaluation will be based on the:

Qualifications, skills and competencies of the research team

Feasibility of the research timetable and suitability of the budget

Participants should at least be students in or graduates from an institution of higher education (in the region or outside the region).

Research teams with a Master or PhD degree holder, or equivalent, will be given priority.

Research teams must comprise of young West African researchers of not more than 35 years of age (excluding Research Advisor(s)).

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically to [email protected]

The following should be sent along with the research proposal:

A cover letter;

A supporting letter from an organisation (public or private) interested in the research and that may use the results of research;

A letter from the Advisor committed to supervise the research;

Detailed curriculum vitae of each member of the team (including the Advisor).

The research proposal should state:


Brief Introduction

Background and statement of the problem

Research question or hypothesis, aim and objectives

Policy relevance (highlighting its significance, applicability and originality)
Study design (type of study)

Possible barriers and limitations to the research

Data collection methods and instruments
Data analysis methods

Research period – Timetable for completion of the project, i.e. schedule of activities
Participants in the study – e.g. stakeholders to be consulted

Resources required for the study, including; Budget



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