Guidelines For Applying

Grants are normally awarded as contributions towards actual research costs and do not include institutional overheads or any stipendiary element for applicants. Priority is given to researchers based in the UK or eastern Africa.

Publication costs are not eligible for funding. The normal maximum sum awarded is between £500 and £1,000 sterling or its equivalent in local currency. In exceptional circumstances, where a compelling case is made, a grant of up to £1,500 may be made.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to send a copy of his/her application to the nominated referee and to ensure that the reference reach BIEA by the closing date.

All applicants should provide details of one referee who has agreed to send a confidential assessment of his application to BIEA. In the case of postgraduate students, the referee should be the supervisor of the student. For other applicants, the referee should not be employed at the applicant’s institution. Please Complete the Application Form  (downloadable here). Late applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will normally be informed of the outcome of their applications within one month of the closing date. If you have not heard from us by this time, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

All applications and references should be submitted electronically by email to [email protected]  to reach us by the closing date announced.

Advice for Applicants

BIEA’s research funding is competitive. We receive many more applications than we can fully fund. Your application must, therefore, make a clear and compelling case for why we should support your proposed research. Making such a case means:

  • Briefly summarising the research question – what is your research actually about?
  • Summarising the state of knowledge on this, through brief reference to the literature.
  • Explaining briefly how your chosen research methodology will help to advance knowledge, and answer your research question.
  • Your project also needs to be viable – that is, it has to be possible within the budget and time-frame you have set out. A small project with a clearly-framed research question and achievable goals is better than an ambitious one which has no prospect of completion.

Other aspects of the application also need to be properly prepared. Your budget needs to be clear and realistic. It is not enough to simply ask for the maximum amount possible; you must explain why you need the amount you have requested. You must have a clear plan for dissemination. BIEA will not fund research if there is no prospect that anyone will ever hear about the results. Again, be realistic. Saying that you intend to produce an article, or even a book, is not enough: Do you have a publisher for your book? What journal might publish your article, and why? In some cases, the completion of a postgraduate thesis may be a quite appropriate form of dissemination – if that is what you intend to do, say so. Your referee need to send a reference direct to BIEA. This is a reference for the application, not simply for the applicant. The referee need to have seen the application, and s/he should make a clear case for why they feel the project should be supported.