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Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme

Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme

The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers based anywhere in the world to develop interdisciplinary projects which enhance the development of more effective policies and interventions aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries.

This programme is supported by a British Academy's partnership with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). During its first phase in 2015 the programme funded eight projects. As the partnership between the Academy and DFID continues into a second phase, funding for new awards under the programme is now available.


This call for proposals provides an opportunity for the world's best researchers to develop studies focusing on improving the evidence base on what works in reducing corruption in developing countries. Successful applicants will provide the operational evidence needed by DFID country offices and other policymakers to make a practical impact in reducing corruption; drive multidisciplinary approaches to developing and disseminating best practice through active stakeholder engagement; and support international collaboration and the development of research capacity.

Research Themes and Focus

This call is for research projects which address one or more of the following four themes:

a. International architecture and beneficial ownership
b. Commodity trading and potential responses
c. Promoting integrity and systems of integrity management in the public and private sectors
d. Corruption at different levels

Further details are available in the programme's scheme notes for applicants.

The geographic focus for the research will be on DFID Tier 1 countries where corruption is a constraint and where a better understanding is needed of what kinds of intervention can make a difference. Countries of specific interest are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, although proposals focusing on any DFID Tier 1 country will also be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

This call is open to researchers from anywhere in the world. There is no requirement that a UK-based partner be involved in the proposal. The lead applicant must have a minimum of three years postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience. S/he must hold a position, which is either permanent or lasts at least the duration of the award, at an eligible research or higher education institution, recognised by the British Academy.

All projects must be ODA eligible. Only proposals which aim to support the economic development and welfare of developing countries will be supported under this call.

Value and Duration

The programme will fund projects of between £175,000 and £350,000 each, delivering research excellence with practical development impact. Projects must begin on 1 March 2018 and last two years.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 15 November 2017 (17:00 UK time)
Institution Approval Deadline: Thursday 16 November 2017 (17:00 UK time)
Decisions Available: February 2018

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15 November 2017 (17.00 UK Time). Host institutions must approve applications by Thursday 16 November 2017 (17.00 UK Time). Please note that the date given on the Flexi-Grant application form refers to the institutional approval deadline only; applicants must submit their proposals by 5pm UK time on Wednesday 15 November 2017 for them to be considered eligible. The website will be monitored, and any attempts to change proposals or to submit them after the applicant deadline will render your application ineligible.

Contact Details

Please contact or call 020 7969 5277 for further information.

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