The British Academy launches a new global competition today (19 March 2015) in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) that will enable outstanding research teams to identify new initiatives that can help developing countries tackle the scourge of corruption and the negative impact it has on millions of people’s lives.
The new scheme, open to researchers based in any recognised higher education or research organisation in the UK and worldwide, aims to fund projects that can help developing countries implement more effective policies to reduce corruption and its vast human and social consequences. The projects are expected to draw on expertise across different social science disciplines – economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, etc.
Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, said “Tackling endemic corruption is an enormous international challenge that blights far too many countries. We are confident this new research can produce new approaches and tools to help them to tackle it. It is one of the most worthwhile ways that a country like the UK can offer them practical support.”
“The British Academy is delighted to partner DfID on such an important international project, which we believe can make a real difference to improving people’s lives and prospects in a range of different countries. The hunt is now on for world-leading research groups with a strong track record in rigorous analytical research of this kind to work with us in tackling this huge challenge.”
It is envisaged that around eight research projects will be funded for up to two years, with maximum funding of £400,000 each.