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Call for Proposals 2017: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme

From 27/03/2017 to 27/03/2017 Kenya, Uganda
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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing an eight year programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. The TAGDev Programme seeks to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. This 2017 Call for proposals for the Community Action Research Programme (CARP+) targeted to Egerton University and Gulu University and financed by TAGDev Programme. The CARP program aims to encourage universities to develop and invest in more comprehensive and sustained action research into a particular geographical area or in a selected commodity along the full value chain.

For this initial call ONLY proposals from Gulu University or Egerton University will be eligible. A follow up call to award four additional CARP+ projects will be released in August 2017 and will be open to all RUFORUM member universities.

This specific Call seeks to extend university activities to work more closely with rural communities through multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional partnerships involving key stakeholders such as research, extension and development agencies, policy-makers, the private sector and TVET institutions as a must. The Call will support proposals focusing on crops and livestock sector value chains of strategic importance in Kenya and Uganda that provide opportunity for sustainably moving a significant number of smallholder farmers out of poverty and food insecurity. 

Potential applicants are invited to review the detailed guidelines for the Call which may be download here

Important dates for the Call are as follows:

  • Deadline for full proposals to RUFORUM Secretariat by 27th March, 2017
  • Compliance and External Reviews by 20th April, 2017 Technical Committee review by 27th May, 2017 
  • Communication to PIs of shortlisted proposals by 30th May, 2017
  • Submission of revised proposals 9th June, 2017
  • Final Selection and Grant Agreements signed by 15th June, 2017
  • Funds Disbursed by 25th June, 2017

For more information please email MCF@RUFORUM unit. Email:


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