ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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Strengthening ICT4D Research Capacity in Asia (SIRCA) Programme

Dear ICTD 4D researchers

The Strengthening ICT4D Research Capacity in Asia (SIRCA) Programme is pleased to announce a call for grant proposals. The SIRCA Programme seeks to identify future research leaders and to facilitate their development through the support of research grants. The awards are intended to ensure capacities to conduct research in the area of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D or ICTD) are built in Asia. This applies particularly to emerging researchers based in Asia who are relatively new to ICTD research and interested in undertaking theoretically-based and methodologically rigorous research. Additionally, these applicants would benefit from concerted capacity building exercises including a mentorship arrangement. In particular, the program promotes broad-based high-quality multidisciplinary research in ICT development, e-services, new media use and social impact, and policy for the benefit and advancement of individuals, organizations, nation and society.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

• Applicants must register online at www.ntu.edu.sg/sci/sirc/sirca with their name, project title, email address and country of research by 29th September 2008.

• Proposals must be received via email by 13th October 2008. Send email submissions to sirca@ntu.edu.sg with “SIRCA Proposal” in the subject line of your message. Attachments must be in MS Word, MS Excel or PDF and should be labelled with your name (for example: Jane_Doe_Info_Sheet.doc or .docx or .pdf).

• Visit the following web pages for additional information about the programme and the call for proposals.

SICRA Website [http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/sci/sirc/sirca/home.html]

SIRCA Brochure [http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/sci/sirc/sirca/SIRCA_brochure.pdf ]

SIRCA Research Grant Proposal Guidelines [http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/sci/sirc/sirca/SIRCA_Research_Grant_Proposal_Guidelines.pdf]

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