INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme

INGSA is proud to partner with the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to provide 7 Professional Development Grants to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries.

The recipients were chosen through a competitive process that attracted applications from all around the world, and the 7 selected recipients are an excellent example of the potential and scope of science/policy interface inquiry in the Global South.

Each of these grant recipients will be INGSA Research Associates for the year of their project, receiving professional development opportunities and support from INGSA.

We encourage you to have a deep read through each of the Research Associates' project overviews below:

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Dr Adelina Mensha, Ghana: Dr. Adelina Mensah is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana (UG). Read more...

Project:Enabling Science-Policy Interface for Knowledge transfer (ESPIK) between scientific community and policy makers for achieving SDG11 in Ghana" - Larger cities face rapid population growth and inadequate essential services such as water, sanitation, housing, electricity, transport, etc., there is the need for accessible, accurate, timely and comparable data for effective decision making. Read more...

Dr Binyam Sisay Mendisu, Ethiopia: Binyam Sisay Mendisu completed his PhD in Linguistics from University of Oslo, Norway in 2008. He is currently working as a program officer at UNESCO’s International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa . Read more...

Project:The Role and Contribution of Scientific Evidence and Advice to transform a country at a crossroad: the case of Ethiopia” - Scientific evidence has a great potential for the political and socio-economic change of a nation. This project attempts to identify major challenges that hinder the usage of scientific evidence in Ethiopia. Read more...

Dr Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos, Mexico: Gian is an economist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is a full-time researcher at UNAM's Interdisciplinary Research Center on Sciences and Humanities. Read more...

Project:Moving forward the interface between policy-making and evidence-based research and knowledge for supporting climate action in cities” - Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science, cities are key actors for addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation. Read more...

Dr Henry Zakumumpa, Uganda: Dr Henry Zakumumpa is a CARTA Research Fellow at Makerere University, School of Public Health. Henry has specialized in HIV and health systems and his academic background is in the social sciences. Read more...

Project:Re-engineering health systems for differentiated HIV care scale-up: moving from evidence to policy and practise in Uganda” - Traditional ‘one-size-fits-all’ models of clinic-based, physician-centered HIV care are unsustainable given escalating demand for anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and declining international assistance. Read more...

Dr Iffat Batool Naqvi, Pakistan: Dr Iffat Batool Naqvi is currently working as Assistant Professor at Mehran University Institute of Science, Technology and Development (MUISTD) Jamshoro, Pakistan. Read more...

Project:Agglomeration of Industrial Firms and Regional Development in Sindh: An Enquiry for the Regional Industrial Cluster Policy of Pakistan” - A well-established theoretical framework of industrial clusters is extensively discussed in the literature and empirically applied to achieve the socio-economic development of these countries. Read more...

Dr Soledad Quiroz-Valenzuela, Chile: Soledad is currently, I am member of the INGSA-LAC Steering Committee, and Coordinator of the "Ciencia al Congreso" initiative, which aims to train scientists to produce documents of relevance for decision makers. Read more...

Project:Succeeding and failing in delivering scientific evidence: a close look of two cases of environmental conflicts in Chile” - Chile has one of the most diverse environments in the world: from the driest desert of Atacama, to the eternal snow of Antarctica. However, our rich biodiversity is often threatened by all sorts of human activities. Read more...

Mr Waluyo Eko Cahyono, Indonesia: Waluyo's research interest is on land-atmosphere interactions for climate variability, including emissions of carbon dioxide from land use change (e.g. deforestation) and climate mitigation potential from the land. Read more...

Project:Climate Change Mitigation with a Focus on Forest Degradation in Indonesia Tropical Forests" - Indonesia is one of the largest emitters of land-use based greenhouse gas emissions. Up to 60% of its emissions are caused by deforestation, forest degradation and peatland conversion.  Read more...

Grants are made possible through a partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).