The Eurasian Research Institute of Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University invites research projects that has no investment budget and has a capacity to contribute to the scientific and technological, economic, social and cultural development of the Eurasian region in prescribed format on one of the following topics.
- The Pipelines in Eurasia Region
- European Union Energy Security and the Role of Turkey as a Potential Energy Hub
- Environmental Issues in Eurasia
- Central Asian Security Issues: Current Risks and Threats
- Gender Equality and the Role of Women in Kazakhstani Society
- The Impact of Belt & Road Initiative in Eurasia
Type of the projects This is considered as a publishing project. The project should contribute to scientific, educational, economic, social and cultural development (depending on the characteristics of the project) of Kazakhstan, Turkey, Eurasia, or the world. The period of this type of this project cannot to exceed 12 months. Who are eligible to apply? Especially senior academics, from Kazakhstan or other countries, actively engaged in the Eurasian Region researches are encouraged to apply. How to apply? Proposals should be made in the prescribed application format given in the attached file ((Annex 1)). Proposals should forward institute mail firstname.lastname@example.org, the Director of the Institute email@example.com. If the project is a joint venture then it should be explicitly mentioned. The complete “THE EURASIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES OF PROMOTION OF SCIENTIFIC PROJECTS” which inter alia provides details on the scope and coverage of scientific projects, principles and procedure, submission, appraisal, monitoring and review of research projects along with norms of funding, is available in the attached file ((Annex 2)). Submission and appraisal of proposals Project application is submitted directly by the project manager. The application is submitted in two hard copies and on a CD. Priority is given to inter institutional, international and interdisciplinary collaborative projects. After the preparation of the application and the completion of forms and annexes, the Management Board of the Institute provides a preliminary assessment and selects the best projects that are sent to two referees. Final decision is taken by the Management Board considering selection criteria. All proposals will be selected on the basis of the same set of 6 selection criteria. As a consequence, this set of selection criteria will apply, in the same way, to all calls that ERI will launch. Scientific Quality (The extent to which a proposal has a ground-breaking nature and ambition (excellence)).
- The proposal is original, creative, innovative (excellence).
- The proposal addresses strategic research/education needs and opportunities.
- The proposal is consistent with research strategies of ERI.
- The proposal uses an appropriate methodology.
- The partner(s) has(ve) sufficient technical expertise and experience (knowledge of the issues to be addressed) to successfully deliver all aspects of the project.
Relevance (The extent to which the objectives of a proposal are consistent with beneficiaries’ requirements, country needs, global priorities and ERI policies)
- Proposal meets the objectives of the call for proposals.
- Proposal meets the needs of (direct and indirect) beneficiaries
- Proposal contributes to the Kazakhstan’s priorities, as articulated in national strategies and policies
- Proposal contributes to the Turkey’s priorities, as articulated in national strategies and policies
- Proposal contributes to the ERI strategy
- Proposal has clear added value with regard to other initiatives already carried out
- Proposal has potential to deliver applicable results
- Proposal demonstrates local ownership.
Effectiveness (The extent to which the proposals’ objectives are expected to be achieved, taking into account their relative importance).
- Clear description of key project elements (inputs, activities, results, objectives)
- Realistic objectives that address the identified needs
- Appropriate activities to achieve the objectives
- Feasible project activities
- Objectively verifiable indicators
- Monitoring of activities is foreseen
Efficiency (A measure of how economically resources/inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.) are converted to results).
- The partner(s) has(ve) sufficient financial management capacity and experience (ability to handle the budget) to successfully deliver all aspects of the project
- The partner(s) has(ve) experience with managing similar projects
- The partners have a strong partnership based on previous cooperation and/or relevant synergy/complementarity
- There is a clear definition and distribution of the roles and tasks for all involved partners
- There are efficient mechanisms for coordination and communication between the involved partners
- There are no (better, cheaper) alternatives to realize the proposed objectives
- The project costs are reasonable and justified
Impact (Potential positive and negative, primary and secondary long-term effects produced by the proposal, directly or indirectly, intended or unintended).
- The proposal shows a potential tangible impact on (direct and indirect) beneficiaries
- The proposal is sensitive to transversal aspects such as gender, culture, sustainability, human rights, … that can accelerate or hinder the potential impact of the project
- The proposal has a clear dissemination/valorization strategy
- The proposal is likely to have multiplier effects
Sustainability (The continuation of benefits after the activities have been completed).
- The proposal foresees a clear follow-up strategy to finance activities after the funding ends (financial sustainability)
- The proposal foresees working with institutional structures allowing the activities to continue after the funding (institutional sustainability)
- If applicable, the proposal takes into account its positive/negative impact on the policy level (political sustainability)
- If applicable, the proposal takes into account its negative/positive environmental impact (environmental sustainability)
- Decisions taken by the Management Board will be implemented immediately after the approval by the Board of Trustees of the University.