Call for pre-proposals: Pathways towards Sustainable African Urban Development

The International Council for Science (ICSU) in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) has opened a call for pre-proposals to identify collaborative research projects across Africa that explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa.

Early career African scientists are invited to submit research proposals that apply a systems approach to analyzing urban processes in Africa. These projects are expected to examine the inherent complexity of cities, to explore the interconnections, trade-offs and synergies between different dimensions of urban systems, e.g. governance, human and social capital, environment, economic systems and infrastructure.

35 pre-proposals will be selected to attend a training event on inter- and trans-disciplinary research, which will take place on 3-7 September 2018 (place to be confirmed). Participants of the training will then be given about two and half months to submit full proposals. In February 2019, up to eleven collaborative research projects across Africa will be funded to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years.


Kindly email for PDF containing full details including the Eligibility criteria, Assessment processes and criteria for pre-proposal, etc.

Submissions can be made using the online form at

Submission deadline for pre-proposal: 14 May 2018 (18:00 CET)
Selection decision of pre-proposals: End of June 2018
Submission deadline for full proposals: 23 November 2018 (18:00 CET)