A New Call
A New Call for Expressions of Interest

GDN has launched a new call for expressions of interest for research teams interested in producing high quality research to document the increase in productivity at the firm level through the implementation of different management methods, with a focus on Kaizen (the Japanese style management approach). Four selected teams will receive up to USD 40,000 to conduct research projects under GDN’s program, Productivity Improvement in the Private and Public Sector: Roles and Lessons from Kaizen approaches.

See the full Call for Expressions of Interest for details on eligibility criteria and how to apply | Watch the launch video  | See the FAQ Sheet | Apply online in English.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 6 April 2017, 6pm IST (Indian Standard Time)

Eligibility Criteria
  • A maximum of three researchers are allowed to form a team
  • Each team must include: at least one senior researcher with demonstrated experience in productivity studies, a good record of publications and experience in research management; and at least one young researcher (below 35 years of age). Preferably, this young researcher is a PhD graduate.
  • Researchers must be citizens of developing or transition countries, but can be temporarily residing (for no more than five years) in a developed country. At least one member of the team must currently reside in the developing or transition country under study.
Key Features of the Call
  • The current call asks for expressions of interest for funding support from GDN
  • GDN will provide a maximum of four (4) research grants of up to USD 40,000 each, as well as mentoring, peer reviews, training, site visits, and opportunities for publication; 
  • Research outputs will be published in a book on the Kaizen experience, edited by Akio Hosono (JICA Research Insitute) and John Page (Brookings Institution).
  • Projects are expected to start in April 2017 and to finish no later than 30 June 2018
  • Selected applicants will be invited to an inception week in Tokyo in May 2017, which will include a seminar on Kaizen and a workshop to finalize the proposals
  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 6 April 2017, 6pm IST (Indian Standard Time)
  • Applications must be submitted in English via the dedicated online platform
GDN Support

During the project, GDN will work closely with the selected teams to provide them with the support needed (beyond funding) to refine the scope of the research, to effectively implement the research agenda, to monitor the research outcomes and to assist them in publishing the final research paper.

In addition, GDN will provide advisory mentoring services to the teams. Each team will benefit from the advice of a Scientific Advisor selected by GDN. He/She will be a senior researcher that has some recognized experience in the field. These advisors will provide guidance on the research design, implementation, analysis and effective research outcomes through face-to-face meetings, seminars for peer-reviews and online communication during the entire course of the project. It is expected that teams and their respective advisor exchange on a regular basis to cope with the problems teams encounter or to seek advice in the direction of the research.

Beyond the grant and the opportunity to work with a distinguished researcher, GDN will provide knowledge exchange and capacity building services to the selected teams, and will support teams on a continuing basis in research management, and research dissemination for policy influence.

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