British Academy: Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme

The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers based anywhere in the world to develop interdisciplinary projects which enhance the development of more effective policies and interventions aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries.

This call is for research projects which address one or more of the following four themes:

  • International architecture and beneficial ownership
  • Commodity trading and potential responses
  • Promoting integrity and systems of integrity management in the public and private sectors
  • Corruption at different levels

The geographic focus for the research will be on Department for International Development (DFID) Tier 1 countries  where corruption is a constraint and where a better understanding is needed of what kinds of intervention can make a difference. Countries of specific interest are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, although proposals focusing on any DFID Tier 1 country will also be considered.

Funding & Duration

The programme will fund projects of between £175,000 (approx. AUD $297,000) and £350,000 (approx. AUD $594,000) each. Projects must begin on 1 March 2018 and last two years.


This call is open to researchers from anywhere in the world. There is no requirement that a UK-based partner be involved in the proposal. The lead applicant must have a minimum of three years postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience. S/he must hold a position, which is either permanent or lasts at least the duration of the award, at an eligible research or higher education institution, recognised by the British Academy.

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