The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has announced the 15th funding cycle for the Kuwait Program Research Fund, which is supported by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). An HKS faculty committee will consider applications for one-year grants (up to $30,000) and larger grants for more extensive proposals to support advanced research by Harvard faculty members on issues of critical importance to Kuwait and the Persian Gulf. Grants can be applied toward research assistance, travel, summer salary, and course buyout.
Priority will be given to the following subjects, although applications will be considered in other areas as well: technology transfer; water resources and management; oil and petrochemicals; small country security; governance and transparency issues; government subsidies policy; vocational training models; human resources development; applied research, education, and training related to the environment and pollution; public health policy including disease treatment (especially diabetes) and prevention; and financial growth and foreign investment.
In addition, the program is seeking more extensive proposals on small country security as well as climate change and its impact on the gulf. HKS is prepared to provide greater funding over a longer period of time for research in the two areas.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the direct involvement of Harvard faculty; the relevance and transferability of the research to Kuwait and the region; and the quality of the work plan, which should include an outreach component. Collaborative research with Kuwaiti academics and educational institutions is strongly encouraged.
Please submit inquiries and research proposals (not exceeding five pages), budget, other sources of funding, and the curriculum vitae for senior researchers to Director, Middle East Initiative, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138. The deadline for the receipt of grant applications is Nov. 14, 2008. Decisions will be announced by Dec. 15. Call (617) 495-5963 for more information.