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2007 Policy-Connect Research Grant Competition Now Open

IREX has just announced the 2007 Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants competition. IREX’s Policy-Connect program seeks to attract, select, and support advanced research by US experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, facilitate collaboration among and between US and international scholars, and disseminate knowledge about Europe and Eurasia to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad. Policy-Connect provides American scholars with the means and support necessary to conduct research, particularly on lesser-studied regions such as the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, where issues central to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States must be studied. The knowledge and expertise gained by the grant recipients become a valuable resource for the policymaking community, as the scholars share the results of their research through research briefs, policy fora, and individual meetings.

The Policy-Connect Program provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. Fellowships support collaborative teams of two or three US scholars and professionals for up to 12 months. Upon completion of the project, scholars will be requested to present their research findings at a Policy Forum at the US Department of State and to write a short policy paper. This year applications will be accepted for research on the following topics and regions:

  • Eurasia & Southeast Europe: ethnic and religious conflict, transition economics, access to information, youth and women’s issues, and citizen participation in politics and civil society.
  • Cross-regional: Post-Soviet relations between Eurasia and the Middle East/North Africa and/or South Asia.

Eligible Countries of Research Focus

  • Eurasia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
  • Southeast Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Cross-regional: Countries of Eurasia (see above) and Algeria, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

Applications and supporting materials for Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants are available on the IREX website at: www.irex.org/programs/policy-connect/index.asp. Grant Award: Up to $30,000; Duration: Up to 12 months; Application Deadline: April 1, 2007. For more information contact the Policy-Connect Program Staff at policyconnect@irex.org or by calling (202) 628-8188.

Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants are funded by the US Department of State’s Title VIII Program and John J. and Nancy Lee Roberts.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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