WYG and Natural Resources Institute (NRI) are pleased to launch the call for concept notes for the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning Programme in sub-Saharan Africa (SAIRLA) research opportunity.

SAIRLA’s research projects will generate new evidence and decision-making support tools to help decision makers create an enabling environment for poorer smallholder farmers, especially women and youth, to engage in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification.

The research grants will be funded by DFID and each will be awarded between £400,000 and £750,000. Concept notes will be required to respond to one or two of the research questions as per the SAIRLA website, and to cover at least two priority countries. Applicants must include at least one African organisation in each country. In addition to completing the proposed research, successful applicants will be expected to participate in SAIRLA’s Learning Alliances to inform, generate and share research among stakeholders and engage with decision makers.

The deadline for submissions is November 19th 2015. Short-listed applicants will subsequently be requested to submit full proposals by 30th January 2016.

Full research questions, eligibility criteria and application procedures are included in the guidance for submitting a concept note, now available on the SAIRLA website.

SAIRLA is a five-year programme, from 2015 to 2020, which will commission research and facilitate learning to understand different ways of achieving Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) and their developmental implications. Its key focus is on assessing how SAI can be promoted in ways that enable women and poorer smallholders in Africa to participate in and benefit from agricultural development through SAI approaches.