Who can apply for RASTA research grants?

Individuals and/or groups of researchers, academicians, graduate students, scholars, professionals, practitioners, freelancers, and organizations (both government and non-government) with interest in economic growth and public policy issues of Pakistan.

Is there any specific application form?

No, there is no specific application form except the ‘Application Cover Sheet’ which is to be filled separately for all PI and Co-PIs. Following is the check list for your application:

  • File 1 (Application Cover Sheet)
  • File 2 (Research Proposal)
  • File 3 (Budget Estimates and Explanation)
  • File 4 (Brief CV/University Transcripts/Recommendation Letter)

Is there any specific format/outline of research proposal?

No, there is no specific format/outline. Detailed application guidelines are given on the RASTA website.

Can we submit research proposals which are not relevant to the RASTA themes?

No, only relevant research proposals which are in line with the given themes will be entertained. Having said that, keep following RASTA program updates as there will be more rounds of RASTA Call for Research Proposals with new/additional themes. 

What should be the minimum and maximum research project duration?

There is no restriction on minimum duration of a study. The maximum duration of a research project should be 12 months.

How long should a research proposal be?

See application guidelines on RASTA website. This main body of the research proposal must not exceed 12 single-spaced pages with 12 font size, using Times New Roman/Cambria font. This does not include initial pages, budget estimates, and annexure, if any.

Can I submit two or more research proposals in a round?

An applicant can submit two research proposals; one research proposal as PI and one research proposal as Co-PI; or can be a part of teams as Co-PI in two research proposals. 

When would RASTA announce the awards for the first round?

Early January 2021.

What is the maximum time duration of a project?

Maximum time duration of a project is 12 months.

What is the maximum amount of a grant?

Maximum amount is Rupees 4.0 million.

Can I apply for an ongoing project?

Yes, you may. The decision to finance an ongoing project will be made through a competitive review process and approval of the RASTA Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

Can I apply for partial funding?

Yes, you may. You must inform/take permission from the existing sponsor of your research and have to acknowledge both funding sources in your research product. The decision to finance your study will be made through a competitive review process and approval of the RAC.

I am writing a book chapter/book on a topic related to RASTA theme. Am I eligible?

Yes, if the proposal involves new research related to the chapter/book. 

Will there be a possibility to get extension in deliverables?

Deliverables such as interim reports and final reports are linked with RASTA workshops, RASTA conferences, and review meetings of RAC. Extension of these deadlines is unlikely. However, it is recognized that preparation of journal articles and other research publications base on the RASTA research will extend beyond the one-year grant period.

How are research proposals reviewed?

After application submission, research proposals will be reviewed by RAC members in detail. Proposals with highest scores will be shortlisted and invitations will be sent to PI & Co-PIs to present their research proposal in the Review Workshop, followed by the RAC meeting to finalise awards. Criteria for the reviews are given on the RASTA website.

Do I need to submit my data collection instruments and data collected in the project?

Yes, data collection instruments, all data collected, and work produced under RASTA will have to be submitted for authenticity checks. Confidentiality of data instruments and data will be ensured.

What is RASTA’s policy on plagiarism?

Plagiarism in any form is not allowed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to cite and reference properly. All submissions/deliverables will be checked for plagiarism.

Should we include cost for RASTA interim and final report workshop and conference in our budget estimates?

No, not to be included in budget estimates.

What would be the breakdown of grant disbursement?

30% at the time of award; 30% at the interim report stage; and 40% after the final submission and approval of RAC.

Where do I include the budget justification/narrative?

In your File 3: Budget estimates and explanation document.

What is the permitted maximum institutional overhead cost allowed in RASTA program? 
A maximum of 10% of the calculated budget is permissable.