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Fondation Botnar: TYPCities Research Call

The Fondation Botnar invites applicants to submit research proposals as part of the new interdisciplinary research program ‘Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in LMICs’ (TYPCities). Deadline for application: 31 August 2022

Fondation Botnar

TYPCities will generate original research analysing how technology can be used to enable youth participation in the governance of intermediary cities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The program will produce empirical insights and analytical findings about the role of various technologies in urban governance, based on multi-sited research within and across cities and countries.

The thematic areas for this call are:

  • Technology and youth participation – differentiating youth
  • Youth and urban governance – distinguishing policy domains
  • Urban governance and technological innovation – understanding contexts

The proposals are expected to have a minimum funding volume of CHF 400,000 and a maximum of CHF 1 million, for a duration of three years. The total available amount available for this call is CHF 5 million.


Fondation Botnar is inviting proposals from research consortia with a track record of academic excellence
in technology, urban and youth studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, political
science, and development studies.

Applicants should have proven experience in collaborative research partnerships, conducting,
and supervising data collection in LMICs, publishing in high ranking academic outlets, grant
management as well as research uptake to policy-makers and practitioners. Universities,
think tanks, and research institutions fulfilling these criteria may partner with private sector
entities including NGOs and social enterprises as part of their application.
Applications from researchers and organisations based in LMICs are particularly welcome. All applications should include several leading roles based in LMICs with regard to research design, data collection, analysis and authorship. Applications from research institutions outside of LMICs must make proof of long-standing research experience in and established partnerships with researchers and organisations in LMICs.

Deadline for pre-proposals: 31 August 2022

Learn more about the call here