The Strengthening ICTD Research Capacity in Asia (SIRCA I) awards are intended to ensure capacities to conduct research in the area of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D or ICTD) are built in Asia. This applies particularly to emerging researchers based in Asia who are relatively new to ICTD research and interested in undertaking theoretically-based and methodologically rigorous research. Additionally, these applicants would benefit from concerted capacity building exercises including a mentorship arrangement. In particular, the program promotes broad-based high-quality multidisciplinary research in ICT development, e-services, new media use and social impact, and policy for the benefit and advancement of individuals, organizations, nation and society.

This grant focuses on social science research, in particular, the relationships between ICTs and society. Projects focusing on developing ICT applications or other similar types of action research without the social science element would fall outside the scope of this grant.

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