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Call for proposals: 12th Annual Meeting of the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative

Call for papers and proposals
The 12th Annual Meeting of the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative
University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (EfD Vietnam)
Hanoi, November 1-5, 2018

The Environment for Development (EfD) initiative is a capacity-building program in environmental economics focusing on research, policy interaction, and academic programs. The overall objective of EfD is to support poverty alleviation and sustainable development by building environmental economics capacity in policy-making processes. The EfD network now has centers hosted by universities or research institutions in Central America, Chile, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, USA, and Vietnam. The program also includes a full PhD program in Global Change and Climate Economics offered at the University of Gothenburg, and four specialization courses in Environmental and Climate Economics, held every other year.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Research proposals for 2019 funding in all EfD research themes, including collaborative projects will be developed and submitted in a two-stage process. In the first stage, eligible PIs should submit a short first-stage proposal (a maximum of four pages excluding references – times new roman 12pt font, 1.5 line spacing) to EfD through Editorial Express (www.editorialexpress.com/efd) by March 31, 2018 at the latest. Please strictly follow the attached first-stage proposal guideline. The EfD research committee will evaluate the firststage proposals and will invite selected PIs (around 3 proposals per center) by April 20 to submit a full proposal through Editorial Express (www.editorialexpress.com/efd) by June 20, 2018. In order to allow time for peer review before the annual meeting, proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Second-stage proposals will pass through a blind review process. Based on this review and the Sida Help Desk’s assessment to what extent the proposed research fulfills the stated policy research review priorities, the EfD research committee will select the most promising proposals for presentation at the annual meeting. Final funding decisions will be made after the presentation and discussion. Please note that the EfD research fund will be allocated on a competitive basis. Research funding for candidate centers is conditional on a successful accreditation process. The EfD research committee favors policy-relevant projects with high potential for publication in reputable peer-reviewed international journals. The proposals should preferably be developed in collaboration between EfD Senior Research Fellows/Research Fellows, Research Associates, and young researchers (post-docs and graduate students/Junior Researchers). Their duration is expected to be one to three years and the budget between USD 40 000 - 50 000. Note that all proposals from EfD countries should be presented and pass through a local peer-review process prior to submission to the EfD network. Selected authors will be notified by August 25, 2018, after which the registration for the annual meeting will be open. Final draft accepted proposals must be submitted on October 1 at the latest to be included in the final program of the annual meeting.

PAPER SUBMISSION
The EfD network invites submission of full draft papers on topics related to environmental and resource economics in developing countries and relevant EfD themes. Please submit your manuscript online via Editorial Express, www.editorialexpress.com/efd, by June 20, 2018. Selected authors will be notified by August 25, 2018, after which the registration for the annual meeting will be open. Final draft accepted papers must be submitted by October 1 to be included in the final program of the annual meeting.

CONTACT AND PARTICIPATION
In 2018, the annual meeting will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is being organized by EfD Vietnam together with the EfD Secretariat. Questions related to local arrangements can be directed to Hoa Tran, Office Administrator EfD Vietnam (hoa.tran@eepseapartners.org).  

The EfD network will cover travel and local costs for EfD researchers whose proposals or papers from EfD-funded projects have been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting. EfD covers local cost (not travel) for EfD researchers (Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows and international research associates) with accepted papers. Other participants are expected to cover their full cost to participate in the annual meeting.

If you would like to attend the annual meeting, or if you have queries related to the conference, contact Susanna Olai, EfD Program Manager (susanna.olai@gu.se). Questions related to research proposal/paper presentations can be directed to Marleen Poot, EfD
Research Officer (marleen.poot@gu.se).