Writing Winning Research Proposals and Papers, 2015 - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Writing Winning Research Proposals and Papers, 2015

October 26,2015
Cairo, Egypt

ERF organized a two-day training workshop on writing winning proposals in Cairo on October 26-27, 2015. The workshop intended to help researchers develop proposals that ask policy relevant question, while ensuring that these proposals are implemented using rigorous techniques.

ERF receives many research proposals every year under different competitions or call for papers. In recent years, the following pattern emerged: quite a few proposals address policy relevant questions but are not very strong in their methodological approach, while others use strong analytical tools but ask non-innovative questions. This training workshop is intended to help both types of researchers develop proposals that ask policy relevant question, while ensuring that these proposals are implemented using rigorous techniques.

The main objectives of this workshop are thus to train researchers on how to:

  • Identify research questions that are both relevant to policy making while contributing to the generation of new knowledge
  • Select and adopt a proper analytical methodology to tackle these questions

Ultimately, this training should contribute not only to improving the research proposals under discussion, but leave the trainees with an improved capacity to develop winning research papers subsequently.

ERF regularly organizes these workshops on annual basis. This year the workshop focused on proposals under the themes of Institutional Economics.

The workshop provided an opportunity for 12 researchers from across the Arab region to discuss, debate and solicit feedback from peers and experts in their field to further strengthen their research.

Some of the revised papers will be presented at the upcoming ERF 22nd Annual Conference taking place in Cairo, March 19-21, 2016.



Research Fellows

Hadi Salehi Esfahani

Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign