For Applicants | Focus Areas | Tunisia / Economic Growth, ICT, and Small and Medium Enterprises|
Additional Criteria for Applicants:
Please see Section V of the Solicitation for General Eligibility requirements.
PEER and USAID/Tunisia are seeking applicants with projects that will help grow the economy of Tunisia and lay a foundation to empower current and new generations. We are looking for research products and tools that will be ready to go in one year to help establish Tunisia as a regional leader.
The following are USAID Tunisia’s three priority areas with examples of the types of research projects and products that would help bring Tunisian society into the position of a regional hub:
Strong applications will have a cross-disciplinary team (e.g. social scientist, communications specialist, economist, etc.) and a clearly articulated beneficiary or stakeholder (e.g. policymakers, NGOs, government ministries, etc.), influencers, and a plan of engagement, including a communications strategy. Research results must also be action oriented with less of an emphasis on trainings and convenings and more of an emphasis on research to measurable action or interventions.
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
- Mapping out the current talents and capabilities in the ICT sector using geospatial tools
- Research on how Tunisia could become a regional ICT Hub and action plan to get there
- Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
- Describe the Tunisian SME ecosystem using novel tools
- Partnerships that will improve delivery of ‘last mile’ services to the consumer or end user
- Impact of ICT and entrepreneurship on the transformation of SMEs
- Economic Growth
- Applied and product research
- Bringing technology to scale that will catapult Tunisia into a tech leader
- Last mile research for products that will help drive the economic growth of different sectors
- Data science and research to discover the gaps in skills versus available jobs in country
Duration of Project:
Projects should be designed to be implemented in no more than one year with budgets between $30,000 and $80,000 USD. Any proposal received for a project greater than 12 months in length will not be considered for funding. Awarded projects may be eligible for a no-cost extension of up to 6 months after the original 12-month project period.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate exactly how their data or intervention impacts a larger community outside academia. Projects that require IRB and FWA must already have them. Women researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.