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Engaged Research Grant General Criteria of Evaluation

  1. The main criteria of evaluation are the quality of the research partnership and its potential to make a significant contribution to anthropology through the mutual production of knowledge aimed at combatting inequality and promoting the flourishing of human and more than human worlds.     
  2. There are no restrictions on geographic areas, themes, or topics.
  3. Proposals for the Engaged Research Grant will be judged on the following four essential characteristics:
    • A collaboratively defined research question and conceptual framework, a detailed description of the evidence needed for the investigation, and a feasible plan for gathering and analyzing this evidence.
    • Evidence of engagement in the research design, including a collaborative approach to the formulation of the research question and extending to plans for data gathering, skill sharing, scholarly communication, and public mobilization.
    • The research’s potential to produce findings that are meaningful and potentially transformative for research participants and others with a stake in the collaboration.
    • The research’s potential to serve as a model that demonstrates how engagement can foster innovation and further anthropological thought.
  4. Projects undertaken by or in alliance with individuals who have born the impact of various forms of marginalization will be prioritized. 
  5. Proposals will not be competitive if they lack strong evidence of commitment from the stakeholders involved in the collaboration.
  6. Our evaluation process is guided by the principles articulated in our mission (link here), which include a commitment to fostering an inclusive vision of anthropology.   We expect applicants to draw inspiration from a broad range of scholarship, including relevant work in English and other languages by anthropologists from the regions where they work.  See Motion of the 32nd RBA: Diversify Information and Education about the Global Anthropologies of Foreign Researchers and Anthropology Students (link here).