Meaning-making Research Initiative (MRI) 2018

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In 2017 CODESRIA introduced the Meaning- making Research Initiative (MRI) as its principal tool for supporting research. Like previous tools, Meaning-making Research Initiative focuses on supporting research that contributes to agendas for imagining, planning and creating African futures. MRI replaced five tools that CODESRIA had deployed in previous years to support research.

These were National Working Groups (NWG), Multinational Working Groups (MWG), Comparative Research Networks (CRN), Transnational Working Groups (TWG) and postdoctoral grants.

One goal of this move is to increase the legibility and visibility of the research supported by the Council by collapsing previous tools into a single initiative for supporting research.


Established in 1973, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) promotes research by African and Diaspora scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities that can contribute to a better understanding of Africa and its place in the world. This is motivated by the belief that sound knowledge of the continent is invaluable to efforts to make Africa a better place for its peoples and societies.



Projects funded under this initiative should meet most of the following criteria:


  • Propose research on important aspects of African social realities that fall under CODESRIA’s priority themes as outlined in the CODESRIA Strategic Plan;
  • Be guided by clear questions that explore puzzling aspects of the social realities of Africa and its position in the world while at the same time reflecting an interest in questions of diversity including the gendered one;
  • Be grounded in the thorough exploration of the continent’s social realities and history;
  • Engage constructively and rigorously with African futures;
  • Be theoretically ambitious with a clear goal of providing new and innovative ways of understanding and making sense of African social realities;
  • Explore multiple spatial, temporal and sectoral settings where this contributes to the process of meaning-making;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with knowledge already produced by CODESRIA on the subject researched.


Application Requirement:

Interested applicants for the group and individual grants should submit application packages containing the following required materials as Word documents.


  • A proposal with the following clearly titled sections: an introduction; statement and contextualization of the question(s) around which the project is centered; brief review of the literature and/or competing hypotheses; study design and research methodology; theoretical and practical significance of the study and research plan. Proposals must be submitted as Word documents and should not exceed 10 pages long (font type: Times New Roman; font-size: 12; line spacing: double).
  • Budget: The budget should employ the template attached to this call and should take into consideration the fact that these grants have strict 16-month lifespans. CODESRIA will directly fund launch and completion workshops.
  • Annotated plan of deliverables: One-page annotated plan of scholarly articles to be produced as deliverables of the project.
  • A cover letter listing full details- names, email and physical addresses and telephone number
  • CV of the scholars, including full contact details
  • Identification sheet: A completed version of the identification sheet attached to this call. Please leave the document as an Excel file.  


All applications should be sent by email to “2018 Meaning-making Research Initiative,” CODESRIA at When sending your email kindly use the subject line ‘Meaning-making Research Initiative 2018’ to facilitate the processing of your application.


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Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

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