The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering a short-term Junior Research Fellowship for applicants interested in learning more about clean technology on China.
The amount of the grant will be $3969.00, and will be payable in two installments: $1984.50 upon signing of the grant agreement, and $1984.50 upon successful completion of the fellowship deliverables.
• The Junior Research Fellow will work under the mentorship of one or more of the Foundation's project managers, and will engage in two types of activities:
o Working with the APF's research team in conducting research on China;
o Working under the guidance of the Foundation's research team to produce one or more short analytical essays (700 – 1,000 words) on a topic chosen by the applicant in consultation with APF Canada staff.
• The Fellowship will last 12 weeks, beginning in September 2017. The Junior Research Fellow will be encouraged to work out of the Foundation's head office in downtown Vancouver, three days a week, during regular office hours.
Applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled in an undergraduate or master's-level program. Recent graduates may also apply as long as they have completed their degree programs no later than 12 months prior to the application deadline.
Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:
• Excellent research skills;
• Interest in data collection and management with good spreadsheet skills;
• Bilingual (written and spoken) in English and Chinese (Mandarin);
• Degree or significant coursework in trade and investment, environment, economics;
• Interest in learning about environment protection and clean technology development in China.
Applications should be received by Friday, August 25th, 2017 and include the following:
• Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills and professional experiences;
• 1-2-page cover letter detailing the applicant's career interests and goals, how they hope to benefit from the fellowship, and why they are interested in working in the area specified in the call for applications;
• Copy of applicant's university transcript (scanned or electronic copies are sufficient);
• Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for two references. References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the fellowship.
• Applications are accepted in English and French.
Please send all applications and direct all enquiries to Serena Ko at: email@example.com, indicating "Junior Research Fellowship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Call for Proposal for Research Grant
"Market Access for Micro- Small-, and Medium-size Enterprises (MSMEs) in APEC Developing Economies"
(APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership)
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia's bridge to Canada. APF Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada's expertise in offering solutions to Asia's climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians' general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.
APF Canada is currently implementing the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership (the Project) that is funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The ultimate outcome of the Project is to build the potential of micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. To that end, APF Canada is offering three policy research grants (CAD $18,000 each) for projects that provide original research, using both primary and secondary sources, on the issue of market access for MSMEs in APEC developing economies.
The Project will take place over four years beginning September 8, 2016 and ending August 30, 2020. The countries supported in this initiative include all APEC developing economies, but specifically target Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam. The focus areas of the Project address key challenges faced by MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies in the key areas of human capital, social entrepreneurship, market access and technology and innovation, with the cross-cutting themes of women, youth and the environment. In 2017/18, the Project will be focusing on the key area of market access and contributing to the advancement of Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy.
APF Canada will be responsible for delivering and disseminating relevant and timely policy research and practical tools based on, where applicable, Canadian best practices that can help beneficiaries – MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies – and intermediaries – policy makers from APEC developing economies. This will be achieved through the development of several project outputs, including 12 research reports (three per key area) that will provide content for MSME toolkits and feed into a capstone policy paper that will be presented to high-level policy makers at an APEC Conference in 2020.
Key project deliverable
Grantees will prepare an 8,000 to 10,000 word report on market access in the context of MSMEs in APEC developing economies. We ask that researchers choose one topic area (suggestions below) and address all or most of the following research questions in their research papers:
- Tariff and/ or non-tariff barriers (NTBs);
- Cross-border regulations pertaining to financial market regulations and other regulatory domains;
- Intellectual property (IP);
- SME access to traditional and/or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) systems;
- MSME preparedness to internationalization and national support programs;
- Government trade missions, export support programs, and/or trade representatives abroad;
- The role of business associations and chambers of commerce;
- Market intelligence (i.e. marketing, branding, etc.);
- Visa-entry and other related issues;
- Multilateral trade organizations and initiatives (i.e. APEC, WTO, Pacific Alliance etc.);
- Bilateral and free-trade agreements (TPP-11, RCEP, etc.);
- Telecommunication and information technology (IT) infrastructure;
- Transportation and shipping;
- Internationalized infrastructure for financial markets, advisory services, information access; Telecommunication, IP rights, etc.;
- Solutions for women-owned MSMEs to access markets
- Obstacles: What are the obstacles experienced by MSMEs in the four focus economies and APEC developing economies as a whole in accessing markets? Obstacles can range from regulation, governance and logistical, competition and business environment, characteristics of the firm, to financial constraints.
- Opportunities: What opportunities and positive economic changes are provided to MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the chosen topic area?
- Best practices and policy recommendations: What are the business/management best practices and policy/regulatory recommendations (especially Canadian ones) that cam facilitate market access for MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the chosen topic area?
In addition, researchers will ideally address the intersectionality of gender equality, youth and the environment with the issue of market access for MSMEs in their research reports.
Individual researchers and/or institutions who are the nationals of APEC economies are eligible to apply.
Schedule and timeline
The successful bidder will have a maximum duration of 137 days beginning on September 22nd 2017, with all deliverables and activities completed by February 5th 2018.
Size of the Grant
The research grant is valued at CAD $18,000, which will be given in two installments linked to the final deliverable (the first valued at $7,000 upon signing the contract, the second valued at $11,000 upon submission of the final report). An itemized budget is not required in the proposal.
Preference will be given to proposals that address new and as yet under-research topics related to MSMEs and market access. The proposals should have the potential to generate findings that have strong policy and business relevance (i.e. the focus is on current issues, solutions-oriented, and generate actionable recommendations).
In addition, preference will be given to researchers and/or institutions that have research/organizational experiences in any of the four focus economies (Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Peru).
The proposal should be 5 to 10 pages long (single-spaced) and should have the following sections:
- A short abstract with 100 to 250 words;
- An introduction that includes the research questions to be addressed and the significance/policy relevance of the research;
- A brief literature review relevant to the research problem being addressed;
- The methodology: analytical framework, data sources, and methods of analyses;
- A timeline of the research report, milestones and expected outputs
- List of team member(s) with brief CVs and description of capacity to undertake the research;
Instructions for Proposal Submission
a) Proposal must address the requirements listed in the "Required Information" section;
b) Proposals may address additional services and/or considerations not specifically referenced in the RFP and may be of potential benefit to the Project;
c) Questions regarding the RFP are to be submitted by email only to Matthew Yong, Project Specialist for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails must contain "RFP – Research Paper - Question' in the subject line.
d) Information shared with a vendor for the purpose of this proposal is confidential.
e) The deadline for the submission of the proposal will be on 11.59pm PST September 8th 2017.
f) Only electronic submissions will be accepted via email to: email@example.com with the subject heading: "RFP – Research Paper – Proposal".
- APF Canada reserves the rights to negotiate with selected bidders.
- APF Canada reserves the right to waive irregularities and reject any or all bids.
- APF Canada reserves the right to make no award or announce the cancellation of the process at any times.
- All liabilities for the cost of the proposal preparation is the responsibility of the bidder.
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering a six-month Junior Research Fellowship for applicants interested in learning more about Canada-Asia trade and investment relations. Applicants should be Canadians who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree programs within 12 months of the application deadline of Thursday, August 31st, 2017. The successful applicant will be notified in mid-September.
The Junior Research Fellow will work at the Foundation's Vancouver office and will complete a program of research and other work related to the Foundation's research. Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:
1) Excellent research skills;
2) Degree or significant coursework in economics and/or international relations;
3) Good interpersonal skills.
4) Interest in learning about the Canada-Asia trade and investment relations.
Benefits to the Junior Research Fellow
The Junior Research Fellow will work under the mentorship of one or more of the Foundation's program managers, and will engage in three types of activities:
• Working with the APF Canada's research team in conducting research on Canada-Asia trade and investment relations;
•Providing support to APF Canada Investment Monitor project.
• Working under the guidance of the Foundation's research team to produce one or more short analytical essays (700 – 1,000 words) on a topic chosen by the applicant in consultation with APF Canada staff.
Applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have recently completed an undergraduate or master's-level program no later than 12 months prior to the application deadline.
The Junior Research Fellow will be encouraged to work out of the Foundation's head office in downtown Vancouver, Monday to Friday during normal office hours for five days a week.
Amount of grant
The amount of the grant will be $16,800.00, and will be payable in three installments, the first at the beginning of the fellowship, the second at the midpoint of the fellowship, and the third upon successful completion of the fellowship deliverables (described under "Benefits to the Junior Research Fellow").
The recipient should be able to complete the fellowship for six months between September 2017 and March 2018. There is a possibility of extension for another six months for the same grant amount upon mutual agreement of the recipient and the Foundation.
Applications should include the following:
• Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills and professional experiences;
• 1-2-page cover letter detailing the applicant's career interests and goals, how they hope to benefit from the fellowship, and why they are interested in working in the thematic area specified in the call for applications;
• Copy of applicant's university undergraduate and master's degree (if applicable) transcript(s) (scanned or electronic copies are sufficient);
• An academic writing sample no more than 10 pages single spaced.
• Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for two references.
References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the fellowship.
Application documents should be submitted by email to Serena Ko at firstname.lastname@example.org, and should reference "Junior Research Fellowship" in the subject line.
Applications are accepted in English and French.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.