EASST awards research and catalyst grants to stimulate joint research projects between East African Researchers and CEGA faculty, and to enable research and professional development opportunities for Visiting Fellow alumni upon returning to their home institutions. Research funding builds substantive collaborations between U.S. and East African researchers, growing the capacity of local actors and improving the quality of social science research in the region.
EASST invites pairs of researchers from East Africa and the CEGA faculty network to submit grant applications for the evaluation of innovative interventions in health, education, economic development, energy, and other sectors. Grants are awarded to proposals that have a feasible implementation plan, demonstrate strong partnership between researchers, and exhibit potential for scale-up and translation to development policy. CEGA implements a rigorous peer review to select projects for funding. Successful projects enhance East African researchers’ skills and capacity to lead future evaluations.