UniPID pilots an administrative service for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) for commissioned studies related to development policy. The service aims to identify the most suitable available researchers for each study commissioned by the MFA, and to create the administrative framework to facilitate reciprocal cooperation between researchers and ministry officials. There is a limited amount of funding reserved for these commissioned studies for the years 2018–2020.
The objective of the commissioned studies on development policy is to increase interaction and diversify the dialogue between researchers and ministry officials. The studies aim to respond to the knowledge needs of MFA officials and offer them different perspectives to the topics they are working with. Thematically, the studies are focused on issues, which have strategic importance for the MFA, or on questions related to operative development policy work or development cooperation. The wider goal is to increase knowledge-based development policy planning, decision-making and development cooperation.
UniPID’s role is to identify researchers to conduct commissioned studies, and make contracts with them. During the commissions, the researchers are directly in contact with the ministry officials who have commissioned the study.
If you, as a researcher, are interested in conducting a commissioned study, we encourage you to register your projects in the Infobank researcher database administered by UniPID, in order for UniPID to more easily identify your expertise. More information and registration at: http://www.unipid.fi/infobank/.
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