Call for participation– The Economic Intelligence research Award in Africa 2nd edition – 2021 (Postponed from 2020)

Award presentation
Due to Covid-19, the 2020 edition has been posponed to this 2021 year.
If you have defended a doctoral thesis or a Master’s thesis or published a book on Economic Intelligence (monitoring and information analysis, economic security, lobbying and influence or competitiveness development) in Africa during 2019/2021, the Economic Intelligence African Associations Forum FAAIE invites you to submit your application.

The Economic Intelligence Research Award aims to recognize excellent research work and publications on topics related to Economic Intelligence in Africa. This prize rewards students, researchers and professionals who, through their work and publications, contribute to Economic Intelligence’s visibility in Africa.

The Award is divided into three categories:

« Thesis »
« Masters »
« Books »

The Award is endowed with the following prizes:

Thesis category: 35 000 Moroccan dirhams or 3500 USD.
Master category: 15 000 Moroccan dirhams or 1500 USD.
Book category: 50 000 Moroccan dirhams or 5000 USD.

Conditions for participation
Academic work and publications must be related to themes listed in Article 1, and must have been written in French or in English during the period 2018-2019 (before the application deadline).

Applications can be submitted by a university, a laboratory, a research institution or directly by the author himself.

Any academic work or publication that has already been selected for a prize or has already been awarded cannot be submitted.

Candidates can be:

Practitioners;
Researchers affiliated with a research laboratory;
Master’s or doctoral students.

Application’s procedures

The application file must contain:

Application form (available at https://forms.gle/9bjzUTmZK7TTGGb78 ),
A resume of the applicant,
A validated copy of academic work or publication written in French or in English. Only PDF format will be accepted.
A 2-pages summary of the proposed work in French and English in PDF format (Arial, Times 11, 1.5 lines spacing, with 8 keywords).

Application deadline: August 31st, 2021 11h59 PM (Morocco time).

Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted by the Jury.

The application file must be sent to the Forum Secretariat at the following e-mail address:
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Any incomplete application or application submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Award schedule

March 5th, 2021: publication of the Call for papers.
August 31st, 2021: closing of applications.
October 31st, 2021: jury deliberations.
December 6th, 2021: Award ceremony.

Commitments of the applicant
The candidate declares that he/she has all the rights to images, texts and other elements used in her/his work. If not, she/he needs to obtain such rights before submitting her/his work.

At any time during the process, the Forum may check the information provided by the candidates when submitting the application. Any fraudulent or suspicious work will be definitely rejected.

Evaluations criteria

The submitted work will be evaluated according to the following scale:

Originality (20%)
Work relevance and innovative approach (20%)
Work interest to the African continent (20%)
Quality of writing and presentation (20%)
Clarity of document (20%)

Award procedures
The submitted work will be evaluated by a jury composed of 10 members.

For the 2021 edition, the Jury members are:

Dr. Mounir ROCHDI: Chairman,
Mr. Mohamed OURDEDINE: Rapporteur,
Dr. Nisha SEWDASS (South Africa),
Mrs. Shitaye LEMMA (Ethiopia),
Mrs. Caroline SECK KENDEM (Cameroon),
Dr. Siham HARROUSSI (Morocco),
Dr. Mohammed BENABID (Morocco),
Dr. Sofiane FRIMOUSSE (Morocco),
Mr. Adoum Youssouf IBRAHIM (Chad),
Mr. Zeca Emilio JOVENDO (Mozambique).

The jury’s decision is final.

The Forum reserves the right not to award all or a part of the prizes if the jury considers that the submitted work does not meet the required qualifications.

The list of candidates will remain confidential with the exception of prizewinners.

Prize winners will be notified of the award at least three weeks before the award ceremony. They will receive a personal invitation to attend the award ceremony to be held during the Dakhla Annual FAAIE Meeting.

The awards ceremony will take place in December 6th, 2021 in Dakhla, Morocco.

All travel expenses of winners, will be covered by the Forum.

Image right and publication
Candidates accept the publication, after the award ceremony, in any form and free of charge, of the works they have submitted to participate in the Prize.

The winners also grant the Forum the right to mention their surname, first name, affiliation and to use their image on its various communication tools (Internet and paper and other media) without this conferring on them any remuneration whatsoever or any right other than the award of their prize for an indefinite period.

Data protection
In accordance with current Moroccan law on the protection of personal data, participants registered for this Prize have the right to access and rectify their data.