Research Grants


Relevent Country: United Kingdom

Are you interested in applying for MADAR funding? Do you have questions on how to apply, and would like to learn more about the application process? The Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (MADAR) welcomes applications for research grants. They will fund research projects that meet the aims of the MADAR Network Plus.

MADAR facilitates research collaborations and commissions research projects to tackle the social and political challenges associated with migration and displacement in the Central Maghreb.

MADAR will commission projects that address such questions via interdisciplinary, cross-sector, challenge-led, solution-focused research that aims to have a transformational impact on the humanitarian protection of vulnerable displaced people across the Maghreb region.

MADAR Network Plus is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and GCRF and is coordinated by Keele University in collaboration with research organisations and civil society organisations across Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and the UK. MADAR Network Plus runs until March 2024.


Project proposals must fit in with one or more of the three priorities listed below. A proposal that makes no reference to any of these priorities will be ineligible. All projects should reflect upon the following:

  • Addressing the after-effects of harm: To what extent are the immediate protection needs of displaced people addressed? Can they access food, shelter, healthcare, education, and work?
  • Reducing risk exposure: How do broader cultural and socio-economic factors hinder or facilitate the protection of displaced people? To what extent are displaced people integrated into Maghreb countries? How can racism and interculturality be more effectively addressed to reduce and prevent harm?
  • Promoting change: What are the existing local, national and regional protection measures (e.g. legislative frameworks) for South-South displaced people in the Central Maghreb region? What impacts do they have? What are the gaps? Are the existing legislations effectively implemented?


They are especially interested in projects that address the following key interconnected themes:

  • Vulnerability and protection
  • Space, community and integration
  • Advocacy and action research

The above themes are intended to be illustrative of key areas rather than exclusive and are deeply inter-connected – proposals which cut across these and other areas are encouraged. Proposals are expected to engage with protection and vulnerability in the contexts of displacement. Proposals should bring together a range of perspectives including social and political scientists, the creative arts, and humanities.

Funding information

  • Grants range from £20,000 – £100,000 GBP for periods of 6 to 12 months.

There are two types of grants available — Large and Small — with different criteria.

  • Large Grants: MADAR will fund 2-8 large grants ranging from £30,000 to £100,000 pounds sterling (project duration 6-12 months). The large grants can be led by organisations in the UK and/or the Central Maghreb. The focus must be on one or more countries of the Central Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia), though other additional Maghreb countries can also be included.
  • Small Grants: MADAR will also fund 5-18 small grants ranging from £20,000 to £30,000 pounds sterling (project duration 6-9 months). The small grants must be led by organisations in the UK and/or the Central Maghreb. The focus must be on one country of the Central Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia).

Who can apply?

All projects must include a Principal Investigator, and may include one or more Co-Investigators and/or Project Partners.

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) has overall responsibility for the project and leads the research. The PI must be employed by an organisation with capacity to support the project. This will be the Lead Organisation on the project. The PI can be based in an academic or non-academic institution (as long as proposals are research-focused and include contributions from research-focused partners). Non-academic organisations should provide evidence of their capacity to lead and deliver research projects and attention should be given to issues such as support for the career development of researchers involved in the project and access to appropriate support facilities (e.g. for data management) and advice (e.g. on research ethics, safety etc.).
  • Co-Investigators (Co-Is) make a significant contribution to the research or to the project activities, and assist the PI in the management and leadership of the project. Co-Is can be based at the same organisation as the PI or at another organisation, and this can be either a research organisation or a non-academic organisation (such as a non-governmental organisations or a media or cultural organisations). Please note that international but non-DAC list researchers are not eligible to act as PI on applications, but can be named as Co-Is on the projects.
  • Project Partners are organisations that play an integral role in the proposed research or in furthering the research’s dissemination and knowledge exchange, but are usually less involved in the project than Co-Investigators. Project Partners are normally non-academic organisations, such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), media or cultural organisations, businesses, or government agencies.