Procedure and Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Research Grants Procedures and Guidelines

 Whom should I contact if I have questions about my research proposal?

Visit SIRF’s website www.socialinclusion.org.np and download the document “Research Grants Procedures and Guidelines 2011”. Read the document thoroughly and the FAQs. If you have further questions email the SIRF Secretariat at info@socialinclusion.org.np.

 Am I eligible for the HGRF?

You are eligible if you are a Nepali citizen representing one of the socially excluded, marginalised groups and remote regions with a Master’s Degree or MPhil or PhD candidate. In case of team proposal, the lead/principal researcher should have a minimum of Master’s Degree and/or MPhil or a PhD candidate. (Refer to the Section 2 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)

 I have received SIRF HGRF Award before. Can I re-apply for the HGRF?

NO, the awarded research fellows are not eligible to re-apply for the research fellowship 2011 as a principal researcher but can be a team member. But if you received the MMRA Award, you are still eligible for HGRF 2011.

 Is there a limit on the number of principal researchers and team members that I can include in my proposal?

YES, a maximum of four persons including one principal researcher can form a team while applying for HGRF.

 Am I eligible for the MMRA?

You are eligible if you are a Nepali citizen with a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree upto Masters Level. Bachelor's Degree students are eligible to apply IF they are from Madhesi, Dalit, Muslim, LGBTI and Differently Abled groups.  (Refer to the Section 2 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)

 I have received a SIRF MMRA Award before. Can I re-apply for the MMRA?

NO, the awarded research apprentices are not eligible to re-apply for the same Award.  

 Can institutes apply for HGRF/MMRA?

NO, the proposal calls are not for institutions.

 What are the prioritised research themes for research grants?

View the list of research themes at http://socialinclusion.org.np/procedure-guideline-detail-2.html. 

What are the mandatory documents that I must provide with my proposal?

Go to http://socialinclusion.org.np/procedure-guideline-detail-3.html for details.

What should I do to write a quality research proposal?

Some suggestions are that you personally start writing your project yourself. It is best that you do this on your own qualifications and effort. This is useful rather than using a consultant to write a ghost proposal for you.

Most importantly, you could conduct literature review on your subject area/theme/topics, do some basic research on your research question / topic or methodology used by researchers before; talk with your peers, researchers and experts and professionals. Start researching on how to develop a good research question, how to design a research methodology, how to conduct literature review, etc.

How will my proposal be reviewed?

The research application/proposal will first be assessed by the SIRF Secretariat then sent to three relevant reviewers. The proposal will then be marked by the reviewers. The SIRF Screening Committee/Board will then make a recommendation to an Interview Sub Committee for proposal defence. Based on the Interview Sub Committee recommendation Screening Committee will make decision to award the grant. (Refer to the Sections 7 & 8 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)


Should I contact experts who may review my proposal?

SIRF has been alerted in the past of cases when prospective researchers made contact with certain experts to favour the review of their proposal positively. Such attempts to use “source force” will disqualify your proposal.

 Can I mention names of mentors or supervisors in my proposal?

YES, it would be good to have names of mentors whose expertise and experience match with your research.

 Can I write my research proposal in Nepali?

YES, the research application/proposal can be written either in Nepali or in English. (Refer to the Sections 4 & 5 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)

 How long should the research proposal be?

The application/proposal including list of references should not exceed 10 pages. (Refer to the Sections 4 & 5 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)

 What are the criteria to evaluate the HGRF/MMRA Proposal?

The proposals will be marked on a basis of 50 full marks – 20 marks to relevance and 30 marks to research quality. (Refer to the Section 7 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)

 Who are reviewers? What is their task?

The reviewers are experts on carrying and supervising the researches relevant to the call in universities and/or reputed research institutions. Each proposal will be sent as anonymous to three relevant reviewers for evaluation. (Refer to the Section 8 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)

 Who are mentors? What is their task?

The research mentors will support and guide the fellows/apprentices in carrying out quality research outputs and outcomes.  They will individually coach and supervise the fellowship/apprenticeship in their individual research projects and enable them to produce timely and high quality research outputs.  (Refer to the Section 9 in Research Grants Procedures & Guidelines 2011)

 When will I be notified if my research proposal is being recommended for award?

You will be notified via email, phone about the award by end of June 2011.



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