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Research - Proposal

Proposals - Cycle


Calls for proposals are publicised by Special Announcement on the WRC website.

Proposal submissions must adhere strictly to the specified time frames given for the research proposal category under invitation. Submissions that do not comply will be dismissed without consideration.

All relevant documentation will be made available at the time of the Special Announcement. This will include the latest version of the documents, forms and contact details required for the appropriate research proposal category, namely:

  • Guidelines for Proposal Preparation and Submission (71.5KB pdf)

  • Terms of reference (ToRs) - an example (88KB pdf) [Solicited proposals ONLY]

Contractual Agreements

Proposals that are accepted after the final evaluation and selection process are then formalized. A contractual Agreement is drawn up between the proposer’s organisation representative (the Contractor) and the WRC’s CEO. Thereafter, the proposal becomes a formal research project or programme.

Each project/programme is managed by a WRC Executive Manager, Research Manager or domain head who is responsible for all aspects of research management and knowledge dissemination relating to approved projects/programmes.

For this reason, it is strongly recommended that proposers and/or project leaders identify and establish personal contact with the appropriate project manager (see Contact Details for further information).


Time Frames

The schedules for the entire process from Invitation to final selection and ultimate contractual agreement is similar for both research proposal categories. The main difference is that Open proposal invitations are slightly earlier than for Directed proposals.

Precise dates may change slightly from year to year but will comply as closely as possible with the following basic schedule:


Action completed


Open Proposals
Call for Proposals (by Special Announcement on the WRC website) This will be accompanied by:
1) identification of current preferred thrusts and programmes to be addressed
2) indication of funds available


Directed proposals
Publication of ToRs followed by Call for Proposals (by Special Announcement on the WRC website)


Deadline for submission of proposals

August - September

Proposal evaluation and selection


Final selection by WRC Executive (preceded by selection at KSA level)


Communication of acceptance/rejection of proposals


Preparation and signing of contracts


Funds made available and commencement of research


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