Programme for Research, Advocacy and Capacity Building on Tobacco Taxation (PROACTT)

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Early career researcher
Mid-career researcher
Established independent researcher
Industry researcher
Non-clinical researcher
Post doc
Research area
Cancer prevention
Policy research
Funding period
18 months
Funding amount
up to US $120,000
We fund tobacco control researchers and advocates from low- and middle-income countries, with the primary goal of promoting evidence-based policy making.

You can apply for PROACTT in any (or more than one) of these research areas:

  • Tobacco economics
  • Tobacco taxation
  • Tobacco tax structures
  • Illicit trade
  • Tax administration as it relates to tobacco
  • Tobacco pricing

You must:

  • Form a team of economic researchers and tobacco control advocates prior to submission of the Expression Of Interest (EOI)
  • Work in one of the following countries: Peru, Colombia and Bangladesh
  • Be able to clearly articulate the policy outputs to which the research is expected to contribute

The funding available will cover the research, communications and advocacy elements of the grant. As part of the programme you will attend two training workshops, and we will cover the costs associated with attendance of these.

Funding lasts for around 18 months and can be used to fund the salaries of research staff with associated running expenses, if fully justified.

How to apply to this scheme

Overview of the application process

  1. Applicants submit Expression of Interest – completed forms must be sent to by 12pm (London UK time) 24 February 2017.
  2. The PROACTT Management Team assesses Expressions of Interest. Only successful applicants will continue on to the next stages.
  3. Invited applicants submit full applications to by 12pm (London UK time) 7 April 2017.
  4. PROACTT International Advisory Board assesses full applications and makes funding recommendation to the Programme Management Team.
  5. Programme Management Team makes the final funding decision and notifies applicants of outcome.

Before starting your application, you must read the applicant guidelines for full details of the application process and key dates.

Your application will be assessed on:

  • Its potential impact on policy and practice – You have demonstrated how your research will have impact on policy and practice in your country, region and internationally. You have considered the local/national political agenda and shown how this will influence your research and communication planning.

  • Scientific excellence – You have included strong scientific rationale to support the proposed research.

  • Potential for developing capacity in research and advocacy – You have clearly outlined how your team will use and benefit from the capacity building opportunities (workshops and mentors) of this programme.

  • Project team - You have a project team comprised of: i) a senior economist (preferably with experience in tobacco control), ii) an economist, iii) and a tobacco control advocate.

  • Stakeholder engagement – Your proposal includes demonstrable support from key civil society stakeholders in your country and senior policy makers, particularly in the ministries of health and finance. You have shown how you will engage the Ministry of Finance in the formulation of your proposed work and how you will use your research results to help them move the tobacco tax agenda forward in your country. 

  • Availability of data – You have provided information about the data you plan to analyse to explore your research question. You have provided evidence to demonstrate that you have written permission from the relevant authority to use these data for research purposes and that you are allowed to publish the results of your research in international academic journals. 

Applications will be reviewed by an International Advisory Board comprised of international experts in the field of economics and advocacy and a Programme Management Team. 

skye curtis

Skye Curtis

International Tobacco Control Programme Officer

Programme for Research, Advocacy and Capacity Building on Tobacco Taxation (PROACTT)

Our work on tobacco control

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of cancer worldwide. We work to ensure that a comprehensive tobacco control plan is implemented in the UK, and support similar initiatives worldwide.