In order to advance African debates on peacebuilding and promote African perspectives, the APN offers competitive research grants and funds other forms of targeted support, including strategy meetings, seminars, grantee workshops, commissioned studies, and the publication and dissemination of research findings.
Program activities are largely organized in Africa and accomplished through cooperation with African research organizations and networks, such as the African Leadership Centre (ALC) based in Nairobi, Kenya; the Centre for Democracy and Development based in Abuja, Nigeria; and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA) based in Dakar, Senegal. The APN is open to scholars and practitioners from multidisciplinary backgrounds and supports research and networking through its individual and working group grants. Individuals that choose to apply for these programs must be based in African universities, research organizations, and/or policy and practitioner institutions:
- Individual research grants: Supporting up to six months of innovative field-based research in order to produce knowledge that can impact practical actions on peacebuilding initiatives in Africa (Maximum costs: $15,000).
- Collaborative working group research grants: Supporting joint multidisciplinary research teams involving scholars and practitioners at work on a collaboratively framed theme that can lead to direct impact on peacebuilding knowledge, policy, and practice (Maximum costs: $60,000).
- Book manuscript completion grants: Supporting APN alumni during the completion of a book manuscript based on their APN research (Maximum costs: $10,000).