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Call for Proposals

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN region has issued a call for research proposals on disability inclusive public policy, accessible virtual and distance education, and international education networks.


The importance of providing equal opportunities for persons with disabilities has been recognized by the international community and within the Asia-Pacific region. Substantial progress can be observed in international and regional agreements on disability rights, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the Biwako Millennium Framework. Other initiatives, such as the ASEAN Sociocultural Community, also support the creation of such an inclusive community within the region. The implementation of these agreements will require collaboration within and between the public sector, the private sector, society, states, and regions. It also demands a comprehensive understanding of the barriers that confront persons with disabilities on a daily basis. Further research, education, and cooperation are essential to promote inclusive development and community building.

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN region was formed as a virtual education, capacity building, and research network for the ASEAN region. The core mandate of the IDPP is to identify, analyze, recommend, and facilitate disability inclusive public policy both within ASEAN member countries, and globally, to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected, and that they have equal opportunities to capitalize on their own capabilities.

Research Areas

This call for proposals is geared toward the creation of a comprehensive research agenda for the IDPP. The long term goals for the collaborative research program are dedicated to the development and implementation of disability inclusive public policy, and further development of the IDPP network and cyberinfrastructure. The core areas of interest for this call for research proposals are:

  • International and regional agreements on disability rights and inclusive development, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the ASEAN Sociocultural Community and/or the Biwako Millennium Framework
  • Disability inclusive policy and legislation
  • Deaf, blind, and mobility studies, and social welfare policy
  • Culture and disability or disability culture
  • National and regional governance mechanisms for disability rights
  • Disabled persons' organizations and transnational advocacy networks
  • National censuses and data collection on persons with disabilities
  • Regional and international education networks
  • Cyberinfrastructure and virtual distance education
  • Disability accessible education and technology
  • Capacity building for accessibility and disability inclusive development
  • Information technology and global governance**

Requirements and Funding

Proposals are invited from faculty and researchers on one or more of the research topics detailed above. All proposals must be sent from institutions affiliated with the IDPP network. Each individual may submit only one proposal. Collaborative and interdisciplinary research initiatives are strongly encouraged. COTELCO: The Collaboration Laboratory will work with research teams to facilitate transnational data collection and analysis. COTELCO will also work with geographically-distributed teams to facilitate their research initiatives.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that include persons with disabilities in leadership and/or supporting roles on their research teams. Collaboration with disabled persons' organizations (DPOs) and educational institutions with strong social justice programs for persons with disabilities (PWDs) will also merit special consideration.

Scholars whose proposals are accepted are expected to present their research at an academic conference and to report their progress to the IDPP network. In addition, grant recipients are expected to submit a comprehensive paper (or book prospectus) on the findings of their research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal within one year of being awarded a research grant from the IDPP. The IDPP Research Committee, chaired by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, will be responsible for awarding research grants.

Grants are available for up to $20,000 (SGD), and will be commensurate with the size of the research team and requirements of the proposed research project.

Projects that prove particularly promising may be eligible for further rounds of support.

Submission Guidelines and Deadline

Proposals must be consistent with the research areas specified above to be considered, and should not exceed 1,000 words. Proposals should include a brief overview of the research question, literature review, tentative theoretical frameworks, methodology, possible data sources, timeframe for the proposed research, detailed budget of planned expenditures, and list of the core research team along with their credentials.

All proposals should be sent to Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

**The Information and Global Governance series, published by Palgrave Macmillan, has issued a call for book proposals. This series is looking for scholarship on the impact that marked improvements in information and communication technologies (ICT) have on the broad range of global governance processes at the national, regional, and international levels. Submissions are welcomed on the broad array of opportunities and challenges presented by the revolution in ICT for society, politics, economic development, and ICT regulations. Palgrave Macmillan will publish approximately 3-4 books annually within this series. Inquiries and proposals should be sent to Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Series Editor and IDPP Executive Director, at and/or Farideh Koohi-Kamali, Palgrave Macmillian Editorial Director, at