The Ethiopian Tax Research Network (ETRN) is a recently launched network of Ethiopian researchers and practitioners, with the main objective of supporting the generation and exchange of knowledge on taxation in Ethiopia. The ETRN is calling for research proposalsthat meet high academic standards of research quality and that are concerned with policy-relevant issues. We welcome proposals on all themes related to taxation in Ethiopia, and from all disciplines, including economics, law, accounting, and political science.

The list below provides some themes of interest. However, proposals on any theme would be welcome, even if they are not listed below and as long as they are relevant to tax policy and tax administration in Ethiopia.

  • All aspects related to tax administration, including audits, ICT and data systems, third-party data collection, the modernisation of business processes, amongst others.
  • International taxation, including taxes on international trade, transfer pricing, tax treaties, international tax rules, and fiscal incentives (which are available both for domestic and foreign investors).
  • Tax compliance, including strategies to encourage voluntary compliance, to simplify procedures, to enhance transparency on rules and processes, and taxpayer education programs, amongst others.
  • Sub-national taxation, including property taxes and sub-national fiscal relations.
  • Fairness of the tax system.

In addition, we will fund at least one study on the taxation of small and micro enterprises, including presumptive taxation. Researchers involved in this study will be expected to interact closely with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, and with the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority.

This call is open to all submissions, preferably led by Ethiopian researchers. We particularly welcome proposals from early career researchers, women, and students.

Requirements for research proposals:

  • Research proposals should be of 4 pages at maximum.
  • The research proposals should be clear and concise.
  • They should clearly state the purpose of the study, the activities to be undertaken, and the feasibility of the research proposal.

Research proposals should include the following information:

  1. A Summary of no more than 100 words.
  2. A statement of the motivation for the study and its policy relevance.
  3. Data and information that the researcher plans to use for the study, including the feasibility of accessing such data and information.
  4. Methods of analysis.
  5. A workplan for the study, including activities to be undertaken and a detailed timeline. Note that all projects need to be completed by September 2018.
  6. A budget in USD, with details of the costs to be incurred.
  7. CVs and experience of researchers involved in the study, including current affiliation (CVs to be sent as an annex to the research proposal).

Submission method and deadline

Submissions should include:
1) a research proposal document, and
2) CVs for all researchers involved in the proposal.

Only research proposals that include all the required elements will be considered. Submission should be sent by email to [email protected] with the subject “Submission: ETRN Call for Proposals”.

The deadline for all submissions is Saturday 28th October 2017 at 23:00 (GMT).