Call for Research Proposals: Land Administration and Management

The Land Administration and Management Project Phase 2, or LAMP 2, is the government’s effort to reform the country’s land administration and management system towards the development of a more efficient land market.

The Land Administration and Management Program is a 15-20 year reform plan to improve land administration in the Philippines. The overall goal of the program is to “alleviate poverty and enhance economic growth by improving land tenure security and fostering development of efficient land markets in rural and urban areas through the development of efficient system of land titling and administration and a uniform valuation system, based on clear, coherent and consistent policies and laws, supported by appropriate institutional structures.”

A major component of LAMP2 is Institutional Development and Capacity Building. One major output of the component related to “laying the foundation for the future expansion of tenure security and land valuation and appraisal activities” is the development and implementation of a LAM research program which will provide avenues through which the knowledgebase of the sector may be increased.

Under LAMP1, a small research grant facility was set up to pilot an R&D intervention that is led by academe and research organizations with clear linkage to the users of the innovations (i.e. LAMP and the LAM agencies). The initial success of thisintervention prompted the managers of LAMP2 to not only continue the grant facility but also look at other support programs that will result in a cadre of R&D professionals for the sector.

Ten research grants will be awarded by the PA-LAMP, each amounting between P100, 000 and P150, 000.

The grant is open to graduate students and professional researchers affiliated with academic/research institution or NGOs, who:
• Can show evidence of competence and experience in social research; and
• Are willing and able to undertake and complete theproposed research within the period from November 2007 to April 2008.

Academic researchers are especially encouraged to apply and faculty members teaching related courses are preferred.

Prospective applicants are asked to submit a research proposal done in both hard and electronic copies according to the prescribed format on the application form and two letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s experience and/or competence in research. Applications may be submitted at the indicated address. Application deadline is 5 November 2007.

A Screening and Review Committee will evaluate the submitted proposals according to the following criteria:
• Track record of the proponent
• Feasibility and relevance/usefulness of the proposedresearch
• Proposed research achievable within November 2007 to April 2008
• Soundness of the methodology

Those who are selected to receive the grant will be informed through phone/fax or email a week after November 5, 2007. Application forms are available at the indicated office. These are also available electronically. For inquiries and submission of proposals, please contact:
LAMP 2 Research Awards 2007
Elisea S. Adem
Finance Office, Room 213
Tel. No.: 426-6001 local 4667
John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues
2/F ISO Bldg., Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila University Campus
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 426-6001 local 4655-4668