Context Matters Research Grants

Establishing an African Research Agenda in Language and Literacy

CODE’s Context Matters Research Grants are an ongoing program of support for an African research agenda in language and literary that will see CODE award up to five research awards of CAN$ 10,000 each to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and salience of K-12 education programming in Africa.


Research on literacy in general and reading in particular has been largely carried out in high-income countries and contexts, and then generalized to low-income countries and contexts. The Context Matters Research Grants initiative was established by CODE to help address this problematic knowledge flow from North to South and to support African Researchers as they take the lead in evidence-based literacy research. Our intent is to stimulate conversation, develop a research agenda, and support research which is clearly situated in local contexts and recognizes the multifaceted and complex relationships between the local and global in education. This means placing a high priority not only on the location of research but also on the need to engage local researchers.

To begin the conversation, CODE commissioned two landscape literature reviews and one policy analysis from Canadian Faculties of Education (University of British Columbia and McGill University). These papers were presented at the CODE Research Symposium that took place as part of the Pan-African Literacy for All Conference in Abuja, Nigeria (August 28-30, 2017). These papers, including Executive Summaries can be found here.


The winners of the 2018 Context Matters Research Grants will be announced shortly!


The Context Matters Research Grants are designed to support work by African scholars and researchers interested in addressing issues identified collaboratively and in consort with the African literacy community. It prioritizes funding of research initiated, designed and undertaken by local teams and seeks to strengthen the research capacity knowledge and recommendations of those who work in the African context. These Grants are designed to foster international partnerships and alliances that bolster Africa’s ability to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of education and gender equality.

The 2018 Call for Proposals is now closed.

Please check back here for details about future calls.

In the meantime, you can review the 2018 Call for Proposals Guidelines here.