Small Grant Research Papers

Small Grant Research Papers (12)

In pursuing its mandate of developing capacity in the area of research in trade and industry, TIPS offers small research grants to students at the Masters level. Small grants of up to R16 500 are available to students in South Africa, though students from outside South Africa would be considered in exceptional cases.

There are two grants:

  • A general one, which needs to incorporate a theme pertaining to economic development, and
  • The annual Peet du Plooy Small Grant for Sustainability, launched in 2013, given for economic research on issues pertaining to the green economy and climate change.

Grant applications are considered according to the following criteria:

  • That the beneficiary student is registered full-time at a (South African) University.
  • The grants are allocated for the production of a (small) research piece.
  • The research piece is to be completed within six months of the contract having been communicated to the supervisor.
  • The research piece needs to incorporate a theme pertaining to economic development.  
  • Students having secured 70% or above in their coursework.

Those seeking support should note that the small grant is allocated to supervisors who are responsible for the disbursement of the grant. The supervisor is therefore the grant holder/recipient and has to ensure that good and timely progress is being made on the research.

When applying, the supervisor should send an abstract from the student which specifies the general research question, the broad methodology followed in the research and a tentative title.

TIPS will also support the broad dissemination of students’ research. The research piece sponsored will be posted on the TIPS website. The research piece is posted as an unedited piece and it is the responsibility of the student and supervisor to ensure that the piece is grammatically sound and that the argument is coherent.

For further information on the small grant scheme, supervisors or students should contact Daphney Mabuza at daphney@tips.org.za.

  • Year 2015
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Anna James
Policy interventions at national and international scales are driving efforts to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide sustainable socio-economic improvements. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is one such policy instrument implemented through the Kyoto Protocol under the international climate change regime. Questions remain particularly around how socio-economic development can…

  • Year 2015
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Jack Alban Dyer
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As vessels and seaports - conduits for international trade growth, serving over 90% of world commerce - ascend to ever greater significance in a cost-conscious world reeling from the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, the concepts of port efficiency and productivity matter more and more, especially in configuring…

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Anaïs Dangeot
  • Countries and Regions Mercosur (Common Market of the South), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
One of the major international economic developments in recent years has been the growth in regional trade agreements (RTAs). However, with the exception of a few, there are criticisms that RTAs have not yielded the expected benefits. The focus of this paper is to determine the impact of engaging in…

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Andre Botha
  • Countries and Regions European Union (EU), South Africa
This research aims to model tourism demand for South Africa from the UK and the USA by using an almost ideal demand system. An error correction almost ideal demand system (EC-AIDS) is used to quantify the responsiveness of UK and USA tourism demand to South Africa relative to changes in…

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Jeffrey Mashiane
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
We look at how trade liberalisation, working through product prices, has affected the skill premium in South Africa over the period 1990-2009. Our main finding is that trade liberalisation led to a reduction in prices over this period, and, through prices, mandated a rise in the skill premium of 3.3%.…
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  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Hossany Jashveer; Seetanah Boopen; Padachi Kesseven; Sannassee Raja Vinesh
  • Countries and Regions Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), South Africa
This research attempts to assess the attitudes of residents towards the perceived tourism impacts on their lives and communities in selected tourism coastal villages in Mauritius. A survey was used to examine residents' attitudes toward tourism development. The survey results show that tourism is a major pillar of the economy.…

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Publication Author(s) Mfundo Mbashe
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Access to adequate water and sanitation services in South Africa still remain a pipe dream for the millions who are trapped at the bottom of the class structures in the country. The poverty stricken communities living in Townships such as Motherwell, everyday long for water services infrastructure to be built…

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Patrick Kanda; Andre Jordaan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This study involved the determination and analysis of trade potential for the South African pulp and paper industry using a gravity model approach. The pulp and paper sector was identified by the Department of Trade and Industry amongst four other lead sectors to enhance economic growth through the Accelerated and…
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  • Year 2010
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Adele Breytenbach, Andre Jordaan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper involved the determination and analysis of trade potential for the South African pulp and paper industry using a gravity model approach. The pulp and paper sector was identified by the Department of Trade and Industry amongst four other lead sectors to enhance economic growth through the Accelerated and Shared Growth…
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  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Michael Parusel; Nicola Viegi
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper employs the Bernanke-Gertler-Gilchrist "financial accelerator" model to study current economic conditions in South Africa. Given the turbulent financial market conditions we investigate the optimal monetary policy response as well as the potential role fiscal policy might play. As typical in the literature, we find that monetary policy should…
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  • Year 2008
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Graham Sherbut
  • Countries and Regions Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa)
This paper evaluates the trade, business and investment climate currently in place within the island states of the Western Indian Ocean. Operating on the premise that trade-based globalization poses a considerable challenge to island states' economic stability and prospects for equitable development, this report argues that both state institutions and…

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Lawrence Edwards;Martin Odendaal
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper investigates the impact of the quality of infrastructure on exports, with a specific focus on Sub-Sahara Africa. Improving the quality of infrastructure has a positive effect on exports by lowering the transport costs faced by the exporter. This paper provides a new specification on how to model transport…