Request for proposal: Co-researcher for the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Research and Teaching Landscape Survey

The British Council is conducting a survey on understanding the existing social innovation and entrepreneurship research and teaching landscape at higher education institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. We require a local research team from a Malaysian Higher Education Institution to work with UK-based lead researcher in designing and administering the survey to higher education institutions in Malaysia.

The survey should be designed to provide a comprehensive analysis of existing social innovation and social enterprise activities in research, teaching and incubation. The study should analyse gaps in knowledge and capacity and future ambitions of the academic community in this area. The researchers are expected to propose a future agenda, which will:

  • Provide a blueprint for future academic research of an applied nature
  • Provide recommendations to strengthen the quality of the teaching of social innovation both for curricula and extra curricula programmes
  • Set out a strategy to support more graduates to pursue career pathways that relate to social innovation

The survey should also measure proxies to gauge the levels of trust and collaboration that currently exist across academic disciplines, between universities and between universities and society. The survey is designed to both be a publicly available document which will inform strategy, and policy for higher education institutions around social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

The survey will be supported by local research teams in the four countries and a Taskforce Group/ Advisory Group, who will play a strategic advisory role.

The duration of the project will be a maximum of 6 months from the project start date. The survey report is expected to be completed by 28 February 2020.


Activity Date/Time
Request for Proposal (RFP) issued to bidding suppliers Monday 17 June 2019
Deadline for clarification questions (Clarification deadline) Monday 24 June 2019
British Council to respond to clarification questions Thursday 27 June 2019
Deadline for submission of RFP responses by potential suppliers (Response deadline) Wednesday 10 July 2019
Final decision Friday 19 July 2019
Contract concluded with winning supplier Friday 26 July 2019
Contract start date Monday 29 July 2019

For further information and to submit a bid or bids, please refer to the documents below.

The deadline for submission of proposals and supporting documents is Wednesday 10 July 2019, 23:59 Malaysian Time. Please send proposals and supporting documents to