ERA-NET Sumforest call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects: Sustainable Forests for the Society of the Future

Deadline: 17 June 2016

The ERA-NET Sumforest, funded by the European Union, currently invites proposals for collaborative research and development of transnational consortia of research organizations and companies, under the topic- Sustainable Forests for the Society of the Future.

Thematic Areas     

The scientific scope of the present call for proposals addresses collaborative projects in three research areas which are incorporated into the following three topics of this call:

  • Comparative assessment of the sustainability performance of renewable and non-renewable raw material-based value chains to inform policy decisions.
  • Risk resilient forest management – Adapting forest management regimes which incorporate risk assessment related to potential climate change impacts to inform policy decisions.
  • Investigation, appraisal and evaluation of trade-offs related to the provision of forest ecosystem services to inform policy decisions.

 Eligibility Criteria

  • The call invites proposals for collaborative research and development of transnational consortia of research organisations and companies from at least 3 different countries participating in the call.
  • Each project proposal must:
    • Include at least three independent eligible legal entities from a minimum of three different countries from the list of participating countries.
    • Be written in English.
    • Use the application forms provided via the call website and fulfill the formal requirements for proposal submission.
    • Satisfy the National Regulations of each respective country.
    • Be submitted correctly and completely via the call website.
    • The total requested funding for a project partner (or partners from the same country) cannot exceed the indicative amount allocated by their respective national funding partner.
    • A Project Consortium Agreement must be established no later than six months after project start and submitted to the Call Secretariat. If no Project Consortium Agreement is sent within the first reporting period, funding of the project will be stopped by the National Funding Partners.
    • The project duration must be between 18 and 36 months.

Eligible Countries

Austria, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and U.K.

How to Apply

Applications must be completed and submitted online via website’s submission portal.

For more information, please visit ERA-NET Sumforest.

Asia-Europe Foundation: Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity”

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is inviting applicants for ASEF Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity” to provide an opportunity for 20 journalists to come together to share their professional media experiences and perspectives from national and regional levels, in a direct exchange with their regional counterparts.  It is a two day event which will be held from 7-11 May 2016 in Guangzhou, China.

This workshop will be a platform for the participants to share their journalistic experiences in and perspectives on handling digital connectivity from national and regional levels. Through discussions, the event will explore the current environment of ‘digital connect’ and the role of journalism in reflecting and facilitating ‘connectivity’ between diverse communities.

ASEF is the only permanently established institution of ASEM and is funded by voluntary contributions from its member governments and shares the financing of its projects with its civil society partners across Asia and Europe.

Objectives

  • Strengthen Asia-Europe ties
  • Create shared experiences for learning and dialogue
  • Enhance mutual understanding
  • Explore opportunities for cooperation

Eligible Countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India,  Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen of an ASEM member country.
  • be currently working as a journalist (traditional media, online media, freelance are all eligible)
  • have more than 5 years of working experience as a journalist covering international affairs

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Asia-Europe Foundation.

Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships: Inviting Young Professionals from Europe

Deadline: 14 May 2016

The EUROPARC Federation is seeking applications for its Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships to support young professionals and graduated students willing to undertake study visits in Protected Areas in 2017.

Objectives

  • The Alfred Toepfer Foundation awards three Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships to promising young conservationists with practical experience in the field of nature conservation and in the work of protected areas.
  • The programme offers the opportunity of financial support for a study visit to one or more protected areas in another European country and to gather experience which will be both of benefit for the future career of the scholars, and to the EUROPARC Federation and its members.
  • The programme intends to enhance cross-national co-operation to advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of protected area management.

Themes

  • Biodiversity and Climate Change – impacts and challenges for Protected Areas
  • Sustainable Development in Protected Areas – social and economic benefits for all
  • Opportunities for Health and Well-being in Protected Areas
  • Parks for People – strategies to involve people in Protected Areas

Award available

The awards will each be worth EUR 3.000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The age limit at the time of application is 35.
  • European Nationality.
  • An important selection criterion is a convincing presentation of the applicant’s professional and personal reasons for the planned study visit.
  • Proof of relevant contacts with target protected area established at the time of application.
  • Evidence of the current employment status for:
    • Applicants from Protected Areas must have staff status.
    • Applicants from universities must be matriculated and must have completed their intermediate diploma.
  • Study visits to prepare master or doctoral thesis will not be considered
  • Command of the English language or local language where the study visit will be undertaken.
  • The award of the scholarship more than one time is not possible.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Natural Heritage Scholarships.

University of Queensland Australia: Inviting Students for European Global Leaders Scholarship

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The University of Queensland (UQ) Australia is seeking applications from Students for European Global Leaders Scholarship in order to provide them the opportunity to learn from UQ experts in the Business, Economics and Law areas and to build professional experience with mentoring opportunities to engage with industry and may also include an internship experience.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions that strives for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, they have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Values

  • Creativity and independent thinking: They welcome new ideas from our staff and students as well as from our alumni and our external partners.
  • Honesty and accountability: They act with integrity and professionalism and uphold the highest ethical standards.
  • Mutual Respect and Diversity: It promotes diversity in the University community – through our people, ideas and cultures.
  • Supporting our people: UQ ensures the safety and wellbeing of our people.

Scholarship Award

  • 100% Tuition fee waiver for up to 4 semesters for students who undertake postgraduate study in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (excluding the MBA).

It may also include:

  • Professional experience to support career development, including an internship, mentoring and industry engagement.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizens of Europe, who normally reside in Europe
  • Students who have received an unconditional offer for a relevant postgraduate program and who are commencing students at UQ.
  • The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and high achieving students are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their applications either via email or by mail at the address given on the website.

Note: This opportunity is not open to students studying or residing in Australia.

For more information, please visit European Global Leaders Scholarship.

Google AdCamp 2016: Inviting Students from Across Europe, Middle-East and Africa

Deadline: 1 March 2016

Google invites students to participate in its AdCamp program, offering a collaborative curriculum focused on Google’s advertising sales and services operations, an overview of Google’s ad products and insight into the industry.

Up to 50 current university students will be selected to participate in an all-expense-paid AdCamp experience at one of Google’s offices.

The AdCamp programs for Europe, Middle-East and Africa will take place from 13 – 15 of July 2016 at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland or Google Poland, Wroclaw (participants will be allocated at Google’s discretion).

Eligibility Criteria                                                                                                              

To apply, students must:

  • Be a current student pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Be a current student in a country in Europe, Middle-East or Africa.
  • Be graduating in 2017 or 2018. Students graduating in November – December 2016 are eligible.
  • Demonstrate experience or internships in sales, customer support, account management, marketing or consulting.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence.
  • Be available to attend all three days of the program. (Depending on your location, you might need to travel to and from Ireland on July 12 and 16th respectively)
  • Be fluent in English, as all AdCamp program activities will be conducted in English.

Students who have participated in a Google program (AdCamp, BOLD, Google Student Ambassador program) or Google internship in the past are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

The participants are required to submit the completely filled application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Google AdCamp Program EMEA 2016.

Call for Applications: Regional Youth Exchange Programme on Gender Equality

Deadline: 1 April 2016

Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) and the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) are currently inviting young people from the EU-MENA region to apply for its Regional Youth Exchange Programme in Alexandria, Egypt, with an aim to conceptualize a gender agenda that is conducive and sustainable.

The four days program will include interactive activities mainly based on participant’s insights and knowledge.

Themes

The programme will address the following themes:

  • What is a gender agenda?
  • Equality and/or Feminism.
  • Gender Equality and Political Parties.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants should be working in a NGO, a government body, or an active member of a political party.
  • Participant can be student doing research in the area of equality, gender, and development.
  • Participant’s eligibility requirements must include:
    • Age: 22 – 32
    • Regions: From MENA and Europe
    • Professional and Educational Background: youth working in civil society, government, academia, political party, or a student researching in this area, and have a clear interest in the topic.
    • Eligible participants should be working in a NGO, a government body, or an active member of a political party.
    • Language: Fluent in English

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website and submit required documents:

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Biography (One paragraph + a recent picture)
  • Letter of motivation, explain in 500 words
  • Contact information sheet (Email/Phone number/Address/Nearest Airport)
  • A presentation in less than 8 slides

For more information, please visit Youth Programme.

JournalismFund.eu: 2016 Connecting Continents Grants for African-European Journalists

Deadline: 8 June 2016

Connecting Continents is a pilot project offering working grants for mixed teams of African and European journalists to investigate financial governance in Africa. The project is launched by Journalismfund.eu in cooperation with Oxfam Novib, which provides the money for the grants.

Funding available

The Program provides €100,000 for working grants for Sub-Saharan African journalists collaborating with European colleagues.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only intercontinental journalist teams consisting of at least one Sub-Saharan African and one European journalist are eligible to apply.
  • Preference goes teams of which the African member(s) is/are working in DR Congo, Uganda, Nigeria or Mozambique, although others are also eligible.
  • The teams have to ensure that their story will be published in at least one African and one European country.
  • Focus should be on financial flows and/or governance.

How to Apply

Applicants have to create an account first by registering at the given website.

For more information, please visit Connecting Continents.

JournalismFund.eu: 2016 Cross-Border Grants to Support Journalism in Europe

Deadline: 7 March 2016

JournalismFund.eu is inviting European journalists for its Cross-Border Grants 2016 to support teams of journalists from several countries working out of each their country on a common story thus compiling multiple research competencies and safeguarding publication to various audiences.

Journalismfund.eu occasionally supports individual journalists working on European stories. Publication to multiple audiences and in several countries is considered important in order to address the various European audiences and achieve impact for the journalistic stories. The subject or theme must be European or have a cross-border perspective.

Eligibility Criteria

  • eu supports journalists living in a Council of Europe country (geographical Europe). When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted, too.
  • Applicants must be working as professional journalists.
  • Only natural persons are eligible.
  • Students are not eligible.
  • Journalists who were previously allocated a Journalismfund.eu working grant can reapply, but the jury will include the result of previous working grants in their evaluation of the new application.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, Please visit Journalists program.

Advocate Europe: Seeking Unconventional and Transnational Projects Proposals!

Deadline: 8 March 2016

MitOst in cooperation with Liquid Democracy are seeking applications for Advocate Europe which is an annual idea challenge for European initiatives and projects funded by Stiftung Mercator. Advocate Europe is looking for unconventional and transnational project proposals which strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe.

Advocate Europe is aimed at civil society actors who are looking for start-up funding and support to implement sustainable ideas in the fields of civic education, arts and culture, democracy and participation, social innovation or advocacy.

Advocate Europe encourages applicants to submit their ideas for a Europe that is co-created by its citizens – one that that is based on open-mindedness and tolerance, that offers justice and equal opportunities, that protects individual rights, that guarantees democracy and the rule of law, and that ensures freedom.

Funding Information

Advocate Europe will fund up to 12 pioneering proposals with grants of up to €50,000 each.

Community Awards: Very special is the Community Award, whose winners are solely determined by public voting until 15 March 2016.The three ideas with the most user votes receive Community Awards.

  • First Prize: €5,000
  • Second Prize: €3,000
  • Third Prize: €2,000

Selection Criteria

  • Strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe: Proposals are accepted that support the exchange of people and ideas, and promote international and intercultural understanding. The goal is to identify critical topics for the further development of a unified Europe and to bring together key groups such as multipliers, stakeholders, activists, administrators, young Europeans and change-makers.
  • Are Surprising and unconventional: Supports original approaches and courageous ideas that are oriented towards the current and future needs of Europe’s civil society and citizens. Also looking for ideas that help to design the future, not just manage the status quo.
  • Are based on everyday life: Looking for project ideas that have practical relevance and a clear relationship to the everyday life of people in Europe.
  • Are based on unusual partnerships: Team up with a friend, neighbor or colleague who works on the same topic, but in completely different field. Connect things that don’t seem to belong together at first glance. Advocate Europe is particularly interested in ideas and partnerships from organisations and initiatives that are made up of two or more actors outside of typical constellations.

Eligible Countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Vatican City.

Eligibility Criteria

Non-profit organisations and initiatives from across Europe are eligible to apply for and receive funding.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can register themselves through the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Advocate Europe.

European Commission: Capacity Building in Support of Border Management and Migration Management in Georgia

Deadline: 26 February 2016

The European Commission is seeking proposals from organisations to enhance the capacities of Georgian civil society, particularly via networking, and to contribute to the capacities of the other state led process in the field of migration in line with relevant EU-Georgia Agreements, in particular the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.

Objectives

  • Promote rights of migrants, protect migrants against exploitation and exclusion, and support the fight against trafficking in human beings;
  • Foster the links between migration and development;
  • Promote durable livelihood solutions for returned and potential migrants;
  • Promote right to asylum and standards of international protection of refugees;
  • Increase the capacity of migration management-related Georgian NGOs to participate and constructively contribute in livelihood/migration-related human rights centered policy creation and implementation;
  • Support fighting irregular immigration and support in readmission procedures with complementary human rights centered assistance.

Priorities

Proposals containing these elements will be given a priority:

  • Inclusion of gender mainstreaming in livelihood programmes and other measures related to participatory, balanced socio-economic integration of (potential) migrants;
  • Use creative approaches on how to involve and/or benefit persons from disadvantaged and/or marginalized groups.

Grant Information

Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 300,000 to EUR 330,000.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person and
  • be non-profit-making and
  • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation and
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union or Georgia
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
  • have at least three years’ experience of working in the field in Georgia or ENI countries at the time of the submission of an application.
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicants that participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant.
  • The applicants and co-applicants  may act with affiliated entities that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full proposals
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europaid and download the guidelines.