EuroMarine Call for Proposals 2016: Improving the Science-Governance Interface

Deadline: 31 May 2016

European, marine science network has launched a call for proposals for its four categories of activities with a motive to improve the science-governance interface, providing expertise and transferring knowledge.

The call budget will range from 100 k€ to 120 k€ depending on final EuroMarine 2016 resources and the number of proposals.

Goals

  • To support the identification and initial development of important emerging scientific topics and methodologies in marine sciences.
  • To foster new services relevant to the marine scientific community.

Eligible Topics

  • Understanding marine ecosystems for healthy oceans under global / climate change [basic science]
  • Building scenarios for marine socio-ecological systems under changing oceans [governance]
  • Marine science as a provider of new concepts for innovation and technology [novel ideas and innovation]

Eligible Countries

Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands , Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposals should involve at least three 2016 Full Member Organisations of EuroMarine (mentioned above), from at least two different countries.
  • Proponents are welcome to involve any relevant Invited Member Organisations (as preferential partners of EuroMarine activities).
  • Proposals can involve organisations outside EuroMarine. However, if the proposal is selected for funding, scientists from EuroMarine Full MOs should be informed of the activity in a timely manner and allowed to participate in it, within budgetary and logistic limits.
  • Activities with closed list of participants and participation upon invitation only are not eligible.
  • Activities should preferably be carried out in 2017 and any exemption should be requested and justified in the proposal.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the proposal template form via given website.

For more information, please visit 2016 EuroMarine.

MEPI Local Grants Program to Support Organisations and Individuals!

Deadline: 17 October 2016

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program is seeking single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program with an aim to serve as MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative Program offers assistance to groups and individuals striving to bring constructive, peaceful and positive change to the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI supports projects that foster partnerships between civil society organizations, communities, youth and women, the private sector, and government to advance efforts to create positive change in their societies.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthen civil society;
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism;
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment;
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth;
  • Strengthen the rule of law;
  • Develop independent media in service to communities; and,
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.

Funding Information

  • Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between $50,000 to $150,000
  • Projects are usually funded for one year, but the project and budget periods can be a minimum of three months and up to two years if a longer time period would yield more significant or better results.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in eligible countries mention above.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invites applications from organizations working with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.
  • MEPI is also interested in proposals that involve the participation of persons with disabilities

How to Apply

Interested applicants must register themselves at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement.

Apply for European Social Innovation Competition 2016!

Deadline: 8 April 2016

The European Commission is seeking entries from individuals, groups and organizations for its Social Innovation Competition 2016 whose aim is to promote the integration of refugees and migrants.

Competition Themes

  • Education and skills development
  • Employment and entrepreneurship
  • Access to appropriate housing and health services
  • Safety and human rights
  • Community cohesion and cultural diversity

Funding available

The 3 winners of the competition will each receive a prize of €50,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Competition is open to everyone (individuals or legal entities) resident in EU Member States and in countries participating in Horizon 2020 (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine).
  • Ideas and proposals from all sources, sectors and all types of organisations including for-profit, nonfor-profit, or private companies are welcome. Applications involving several organisations and/or from various countries are possible.
  • Entries must be original ideas from contestants. They may propose new or improved ways to implement existing solutions, combine them, or adapt them to a different context or target group, but they cannot be exact copies of those. The contestants must demonstrate the novelty of their solution, in comparison with those already developed/implemented by themselves or by others in their context.
  • The contestants are also expected to indicate how the participation in the Competition may benefit their idea (e.g. prize, mentoring, networking, visibility or other related benefit).
  • Contestants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
  • Contestants may submit more than one entry and be named as a partner in more than one entry. All costs of entering the Competition must be borne by contestants.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Innovation Competition 2016.

NFCT Call for Applications: 2016 Greenhouse Women Program for female Israeli Documentarists

Deadline: 10 April 2016

The New Fund for Cinema and Television (NFCT) in cooperation with FES Israel are seeking call for applications for its 2016 Greenhouse Women Program for female Israeli documentarists, with an aim to support diverse filmmakers, and to back a broad array of projects encompassing many different issues, stories and perspectives that enrich the cultural landscape in Israel.

The program brings together 12 talented female documentarists from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and supports them in the development of compelling documentaries that amplify women’s voices about important contemporary and social issues.

Fields of Activities

  • Social Justice
  • Labor Relations
  • Shared Society
  • Gender Justice
  • Peace and Security Dialogue
  • Israeli-German/European Relations

Program Period

The one-year program includes three 5-day residential workshops spanning a period of eight months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call is open to women documentarists from all over Israel.
  • Filmmakers have several different options for submitting projects in various stages of development and completion to the NFCT for funding consideration.
  • All applications must be submitted in Hebrew only.

General Submission

  • The Program accept submissions three or four times a year for feature-length documentaries.
  • Filmmakers can apply for a development, production, or post-production grant depending on their individual needs.

Note: The program will start in July 2016.

For more information, please visit Greenhouse Women Program.

European Union: Enhancing the Employability of Egyptian Youth

Deadline: 28 April 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for the programme entitled “Support to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform in Egypt – Phase II”  with an objective to enhance the employability of Egyptian youth and unemployed/low-skilled workers and improve their transition to employment, through development /update and implementation of training programmes, in particular, retraining and entrepreneurship programmes with the contribution of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professional organisations and Enterprise Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Partnership.

The aim of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is to support the transition to employment to increase the employability of Egyptian youth, jobseekers, and workers, as well as the capacity of the TVET system to develop appropriate programmes to meet the labour market demand, with a particular attention to selected key economic sectors, notably Tourism.

Objectives

The call is divided into three lots.

  • Lot 1: To provide young entrepreneurs (aged 18-30 with focus on women) an opportunity to access both financial and non-financial business development support/ incubation to establish their start-ups / businesses with high potential of sustainability. This lot aims at supporting young entrepreneurs who are just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential but not yet fully developed and those who already started but still in need for further assistance/development for expansion.
  • Lot 2: To facilitate transition to employment for women and youth job seekers through building their capacities and enhancing matchmaking techniques, as well as, improving the existing workforce productivity through skill up training programmes.
  • Lot 3: To facilitate job placement for unemployed youth by improving the match between job vacancies and job seekers skills, and provide skill up training for the existing workforce in the Tourism sector and to support the youth job seekers (entrepreneurs) to start-up their own business in the tourism handicrafts.

Grant Information

  • Lot 1: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,500,000.
  • Lot 2: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 200,000 to EUR 500,000.
  • Lot 3: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,500,000.

Location

Actions must take place in Egypt.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 36 months nor exceed 48 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisations (NGOs) registered
    • with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Enterprise TVET Partnership (ETPs), business associations, international (inter-governmental) organisations and
    • be effectively established in an eligible country as defined for the European Neighborhood Instrument: Member State of the European Union, partner countries benefitting from the European Neighborhood Instrument (Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine), a contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) , Developing countries and territories, as included in the list of ODA recipients published by the OECD-DAC, which are not members of the G-20 group, overseas countries and territories, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. This obligation does not apply to international organizations and
    • 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
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants 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.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) 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 application
  • 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 Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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Apply for the 2016 Dialogue Fellows Programme: Youth as Drivers of Change

Deadline: 10 March 2016

Civil Society Facility South is seeking applications for its Dialogue Fellows Programme 2016. The Fellowship programme invests in the mobilisation of youth as drivers of change and democracy which aims to involve Youth into policy making and dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean region.

The goal of the Programme is to foster young leaders and build their capacity to facilitate initiatives through democracy, participatory and empowering approaches, at national, regional and international levels.

Fields of Actions

  • Involvement in Policy making
  • Structured Dialogue mechanisms
  • Capacity / team building
    • training of trainers
    • communication skills
  • Networking
  • Dialogue Platform

Benefits

Costs related to participation will be covered (flights and visas, accommodation, meals).

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Syria.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible CSOs from eligible countries are to make one proposition based on these requirements:

  • Applicant per organization (CSO);
  • Proposed applicant should be within the age limits of 25-36 years old;
  • Proposed applicant has at least 3 years-experience being involved in sectorial projects, specifically in actions of advocacy and policy dialogue;
  • English or/and French language proficiency in addition to Arabic will be required.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit call for Applications.

 

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.

Nobel Women’s Initiative: 2016 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program

Deadline: 25 February 2016

The Nobel Women’s Initiative is seeking nominations for the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program—geared at young women’s rights activists who would benefit from advocacy training and hands-on skill building within an international setting.

The mentorship program will commence with a six-week residency period at the Nobel Women’s Initiative office in Ottawa, Canada (late-August to October 2016).

Over the past four years the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program has provided valuable advocacy and grassroots organizing training to twelve incredible young women activists from around the world.

Nobel Women’s Initiative Advocacy

  • Women Forging Peace—the inclusion of women in peace making and supporting nonviolence and other alternatives to war and militarism.
  • Women Achieving Justice—Accountability for crimes committed against women and an end to widespread impunity.
  • Women Advancing Equality and Human Rights—Support for human rights defenders, those working for women’s equality and those on the frontlines of civil society–including those addressing climate change.

Benefits

  • The mentorship program is meant to support young women’s rights activists in their international advocacy and media work.
  • The residency program will strengthen key skills including organizing for political change, developing comprehensive advocacy strategies, messaging and writing materials for different audiences, presentation and public speaking, fundraising, networking as well as engaging with policy-makers and traditional and new media.
  • The program will be an opportunity for young women’s rights activists to broaden their knowledge base on women’s rights and gender-based violence around the world, and strategies being used in other countries for raising public awareness and campaigning for policy changes.
  • Participants will work closely with the Nobel Women’s Initiative team and outside facilitators to build on advocacy and communications skills, as well as meet experts working in related areas.
  • While in Ottawa, the young activists will be members of the Nobel Women’s Initiative team, supporting country-specific advocacy programs.
  • The mentorship program participants will gain relevant hands-on international advocacy experience, providing the young women with the opportunity to become more effective activists and communicators in their home countries.
  • It will provide an opportunity for the young women to become part of an international information, support, and action network.

Selection Criteria

  • Record of leadership within the community and work with civil society;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in women’s rights, human rights, and gender-based violence;
  • Good English comprehension;
  • Strong ties to the nominating organization;
  • Superior character, demonstrated teamwork ability, interest in working with and learning from others who come from different backgrounds and cultures;
  • High level of maturity, energy, and courage to withstand pressures of travel.

Eligible Countries: Colombia, South Sudan, Myanmar, and the MENA region

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be women from eligible countries
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 30;
  • Be able to read, write and discuss in English;
  • Be nominated by an organization and commit to working with this organization at least for a year;
  • Be available to participate in the program for a period of six months, August 2016 to January 2017;
  • Be willing and available to travel to Ottawa, Canada for a six-week placement at the Nobel Women’s Initiative offices, from the end of August to the beginning of October (other international travel may be required during this period).

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their nominations via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program.

ViiV Healthcare Positive Action in Europe: Seeking Applications from Organisation Working with People Living with HIV

Deadline: 31 January 2016

ViiV Healthcare is seeking applications for “Positive Actions for Europe grant 2016” developed to support non-government and community based organisations in their work with People or Person Living with HIV (PLHIV).

It was born out of the success of the Positive Action grants programme, first established in 1992 to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS. Grants are awarded on an annual basis for projects up to two years in duration.

Positive Action Europe looks to fund community-based projects that reach those most affected by HIV, particularly in marginalized or vulnerable populations. We support initiatives that are innovative, sustainable and produce tangible results for PLHIV.

Priority Areas

  • Supporting HIV-related education, knowledge building and treatment literacy
  • Driving peer support and education
  • Putting PLHIV at the heart of services
  • Fighting stigma and discrimination
  • Supporting the ageing PLHIV
  • Promoting testing and earlier diagnosis

Grant Information: A total of EUR 200,000 will be awarded to organisations for the 2016 grants cycle.

Eligible Countries: Albania and Kosovo, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a non-profit or charity, non-governmental organisation (NGO), patient organisation (PO) or
  • community-based organisation (CBO)
  • The organisation focuses on HIV/AIDS and directly-related issues (at least 75% of activities and spending)
  • The organisation focuses on supporting people living with HIV or helps raise awareness of HIV
  • among the general public
  • People living with HIV and/or other inadequately-served populations serve on the Board of the organisation
  • The organisation involves people living with HIV and other inadequately-served populations in
  • the development of and implementation of programmes and activities
  • The grant requests no more than 25% of the organization’s overall income
  • There are no links to government officials within the organisation
  • The application is not duplicative of existing programmes or partnerships

How to Apply

Interested applicants can request for application forms at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Positive Action in Europe.

MEPI Local Grants of up to $150,000: Supporting CSOs/ NGOs in Selected Middle East and North African Countries

Deadline: 15 March 2016

The U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program seeks single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program. The Local Grants Program serves as a MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

MEPI supports citizens’ efforts aimed at economic, social, and political empowerment; expanding opportunities for women and youth; and helping communities create positive change.  MEPI Local Grants promote greater freedom and opportunity for people in the region.

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza, and Yemen

Areas of Interest

  • Strengthen civil society
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth
  • Strengthen the rule of law
  • Develop independent media in service to communities
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures

Award Information

  • Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement, Grant or Fixed Award
  • Maximum Award Amount: $150,000
  • Minimum Award Amount: $50,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in above mentioned countries.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invite applications from organizations working 3 with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.

How to Apply

  • Applicants interested in MEPI Local Grants funding must complete and submit the following four documents:
    • Application for Federal Assistance Form (SF-424)
    • Project Narrative
    • Budget Narrative
    • Budget Information Forms (SF-424a)
  • All submissions must include these components, and must be submitted in English.

For more information, please visit the Local Grant Programme.