Call for Proposals: MRLG Grant Facility Innovation Fund

Deadline: 23 May 2016

The Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Luxembourg Government Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) has announced its 2nd Call for Innovation Fund proposals.

The purpose of innovative project proposals must align with the MRLG project goal to pursue multi-stakeholder collaborations that will improve the tenure security of family farmers in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV). These should address this goal through a focus on land rights and customary tenure recognition; regulation of large scale land acquisition and responsible land-based investments.

Grant Information

  • The Innovation Fund (IF) grant window will provide project funding to a maximum of US$250,000 with up to 2 years implementation.
  • To support innovative proposals, MLRG prefers submissions that propose a 2-phased approach. The first phase used as a project incubation small grant up to US$75,000 over 6 months to design, plan and mobilize project activities that are then implemented in phase 2 for the remainder period, up to 2 years. A total inclusive budget of US$ 250,000 is possible (total budget and period includes the small grant). The 2nd Phase design will be subject to Project Steering Committee approval.
  • The 2nd MRLG Call offers new opportunities through Small Grants with funding up to a maximum of US$ 75,000 for 2 year implementation period.

Key Dates

Dates for 2106 Proposal Process

  • 24 March Publication of Call for Proposal
  • 23 May Deadline for submission of Concept Notes
  • 24 May – 05 August Review and Evaluation Period
  • 08 August Invitation to submit full proposal for shortlisted projects
  • 16 September Deadline for Submission of Full Proposal (single phase projects)
  • Deadline for submission of Detailed Activity and Budget Plan for 2-Phase Projects
  • 30 October Selection and Approval of IF Grants (indicative timing)

Eligibility Criteria

The government institutions, private sector organizations or other organizations jointly implementing with government and/or private sector organizations are eligible to apply.

Eligible countries

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV)

How to Apply

All IF grant proposals must identify a lead organization as main proponent. Joint proposals are strongly encouraged and desired.

The following are the basic eligibility requirements for the IF Grant Fund Application:

  • Completeness of documents submitted
    • Signed Letter expressing intent to apply for the IF Grant,
    • IF Grant Concept Note (maximum 6 pages, strict limit)
    • Signed Proponents Commitment of Partnership and Accountability Undertaking (signed by all partners to the proposal)
    • Lead Organization’s Registration Documents (not necessary if the lead is a government agency)
  • Documented track record of the applicant in managing and implementing projects of the size proposed.

Proposals must be written in English and submitted electronically via email.

For more information, please visit MRLG Grant 2016.

Apply for YSEALI Professional Fellows Program: Strengthening Leadership Development & Networking!

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative is currently seeking applications for its YSEALI Professional Fellows Program, provide participants a month-long fellowship at U.S.-based non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies. Fellows will work with community leaders to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address issues in their home communities.

YSEALI Professionals will have five-week placements in U.S. non-profit organizations and state and local government offices. YSEALI Professional Fellows will work in the field of:

  • Civic engagement
  • NGO management
  • Economic empowerment
  • Governance
  • Legislative process
  • Environmental and natural resources management

Eligible Countries

Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Be community leaders, ages 25-35, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application.
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their community, institution or company.
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
  • Be a citizen of, and currently residing in, one of the ten ASEAN member nations (mentioned above).

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit YSEALI Professional Fellowship Program.

UNESCO/ Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2016

Deadline: 30 April 2016

Applicants are invited to apply for UNESCO/POLAND Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme whose aim is to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhance international understanding and friendship among nations and the people of Poland.
The fellowship will be an opportunity to undertake an individual research programme in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam
  • Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Latin America & The Caribbean: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela(Bolivarian Republic of)

Facilities Offered

  • By Polish Authorities:
    • Free tuition and access to the university facilities based on the local regulations.
    • Accommodation at the AGH UST Student Campus organised for fellows by the UNESCO AGH Chair
    • Monthly allowance of 1350 PLN (1 USD = approximately 3.9 PLN)
  • By UNESCO:
    • International travel expenses
    • Health insurance for fellowship beneficiaries who are declared medically fit

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Individuals from the member states (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • Hold the Bachelor’s or M.Sc. degrees.
  • Be proficient in reading and writing English.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application from via given website.

For more information, please visit Fellowships Programme.

Common Fund for Commodities: 8th Call for Proposals to support Business Activities

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is seeking applications for its 8th Call for Proposals to support of commodity development activities in eligible countries. The CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries.

Objectives

  • Social: Create employment (particularly for youth and women), provide sustained increase in household incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
  • Economic: Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition; improve competitiveness of producers, producer organisations and small and medium sized industries, support the financial sector development.
  • Environmental: Enhance production taking into account the environment and its long term possibilities for the same, or increased use of productive resources while maintaining or reducing the impact on the environment.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals are all legal public and private entities that:

  • Operate in commodity value chains in CFC member countries (mentioned above) or provide financial services to micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in the value chains
  • Have a proven relevant track record of sound commercial operations in the proposed activities over a period of at least 3 years, which can be documented by means of (audited) financial statements.
  • Share CFC’s values, including internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, Please visit: http://common-fund.org/call-for-proposals/

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.

Submit Your Innovative Ideas for World of Food Innovation Challenge!

Deadline: 1 May 2016

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is seeking applications for its World of Food Innovation Challenge. The YSEALI Innovation Challenge will consider innovative technology solutions that are most likely to have a positive impact on agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.

Applicants can submit their innovative technology ideas to boost regional food security for a chance to join other young leaders on a weeklong training in Singapore and to participate in a study tour to the United States!

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be YSEALI members, ages 18-35 years old, and must be a citizen of one of the participating countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam).
  • Multi-disciplinary teams of students (e.g. students in agriculture, business, computer science, engineering, and food science) who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary technical vocational education and training (TVET) institution or university in participating countries.
  • Teams must be limited to three members.
  • Diversity of team members, including a balance of male and female members, is strongly encouraged.
  • An instructor or faculty member must agree in writing to provide guidance and mentorship to support the team throughout the duration of the Innovation Challenge.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a concept note via given website.

For more information, please visit Innovation Challenge.

Apply for the UNCDF’s SHIFT Challenge Fund for Women’s Economic Empowerment!

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is seeking applications from women for its Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) Challenge Fund.

SHIFT seeks to advance economic empowerment and market participation for low-income consumers, microenterprises and SMEs, with a specific focus on women, by unlocking access to financial services.

The theme of the Programme is “Fostering innovative business models for women’s financial inclusion”

Grant Information

The Challenge Fund will award up to US$1.8 million in matching grants to projects offering either an innovative approach or scaling-up an existing approach for financial service delivery to women in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Eligibility criteria

  • The workshops are open to all applicants preparing an Expression of Interest.
  • Licensed financial institutions (Banks and non-banks financial institutions, including State-owned commercial banks or other stateowned financial institutions), registered financial services providers and companies from all sectors or the economy are eligible.
  • Each proposal should address financial services provision for women.
  • All proposals must meet the current national regulatory requirements.
  • The lead applicant should have a minimum of three year of operations and statutory account(s).
  • Applicants may be registered in CLMV or foreign, provided the project benefits women’s financial inclusion in CLMV.
  • Individuals cannot apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the EOI application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Challenge Fund 2016.

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation Research Grants 2016: Supporting Academic & Scientific Research

Deadline: 18 April 2016

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) is seeking applications from Asia- Pacific researchers for its Research Grant Programme 2016. The Programme supports academic and scientific research that will deepen knowledge of the nature conservation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with the aim of strengthening research capacity of young researchers in that region.

Grants are available only for individual researchers, but not for groups/teams, to enhance their skills, knowledge, and experience through their own research work.

Grant Information

The maximum grant size in this programme is 500,000 Japanese yen per project for a maximum duration of two year.

Eligible countries

Asia-Pacific region include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.

Eligibility criteria

An applicant must:

  • be a national of developing country in the Asia-Pacific region (mentioned above).
  • be a researcher/scientist, who works full-time or is enrolled in a doctoral course, conducting research at a research institution or relevant organisation in one of the countries.
  • have sufficient experience and skills in conducting and managing the proposed research.
  • be able to communicate in English.
  • not have another application to the NEF.
  • not have another on-going research or publication project funded by the NEF at the time of application submission.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form and a recommendation letter via given website.

For more information, please visit Research Grants.

European Commission: Strengthening the Capacities of Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Development in Laos

Deadline: 31 March 2016

European Commission is seeking applications from organisations for the thematic programme “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities 2014-2020” to strengthen civil society organisations and local authorities in EU partner countries.

The overall objective of this call is to strengthen the capacity of Lao Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs) to contribute to the achievement of national development goals in Lao PDR.

Objectives

  • To improve technical, operational and management capacities of Lao CSOs and LAs in service delivery to the most marginalized and vulnerable groups in Lao PDR;
  • To improve technical, operational and management capacities of Lao CSOs and LAs in policy dialogue, and the promotion of participation, transparency and accountability.

Expected Outcomes

  • Strengthened capacity of Lao CSOs and LAs to promote and provide improved access of disadvantaged populations to quality basic services in nutrition-sensitive support or primary/lower secondary education activities to the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in Lao PDR;
  • Enhanced Laos CSOs and LAs capacity and actions to participate in and contribute to the policy dialogue and accountability processes at local and national level including monitoring and implementation in nutrition-sensitive/nutrition-governance support or primary/lower secondary education or in Public Finance Management (PFM) in Lao PDR;
  • Increased documentation, sharing and dissemination of knowledge, experiences, networking among CSOs and/or interaction between CSOs and LAs in a local public policy related to the above mentioned issues.

Size of the Grants

  • For Civil Society Organisations: Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 600,000 to EUR 1,200,000
  • For Local Authorities: Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 250,000 to EUR 300,000

Location

Actions must take place in Laos PDR.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 36months nor exceed 54months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be legal persons and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be Civil Society Organisations and
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union, in a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA) or in Lao PDR 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.
  • 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.

Call for Applications: TDR/WPR Small Grants for Research in Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Deadline: 15 March 2016

The World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (WPR) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) have announced the 2016-2017 call for applications for the Joint TDR/WPR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty.

Objectives

  • Strengthen the research capacity of relevant national individuals and institutions in conducting implementation research.
  • Facilitate and strengthen implementation research in countries for the control and elimination of infectious diseases of poverty, including research that addresses issues related to the culture and environment that contribute to these problems.

Research Areas

  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases of poverty.
  • Knowledge gap related to an operational/programmatic issue that has a direct policy and programmatic relevance.
  • Health systems, health service delivery, community-based approaches or qualitative research topics in the context of the diseases.

Funding Information

TDR/WPR Small Grants are available of up to US$ 15 000 per project.

Eligible Countries

Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States of, Mongolia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only applicants from the WHO Western Pacific Region (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals must be researchers or health professionals working in infectious disease programmes of ministries of health, national universities, or research institutions; and who are from and are working in low- and middle-income countries of the WHO WPR.

How to Apply

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

  • Relevant questionnaires and forms (including consent/assent forms)
  • Letter of endorsement from the related disease programmes of the ministry of health
  • Updated curriculum vitae of all investigators

For more information, please visit call for applications.