Call for Applications: Sida PFAN Initiative on Clean Energy Financing

Deadline: 8 May 2016

The Sida PFAN Initiative on Clean Energy Financing (SPICEF) is currently inviting applications from project developers in the East and Southern African regions. SPICEF seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of linking them with investment and finance and making them happen.

The SPICEF provides crucial early stage pro bono project development and support in raising financing to clean energy entrepreneurs, start-up and growth stage companies, project teams and consortia with viable and environmentally beneficial business proposals, by linking them with investment and finance and nurturing their development and implementation.

Focus Projects

  • Grid Connected IPPs (any clean energy technology)
  • Rural Electrification and Energy Access Projects (any clean energy technology) especially Mini-Grid distributed renewable energy utilities
  • Off-grid distributed energy service companies
  • Others (eg Energy Efficiency & Energy Conservation)

Funding Information

SPICEF Seeks Business opportunities that require total (initial) private capital in excess of US$1 million (or currency equivalent) will be considered

Eligible Countries

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.

How to Apply

  • All submissions are to be made in electronic format via given website.
  • The Application Consists of:
    • The Project Proposal (as a PDF file, financial models provided as an Excel sheet)
    • The completed Project Data Sheet (as an Excel sheet)

For more information, please visit Clean Energy Financing.

Food & Business Applied Research Fund: Apply to win up to 300,000 Euros

Deadline: 5 July 2016

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is currently seeking applications for its Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), providing grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.

ARF aims at promoting research supported innovations that are readily applicable and contribute to the enhancement of sustainable food security for the most vulnerable populations in the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.

Grant Value

A grant amounts to a minimum of 50,000 euros (for six months) and a maximum of 300,000 euros (for 36 months). Per 6 months a maximum of 50,000 euros ARF subsidy can be applied for.

Grants should contribute directly to the project. Reimbursable cost includes:

  • Personnel and overhead: Salaries for personnel, which should be guided by the organisations’ norms and legal regulations for the country concerned.
  • Audit costs: for a final external independent audit up to a maximum of 5,000 euros, so as to review and verify the correct application and justification of the ARF grant and the co-funding contributions.
  • Travel and accommodation: Travel and accommodation expenses for consortium partners and of the expenses incurred in short trips (<3 months) of team members directly related to the project up to a maximum of 20 per cent of the ARF grant budget.
  • Research costs: durables (buildings excluded), consumables, assistance.
  • Knowledge sharing costs: activities organised by the consortium, such as workshops (including evaluation workshops), capacity building, meetings, local/regional dissemination of results aimed at involving stakeholders from outside the consortium up to a maximum of 15 per cent of the ARF grant budget.

Eligibility Criteria

A consortium applying for the ARF should consist of at least two partners that integrate different kinds of knowledge and execute a project as an effort of co-creation:

  • A private or public practitioner organisation registered in one of the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation acting as the main applicant.
  • A research organisation from a partner country or from the Netherlands, acting as co-applicant.
  • In case the organisation/company is not a local branch of a Dutch partner or the research organisation is not from the Netherlands, a third co-applicant is required, that is from The Netherlands. This can be a private or public practitioner organisation or a research organisation.

In the execution of the project at least one researcher from a partner country must be involved (not necessarily as consortium member). The involvement of additional partners, acting as co-applicant is encouraged. Next to this, gender expertise and female participation is required in the consortium and/or the project team.

Eligible Partner Countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Yemen.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through an online process.

For more information, please visit Applied Research Fund.

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.

Submit Your Applications for DREAMS Innovation Challenge 2016!

Deadline: 28 March 2016

Do you have an innovative approach to help keep adolescent girls and young women AIDS-free? If yes, then apply for this Dreams Innovation Challenge!

Applications are open for the DREAMS Innovation Challenge 2016 with a motive to reduce HIV infections by infusing new thinking and high-impact approaches to meet the urgent, complex needs of adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

Focus Areas

  • Strengthening Capacity of Communities for Service Delivery
  • Keeping Girls in Secondary School
  • Linking Men to Services
  • Supporting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Providing a Bridge to Employment
  • Applying Data to Increase Impact

Award Information

DREAMS will award a total of up to $85 million for innovations that help girls in the DREAMS countries develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe women.

Focus Countries

Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Challenge greatly encourages applications from organizations that have not previously received U.S. government funding, either directly or indirectly, and/or are based in one or more of the 10 DREAMS countries (mentioned above).
  • DREAMS encourage applications from most types of organizations – including for-profit, non-profit, academic organizations, and multilateral organizations.
  • Applicants may submit approaches that apply to just one of the Challenge Focus Areas or that cut across numerous issues.
  • Written submissions must be completed in full to be considered eligible for review. Submissions will only be accepted in English; any other language will be considered ineligible.

How to Apply

Interested organizations can apply by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Challenge Application Portal.

For more information, please visit Innovation Challenge.

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/

Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Academic Grants 2016

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is currently inviting applicants from ACU member universities for its Early Career Academic Grants 2016.

Applications will be strengthened by the applicant providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organisers.

Eligible Countries

  • Australasia: Australia, New Zealand
  • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • East Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Europe: Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom
  • North America: Canada
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • South Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland
  • West Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

Grants Information

Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation, and subsistence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution (mentioned above).
  • Applications are open to university staff who are less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role.
  • Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: applicants to whom this criteria applies should make this clear in their application.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

Note: The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2016.

For more information, please visit Academic Grants.

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.

WWF Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program: Building Capacity in Mozambique

Deadline: 1 March 2016

WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) is inviting applications from pursuing graduates (master’s and PhD) for its special grants to build local capacity in Mozambique.

WWF Mozambique strategically focuses on thematic areas such as marine, forestry, wetlands, green economy, conservation funds, good governance, and climate change.

Focus Areas

The following are eligible fields of study for the Mozambique fellowship.

  • Marine and fisheries management (including MPA planning and management, terrestrial to marine connectivity, rights-based fishery management)
  • Freshwater conservation (including identification of fish species and freshwater ecology, integrated watershed management, hydrology, or freshwater management, environmental flows to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems)
  • Species conservation (including marine turtles, elephants, rhinos)
  • Rapid ecological assessments of marine and terrestrial topics
  • Social science as related to sustainable economic development
  • Community-based natural resource management of forests, reefs, estuaries, and other coastal or freshwater areas
  • Climate change adaptation, particularly for marine and coastal habitats and communities
  • Policy, law and/or economics
  • Physical oceanography and hydrological modeling

Funding Information

Applicants may apply for up to two years of funding and request up to $30,000 per year.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen and legal permanent resident of Mozambique.
  • Have at least two years of conservation-related work or research experience.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to working in conservation in Mozambique.
  • Be enrolled in, admitted to, or have applied to a master’s or PhD program anywhere in the world.
  • Plan to begin your studies no later than January 2017.
  • Commit to working for at least two years in your home country after the completion of your degree.
  • Not have received a Train Fellowship or Scholarship in the past.
  • Contact EFN if you are a WWF employee, consultant, or previous EFN grant recipient.
  • Submit all required documents by the application deadline.
  • Applicant’s research or academic program must address one of the focus areas listed.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, Please visit Russell E. Train Fellowships.

The SEED Awards: Promoting Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development!

Deadline: 21 March 2016 Extended up to 31 March 2016

Is your enterprise in a start-up phase and does it integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues? Do you need support to help to establish and grow your enterprise? If yes, then apply for SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development.

Applications are open for SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development with a motive to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.

The three awards open for applications are:

  • Switch Africa Green-SEED Awards,
  • SEED Africa Awards
  • SEED Gender Equality Awards.

SEED is based on the understanding that the promotion of social and environmental entrepreneurship is pivotal for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Winners will be honored at the SEED Africa Symposium on 28-29 September 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, where they have the opportunity to present their innovative business model to influential delegates and to share their experiences with experts and other enterprises

Benefits

The SEED Catalyser offers each SEED Award Winner a customised support package consisting of tools, capacity building, profiling, network building, and financing, all tailored to their individual needs.

Eligibility Criteria

SEED this year will make available up to:

  • 15 SAG-SEED Awards to enterprises in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union;
  • 4 SEED Africa Awards to enterprises in Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia supported by the Government of Flanders;
  • 1 SEED Gender Equality Award to enterprises in Kenya that are run or owned by women and prioritise women‘s empowerment.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply for the awards via given website.

For more information, please visit SEED Awards 2016.

 

Apply for UNICEF Innovation Fund of up to US$100,000: Open Source Technology Solutions for Children!

Deadline: 26 February 2016

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking applications for its open source technology solutions that address the most pressing challenges faced by children and young people.

UNICEF works with governments, civil society organizations, and other organizations around the world to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, health, development and participation and is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Eligible Countries

  • Central & Eastern Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States :Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
  • East Asia & Pacific: Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati,Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Republic of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
  • Eastern & Southern Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Republic of Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Middle east & North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Plurinational State of Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivian Republic of)
  • West & Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Focus Areas

  • Products for youth under 25 address a range of needs including learning and youth participation.
  • Real-time information for decision-making: allows the situation of the most vulnerable to be understood by those who have an ability to address their circumstance.
  • Infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power finance, sensors and transport.

Grants available

UNICEF will consider applications for funding of approximately up to US$100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UNICEF is looking to provide investment-style funding to early-stage tech startups. Only entities that fulfill these mandatory requirements will be eligible:
    • A private company/institution registered in a UNICEF programme country (mentioned above).
    • Working on open source technology solutions (or willing to be open source) under the following licenses:  Software: BSD, AGPL, LGPL and Content and designs: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA or CC-SA
  • Projects funded need to increase the ability of children to access information and to increase opportunity and choice. Specifically, projects should align with one of UNICEF Innovation’s three portfolio areas:
    • products for youth under 25 to address a range of needs including learning and youth participation
    • real-time information for decision making and governance
    • Infrastructure to increase access to services and information, including connectivity, power, finance, sensors and transport.
  • Generating publically exposed real-time data that can be / is measured

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to complete and submit the EOI Response form available on the given website.

For more information, Please visit Solutions for Children.