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.

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.

ERA-HDHL Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals: Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health

Deadline: 19 April 2016

The JPI HDHL together with the European Commission is currently inviting Research Proposals on the topic “Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health (BioNH)”.

The Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL) has been established to coordinate research in the areas of food, diet, physical activity and health in order to achieve tangible societal and health impact and to strengthen European leadership and competitiveness in this field.

Objectives

The proposals have to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Proposals should focus on biomarkers that are modifiable by diet (or a combination of diet and physical activity) and reflect a healthy state, or focus on its transition towards diet- and lifestyle-related disease. Studies focusing on disease biomarkers are outside the scope of the call.
  • Proposals can aim to identify new biomarkers, or build upon previous identification studies through necessary validation.
  • Proposals which focus on identification of new biomarkers should demonstrate the relevance of the biomarker to human health and should carefully consider approaches for validation.
  • Proposals should
    •  make use of existing biobanks and/or cohorts;
    • explain why no existing biobank or cohort is used.
  • Proposals should explain how the data gathered through their project would be available to the wider research community.
  • Proposals should avoid overlap with the aims and objectives of FOODBALL and Mirdiet.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The joint research proposals may be submitted by applicants working in universities (or other higher education institutions), non-university public research institutes, hospitals and other health care settings.
  • Participation of private parties is encouraged as well as commercial companies, in particular small and medium-size enterprises.
  • Only transnational projects will be funded: each consortium must involve a minimum of three partners eligible from the participating funding organizations and a maximum of six partners eligible from the participating funding organizations from at least three different countries.
  • No more than two eligible partners from the same country will be accepted in one consortium.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom.

How to Apply

  • There will be a two-stage submission procedure: pre-proposals and full proposals.
  • Both pre- and full proposals must be written in English and must be submitted online through the JPI HDHL Electronic Submission system.

For more information, please visit ERA-HDHL.

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European Union: Providing Basic Services to Refugees in Thailand and Myanmar

Deadline: 27 May 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations with an aim to continue with the provision of basic services in the nine camps and in the hosting communities in Thailand, while preparing Myanmar refugees for a possible return process.

It also aims to contribute to a long-term solution to the challenges encountered by the Myanmar refugees living in 9 camps along the Myanmar border.

Expected Outcomes

  • Continued access to basic services for refugees in the nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border and their hosting communities, leading to self-reliant and sustainable outcomes.
  • Improved camp governance through sector-based interventions, leading to more self-reliant and empowered encamped refugees, including the most vulnerable.
  • Improved preparedness for a sustainable voluntary return, in line with international standards (spontaneous and promoted return).

Grant Information

The call is divided into three lots.

  • Lot 1: Actions covering both health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) sectors
    • Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 3 900 000 to EUR 4 000 000
  • Lot 2: Actions on education sector
    • Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 1 900 000 to EUR 2 000 000
  • Lot 3: Actions on livelihoods sector or protection/governance sector
    • Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 1 400 000 to EUR 1 500 000

Location

The bulk of the actions must be implemented in the nine refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border and their hosting communities, targeted activities carried-out across the border, in South-East Myanmar may also be foreseen to contribute to preparedness for a voluntary return

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months.

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 non-governmental organisation, international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 43 of the Rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation or RTG agencies at central or local level  and
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or one of the eligible countries set for the DCI Regulation under the Art. 9 of the CIR Regulation. This obligation does not apply to international organisations 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
    • operate in partnership with at least one local partner
  • 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

To apply to this call for proposals, organisations must register in PADOR and submit their application in PROSPECT.

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

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European Commission: Creative Europe-Cross Sectoral Refugees Integration Projects

Deadline: 28 April 2016

European Commission is seeking proposals for its Creative Europe-Cross Sectoral Refugees Integration Projects 2016 to support cultural, audio-visual and cross-sectorial projects that aim to facilitate the integration of refugees into European communities by fostering respect and understanding for diversity, democratic values and citizenship, intercultural dialogue, tolerance and respect for other cultures.

Objectives

  • The establishment of a Guarantee Facility targeting the cultural and creative sectors
  • The promotion of transnational policy cooperation
  • Supporting a network of Creative Europe Desks

Projects Priorities

Priority will be given to projects that can:

  • help refugees and migrants socialize and express themselves without necessarily speaking immediately the host country language.
  • be learning platforms in a wider sense, fostering respect and understanding for diversity, intercultural and civic competencies, democratic values and citizenship.
  • give EU citizens the opportunity to discover, learn from and understand the values and cultures of refugees and migrants and – in the process rediscover and enrich their own.
  • support the showcasing and co-creation of cultural and/or audiovisual works across Europe.
  • offer the possibility of collaboration with organisations in other sectors in order to stimulate a more comprehensive, rapid, effective and long-term response to this global challenge.

Funding Information

  • An estimated budget of 1,6 million EURO is available for co financing up to 80% of the total eligible budget.
  • 8-12 projects will be selected. The minimum grant is 100.000€ and the maximum is 200.00€
  • The maximum duration of a project is 24 months.
  • Applications that fall outside this funding framework will not be considered.

Eligibility Countries

  • The 28 Member States of the European Union,
  • The EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland and Norway,
  • EU candidate countries: Turkey, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
  • Potential candidate: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible projects are implemented by creative partnerships that will involve a project leader and at least two other partners (having their legal seat in at least two different countries taking part in the Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe).
  • The project leader and at least one of the partners must be active in the cultural and creative sectors. The additional partners may be active in relevant sectors such as the public, social, healthcare, educational spheres or any other field that could support the integration of refugees.
  • Individuals may not apply for a grant.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Creative Europe.

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Apply for University of Edinburgh Coca-Cola Scholarships!

Deadline: 1 April 2016

The University of Edinburgh and Coca-Cola are seeking applications from any country in the European Union, excluding the United Kingdom, for a scholarship to provide undergraduate study to students in any subject offered by the University.

This competitive scholarship covers the full tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance. It is tenable for the duration of the programme of study.

The University of Edinburgh was founded by the Edinburgh Town Council and became formally established as a college on 14 April 1582 after the petitioning of the Council. The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.

Aims

  • Enhance our position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards
  • Provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students
  • Produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards
  • Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The scholarship is open to applicants from any country in the European Union, excluding the UK, whose personal circumstances would make accepting an offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult.
  • They are awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for an undergraduate programme of study.
  • Applicants should have applied through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) and been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh by the scholarship closing date of 1 April 2016.
  • The scholarship is not available to students already on programme.
  • The scholarship is not available to applicants liable for the overseas rate of tuition fee.
  • The scholarship may be terminated at any time when an unsatisfactory progress report is received from the School or if the scholarship holder ceases to be registered as a full-time student at the University of Edinburgh.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit University of Edinburgh Coca-Cola Scholarships.

EU Action Grants: Supporting National/Transnational Projects to enhance the Rights of Victims of Crime/Violence

Deadline: 8 April 2016

European Union is seeking applications from the organisations for its Action grants to support national or transnational projects to enhance the rights of victims of crime/victims of violence. This call for proposals is based on the 2015 annual work programmes of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme) and of the Justice Programme.

Aims

  • To co-fund transnational projects that support victims of violence in line with the specific objective of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme:
    • To prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women, as well as other groups at risk of violence in close relationships; and
    • To protect the victims of such violence (Daphne strand).
  • To co-fund transnational and national projects that enhance the rights of crime victims in line with the specific objective of the Justice Programme to facilitate effective access to justice for all, including promoting and supporting the rights of victims of crime (Access to justice strand).

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,  United Kingdom, Iceland

Award Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the priorities of the call
  • Quality of the proposed action
  • European added value of the project
  • Expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact
  • Cost-effectiveness

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants and partners must comply with the following requirements:

  • Legal status: Applicants and partners must be legally constituted public or private organisations, or international organisations
  • Non-profit: The applicant must be a non-profit organisation.
  • The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 75 000. There is no upper limit.
  • Projects must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application

How to Apply

To apply to this call for proposals organisations must register and submit their applications via PRIMOS.

For more information, please visit this link.

EU Action Grants: Supporting Transnational Projects & Promoting Equality in Education, Training and in the Workplace

Deadline: 27 May 2016

European Union is seeking applications from the organisations for Action grants to support transnational projects to promote good practices on gender roles and to overcome gender stereotypes in education, training and in the workplace. This call for proposals for action grants is based on the 2015 annual work programme of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme).

The call aims at contributing to the promotion of equality between women and men in education, training and the labour market. Projects should aim at changing attitudes, behaviours and practices that hamper progress towards equality and restrict the potential of women, men, girls and boys.

The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 3,350,000

Priority Areas

  • To address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training and career guidance;
  • To attract women into male-dominated sectors or occupations, and conversely to attract men into female-dominated sectors or occupations;
  • To challenge stereotypical assumptions about the roles of women and men in the labour market, including in leadership positions, and to change behaviours and practices that hamper equality;
  • To ensure that work practices promote gender equality, and do not reinforce stereotypes, gender segregation and inequalities.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,  United Kingdom, Iceland and Liechtenstein

Award Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the priorities of the call
  • Quality of the proposed action
  • European added value of the project
  • Expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact
  • Cost-effectiveness

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants and partners must comply with the following requirements:

  • Legal status: Applicants and partners must be legally constituted public or private organisations, or international organisations
  • Non-profit: The applicant must be a non-profit organisation.
  • The project must be transnational and must be submitted by a partnership of eligible organisations
  • The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 200,000. There is no upper limit.
  • Projects must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application.

How to Apply

To apply to this call for proposals, organisations must register and submit their applications via PRIMOS.

For more information, please visit this link.

EU Action Grants: Supporting National/Transnational Projects to Respond to Violence against Women

Deadline: 1 June 2016

European Union is seeking applications from the organisations for Action grants to support national or transnational projects on multi-agency and multi-disciplinary cooperation to respond to violence against women and/or children, and on tackling underreporting. This call for proposals for action grants is based on the 2015 annual work programme of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme).

The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 3 000 000.

Priority Areas

  • To encourage victims and witnesses to report violence against women and/or children to the relevant authorities and institutions
  • To develop and implement multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary cooperation

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,  United Kingdom, Iceland and Liechtenstein

Selection Criteria

  • Financial Capacity: Applicants and partners must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period for which the grant is awarded and to participate in its funding. Organisations participating in several projects shall have sufficient financial capacity to implement multiple projects.
  • Operational capacity: The applicant and the partners must have sufficient operational and professional capacities to implement the activities for which co-funding is requested. Organisations participating in several projects shall have sufficient operational capacity to implement multiple projects.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants and partners must comply with the following requirements:

  • Legal status: Applicants and partners must be legally constituted public or private organisations, or international organisations
  • Non-profit: The applicant must be a non-profit organisation.
  • The project can be either national or transnational.
  • The application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and partner);
  • One public authority per participating country must either be involved in the project (as applicant or partner) or express in writing its support for the application;
  • The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 75 000;
  • The project must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application

How to Apply

To apply to this call for proposals, organisations must register and submit their applications via PRIMOS.

For more information, please visit this link.

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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