EACEA Call for Proposals: Supporting Social Inclusion through Education, Training & Youth

Deadline: 30 May 2016

The European Commision in cooperation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is seeking proposals will support projects in the fields of education, training and youth, which aim at upscaling and disseminating innovative good practices falling under the scope of the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

The programme is divided into two lots

  • Lot 1: Education and training (EUR 10 000 000)
  • Lot 2: Youth (EUR 3 000 000)

Objectives

  • Preventing violent radicalisation and promoting democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship.
  • Fostering the inclusion of disadvantaged learners, including persons with a migrant background, while preventing and combating discriminatory practices.

Size of Grant

The maximum grant per project will be EUR 500 000.

Eligible Countries

  • 28 Member States of the European Union
  • EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • EU candidate countries: Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are public and private organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth in the areas covered by the Paris Declaration:

  • educational institutions and other learning providers
  • public authorities at national/regional/local level responsible for education, training and youth;
  • non-profit organisations (NGOs)
  • research institutions
  • trade organisations and social partners
  • guidance and recognition centres
  • international organisations
  • private companies
  • networks of the organisations listed above are also eligible as long as they have legal personality
  • Erasmus+ National Agencies in the field of youth

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Initiatives for policy innovation.

Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme: Supporting Collaborative Projects in the Target Countries

Deadline: 17 May 2016

The Swedish Institute is currently seeking applications from the eligible organisations for its Creative Force Programme with the overall objective to strengthen democratic structures and freedom of expression in the target countries. These aims shall be achieved through mutual learning processes and sustainable networks between institutions and agents of change who work with either culture or the media to bring about change.

Funding Information

Applicants can apply for the Seed funding for the maximum amount of SEK 100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may be Swedish civil society organisations, foundations, public sector agencies, private sector agencies or other professional actors.

Geographical Focus

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
  • MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • Eastern Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldava, Turkey and Ukraine
  • Russia

Note: The countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) are no longer included in the programme.

How to Apply

Applications with the mandatory attachments must be submitted via web form that will be open during the application period.

For more information, please visit Creative Force Programme.

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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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.

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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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.

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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British Embassy Ankara: Turkey Prosperity Fund to Promote Economic Reform and Growth in Partner Countries!

Deadline: 4 April 2016

The British Embassy Ankara has announced a £1.3bn Prosperity Fund over the next 5 years to promote the economic reform and development needed for growth in partner countries.

The Funding priorities will include improving the business climate, competitiveness and operation of markets, energy and financial sector reform, and increasing the ability of partner countries to tackle corruption.

Thematic Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Supporting green/climate financing models and efforts.
  • Low Carbon Economy
  • Transparency
  • Science and Innovation

Funding Information

Proposals must be made with a minimum value of £50,000 and up to £300,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Prosperity Fund accepts project proposals from the government and from implementing agencies (civil society, think-tanks, and commercial organisations) in Turkey.
  • All proposals must include a governmental beneficiary (central or local). However, governmental beneficiaries do not receive the funds directly. They are operated through an implementing agency, with whom the Embassy will have a grant contract.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the Project Proposal form via given website.

Note: Feedback on successful bids will be given by the end of April, and project implementation is set to start in May 2016.

For more information, please visit 2016 Turkey Fund.

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.

UNESCO World Heritage Youth Forum 2016: Deepening Youth Knowledge and Understanding!

Deadline: 25 March 2016

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is seeking applications from young people for its World Heritage Youth Forum 2016 entitled “At the Crossroads of Multi-Layered Heritage” that will  be held from 29 June, 2016 – 12 July, 2016.

The Forum will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas, broaden their outlook and contribute to the discussions and immerse in topics such as urban life and its culture, natural landscape, importance and protection of constructions and the silhouette of the city within the scope of multi-layered heritage.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Qatar

Aims

The aim of the Forum is to deepen youth knowledge and understand the importance of:

  • the implementation of the World Heritage Convention
  • the working methods of the World Heritage Committee
  • the challenges and opportunities of the protection of multi-layered World Heritage sites

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Aged from 22 to 28
  • Fluent in English
  • Citizens of one of the Member States of the current World Heritage Committee as mentioned above in eligible countries
  • Involved in heritage-related fields such as; World Heritage Studies (Landscape), Architecture, Urban Planning, Constructional Engineering, Archaeology, Sociology, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnography, Economy, History, Art History, Communication, Law, Tourism, Natural and Cultural Heritage, Geography, International Relations
  • Motivated, active and driven individuals interested to implement the outcomes of the Forum in their respective countries

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit World Heritage Youth Forum 2016.