CFH Foundation: Seeking Concept Notes for Round 2 Grants from Organisations in Developing Countries

Nominations Open for 2016 Champions of the Earth Awards

Deadline: 1 July 2016 The Conservation, Food and Health (CFH) Foundation is seeking concept notes for its second round grants from organizations in the developing countries to support projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem […]

EU-Eritrea: Strengthening the Capacities of Civil Society Organisations & Local Authorities

Deadline: 30 May 2016

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its thematic programme “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities” to strengthen civil society organisations’ and local authorities’ contribution to governance and development processes.

The programme is divided into two lots:

  • LOT 1 – CSOs (EUR 950 000): To support and strengthen CSOs’ capacity to perform their roles as development actors, services providers and agents in policy processes, in coordination with the country’s relevant stakeholders, in the areas of:
    • support to children, women, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups
    • gender equality
    • education
    • health
    • food security and sustainable natural resources management
    • water and sanitation
    • culture, media and information
    • cultural and natural heritage
    • interfaith dialogue and prevention of radicalisation
    • youth empowerment;
    • economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups and populations segments out of mainstream services
    • decent work and rights at work;
    • migration and fight to trafficking and smuggling.
  • To foster CSOs’ cooperation with similar entities (eg with other Eritrean, African and European CSOs) and with LAs in-country and abroad and/or to strengthen CSOs’ cooperation with international and regional intergovernmental organisations.
  • LOT 2 – LAs (EUR 300 000): To support LAas’ capacity to perform their roles as development actors, service and welfare providers, and promoters of inclusive and sustainable growth at the local level (according to their institutional mandate) in the areas of:
    • support to children, women, people with disability and other vulnerable groups
    • gender equality
    • education
    • health
    • food security and sustainable natural resources management
    • water and sanitation
    • culture, media and information
    • cultural and natural heritage
    • interfaith dialogue and prevention of radicalisations
    • youth empowerment
    • economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups and populations segments out of mainstream services
    • decent work and rights at work
    • migration and fight to trafficking and smuggling
  • To foster LAs’ cooperation with similar entities (eg with other Eritrean, African and European LAs) and with CSOs in-country and abroad and/or to strengthen LAs’ cooperation with international and regional intergovernmental organisations.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • LOT 1 – CSOs
    • minimum amount: EUR 150 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 500 000
  • LOT 2 – LAs
    • minimum amount: EUR 150 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 300 000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person or an entity without legal personality
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, , local authority
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in the State of Eritrea or in another EU partner countries, as follows:
      • developing countries that are included in the list of recipients of ODA established by the OECD/DAC including countries and territories falling within the scope of Council Decision 2013/755/EU on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union (‘Overseas Association Decision’)
      • countries that are signatories to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, including South Africa
      • countries eligible for the European Development Fund
      • countries eligible for Union funding under the European Neighbourhood Instrument established by Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council (the ‘European Neighbourhood Instrument’) including the Russian Federation.
      • 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.
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • 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.

USAID Broad Agency Announcement for Global Health Challenges

Deadline: 13 May 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is inviting applicants for USAID Global Health Challenges to seek opportunities to co-create, co-design, coinvest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address the most pressing problems in global health.

It is to generate novel tools and approaches that accelerate and sustain improved health outcomes in developing countries.

 Criteria for Consideration

  • Initial submissions are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely whether USAID believes that the submitter will be a valuable contributor to the co-creation process.
  • Concept Papers are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely based on USAID’s determination that the Concept Paper will successfully address the Problem and Challenges set forth herein.
  • Decisions regarding USAID’s pursuit of a particular project, technology or relationship are based on the available evidence, data and resulting analysis.
  • The reputations of an organization, its past performance, the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
  • Additional criteria that may be considered under this BAA to indicate that the submission successfully addresses the Problem and Challenges will be specified in each Addendum.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

For more information, visit grants.gov.

CFH Foundation: Round 2 Grants of US$25,000 for NGOs in Developing Countries

Deadline: 1 July 2016

The Conservation, Food and Health (CFH) Foundation is accepting concept notes for its second round grants from non-profit organizations in the developing countries that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field.

Focus Areas

  • Conservation: Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in the developing world. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:
    • help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries
    • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training
  • Food: Food grants support focused efforts to improve access to food for consumption in developing countries. Areas of interest include projects that:
    • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries
    • explore and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale food producers and farmers
    • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops of developing countries
  • Health: The foundation supports public health programs that are preventive rather than curative in nature. It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:
    • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health
    • increase the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases

Grant Information

The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $25,000 are rarely awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The foundation’s geographic focus is the developing world.
  • The foundation will support: Non-governmental organizations (NGO), Nonprofit organizations, Civil society organizations, Community-based organizations, Colleges, universities and academic institutions.
  • The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies, humanitarian relief organizations other foundations or churches.

How to Apply

  • The application process consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full proposals
  • Applicants must first submit a concept note and the selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

For more information, please visit CFH Grants.

Call for EOIs: Financial Inclusion Program at Innovations for Poverty Action

Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Financial Inclusion Program at Innovations for Poverty Action is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from teams of researchers and financial service providers to conduct rigorous research on financial product innovations for low-income households in developing countries.

Supporting Areas

  • Designing financial and non-financial services linked to digital finance channels, including payments for health and education services.
  • Increasing women’s use of (and empowerment through) digital financial services.
  • Testing cash transfers and graduations programs which connect people to digital channels.
  • Addressing the specific needs and cash-flow challenges of farmers and micro-entrepreneurs.
  • Improving take-up and usage of formal financial services by the poor through product design, regulation, or other policy levers.
  • Incorporating behavioral insights into financial product design.

Funding Information

This call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) marks the second competitive funding round of a four-year, $4.1 million

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants: Each application must be presented by a team consisting of:
    • one or more researchers involved in the design of the intervention and responsible for carrying out a rigorous evaluation of the program.
    • one or more practitioner institutions from the financial sector who will partner with the research team on the proposed intervention.
    • Researchers must be affiliated with a research institution or a university and either hold a PhD or be currently pursuing a PhD in a relevant social science or engineering discipline. They must demonstrate experience in field research and randomized evaluations.
  • Geographic Focus: The fund encourages research projects in developing countries.
    • Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as applications from research teams with one or more researchers working full time in these regions, are particularly encouraged.
  • Research: All submissions must present a rigorous study design for a randomized evaluation and a clear set of hypotheses.
  • Submissions proposing to conduct field-based data collection should specify the research implementing partner organization that will assist the research team with the management and implementation of the randomized evaluation.
  • The organization must demonstrate experience implementing randomized evaluations and have a presence in the country.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) application form via given website and submit the completed application and other required attachment via email.

For more information, please visit Call for EOIs.

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European Union: Skills and Technical Education Programme in Malawi

Deadline: 26 May 2016

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) in Malawi in order to increase the informal and formal TEVET training and to facilitate innovative research on TEVET training and financing.

The programme is divided into two lots:

  • Lot 1: Increasing access to formal and informal training EUR 4.000.000
  • Lot 2: Innovative research aimed at improving TEVET training and financing of the sector EUR 500.000

Objectives

  • Deliver relevant quality TEVET training
  • Ensure skills training and economic empowerment of women and vulnerable groups
  • Provide supportive skills such as basic literacy and entrepreneurial skills
  • Provide adequate support to business creation
  • Improve TEVET system through applied research and analysis of current system components

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1
    • minimum amount: EUR300.000
    • maximum amount: EUR 1.500.000
  • Lot 2
    • minimum amount: EUR200.000
    • maximum amount: EUR 500.000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be a specific type of organization such as: a Civil Society Organisation, or an accredited private training provider, or a Private sector company, or a National or International (inter-governmental) organization ,or a national and international NGO, or a Grant aided technical college.
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in a country of the European Economic Area or an ACP State or Member State of the OECD or developing countries and territories, as included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA Recipients, which are not members of the G20 group, without prejudice to the status of the Republic of South Africa or the partnership Agreement or Malawi. This obligation does not apply to international organizations.
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s).For an applicant not established in Malawi, the involvement in the action of at least one co-applicant established in Malawi is obligatory.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • 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.

Applications Open for IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2016: Improving the Lives of People in Developing World

Deadline: 18 May 2016

​International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is currently accepting applications for the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2016, to promote the growth of Canadian and developing country capacity in research to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Thematic Priorities

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Inclusive Economies
  • Technology and Innovation

Award Information

The award will cover justifiable field research expenses up to CA$20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country.
  • Be enrolled at a Canadian university at the doctoral level (when you submit your application, you must have completed several courses of the doctoral program but not necessarily all the courses).
  • Have research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor.
  • Have proposed field research must take place in one or more developing countries and be conducted for a doctoral dissertation.
  • Provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place.
  • Have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Research Awards.

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Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tomorrow’s News Programme for Applicants from Developing Countries

Deadline: 2 May 2016

Thomson Reuters Foundation is seeking applicants from developing countries for its new programme entitled “Tomorrow’s News” open for media outlets that are committed to high quality journalism and that want to produce strong digital content that increases their reach and impact but which are uncertain what kind of content will work best, and how to produce it on a tight budget.

The programme will draw on the latest knowledge on media trends from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism together with media skills from Thomson Reuters and media innovations from across the world, to offer guidance on:

  • Finding out what audiences want and building a strategy around this
  • Producing appropriate digital content using a range of technologies, including smart phones
  • Packaging and distributing content as effectively as possible

Benefits

The programme will offer:

  • Intensive workshops on strategising and producing cross platform content (taking place in different locations in June/July 2016)
  • In-house trainings or consultancies tailor made for newsrooms, plus ongoing guidance and support where needed
  • Opportunities to take part in other training events and seminars, addressing key areas identified by participating newsrooms themselves
  • Updates on the latest knowledge on media trends and convergence
  • Experts from both developing and developed countries to deliver workshops and consultancies.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals may apply for Tomorrow’s News on behalf of their news organisation.
  • Applicant might be an editor, senior journalist, head of training, or a different role – but whatever the case, he/she must have influence in his/her news organisation and the ability to share knowledge and change practice among colleagues.
  • If applicants are not in charge of the newsroom themselves, they need to supply a letter signed by the person who makes decisions about overall newsroom policy – such as the editor, managing editor, or equivalent – consenting to your participation.
  • Criteria for news organisations:
    • Must be producing independent journalism
    • Must be based in a developing country or country in political transition
    • Can be working in any medium – print, radio, TV, online, or a combination of these. (News outlets which primarily exist online are welcome to apply; they will be able to explore how they use that space, and even consider whether non-digital media could be of use)
    • Can be large, small or anywhere in between
    • A news outlet’s coverage may focus on one specific area (such as business or politics) or may have a general news focus

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Thomson Reuters Foundation.

International Climate Initiative: Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Biodiversity Projects

Deadline: 6 June 2016

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is currently inviting proposals for its International Climate Initiative (IKI), in support of  climate and biodiversity projects in developing countries, emerging economies and transition states (‘partner countries’).

It aims to fund high-quality projects that are sufficiently innovative or have sufficiently ambitious climate protection and biodiversity conservation goals to promote transformative change.

Thematic Areas

The International Climate Initiative supports the following areas:

  • Mitigation;
  • Adaptation to climate change;
  • Conservation, restoration and sustainable use of natural carbon sinks;
  • Biodiversity.

Eligibility Criteria

The International Climate Initiative is open to a broad range of participants from Germany and abroad. It supports projects carried out in partner countries by federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes, and by international and multinational organisations and institutions, e.g. development banks and United Nations bodies and programmes.

How to Apply

The selection process consists of two stages:

  1. BMUB normally issues an annual call for proposals along with the corresponding support information. Those interested can submit project outlines in German or English within a set deadline. These must be prepared using the project outline templates available on the IKI website. BMUB evaluates all project outlines in this format that are complete and were submitted to the IKI Programme Office in time. The Ministry makes its selection based on the funds available and seeks the approval of other relevant ministries. Applicants will be informed in writing of the evaluation result.
  2. In the second step, applicants whose projects were selected will be requested in writing to submit a formal funding application and will receive the necessary templates and instructions. BMUB evaluates the project applications received and then makes the decision on funding. If a project requires a letter of political support from the partner country or guarantees under international law, this will have an effect on the project’s start date.

The project outlines must be submitted in a prescribed format via email.

For more information, please visit International Climate Initiative.

European Commission: Raising Public Awareness of Development Issues & Promoting Development Education in the EU

Deadline: 1 June 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting concept notes from eligible organisations for its Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) programme with an aim to anchor awareness and understanding of global development in societies.

This Call contains four lots:

  • Lot 1: Global learning education and campaigning and advocacy projects led by a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or an association of CSOs, from EU member states.
  • Lot 2: Global Learning education and campaigning and advocacy projects led by a CSO or an association of CSOs from EU member states
  • Lot 3: Financial support to third parties – led by a CSO or an association of CSOs from EU member states
  • Lot 4: Global Learning education and campaigning and advocacy projects led by a Local Authority or Association of LAs, from EU member states.

Funding Information

The amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 92,950,000.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased public awareness of global interdependencies between the European Union and developing countries
  • Increased public awareness of the global agenda on development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and Habitat III.
  • Increased public awareness of the role of EU development cooperation;
  • Changing attitudes and improved public understanding of issues and difficulties facing developing countries and their peoples, in particular migration
  • Increased active engagement of the European public in major development debates and attempts to eradicate global poverty, promote justice, human rights, gender equality and sustainable ways of living
  • Better integration of development issues into formal and non-formal education systems in EU Member States
  • Higher level of engagement to promote coherence for development
  • Increased coordination, cohesion and coherence of development education on the European level and at EU Member State level
  • Increased engagement of LAs and associations of LAs in development education and awareness raising

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person
  • be non-profit-making
  • be a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or an association of CSO
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the Action with the co-applicants and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
  • be able to demonstrate to have carried out activities in the field of development awareness raising and education for at least three years.
  • be established in an EU Member state

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • 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.
  • In order to apply for the program, the applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

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