Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Global Resilience Challenge for Building Resilience to Acute Shocks and Chronic Stresses in Select Regions: A call by the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID

Deadline: 21 November 2014
The Rockefeller Foundation and the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) invite proposals from organizations to participate in the Global Resilience Challenge for Building Resilience to Acute Shocks and Chronic Stresses in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. The primary objectives are to promote resilience to a range of shocks and stresses by developing and testing novel solutions that address local contexts; and then, with dedicated public and private sector funding, to implement and scale the most promising solutions in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
The challenge intends to improve our understanding of regional vulnerabilities, strengths, and interdependencies, while fostering collaboration, increasing capacity, and building resilience on a large scale.
  1. Teams for Resilience – interdisciplinary teams will self-organize and apply to the Challenge with a list of Resilience Team members and their qualifications, and a Pre-Proposal that describes the direction the Resilience Team will take in their Stage Two Problem Statement.
  2. Problems and Solutions for Resilience – grounded, problem diagnosis and solution development stage. Finalist Resilience Teams will be awarded up to $200,000 USD to participate in this stage.
  3. Action for Resilience – Implementation of Solution Proposals and Solution Implementation Plans – evaluation of solution proposals and solution implementation plans. The winning Resilience Teams will be given a monetary award, of up to $1.0 million USD, for implementation of their Solution proposal and Solution Implementation Plan to be used for building resilience to the identified problem.
Team lead organizations must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). They will have to provide DUNS number and proof of SAM registration upon notification of selection for funding.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants (team lead organizations) can be US and non-US foundations, NGOs, faith based organizations, colleges and universities, civic groups and private businesses, business and trade associations.
  • Foreign governments, non-incorporated entities, and individuals are not eligible to apply. Colleges, universities, and research facilities that are funded by, and/or affiliated with, a foreign government are not considered a foreign government.
  • All Resilience Teams must demonstrate experience in interdisciplinary problem analysis and program implementation related to the region and topics.
  • All teams must include at least one local organization whose operations are primarily located in the team’s selected region.
  • At least one team member should have experience working on publicly funded projects.
  • All teams selected in Stage One to participate in the Challenge must continue to meet these requirements in each Stage in order to be eligible for any awards and for participation in subsequent Stages.
  • Each Resilience Team must identify specific needs to improve resilience and demonstrate the commitment, creativity, and capacity of its members to address resilience needs.
Note: Awards may not be made if any Team Member is on the USG Excluded Parties List, or that is from, or with a principal place of business in, a country subject to trade and economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury or to any individual or entity subject to targeted trade and economic sanctions administered by OFAC. Check here for more details.
For more information, please visit Global Resilience Partnership.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Competitive Research Grants for Researchers around the world

Deadline: 21 November 2014
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) invites grant applications from researchers and institutions in low-and middle-income countries (as well as the developed countries) to apply for the Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Competitive Research Grants. These grants are aimed to speed up the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance the scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems and health and nutrition outcomes, in order to better inform policy and programmatic actions to improve nutrition outcomes in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Approximately seven to eight grants will be awarded. Maximum grants amount for the first round is up to £250,000 for each research. Research duration can be two to three years depending on the nature and scope of the proposed research.
Note the Key Dates
  1. 21 November 2014 – Concept Memos submission deadline
  2. 10 December 2014 – Selected applications invited to submit full proposals
  3. 20 February 2014 – Full proposal submission deadline
  4. 15 May 2015 – Awards notification
  5. 1 September – 31 December 2015 – Grants dissemination start period
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants can be researchers and institutions from low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as the developed countries.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated the ability to conduct research of international standards of excellence in the topic proposed.
  • Proposal must demonstrate strong partnerships, the added value that would be created by the proposed partnership, and the contribution it would make to enhance the scientific capacity of Southern partners.
  • Applicants may submit more than one application, provided each application is scientifically distinct.
For more information, please visit IMMANA Call for Applications.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Tim Hetherington Grant is now open for entries

Deadline: 31 October 2014

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch have jointly announced a call for applications for the Fourth Tim Hetherington Grant. Photojournalists, documentary photographers and multimedia producers around the world are invited to apply for it.
The grant, worth 20,000 euro, is intended for the support of a visual storyteller in completing an existing project on a human rights theme.
The grant celebrates the legacy of photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed when a group of journalists came under fire during fighting between rebels and General Gaddafi’s forces in Misrata, Libya in April 2011. Tim Hetherington was committed to finding new ways to tell compelling stories about politics, conflict and the human experience, and to relay these stories to a wide audience.
A panel of judges reviews the applications for qualities that defined Tim’s career. Successful candidates present work on a human rights theme that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the subjects. The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, with the support of Tim’s parents, Alastair and Judith Hetherington.
For more information, visit this link.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Participate in the 14th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous People

Deadline: 1 November 2014
Do you represent an indigenous peoples’ organization? Do you want to participate in the 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to be held in United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015? Apply for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples and participate in the Permanent Forum!
Selected applicants will be provided with a travel grant to participate in the forum. Indigenous women, youth and indigenous persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for the fund.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities who are so considered by the Board of Trustees.
  • The representative will not be able to attend meetings without the assistance provided by the Fund, in the opinion of the Board.
  • Applicants must be able to contribute to a deeper knowledge on these mechanisms and bodies of the problems affecting indigenous peoples and who would secure a broad geographical representation.
  • The representatives and the organizations applying for a grant should be indigenous.
  • Application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation signed by an executive of their indigenous organization.
  • Only two individuals from an organization can apply.
  • Applications and recommendations can be submitted in English, French or Spanish language.
  • Applicants can be an individual who has never participated in the session of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues or the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and representatives who already participated and could develop specialized capacity and strengthen the core group of participants in the Permanent Forum or the Expert Mechanism.
  • Priority will be given to applicants living in their own community and country.
  • Applications from indigenous representatives and their nominating organizations that have been beneficiaries of the Fund and failed to submit their evaluation forms will not be considered.
For more information, please visit 14th Session of the Permanent Forum.
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