Friday, 19 September 2014

The USAID/Bangladesh Innovation for Improving Early Grade Reading activity inviting Concept Papers

Deadline: 7 October 2014
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Bangladesh’s Innovation for Improving Early Grade Reading activity is open for submitting Concept Papers.
The program’s goal is to fund innovations leading to widespread improvements in literacy skills for Bangladeshi students via improved teaching and learning materials, increased local capacity, better trained teachers to develop literacy skills for students, and better education data to support decision-making, transparency, incentives and accountability.
Activities should address one or more of the following problem areas
  1. Poor quality and relevance of curriculum and materials
  2. Inadequate quality of instruction and teachers’ professional development
  3. Large classroom sizes and high pupil to teacher ratios
  4. Lack of parental and community engagement
Eligibility Criteria
  • The applicant organizations should have improving learning outcomes by building teacher effectiveness and strengthening classroom and school management.
  • Applicants must be building institutional capacity of local organizations to promote early grade literacy.
  • Applicants must be promoting innovative low cost effective interventions that promote early grade literacy for students.
  • Selected applications will be invited to submit full applications.
For more information, please visit grants.gov and search for funding opportunity SAID-BANGLADESH-APS-388-14-000001.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The CDKN Climate Compatible Development Impact Research Fund of £3.35 million

Deadline: 26 September 2014
 
The Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is inviting grant proposals from research institutions, universities, private sector organizations, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations entities for the Climate Compatible Development Impact Research Fund (CIRF). Around 8-16 research projects of 12-20 months will be funded. Total estimated budget for this call is up to £3.35 million. Grant request can be made in between £150,000 and £300,000.
Applicants are first required to submit completed expression of interest forms (EOIs) outlining initial concepts and approaches demonstrating eligibility and experience. Research awards are intended to facilitate and promote interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary collaboration, build capacity and encourage North-South and South-South partnerships.
Thematic Areas
  • Robust national plans for climate compatible development transitions
  • Enabling conditions for urban climate compatible development
  • Climate-related disaster risk management and adaptation
  • Climate Compatible Development and the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus
Note the Key Dates
  • 26 September 2014 – Expression of Interest submission deadline
  • 20 October 2014 – Notification to the shortlisted applicants
  • 14 November 2014 – Full Proposal submission deadline
  • Early December 2014 – Notification of Full proposal
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be legal entities demonstrating an independent in-house capability to undertake and lead research in the field or discipline in which it wishes to be funded.
  • Applicants can be research institutions, universities, private sector organizations, civil society organizations and non-governmental Organizations.
  • Joint proposals from two or more eligible organizations with at least one partner from the developing country are prioritized.
  • Research should relate primarily to developing countries and any country-focused research should include at least one developing country.
  • Proposals must be written in English language.
  • Research projects must clearly show how policy impact will be achieved. Where research is relevant to our existing work as set out in CDKN regional and/ or country program(s), it should also aim to build on that work.
  • Project methodologies must demonstrate academic rigor.
  • Projects should aim to build the capacity of developing country research organizations through collaboration and partnership. South-south or south-north partnerships are highly desirable, as are collaborations that bring together different disciplines and involve practitioners and policy makers.
  • Project outputs must include academic and policy outputs, including open-access, peer-reviewed journal articles, and policy-relevant deliverables such as policy briefs or action plans. All written outputs must be peer reviewed by technical experts for quality assurance purposes and accompanied by a strong dissemination strategy.
  • Projects must demonstrate value for money. This is defined as demonstrating economy, efficiency and effectiveness within the proposed budget.
For more information, please visit CDKN Opportunities.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Aga Khan Foundation Canada invites Research Proposals for Central Asia Health Systems Strengthening (CAHSS) Project 2014

Deadline: 21 September 2014

The Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is accepting Letters of Interest (LOIs) from the collaborative research teams composed of research agencies from both high income and low and middle income countries along with a local implementing partner actively working within Central Asia for Central Asia Health Systems Strengthening (CAHSS) Project 2014. The CAHSS is a five-year project aiming to strengthen health systems and ultimately improving health outcomes among select remote and rural populations in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic.

The CAHSS has the following objectives

  1. To contribute to the body of knowledge regarding interventions that contribute to strengthened health systems and improved health status (through production of publications in a variety of media).
  2. To contribute to accessible, policy-relevant knowledge translation (through production of knowledge translation/mobilization products and materials aimed at policy makers, program implementers, donors, etc.).
  3. To build implementation research capacity of partners in LMICs.

To apply for the research grant, the applicant team must be made up of a low-middle income country (LMIC) research partner (research institution, university or other); a Canadian or other high-income country (HIC) research partner (research institution, university or other) and a registered local/ international NGO or CSO (AKDN or non-AKDN) actively implementing activities in project target regions of Pakistan (Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan), Afghanistan (Bamyan, Baghlan, Badakhshan), Tajikistan (Gorno-Badakhshan, Khatlon), and the Kyrgyz Republic (Naryn, Osh, Chong-Alai).

Thematic Areas

  1. eHealth
  2. Community-based Health Financing
  3. Community Engagement in Health Governance

Grant request can be made for up to CAD$200,000. Selected applicants will be called to submit full proposal after evaluation.

Note the Key Dates

  • 21 September 2014 – Letters of Interest (LOI) submission deadline
  • 10 November 2014 – Notification to selected applicants to submit full proposal
  • 15 January 2014 – Full Proposal submission deadline
  • 1 April 2015 – Research implementation will begin
  • 31 January 2017 – Completion of research activities including dissemination and final reporting.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be collaborative research teams composed of research agencies from both high income and low and middle income countries.
  • Applicants must comprise of a local implementing partner actively working within Central Asia.
  • Applicant team must include gender expertise and a mix of relevant technical expertise as required by the research area.
  • Research studies must target on one of the three thematic areas stated above.
  • Targeted geographical locations of the research must be select districts in Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
  • Applications must be submitted in English language.

For more information, please visit Request for Research Proposals.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

WeTech Seed Fund for CSOs & Individuals working for Women + Girls in Africa

Deadline: 10 September 2014

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and individuals working to increase the access of computer science related training, jobs and leadership roles for women and girls in Africa are invited to apply for Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech)’s Seed Fund for Women + Girls. Volunteer-led organizations are highly encouraged to apply for the grant.

Grant Range

  1. $2,000-$5,000 for individuals and volunteer-led or smaller organizations
  2. $5,000-$20,000 for organizations with an annual operating budget of at least $25,000

Priority is given to projects demonstrating

  1. a collaborative approach
  2. plans for sustained engagement with women and girls involved in initial project activities
  3. an innovative use of technology
  4. realistic plans for expansion and growth

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant can be from any country in the African continent.
  • Applicant must be an individual working independently (minimum 18 years old), or a representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO), social enterprise or educational institution based in Africa.
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate previous experience conducting high-impact activities supporting women and girls in computer science or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Application must be made in English language.
  • Applicant must be committed to developing and contributing to a virtual community for WeTech Seed Fund grantees
  • Applicant must be committed to report quarterly on their progress and also participate in and contribute to a virtual community of fellow grantees.

For more information, please visit WeTech Seed Fund.
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