Sunday, 3 August 2014

Abilis Foundation Small Grants for Projects Initiated by Persons with Disabilities

Deadline: Open
Organizations run by people with disability (related to mobility, vision, hearing or any other type) can secure small grants from the Abilis Foundation to implement the projects they initiate. Primary objective of the Abilis foundation is to build the capacity of people with disabilities in the Global South to improve the quality of their lives. To achieve this goal, the Foundation provides funding for projects that will lead to positive and sustainable change for people with disabilities.
Grant support range from EUR500 to EUR10,000 for the projects initiated by persons with disability. 10% of the total grant for the project must be contributed by the applicant organization.
Project Priorities – the Foundation supports projects that promote -
  1. Equal opportunities
  2. Independent living
  3. Human rights
  4. Independent livelihood
Special priority is given to projects on human rights of disabled people and activities developed and implemented by disabled women. Organizations run by parents of children with disabilities can also apply for funding.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must live in a country defined as qualifying for Official Development Assistance by the United Nations and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
  • Applicant organization must be legally registered and own certificate of registration. Exceptions can be made, interested applicant must contact the Abilis office.
  • An organization can submit only one application per year.
Complete application materials include – application form with signature, work plan, budget, two reference forms, and a copy of certificate of registration (or an explanation why it is not available).
For more information, please visit How to Apply for Abilis Foundation Small grants.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Bill Gates Foundation’s Grant Opportunity for Agriculture-Nutrition Impact Studies

Deadline: 8 August 2014

Academic institutions, research institutions, civil society organizations, and/or private organizations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are invited to submit Concept Memos to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This opportunity invites applicants to conduct innovative, large-scale studies in agriculture to improve nutrition and health outcomes. This is a joint call of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant program aims to deliver high-quality large-scale evidence linking agriculture, nutrition and health.

Applications can be made for large-scale, medium to long-term research studies and evaluations that will deliver robust evidence on the impact of agriculture on nutrition and health outcomes. The knowledge generated from these research studies will contribute to nutrition-sensitive programs and policies in agriculture at the national, regional and global levels.

Funding Modalities

  1. Window 1: Grant of $3.5 million per project for interventions and study designs that are fully supported by existing formative and feasibility research. The grant amount is for a 5 years period.
  2. Window 2: Grant of $100,000 per project for interventions that are not supported by formative and feasibility research. The grant amount is available for 6-12 month.  Proposals seeking up to $250,000 may be considered if the applicant is able to strongly justify this higher level of investment.

Applicants with significant experience of conducting research in developing country settings and evidence of successful capacity strengthening of developing country research institutions are prioritized.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be academic institutions, research institutions, civil society organizations, and/or private organizations demonstrating specific competencies relevant to the program.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate past performance in the delivery of high-quality experimental or quasi-experimental research in agriculture, nutrition, or food security with first-class track record of publication of research findings in international peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Applicants must have an ability to transfer research findings to policy and program dialogue for evidence-based decision making and action.
  • Applications must closely align with the goals of DFID and the foundation’s research strategies in agriculture and nutrition and clearly propose a project that will substantially contribute to filling an evidence gap at a global and/or country level on linking agriculture, nutrition and health.
  • Applicants must be established organizations with partnerships in the country or countries where work will be implemented.

Selected Concept Memos will be notified by 10 November 2014 to submit full proposal.

For more information, please visit RFP Summary Agriculture-Nutrition Impact Studies.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders by the Gates Foundation

Deadline: 7 September 2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invites pre-proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. The Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARL) seeks the projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent).

Grant proposal can be made in between $200,000 and $500,000 for a period of 4 years or less.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organization must be led by a scientist based in sub-Saharan Africa at a national agricultural research institution or university.
  • Applicants must involve a partnership with at least one international research collaborator (research partner can reside in any country other than the applicant’s home country, and may include collaborations within Africa). The role and value of the proposed international research collaborator must be clear.
  • Submissions must closely align with the goals of the Gates Foundation’s Agricultural Development strategy.
  • Application must clearly propose a research project with the potential to substantially increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries within the next 5-20 years and must clearly describe how the proposed work fits with related ongoing work in the country or region.
  • Proposed project must have potential applicability to one or more of the following crop species- maize, wheat, rice, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, beans, cowpeas, chickpeas, groundnuts, and banana.

Note: Applicants in need of an international collaborator are invited to apply for the Agricultural Research Connections Workshops to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, summer 2014.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot

Deadline: 18 August 2014

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund along with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) invites non-government organizations, community groups, and other civil society organizations to submit Letters of Inquiry to conduct projects in Indo-Burma hotspot except Myanmar.

Spanning nearly 6,000 meters in elevation, from the summit of Hkakaborazi in Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, down to a coastline along the Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea, Indo-Burma hotspot supports a wide variety of habitats and thus high overall biodiversity. The hotspot comprises all the non-marine parts of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, plus parts of southern China.

The major objective of CEPF for Indo-Burma Hotspot is to engage civil society in the conservation of globally threatened biodiversity through targeted investments with maximum impact on the highest conservation priorities.

Component, Strategic Directions and Investment Priorities

Component: Protection and Stewardship of Priority Sites

Strategic Direction: Empower local communities to engage in conservation and management of priority key biodiversity areas

Investment Priorities

  1. Raise awareness about biodiversity conservation legislation among target groups at priority sites
  2. Pilot and amplify community forests, community fisheries and community-managed protected areas
  3. Develop co-management mechanisms for formal protected areas that enable community participation in all levels of management
  4. Conduct a gap analysis of key biodiversity areas in Myanmar and support expansion of the protected area network using community-based models

Component: Enhancement of Ecological Connectivity and Results

Strategic Direction: Engage key actors in mainstreaming biodiversity, communities and livelihoods into development planning in the priority corridors

Investment Priority

  1. Support civil society efforts to analyze development policies, plans and programs, evaluate their impact on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods, and propose alternative development scenarios and appropriate mitigating measures where needed
  2. Integrate the biodiversity and ecosystem service values of priority corridors into land-use and development planning at all levels
  3. Develop protocols and demonstration projects for ecological restoration that improve the biodiversity performance of national forestry programs
  4. Engage the media as a tool to increase awareness and inform public debate of environmental issues

Component: Development of a Conservation Constituency

Strategic Direction: Strengthen the capacity of civil society to work on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods at regional, national, local and grassroots levels

Investment Priority

  1. Support networking activities that enable collective civil society responses to priority and emerging threats
  2. Provide core support for the organizational development of domestic civil society organizations
  3. Establish clearing house mechanisms to match volunteers to civil society organizations’ training needs

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Countries for the fund under this call are Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Applicants can be non-government organizations, community groups, and other civil society organizations or government agencies (if they meet some above specified criteria).

For more information, please visit the link.
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