Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Global Development Network (GDN) gives you a change to receive grants of up to US$ 30,000 to pursue your academic quest

Do you have a research question on ‘Urbanization and Development’ you want to explore but are short of funds for?

Here is your chance to receive grants of up to US$ 30,000 to pursue your academic quest.

And it does not stop there! The Global Development Network (GDN) is also giving you the opportunity to get up to US$ 10,000 in recognition of the quality of your completed research under this topic.

GDN promotes superior research through the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development for innovative research proposals and it’s Medals for Research on Development for quality research papers. A second prize of US$ 5,000 is awarded in the two categories as well.

In addition, the finalists will be given a chance to present their work before an international high profile audience in development research at the 13th Global Development Conference scheduled to be held in June 2012. Their travel and stay will be funded by GDN.

This year, our focus is on Urbanization and Development. Entries should be specific to the following themes:

1.    The Interactive Economy and Urban Development
2.    Urban Externalities (Contagious Disease, Congestion and Crime) and Urban Poverty
3.    The Enabling Environment – Housing, Transportation and Infrastructure

For more details, please log on to 2011 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition.

Watch what past winners of GDN’s Global Development Awards and Medals Competition have to say

To Apply:
  • All applications and documents must be submitted electronically only at
  • For any further queries related to the competition write to us at
  • Application Deadline – 31 January, 2012 (Indian Standard Time 6:00 PM)

Applications are now open for the 2012 STARS Impact Awards (US$15,000 to US$60,000.)

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2012 STARS Impact Awards recognising outstanding organisations working in children's health, education and protection.

Organisations working with children in Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Pacific are invited to apply.

This year, thanks to our partnership with the Ashmore Foundation, STARS is able to increase the number of Awards it intends to  offer to 14.  Of these, 6 Awards are made up of US$100,000 of
unrestricted funding and additional consultancy support and the   other 8 Awards will range in value from US$15,000 to US$60,000.

For information on previous Award recipients please visit our website.

All information regarding the application process and the eligibility criteria is available at

Applications can be made in English or in French. The closing 

date for applications is 1pm GMT Monday 7 November 2011.

Open Society Foundations funding opportunity for registered NGOs to develop and curate thematic pages on a new global youth website

The Youth Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) is currently seeking proposals from eligible registered NGO’s for up to $10,000 in funding to develop and curate thematic pages on a new global youth portal and community being developed at aims to consolidate knowledge and information on youth policies across the international sector, ranging from analysis and formulation to implementation and evaluation.

Potential themes for website pages include, but are not limited to:
Participation and Citizenship; Activism and Volunteering; Children and Youth Rights; Youth with Disabilities; Global Drug Policy; Community Work; Research and Knowledge; Informal Learning; Youth, Environment and Sustainability; Multiculturalism and Minorities; Youth Justice.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Organizations seeking funding must be registered NGOs. Please note: grants will not be made to individuals or for-profit entities.
  • Proposals should not exceed $10,000 or one year in length.
  • Proposals must outline how the theme will be addressed in all its aspects, how content will be produced on a regular basis, how and how many contributing authors and bloggers will be involved, and how users interested in the theme will be driven to and engaged at the site.
  • Familiarity with WordPress and BuddyPress is an advantage.
  • All proposals must be submitted in English.
  • Open Society Foundations by law does not earmark any grant funds for lobbying on any legislation (international or domestic) as defined in the U.S. tax code.
  • OSF content on is licensed to the public through a Creative Commons license.
  • Prospective grantees are not required to license their material through a Creative Commons.   A grantee’s decision whether or not to use a Creative Commons license for their Work Product will not affect grant decisions by OSF
About is a project by Demokratie & Dialog e.V. developed with initial support by the Open Society Foundations.  The portal will serve as a knowledge repository with open-source software that will connect youth policy actors across the globe.

By providing public access to information, makes a strategic contribution to evidence based policy development and practice in the youth field.
Serving as a global youth policy knowledge resource and community base, will, during the initial period:
  • be designed and programmed to provide information and orientation,
  • be extended and developed to encourage participation and interaction,
  • be equipped and advanced with youth policy news, links and documents,
  • be enlarged and widened by the introduction of a youth policy community,
  • be introduced and promoted as the global youth policy knowledge resource.
Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis.
For more information and details, you can visit this link.

Call for research proposals to deliver climate compatible development - Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is an initiative funded by the British and Dutch Governments supporting decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. This is done by combining research, advisory services and knowledge management in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. CDKN works in partnership with decision makers in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally. Research under CDKN is designed to link closely with the wider goals of CDKN of assisting developing country decision makers with expanding understanding and achieving policy changes needed for climate compatible development.

Call for Research Proposals
CDKN has issued an international research call seeking proposals for funding from project and research organizations aimed at supporting the best social science research with clear links to, and direct impact on, international and national efforts to deliver climate compatible development.

-           Climate Compatible Development – policies and processes
-           Climate-related Disaster Risk Management and Resilience

Research areas on climate compatible development
-> Designing and delivering climate compatible development
-> Decision paths, tools and processes for climate compatible development
-> Low Carbon Policies on Development and Growth

Research areas for climate-related disaster risk management and resilience
-> Design of disaster risk management systems
-> Disaster responses that build resilience
-> Risk financing leading to risk reduction
-> Costs and benefits of risk management strategies

Project and Funding Value
Applications are invited for projects with a value of up to £500,000, with exceptional projects able to apply for funding of up to £1 million per project. The approximate total budget for the call is £ 4m.  CDKN expects to fund around 8 projects of 18-24 months duration, depending on the quality of applications and size of funding requested.

Geographical Location
There are no restrictions on geographical location of research within the call beyond the focus on low income countries, as defined in the DAC List of ODA Recipients. CDKN supports nationally- and regionally based research in this call, especially where lessons learned can be transferred across countries effectively

If Northern institutions apply for funding, CDKN expects them to partner with at least one institution based in a developing country in this research, and they will not fund North-North capacity building or research.

Last date for submission of proposals is October 24, 2011
For more information and details, you can visit this link.

CEPF Call for proposals for funding Polynesia-Micronesia Biodiversity Hotspot under the Pacific Islands Program

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) investment in the Polynesia-Micronesia biodiversity hotspot is a five-year investment program (2008-2013) that is managed through a partnership of CEPF and Conservation International’s Pacific Islands Program based in Apia, Samoa. The Pacific Islands Program acts as the Regional Implementation Team for CEPF in the region.

Call for Proposals
CEPF and Conservation International have issued a final call for proposals for the Polynesia-Micronesia hotspot for the five-year investment period, ending in 2013.

Types of grants
Two types of funding grants are available from CEPF:
  • Full-grants or project proposals of more than $20,000 USD
  • Small grants of $20,000 USD or less
Who can apply for a CEPF grant?
Non-governmental organizations, community groups, private enterprises, and other civil society applicants may apply for funding. Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions. Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or institution has:
  • legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
  • the authority to apply for and receive private funds;
  • and, may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity
The broad entities for eligible parties described above, with those that promote building capacity of civil society and community groups are encouraged to apply. Community groups (including village councils, women’s group and youth groups etc) with limited capacity are also eligible to apply. Further, individuals are encouraged to work with civil society organizations, and communities to develop applications, rather than apply directly.
Eligibility Criteria
Projects must support one of the three main strategic directions for the Polynesia-Micronesia Hotspot:
  • prevent, control and eradicate invasive species in key biodiversity areas [KBA];
  • strengthen the conservation status and management of 60 key biodiversity areas and
  • build awareness and participation of local leaders and community members in the implementation of protection and recovery plans for threatened species.
  • Proposals now being accepted must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Project is located in one of the following countries or territories: Cook Islands, Easter Island (Chile), Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Pitcairn islands, Samoa, Tonga and Tokelau or Wallis and Futuna.
  • Project must support one of the three strategic directions in the ecosystem profile as detailed above;
  • Grant will not be used for the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities;
  • Grant will not be used for activities adversely affecting indigenous people or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the project activities;
  • Grants will not be used to remove or alter any physical cultural property (includes sites having archeological, paleontological,  historical, religious, or unique natural values);
  • Proposed activities observe World Bank safeguard and social policies.
Note that grants above $100,000 USD cannot be awarded.
Last date for submission of applications is October 14, 2011

For more information and details, you can visit this link.
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