Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Peter F. Drucker Award of $100,000 for Non-profit Innovation

Deadline: 1 July 2014

The Peter F. Drucker Award of $100,000 for Non-Profit Innovation has been launched for the year 2014. Non-profit organizations demonstrating change that creates a new dimension of performance are invited to submit application for the award. Highly effective programs that have made a demonstrable difference in the lives of the people they serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Drucker Institute of Claremont Graduate University offers the annual award which was launched by Peter Drucker himself in 1991. Peter F. Drucker was a writer, professor, management consultant and self-described ‘social ecologist,’ who explored the way human beings organize themselves and interact much the way an ecologist would observe and analyze the biological world. Drucker was faculty at Claremont Graduate University for 30-plus years. In 2002, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

The major purpose of the award is to find the innovators (small or large), recognize and celebrate their example, and to inspire others.

Eligibility Criteria –

    Applicant organization must be an IRS-certiļ¬ed 501(c)(3). Applicant must submit a copy of the 501(c)(3) determination letter along with the application.
    Non-profit under an umbrella organization who do not have 501(c)(3) status can also apply. They must list the parent organization as applicant and their own work as specific program.
    Application can be made for a specific program or for the entire organization.

To begin with application, the organization must create an account and proceed.

For more information, please visit Award Announcement.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

ISSC Seed Funding for The Transformations to Sustainability Program

Deadline: 31 May 2014

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is accepting grant applications from eligible entities for The Transformations to Sustainability Program. The major aim of the Transformations to Sustainability program is to build scientific understanding of transformative social change in the face of global change and sustainability.

Successful applicants will receive seed funding which allows the researchers or social scientists to build necessary partnerships with colleagues in other disciplines and fields and other countries, to identify and establish contact with relevant societal stakeholders, and to engage them as knowledge partners in the co-design of proposals to develop Transformative Knowledge Networks.

Up to 30 proposals will be awarded up to maximum €30,000 each. The money contributes towards travel, accommodation, workshops and administrative assistance.

Eligibility Criteria:

    Applicants can be individual social science researchers (from academic and other organizations that have a strong focus on research) from any part of the world.
    Applicants must have a PhD in the social sciences or at least 5 years full-time equivalent research experience.
    Applicants must commit to be available and participate in the Transformations Knowledge Workshop to be held in Potsdam, Germany, in September 2014 or, in case of unavailability, to be represented at the workshop by a colleague who will contribute significantly to the proposed work.

The proposal must be accompanied with curriculum vitae including a list of the 5 most relevant publications to the proposal, written indication of availability and commitment to participate in the Transformations Knowledge Workshop.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

Monday, 28 April 2014

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s Large Grant Facility

Deadline: 6 May 2014
Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is accepting Expression of Interest (EoI) for Large Grants from non-profit institutions. The grant can be requested for innovative projects in development or implementation stage. Request can be made for grant size in between £75,000 and £150,000.
Steps of Innovation supported through Large Grants -
1.     Development
  • The development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines.
  • Turning ideas into action, the development stage takes designs from the drawing board and transforms them into real-world solutions.
2.     Implementation
  • Implementation of an Innovation to produce real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions.
  • Often using pilot projects to move beyond proof of concept, this stage establishes how an Innovation performs in practice. Indicating whether it is successful and should be scaled-up.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Lead applicants must be either a non-profit institution such as a non-governmental organization; or a public or governmental institution; or an academic or research institution.
  • The project may be located anywhere in the world and applicant organization can be registered/established anywhere in the world.
  • Proposed innovation can be both in the form of consortia application or a single organization.
  • One organization can submit up to 2 proposals but one organization can be lead (or single) applicant of only one innovation.
  • Proposed innovation must be in a humanitarian response setting as per the definition of humanitarian aid – Humanitarian aid is aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies.
  • Applications must be submitted via online submission portal to be considered for funding.
Selection Criteria

  • Potential impact and scalability
  • Methodology & approach
  • Project feasibility and effectiveness
  • Team composition and capacity to implement

Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s Small Grant Facility for NGOs

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has a Small Grant Facility to provide funding support to organizations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

The Fund seeks to work towards: enabling and supporting humanitarian innovators to move creative ideas through the innovation process; supporting them in building new partnerships with key actors; enabling the lessons from grant funded projects and from analysis of innovation processes in humanitarian contexts to be disseminated more widely; and strengthening existing relationships between humanitarian agencies, academics and those in the private sector engaged in innovation processes.

The basic criteria of applying for the grants at HIF are that the project proposed has to be innovative and it has to be related to humanitarian aid.

HIF’s Small Grant Facility is open all year round and offers grants of up to £20,000 for the recognition, invention & diffusion of a humanitarian innovation.

There are five key stages in the innovation process and our small grants are awarded at three of those stages: Recognition, Diffusion and Invention.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s WASH Grants

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s (HIF) WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Fund gives an opportunity for gives solvers to develop innovative WASH solutions to help save lives and reduce suffering during disasters and humanitarian crises.
The HIF hopes to capture peoples’ imaginations through these challenges, so that when natural disasters or conflicts strike around the world, innovative technologies can help aid workers to extend lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people.
The HIF’s WASH facility is managed by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) and supported by UK aid from the UK Government.
Currently there are 2 challenges open under this grant facility
  • Solid-waste Management in Humanitarian Response
  • Latrine Lighting in Emergencies
For more information about all the 3 types of grants, visit this link.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

AGFUND: Human Development Projects Grant for NGOs & Individuals

Deadline: 31 May 2014

The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) – a funding organization based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia works mainly in the field of development and growth at the international level through an effective partnership with the United Nations Organization, with regional and national development organizations, with public institutions, with the private sector, as well as with organizations of the civil society. Its major grant program is the AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects.

The Prize has been set up with the aim of inciting and encouraging innovation and creativity in the areas of human development. The idea of the Prize was stemmed from AGFUND’s approach to enhance development performance and support key development projects in order to achieve the goal of sustainability and investment in people.

This year (2014), the prize will be offered in the field of “Marketing of Home Products.”

AGFUND invites the UN, International and regional organizations, ministries and public institutions, NGOs, universities and research centers and experts in the field all over the world to submit their nominations for the Prize, which is worth US $ 500,000 allocated for its four categories.

The Prize has four categories:


The role of UN and international organizations in supporting the developing countries’ programs through marketing of homemade products (For projects implemented by UN, international or regional organizations).


The role of NGOs in marketing of homemade products (For projects implemented by national NGOs).


The role of governmental and public institutions in setting up policies and programs that are supportive to homemade products (For projects implemented by ministries and public institutions).


Individual-led initiatives for empowerment of woman through marketing of homemade products (For projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals).

For more information, visit this link.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

USAID Calls Private Sector to Partner on Establishing Regional Leadership Centers

Deadline: 1 July 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is inviting Partnership Concept Papers from private sector on Regional Leadership Centers under the President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

YALI is an effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The initiative was lunched by US President Obama to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The goal of YALI is to develop a prestigious network of young female and male leaders across critical sectors who use innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to strengthen democratic institutions and spur economic growth, as well as to build stronger ties to the United States.

The specific objectives of the partnership program are – to support establishment of YALI Regional Leadership Centers that would offer gender-sensitive short-term leadership training and connect young African leaders between the ages of 18-35 with each other and the world.

Approximate budget for the establishment of five YALI Regional Leadership Centers is $12 million.

Partnerships might include entities from the public, private and non-profit sectors that together bring relevant technical expertise, a strong track record in the development of young leaders, and necessary resources

Eligibility Criteria –

    Eligible partners are the private sector organizations which include (but not limited to) African and multinational corporations, financial institutions, chambers of commerce, industry associations, foundations, entrepreneurs, investors and other private sector organizations.
    The applicant must incorporate the expertise, experience and resources of academia (including African and US universities and training academies, as well as executive training or similar organizations) and of a broad range of civil society organizations and initiatives, including US and non-US governmental organizations.
    Preferred physical locations for the Centers include South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Mozambique, and Kenya. Concept papers can be submitted for work that is conducted within one or more of these sub-regions to support one or more centers.

For more information, please visit and search for funding opportunity RFA-OAA-14-000037. Click ‘Full Announcement’ and download relevant documents.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Project Inspire 2014: Grants to Inspire the Young People for Empowerment

Deadline: 30 June 2014

The Singapore Committee for UN Women and the MasterCard Initiative are accepting applications for the ‘Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World‘. This is a grant opportunity that invites youths between 18-35 years around the world to submit their project ideas. The participants can be from NGOs, and social businesses, benefiting women and girls in Asia, the Middle East or Africa.

Each participant gets five-minutes time to present the inspiring story. This is an opportunity to win US$25,000. Project Inspire aims to inspire young people across the world to take action to empower disadvantaged women and girls in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East or Africa through entrepreneurship and business literacy.

Top 10 finalists will be flown to Singapore in August 2014. There, they will spend three days preparing the five-minutes pitch to present before the judging panel which will lead them to win a US$25,000. Project Inspire was launched in 2011 to mark the 100th International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Prizes –

    Grand Prize – US$25,000
    Global Reach Award – US$10,000
    Inspirational Award – US$10,000
    People’s Choice Award to one of the finalists with maximum number of votes

Eligibility Criteria –

    Entrant can be from anywhere in the world without restriction of nationality.
    Entrant must be youth between the ages 18-35 at the time of submitting entry.
    Entrant must be from non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and social businesses.
    The project must show creativity and demonstrate the potential to make a sustainable impact on the empowerment of women.
    The project must be designed to empower disadvantaged women and girls through entrepreneurship and business literacy.
    The project must be based on an existing initiative.
    The beneficiaries of the project must be women or girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East or Africa.
    Project can be submitted as an individual or a team of up to three. The team leader must be between the ages 18-35 and must commit to travel to Singapore and be present during the whole duration if chosen as finalist.
    The proposed project must not propagate any political views or religious doctrines.
    The project must be designed to be implemented with a budget of US$25,000.
    The entrant must commit to commence the fieldwork for their project by 1 February 2015.

Last Year’s Award Winners were –

    Protsahan – Project Inspire Grant
    Global Peace Institute – Global Reach Award
    Katutandike – Inspirational Award

The Singapore Committee for UN Women is an independent NGO in support of UN Women’s mission on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Established in 1999, the organization supports programs that provide women and girls with access to education, healthcare, economic independence and a life free of violence and abuse. Focus Area of the NGO are – Ending Violence Against Women, Economic Empowerment, and Governance & Leadership.

MasterCard is a technology company and payments industry leader who also invests in the lives of people to fulfill its social responsibility.

For more information visit Project Inspire

Enter Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition with Best Ideas and Projects

Deadline: 30 June 2014

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is the joint initiative of Stiftung Entrepreneurship, Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)  to empower young entrepreneurs and innovators for positive change.

Young people between the ages 15 and 30 from around the world are invited to enter the competition with their best ideas and/or projects. This is an opportunity for the youth to be a part of global community of creative youth entrepreneurs and peers who together are building a harmonious and sustainable society for all.

Winners of the competition will get opportunity to participate in the award ceremony and present their ideas and projects to an international audience. Award ceremony will be held at the Entrepreneural Summit in October 2014 in Berlin.

Categories –

    Best Ideas – New and original ideas and plans for an enterprise that still needs to be implemented.
    Best Projects – Existing enterprise that has demonstrated social impact.

Prizes –

    Grand, Second and Third Prize – in each category [Finalists will be 10 entries receiving most votes - in each of the two categories]
    People’s Choice Prize for the entry with largest number of votes – in each category
    Finalists not chosen as prize winners will receive honorable mention.

Eligibility Criteria –

    Competitor must be between the age 15-30.
    Youth should have an innovative idea for an enterprise which contributes to the sustainable development of your community, in a field such as – The Environment, Poverty Reduction. Education. Health. Peace Building. Sustainable Energy, Empowerment of Women and Youth, Food Security, Cultural Diversity, the Elderly. OR
    The youth should be operating such enterprise in the form of a business, a non-profit organization, or an informal program.
    Entry must be submitted for one of the categories.
    Submissions can be made by team too but the idea must be submitted by one team member.
    One entrant can submit more than one idea/project.
    Ideas or projects that have won other prizes or competitions are also eligible to enter the competition.
    Entries must be submitted in English and Presentation must also be made in English language.

Enter the Competition

    Register online
    Learn how to create an Idea/Project through free training at the online Entrepreneurship Campus
    Submit the best Ideas and/or Projects
    Enroll Friends and colleagues to vote and comment

Timeline –

    Entry Deadline: 30 June 2014
    Online Voting and Comments Deadline: 31 July 2014
    People’s Choice Prize Winners Announced – 1 August 2014
    Video Presentation to be submitted by the top 10 Entries – 15 August 2014
    10 finalists announced in the Best Ideas Category and the Best Projects Category respectively – 20 August 2014
    Prize Announced – 15 September 2014
    Award Ceremony – October 2014
For more information, please visit YCE Competition.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Apply for Grants to the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Deadline: 31 October 2014

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) accepts grant proposals from eligible organizations/institutions in different categories. Grant can be requested for projects in two different categories – Regular Projects and Special Funds.

Regular Projects – For projects in fields considered important by SPF, such as peace building and human migration. Regular Projects deal with issues –

    Efforts to Ensure Peace and Security in the International Community
        Peace Building and Security Issues
        Non-Traditional Security Issues
    Addressing Positive and Negative Aspects of Globalization
        Market and Disparities Issues
        Issues Involving Demographic Changes and Population Movement
        Interface Issues between Science and Technology and Society
    Promotion of Mutual Understanding between Priority Regions and Japan
        Exchange Program between Japan and the United States

Special Funds – For projects addressing pressing issues in the Asian and Pacific Islands Regions. Special Funds focus on four prioritized geographical areas –

    The Sasakawa Pacific Islands Nations Funds
    The Sasakawa Japan-China Friendship Fund
    The Sasakawa Middle East Islam Fund
    The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund

Sasakawa Peace Foundation was established in 1 September 1986 as endowment of the Nippon Foundation and Japanese Motorboat Racing Industry with the mission to contribute to the welfare of humankind and the sound development of the international community. The foundation has worked to promote efforts to contribute to the international community. SPF promotes Japan’s international contribution, seeks to resolve global issues, and endeavors to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation with priority regions.

Application can be made for any amount; projects supported by SPF till date fall between the range US$20,000 to US$100,000.

Eligibility Criteria –

    Incorporated foundations and corporations, NPO corporations, universities and other incorporated educational institutions, and private organizations conducting non-profit activities, established on the basis of the Act on Promotion of Specified Non-profit Activities are eligible to apply.
    Commercial enterprises and individuals are not eligible for the grant.
    Applicant can be from any country.
    Applications must be submitted either in English or Japanese language.

For more information, please visit Applying for Grants.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Niwano Peace Foundation’s Activity Grant 2014

Deadline: 30 April 2014

Niwano Peace Foundation is accepting applications for Activity Grant 2014 from individuals and/or organizations with social activities based on any religious spirit or grass-root activities deployed in a local community.  The major purpose of the grant is to support activities erupted from religious/spiritual conscience for peace and good of community.

Activities –

    Social Activities based on a Religious Spirit – Physical or spiritual activities for individual and community welfare and peace based on a religious spirit that emerges from reverence for God, Buddha, or other Universal Spiritual reality.
    Grass-roots Activities Deployed in a Local Community – Activities to vitalize local communities through interdisciplinary workshops and meetings with particular emphasis on collaboration by groups and individuals from diverse organizations and religious groups.

Timeline –

    Deadline for First Term Application – 30 April 2014
    Deadline for Second Term Application – 13 August 2014

The activities are supported for one year period. The maximum amount dispersed for an Activity is 1,000,000 yen.

Eligibility Criteria –

    Applicant can be an individual or an organization from any nationality or established in any country.
    Any group which has been in continuous existence for a reasonable length of time is eligible to apply, whether or not it is legally incorporated.
    Activities undertaken for the benefit of particular religious group or based on or for the advancement of a specific political ideology are ineligible to apply.
    Activities for profit are not eligible for the grant.
    Hard copy of the completed application should be received by granters via mail by deadline to be considered for grant.
For more information and download the application form, please visit 2014 Grant Program.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund by the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Deadline: 23 April 2014

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2014 to to harness the leadership capacity of exchange program alumni worldwide. This is an opportunity for more than one million current alumni of United States government-sponsored exchange programs to form partnerships with one another and tackle a broad range of global issues at the local, national, regional, and international levels.

AEIF awards up to $25,000 to winning teams of alumni to fund their innovative projects based on issues such as education, gender, the environment, development, women’s training, entrepreneurship, interfaith understanding, and many more.

Alumni can request from $5,000 to $25,000 in support of their project.

Themes for AEIF 2014 –

    Empowering Women
    Outreach to Underserved Communities
    Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment
    Expanded Access to Education
    Environmental Protection
    Government Transparency
    Freedom of Expression
    Conflict Resolution
    Citizen Security
    Promoting Civil Society

Timeline –

    23 April – Application Deadline
    6 May – Finalists are announced, and alumni can log in to vote for their favorite projects
    27 May – Final Proposals Deadline
    Last June – AEIF 2014 winners announcement

Eligibility Criteria –

    Each team must have at least 5 members who are current or former participants of a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program.
    U.S. citizens can be team members but, because awards are distributed through U.S. Embassies and activities must be carried out abroad, no U.S. citizen can serve as a team leader on any project.
    Each team must have at least 3 non-U.S. citizen alumni team members.
    Each team can have up to 2 U.S. alumni team members.
    Each team must include at least one alumnus/na from a State Department-sponsored exchange program.
    Multi-country alumni cooperation is encouraged where it serves the needs of a project. This is not a requirement.
    An alumnus/na may not serve as a team leader on more than one project per category. An alumnus/na may, however, be a team member of several projects under the same category. An alumnus/na may serve as a team leader of multiple projects only if the projects fall under different project categories. No one may be a team leader or a team member for more than three projects.
    Proposals must be submitted in English.
For more information, please visit Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund.

USAID invites Concept Papers for New Alliance ICT Extension Challenge Fund

Deadline: 24 April 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Food and Security (BFS), Office of Country Strategy and Implementation Support (CSI) is accepting Concept Papers for New Alliance ICT Extension Challenge Fund. Applications can be made for three-year grant to implement project in one to six New Alliance Countries Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania. It should contribute to the achievement of each country’s New Alliance yield targets through ICT-enabled agriculture extension promoting at-scale adoption of the priority agriculture technologies.

Applications that combine experience across types of ICT modes, such as mobile-phone-based-services, Internet-based information portals, television, content delivery services, video, radio and GPS, and those having experience in ICT-enabled agriculture extension services are  encouraged. The fund is for the projects that can forge sets of scaled ICT-enabled services and change them as needed depending on results and changing conditions to increase the adoption rates of new technologies by smallholder farmers.

Eligibility Criteria –

    The proposed project must be conducted in one of the six New Alliance Countries (NACs) – Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal or Tanzania.
    The applicant must be e an NGO (not-for-profit organization); a private business, services or consulting firm; or a college, university or foundation to submit proposal for the first five countries of NACs.
    Sub-grantees require to have the same eligibility as lead applicants but they can also be government entities such as public agriculture extension or advisory service units or entities owned by a government (at least 50% of ownership is held by government).
    Not-for-profit agencies such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Universities, and government entities are eligible to apply for Tanzania.
    Applicants must also have within the past five (5) years a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in planning, managing, monitoring, or directly delivering ICT-enabled services
    For profit businesses must waive profits and/or fees to be eligible to submit a Concept Note or Application.
    For profit businesses must waive profits and/or fees to be eligible to submit a Concept Note or Application.
    Application can be submitted for one to six countries. Separate concept notes should be submitted for each country.
    Project implementation period must be limited to three years.

Selected Concept Notes will be invited to submit full applications.

For more information, pelase visit and search for funding opportunity number RFA-OAA-14-000012; click Full Announcement and download relevant documents.

Submit Project Pre-Proposals to the International Treaty

Deadline: 5 May 2014

The Bureau of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is accepting project proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Thematic focus of the call is helping to ensure sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through a targeted set of high impact activities on the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

Eligibility Criteria –

    Any governmental or non-governmental organization, including genebanks and research institutions, farmers and farmers’ organizations, and regional and international organizations, based in developing countries that are Contracting Parties to the International Treaty, are eligible to apply for grants under the Benefit-sharing Fund.
    Pre-proposals should be submitted through the national authorities of an eligible Contracting Party to the International Treaty, i.e. through the National Focal Points or through the Permanent Representatives to FAO.
    One country may submit different pre-proposals under Window 2 and Window 3, or more than one pre-proposals under the same window.
    No institution may submit more than one pre-proposal benefitting a particular Contracting Party.

For more information, please visit Third Call for Project Proposal.

Submit Short-Proposals for Swiss Re Foundation ReSource Awards 2015

Deadline: 30 April 2014

Swiss Re Foundation is accepting short proposals from Non-government organizations, private, scientific or public institutions for ReSource Awards 2015. Projects which genuinely seek to contribute to raising awareness of the ecological, social and economic significance of water sources and watersheds in developing and emerging countries are prioritized for the award. Bodies with strong links to the local communities in regions where water sources are located are particularly encouraged to participate in the competition.

Total USD150,000 is granted to one or several projects to conduct Sustainable Watershed Management Program.

Selected organizations will be asked to submit full proposals.

Timeline –

    30 April 2014: Deadline for Short Proposal Submission
    26 May 2014: Invitation for Full Proposal
    30 June 2014: Deadline for Full Proposal Submission
    March 2015: Announcement of ReSource Award 2015 Winner

Eligibility Criteria –

    NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to participate in the tender for the International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management.
    Projects comprising more than one institution (e.g. public-private partnerships) are also eligible.
    Participants cannot submit more than one project each year.
    Participants must provide a proven track record in sustainability and project planning and/or management in the specific field of water and source management.

For more information, please visit Award Application.

European Union/Lebanon Grants for Cultural Activities in 2014

Deadline: 22 May 2014

Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon is inviting Concept Notes from eligible parties for Cultural Activities in 2014 grant program. The major objective of the grant program is to promote dialogue and exchange between cultural and civilization through mutual understanding and the rapprochements between people through cultural and artistic exchanges.

Types of Activities (but not limited to) –

    Activities and events, exhibitions, competitions, workshops, projects via new media aimed at promoting intercultural exchange and dialogue in particular between youths from different nationalities and Lebanese communities and capacity building in the cultural field.
    Actions aimed at boosting contacts and at networking between Lebanese artists on one side, and European artists and organizers of international fairs, biennales or cultural festivals on the other side, and/or enhancing knowledge about Lebanese cultural actors abroad through meetings and trainings organized in Lebanon.

Eligibility Criteria –

    Applicants must be legal persons in non-profit making, specific types of organizations – non-governmental organizations, public sector operators, local authorities, international (inter-governmental) organizations as defined by Article 43 of the Implementing Rules to the EC Financial Regulation.
    Applicants must be established in a Member State of the European Union or Neighborhood South zone as stipulated in the basic act of the ENPI Regulation. This obligation does not apply to international organizations.
    It is highly recommended that the application or the partner in the contract be of Lebanese nationality.
    Applicants must 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.
    Actions must take place in Lebanon, ideally not only in Beirut, but also in other regions where the population has less access to cultural activities.

For more information, please visit Webgate Opportunity Announcement and download relevant documents.

ESPA Grants to Deliver ‘Blue Skies’ Research Projects

The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) research program is inviting applications for projects that will deliver “blue skies” research providing innovative, new approaches that enhance the understanding of the way in which ecosystem services contribute to the sustainable alleviation of poverty for poor people (especially those living in low-income countries). The Major objective of the grant is to enhance ESPA’s academic and development impact by changing the way that the world views the links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.

ESPA is a 7-year interdisciplinary research program that aims to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research that will improve understanding of the way ecosystems function, the services they provide and their relationship with the political economy and sustainable growth.

The project grants range in between £50,000 and £150,000 GBP Full Economic Cost (FEC). Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of 12 months, with an expected start date between 1 December 2014 and 1 February 2015.

Types of Activities – (may be but not limited to)

    Synthesis and/or meta-analysis
    Transformative, forward-looking literature review(s) to identify gaps and opportunities
    Convening small groups of world experts for strategic reviews

UK organizations will receive 80% of the FEC of the project while non-UK organizations will receive 100% FEC for the direct costs.

Eligibility Criteria –

    Applying research organizations must be registered as users of the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system.
    Most UK higher education institutions and some other independent UK research organizations are already eligible to apply for, and hold, UK Research Council grants.
    Non-UK and other UK organizations can also apply for the grant.
    Applying organization must be a legal entity.
    Applying organization must be able to demonstrate an independent in-house capability to undertake and lead research and training in the field or discipline in which it wishes to be funded.
    Non-UK Principal Investigators and PIs from organizations not normally eligible for
    UK Research Council Funding, should-have at least three years of relevant post-doctoral experience, or an appropriate equivalent level of research experience be employed—at the time of application—by the Research Organization submitting the proposal (check the link for more information).
    The application must –
        Demonstrate the “blue skies” innovative, and, if appropriate, the “risky” nature of the proposed research. Proposals should explain how the successful completion of the project will change the way that the links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation are viewed.
        Clearly demonstrate research excellence that has relevance to the needs of poor people living in low-income countries.
        Have clear hypotheses and/or conceptual frameworks that utilise ESPA’s Knowledge Strategy and Research Framework as a starting point and then seek to challenge and extend existing thinking.
        Include clear methodologies and rationale for the methods proposed.
        Address a range of ecosystems services, and link these to a multi-dimensional analysis of poverty and the ways that poor people can move out of poverty.
        Consider natural and social systems (socio-ecological systems) and processes (and the links between them).
        Include/consider multiple dimensions of poverty and human well-being.
        Demonstrate understanding of the ecosystem processes that underpin different services and benefits or dis-benefits in order to identify synergies and trade-offs between them.
        Document any relevant links and potential synergies with other ESPA research investments (both current and past).
        All applications must be submitted in English and budgeted in pounds sterling (£/GBP).
    The completed application must be submitted via Je-S by the deadline.
For more information, please visit Announcement of Opportunity.

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