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1.    AFRICAN-GERMAN SCIENTIFIC EXCHANGE: “SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE”

Pre-Call Announcement: Initiation of Cooperation in the Area of Agriculture between Sub-Saharan African and German Researchers

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) invites interested scientists from all Sub-Saharan African countries and researchers at all universities and research institutes in Germany, explicitly including universities of applied sciences, to take part in a scientific exchange in the field of agricultural sciences with special emphasis on the sustainable intensification of agriculture.

The invitation is issued in close cooperation with the Fundo Nacional de Investigação (FNI) of the Republic of Mozambique and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the Republic of Zambia.

This initiative covers all (interdisciplinary) research questions that are primarily concerned with agriculture. Subject areas include (integrated) animal production and cropping systems, animal and plant breeding technologies, soil and plant microbiome interaction, abiotic and biotic plant stressors, digital methods in agriculture, livestock farming and animal disease control as well as socioeconomic aspects of agriculture.

Purpose

The aim of the initiative is for participating researchers to identify joint interests in the area of agricultural research and initiate new collaborative ventures.

The initiative comprises three consecutive steps:

  1. Identification of collaboration partners through previously submitted posters reflecting the researchers’ expertise, research interests and ideas for collaborative research projects;
  2. the subsequent opportunity to submit DFG proposals to support the Initiation of International Collaborations;
  3. Status Workshop in Bonn/Germany to convene all researchers funded under this call.

Eligibility

  1. Qualified researchers from all Sub-Saharan African countries and Germany are invited to take part in the initiative (as a rule they should hold a doctorate and have a track record in their respective research field).
  2. Applicants from German research institutions are required to fulfil the DFG eligibility requirements.

Invitation to Submit Posters

Submitted posters should reflect the profile of the researcher as well as showing their expertise, experience and contact details. At the same time, the posters should highlight current research interests and ideas for joint research projects. Posters that show solely the results of previous research projects are out of scope and will not be considered.

Posters must comply with the template provided

Deadlines

Researchers are required to submit their posters in either English or French by 30 September 2022.

The submission of posters is a prerequisite for participation in the subsequent call for proposals.

For Further Information click the link

https://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/announcements_proposals/info_wissenschaft_22_54/index.html

 

2. Fondation Botnar - TYPCities Research Proposal Call

Purpose

Fondation Botnar works to improve the well-being of young people (between the ages of 10 - 24 years old) living in cities around the world.

Responding to the need to give young people a greater say in rapidly urbanising environments by harnessing the potential of digital and data-driven technologies, they are inviting applicants to submit research proposals as part of the interdisciplinary research program ‘Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in LMICs’ (TYPCities).

Research question: What is the scope for technology and youth participation in the governance of intermediary cities with a population between 50,000 and 1 million in LMICs?

 Research proposals should  address one or several of the themes described below based on comparative, multi-city and multi-country research designs;

  • Theme 1: Technology and youth participation – differentiating youth
  • Theme 2: Youth and urban governance – distinguishing policy domains
  • Theme 3: Urban governance and technological innovation – understanding contexts

Eligibility

  • Proposals from research consortia with a track record of academic excellence in technology, urban and youth studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, and development studies.
  • Applicants should have proven experience in collaborative research partnerships, conducting, and supervising data collection in LMICs, publishing in high ranking academic outlets, grant management as well as research uptake to policy-makers and practitioners. Universities, think tanks, and research institutions fulfilling these criteria may partner with private sector entities including NGOs and social enterprises as part of their application.
  • Applications from researchers and organizations based in LMICs. All applications should include several leading roles based on LMICs with regard to research design, data collection, analysis, and authorship.
  • Applications from research institutions outside of LMICs must make proof of long-standing research experience and established partnerships with researchers and organisations in LMICs.
  • All applications should state how international partnerships are expected to work, with evidence of earlier collaborations, if possible.

Funding

The total funding available for this program is CHF 5 million (Swiss Francs). Applications for projects funded by this research call should be a minimum of CHF 400,000 and may not exceed CHF 1 million, including a max of 10 percent overhead.

Deadlines

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is 31 August 2022

More information on the call can be accessed at: https://www.fondationbotnar.org/typcities-call-for-proposals/

 

  1. IPA’s Consumer Protection Research Initiative Call for Proposals: Consumer Protection for Financial Inclusion in Low and Middle Income Countries ;Bridging Regulator and academic Perspectives

IPA’s Consumer Protection Research Initiative is a four-year research initiative which partners with policymakers, financial institutions, and civil society to develop new consumer protection solutions in digital financial services.

The Initiative focuses on key consumer protection themes relevant to digital financial services.

  1. Fraud in digital channels. Digital financial services have created new opportunities for fraudsters to take advantage of consumers such as phishing messages and call centre impersonation. Lost money from fraud can erode consumer trust and cause consumers harm. IPA seeks to identify and measure emerging fraud risks, then test solutions to help consumers and providers reduce the likelihood of fraud in digital financial services.
  2. Consumer redress and complaints handling. In emerging markets, many lower-income consumers struggle to obtain effective resolution of problems. To improve the complaints and redress experience for low-income consumers, we will develop and test solutions (i) to increase use of complaints channels and (ii) to improve effectiveness of redress for consumers suffering harm or abuse.
  3. Product information and consumer choice. Well-timed, relevant, and clear product information can help consumers to be better informed and make more suitable and cost-effective choices with their financial services. Digital channels create new opportunities to provide timely product information and advice to consumers. We will develop and test new methods for providing consumers with information on products available in the marketplace, and to facilitate easier comparison shopping and improved consumer outcomes.
  4. Over indebtedness. Credit can be a boon if utilized for productive uses or responsible consumption smoothing. However, credit can also lead to negative outcomes for borrowers if not managed appropriately. There is a lack of robust evidence on how the risks of over indebtedness can be identified and minimized. This initiative will leverage data analysis and experimental interventions to test new solutions to reduce the risks of over indebtedness

Application

Download the application forms below, and submit your application by August 19, 2022 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eligibility

The Consumer Protection Research Initiative will accept proposals for projects which use randomized controlled trial evaluations to assess the impact of a consumer protection intervention or market monitoring tool. Partners will test consumer protection solutions and rigorously measure their impacts to better understand what works in consumer protection and inform global good practices. (For reference, see past funded projects under the Consumer Protection Research Initiative)

Where organizations or researchers are interested in participating in this research initiative but are in need of a research or implementation partner, IPA’s Consumer Protection Research Initiative is available to facilitate connections. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Minimum Criteria for Proposals

  1. Proposals should be for research in countries in the regions referenced above. For projects being implemented through an institution that is not an IPA country office, at least one Primary Researcher should be from an institution that is able and willing to accept the administration of this award.
  2. Each application must be presented by a team consisting of one or more researchers involved in the design of the intervention and responsible for carrying out a rigorous evaluation of the program. At least one member of the research team must be affiliated with a research institution or a university and either hold a PhD or be a current PhD candidate in a relevant social science or engineering discipline, such as economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, public health, education, or computer science. They must demonstrate experience in field research and randomized trials. Special consideration will be given to research teams with researchers from low- and middle-income countries.

Funding

Maximum award amount per project: $300,000*

Anticipated number of awards made: 2-3, pending funding levels requested

*Institution overhead expenses may not exceed 15% of the funding request

Timelines

  • Open RFP:July 11, 2022
  • Information session and question and answer: July 14, 2022
  • Deadline for questions regarding RFP:July 31, 2022
  • Deadline for submissions:August 19, 2022
  • Awards announced:September 16, 2022

Further Information click the link: https://www.poverty-action.org/program-area/financial-inclusion/call-for-proposals

 

  1. THE GERMAN AFRICAN COOPERATION PROJETS IN INFECTOLOGY

CALL: Drafts Infectology 2022

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) calls for draft proposals of joint research projects between scientists in Germany and Africa.

The DFG primarily seeks to encourage researchers in human and veterinary medicine to apply for funding of projects on the investigation of neglected tropical infectious diseases. Projects researching AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis will only be considered in the scope of the call if they study mechanisms of virulence or the immune response against them. Co-infections can also be topics of project outlines. Projects with a social and behavioural approach will be considered if they investigate consequences or conditions of neglected tropical infectious diseases.

The scope of the call includes:

  • The investigation of neglected tropical infectious diseases in humans and animals but also research on topics of their social and behavioural aspects.
  • ’Neglected' in this context means that little funding for basic research on these diseases is available.
  • The establishment or consolidation of mutually beneficial equal partnerships that allow African researchers to investigate topics of local significance and that open up research opportunities in Africa for German scientists in the long term.
  • An additional central goal is to provide support and funding for the academic and professional careers of young African researchers in their home countries in order to contribute to building research capacities in Africa.
  • It is furthermore desirable to strengthen research networks within Africa, therefore several African partners may participate in one project.

Eligibility

The principal investigator submitting the proposal must be integrated into the German research system and is in charge of the project. Funding for the African co-applicants has to be applied for within the full proposals later on. For grant eligibility on the German side, the usual DFG rules apply.

Deadlines

Draft proposals must be submitted via DFG’s electronic submission system “elan” by 27 October 2022

Further information on the call can be obtained at: https://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/announcements_proposals/2022/info_wissenschaft_22_42/index.html

 

  1. GRC/SDG CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Sustainable Development Goals Pilot Call 2022

This is a pilot call aiming to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, through the implementation of results from ongoing or recently finalised research and innovation projects to advance knowledge-based achievement of the SDGs, from local to regional scale.

Projects will be funded through international consortia where researchers together with implementation partners and stakeholders collectively and collaboratively aim to improve research outcomes for impact. The research and outcomes of the projects funded should lead to impact on society and improve the livelihoods of people on the ground.

Application

  1. Applicants must form project consortia with eligible partner organisations from at least three (and max. six) different countries funding the call. Consortia must be based on previously or recently finalised research and innovation projects funded by the following countries:
    Chile, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Turkey.
  2. Each funding agency will provide funds directly to their eligible applicants per consortia in accordance with the agencies’ rules and regulations as stated in the national annexes.

Funding

  1. Approximately € 8.2 million is available for this call, supported by 11 funding agencies. The total NWO budget available for this call is € 500,000 (max. € 125,000 per project).
  2. The permitted project length is two to four years.

Timelines

  • May 2022 - Call for Concept Notes launched
  • 25 August 2022 - Deadline for Concept Note submission
  • September 2022 - Concept Note eligibility check by national research institutions and selection of successful Concept Notes
  • 20 January 2023 - Deadline for full proposals
  • February/March 2023 - Panel meeting to assess proposals
  • April/May 2023 - Funders decision and announcement of successful projects

Further information on the call can be accessed at: https://www.nwo.nl/en/calls/grc-sdg-call-2022

 

  1. CONQUER CANCER INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION GRANT

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Conquer Cancer International Innovation Grant (IIG) provides research funding in support of novel and innovative projects that can have a significant impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as defined by the World Bank

The IIG is intended to support proposals that have the potential to reduce the cancer burden in local communities, while also being potentially transferrable to other low- or middle-income settings. The grant funding is intended to support research projects aimed at forming a basis for reducing the barriers to cancer control in LMICs; not for short-term funding of cancer control services.

Funding  

The one-year grant is funded at the level of up to $20,000, payable in two installments.

The first installment will be paid around the start of the grant period, which is expected to be on April 1, 2023. Payment of the second installment is dependent on Grantee Organization’s satisfactory submission of required reporting and satisfactory progress during the mid-year reporting period

Deadline

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 31, 2022

Further information on the call can be accessed at: https://www.asco.org/career-development/grants-awards/funding-opportunities/international-innovation-grant

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