> UNHCR CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ‘ENSURING THAT NO CHILD IS BORN STATELESS’
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued this Call for Proposals whose aim is to prepare a Good Practices Paper highlighting at least 4 positive examples of countries taking steps to reform their nationality laws to incorporate and implement safeguards to prevent statelessness among children born in their territories, foundlings as well as children born to nationals abroad. This project will entail the following activities by the consultant: a) In collaboration with UNHCR, identification of 4 good practice examples of States which have taken action to include and implement safeguards to prevent childhood statelessness in their nationality laws; b) Desk review of the selected examples, including UNHCR materials, studies, media reports etc.; c) Interviews with UNHCR offices and external actors who played a role in achieving the reforms; d) Preparation of a detailed outline of the Good Practices Paper; e) Preparation of a draft of the Good Practices Paper, according to the template provided by UNHCR; f) Preparation of the final version of the Good Practices Paper based on consultation with UNHCR. The consultancy is product-based.
Deadline: June 1st, 2015.
> CEI KNOW‐HOW EXCHANGE PROGRAMME (KEP) ‐ AUSTRIA: CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2015
The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional forum for intergovernmental cooperation in Central-,Eastern- and South-Eastern Europe, established in 1989 and currently composed of 18 Member States. The CEI aims to promote a cohesive and united Europe and in particular to assist its non-EU Member States in order to strengthen their capacities by promoting their socio-economic structures. The KEP AUSTRIA Priority Areas for 2014-2016 are: a) European Integration and related capacity building; b) Social and Economic Development, Inclusion and Equality; c) Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change. Two-step procedure: (i) Applicants are requested to fill in a short Expression of Interest; (ii) Only short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Any Project Proposal shall fully satisfy the following eligibility criteria: 1) Compliance with the CEI Plan of Action and with the KEP AUSTRIA priorities; 2) Eligibility of partnership: know-how provider/s and know-how beneficiary/ies; 3) Eligibility of the activities; 4) Grant ceiling and eligibility of costs. Eligible projects are required to show an economic rationale, cover investment aspects, economic transition,
capacity building, or the business environment, in areas related to general development and European economic integration.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 01 June 2015 at 17:00:00 CEST (GMT+2) Trieste time.
> ECOSOC - ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL CONSULTATIVE STATUS
The United Nations Department of economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) is calling non-governmental organizations for ECOSOC - Economic and Social Council consultative status in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. NGOs that are accredited with ECOSOC may: a) Attend official meetings; b) Submit written statements prior to sessions; c) Make oral statements; d) Meet official government delegations and other NGO representatives; e) Organize and attend parallel events that take place during the session; f) Participate in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings. The UM-DESA NGO Branch is the focal point within the UN Secretariat for non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and for NGOs seeking status. It aim is to support NGOs and provide technical assistance. Eligibility criteria: 1) International, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organizations which must have been in existence (officially registered with the appropriate government authorities as an NGO/non-profit) for at least two years; 2) Applicants must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes; 3) The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members. Organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs.
Deadline: 1 June 2015.
> 8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ICT, SOCIETY AND HUMAN BEINGS 2015 (JULY 21 – 23; LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN), part of the MCCSIS 2015
The effects of ICT on human beings as well as the interaction between ICT, individuals, and society are all within the focus of this conference. Both analyses of interactions and effects are important. Changes in behaviour, perspectives, values, competencies, human and psychological aspects and feelings are all of interest. Reflections on past, present, and future challenges - especially planning to handle the future - are encouraged. The conference pays attention to societal changes, global and more local organisational and institutional changes, changes in values and in lifestyles, as well as individual cognitive effects and changes, motivational and emotional changes. It also appeals to solution-building in terms of desirable goals and actions for reaching a Good Information Society. In general all types of research strategies are encouraged, and especially cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary studies. Case studies, broader empirical field studies, theoretical analyses, cross-cultural studies, scenarios, ethnographic studies, epistemological analyses may all be presented. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously. Authors should submit their papers in English through the conference submission system.
Submission deadline: June 1, 2015.
> INTERNET 2015 - 14th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WWW (OCTOBER 24- 26; DUBLIN, IRELAND)
The conference aims to address the main issues of concern within WWW/Internet. WWW and Internet had a huge development in recent years. Aspects of concern are no longer just technical anymore but other aspects have aroused. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as non-technological issues related to these developments. The conference accepts submissions in the following five main areas: Web 2.0; Semantic Web and XML; Applications and Uses; Services, Architectures and Web Development; Research Issues.
Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously. Authors should submit their papers in English through the conference submission system.
Submission deadline: June 1, 2015.
> HUSO 2015 – 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN AND SOCIAL ANALYTICS (OCTOBER 11 – 16; ST. JULIANS, MALTA)
This is an inaugural event bridging the concepts and the communities dealing with emotion-driven systems, sentiment analysis, personalized analytics, social human analytics, and social computing. We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the topics, short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals. Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged. The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Topics/tracks: 1) Emotion basics; 2) Emotion-driven systems; 3) Sentiment analysis; 4) Social human analytics; 5) Personalized human analytics; 6) Social computing; 7) Human web interaction. All tracks/topics are open to both research and industry contributions. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the suggested topic areas.
Submission (full paper) deadline: June 1, 2015.
> COLLA 2015 – 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCED COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS, SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS (OCTOBER 11 – 16; ST. JULIANS, MALTA)
The conference continues a series of events dedicated to advanced collaborative networks, systems and applications, focusing on new mechanisms, infrastructures, services, tools and benchmarks. We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the proposed topics, short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals. Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged. The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions: 1) Open collaborative research; 2) Cooperation and collaboration mechanisms; 3) Collaborative architectures and mechanisms; 4) Collaborative applications; 5) Collaborative infrastructures; 6) Collaborative services; 7) Collaborative users; 8) Tools and benchmarking. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the suggested (not limited to) topic areas.
Submission (full paper) deadline: June 1, 2015.
> SURVEY OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH IN 50-70 COUNTRIES - WHO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The importance of effective leadership in health is increasingly recognized and has been consistently raised at global health events in the last decade. The World Health Organization (WHO) has six regional offices for Africa, the Americas, Southeast Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Western Pacific. The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) is an international collaboration hosted by the WHO. Since its inception in 1999, the Alliance’s goal has been to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) as a means to improve the health systems of low- and middle-income countries. The importance of effective leadership in health is increasingly recognized and has been consistently raised at global health events in the last decade. Recent health crises have also demonstrated the central role that leadership - at all levels - plays in determining how successful health systems are in optimizing available resources in order to produce good health for populations. There remains however, limited ‘evidence’ in the health literature on what constitutes effective leadership and the systems that support its development, particularly in the context of low- and middle-income countries. Leadership in health extends well beyond ‘evidence informed decision-making’ and is both an art and a science. As such, the study of leadership in health requires an understanding of both the individual competencies as well as the system processes and structures that support them. Requirements - Bidders for this contract should demonstrate the following: 1) Experience in the conduct of literature reviews; 2) Expertise in the development and implementation of global surveys; 3) Expertise in the conduct of in-depth interviews; 4) Capacity to manage translations in at least 20 languages; 5) Demonstrated capacity to carry out work across all regions and in different languages as well as access to senior policy makers. Contract type: Agreement for Performance of Work (APW).
Deadline: 3 June 2015 at 23:59 GET.
> 6th EUROPEAN MICROFINANCE AWARD IN PROVIDING FINANCIAL SERVICES IN POST-DISASTER, POST-CONFLICT AREAS & FRAGILE STATES
The Award is granted by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and is jointly organised by the Ministry, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (InFiNe.lu) in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB). After natural disasters, health crises or armed conflicts, populations experience critical levels of poverty, insecurity and instability. Not just people, but infrastructure, economic conditions, social cohesion and mobility are all victims of disaster or conflict in so-called “fragile states”. And while addressing these challenges requires a spectrum of interventions, microfinance - alongside traditional relief and aid channels - can play a key role in creating employment, driving economic growth, ensuring a range of critical services, and bringing people together during times of need and shared challenge. Successful applicants should demonstrate an effective strategy to increase both their own resilience (i.e. operations, staff, policy, control) and that of their clients (appropriate financial and non-financial services), while ensuring responses that provide both for the immediate, medium- and long-term needs of the latter. They must be active in the financial services sector and be based in a developing country. Various types of microfinance institutions are eligible including NGOs, cooperatives, MFI networks, investments funds, commercial banks, development banks, leasing firms, insurance companies, etc.
The closing date for applications is 3rd June 2015 at 17h00 CET
> M-ERA.NET CALL 2015
35 funding agencies from 22 European countries as well as Taiwan, Korea, Brazil Sao Paulo and Russia participate in this joint call, with a total available public funding of more than 25 million Euro. Funding is offered to innovative projects focusing on: a) Integrated Computational Materials Engineering; b) New Surfaces and Coatings; c) High performance synthetic and biobased composites; d) Materials for Sustainable and Affordable Low Carbon Energy Technologies; e) Tailoring of bioactive material surfaces for health applications; f) Materials for Additive Manufacturing.
Deadline for Pre-Proposal submission: 9 June 2015, 12:00 noon Brussels time.
> 2015 FRIDA AWARDS FOR THE REGION OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (LAC)
The original organizers of the FRIDA program (LACNIC, IDRC and ISOC) developed a new format, the Frida Awards, which focuse on acknowledging the best initiatives of the region. In contrast with the small grants format that emphasizes new pilots and research projects, the award system responds to the interest in identifying existing practices that can be scaled-up and to showcase good experiences among decision makers in the region. All initiatives, researches or innovation projects in the field of ICTs for the LAC region that have made a significant contribution to the use of the Internet for the region's social, economic and cultural development since 2010, are eligible to apply. Four prizes will be awarded among the nominated projects and initiatives, one in each of the following four areas: 1) Devices, Infrastructure and Technologies. Broadening and Accelerating ICT Adoption; 2) Creating and Developing Skills and Content for Sustainable Human Development; 3) Mobile Internet for Social Inclusion, Growth, Political Participation, and Active Citizenship; 4) Internet for Promoting, Guaranteeing and Exercising Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; 5) A fifth Award will be presented to the most creative project which has, in turn, deployed the best 2.0 campaign (+voted+creative project). The five selected projects will receive a USD 3000 cash prize (three thousand US dollars), as well as travel and accommodation for one representative of each award-winning project to attend the awards ceremony at the IGF 2015 (November 10-13; João Pessoa-PB, Brazil).
Deadline for applications: June 10, 2015.
> CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CREATE A DIGITAL SIMULATION GAME BASED ON THE INCLUSIVE WEALTH REPORT (IWR)
UNESCO MGIEP is calling for proposals to design a digital simulation game with high-end graphics intended to help undergraduate students in economics and sustainability studies to understand the principles and implications of the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWR). The IWR, first launched at the Rio +20 conference, measures the inclusive wealth of nations by measuring the social value of a country’s productive base, including two previously overlooked assets: its natural and human capital. Working on the basis of data collected over 21 years from 140 countries, the game is intended to complement traditional teaching-learning tools in economics and sustainability studies classrooms, and become an interactive and fun mechanism for students to deepen their understanding of the inter-connections and relationships across the pillars of sustainability. By playing the game, students should ideally begin to learn how a change in one sub-component can trigger a cascade of changes in the larger system; help identify possible leverage points or policy interventions where maximum impact can be created; and most importantly, develop a futures’ orientation in the players and encourage them to apply this understanding in shaping real life economic and sustainability policies. The simulation game should be based on a dynamic model that allows users to change key parameters used in macroeconomic planning so that subsequent changes are reflected in other key variables of the IWI database.
Send in your submission by 15 June 2015.
> ALTEC DOCTORAL FORUM: CONGRESS (OCTOBER 19 - 22; PORTO ALEGRE-RS, BRAZIL)
This Forum aims to contribute to Ph.D. and Doctoral candidates writing their thesis in the area of management of innovation and technology to further develop their thesis proposals by discussing them with members of the ALTEC Forum Board. The Board will be composed by experienced professors familiar with the candidate’s research topics. Up to eight doctoral degree candidates will be selected to present their proposals and discuss them with the members of the ALTEC Forum Board that will act as an informal examination committee. Other students and faculty may attend the session and eventually contribute to the debate. Each doctoral student will present his/her thesis proposal for about 15 minutes. The discussion with the Board will be directed towards the relevance of the research topic, definition of the problem, research method and the potential results. The selected students will be waived of the ALTEC 2015 congress fees.
June 15, 2015: Submission deadline.
> SOTICS 2015 – 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, COMMUNICATION, AND INFORMATICS (NOVEMBER 15 – 20; BARCELONA, SPAIN)
SOTICS 2015, an event on social eco-informatics, bridges different social and informatics concepts by considering digital domains, social metrics, social applications, services, and challenges. Topics: 1) Social applications; 2) Social media use and experiences; 3) Community services; 4) Special services and technologies; 5) Digital resource domains; 6) Social evaluation and metrics; 7) Social mobility; 8) Mechanisms for social services; 9) Challenges in social environments. The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress, Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas. Before submission, please check and conform with the Editorial rules.
Submission (full paper): June 16, 2015.
> CENTRIC 2015 – 8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN HUMAN-ORIENTED AND PERSONALIZED MECHANISMS, TECHNOLOGIES, AND SERVICES (NOVEMBER 15 – 20; BARCELONA, SPAIN)
It continues the series of events focusing on human-oriented and personalized mechanisms, technologies, and services, commonly known as I-centric. Topics: 1) Building user-centric systems; 2) Centric views; 3) Privacy and anonymity; 4) User-centric supporting mechanisms; 5) Personalization; 6) User-centric networking and services; 7) User-centric advanced applications; 6) Technologies for personalized services; 9) People-centric sensing; 10) User experience and usability; 11) User research and usage behavior. The suggested topics can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress, Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the proposed, but not limited to, topic areas. Before submission, please check and conform with the Editorial rules.
Submission (full paper): June 16, 2015.
> NED GRANTS TO NGOS ADVANCING & STRENGTHENING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a U.S. initiative to strengthen democratic institutions throughout the world through private, non-governmental efforts. NED funds only nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations. NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions. NED does not make grants to individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public universities. NED is interested in proposals from local, independent organizations for nonpartisan programs. The programs supported by NED not only have to take account of cultural and economic diversity, but must also be suited to the particular state of democratic development that obtains in different countries. NED works in all corners of the globe, supporting democracy activists on six continents and in 90 countries.
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 19, 2015.