CALLS for APPLICATIONS, PROPOSALS, SUBMISSIONS - June 2015 deadlines
CALLS for APPLICATIONS, PROPOSALS, SUBMISSIONS - June 2015 deadlines

> 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.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/o6yt5r2

> 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.

Source: http://www.cei.int/content/kep-austria-call-proposals-2015-open

> 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.

Source: http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=337&type=230&menu=14

> 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.

Source: http://ict-conf.org/

> 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.

Source: http://www.internet-conf.org/

> 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.

Source: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2015/HUSO15.html

> 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.

Source: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2015/CfPCOLLA15.html

> 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.

Source: http://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/callsforproposals/extfunding/en/

> 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

Source: http://www.e-mfp.eu/news-and-events/apply-6th-european-microfinance-award

> 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.

Source: http://www.m-era.net/joint-call-2015

> 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.

Source: http://programafrida.net/awards

> 2015 CHILDREN’S PRIZE

Do you have a project idea to save the most children under-five? If yes, submit your project idea for 2015 Children’s Prize, the open web-based competition focused on under-five child survival. Eligibility Criteria – Applicants: 1) can be non-profits (charities), for profits (companies), government programs, academic institutions, and individuals aged 18 years or older; 2) Project proposals may include, but are not limited to, intervention solutions in healthcare services, technology, education, infrastructure and agriculture; 3) Each proposal submitted must clearly define the specific child mortality indicator it will impact. The Children’s Prize is available to anyone worldwide that: a) works with or for children, b) could save more children’s lives with more funding, could save those lives within two years, and has an excellent but realistic plan that includes an impact assessment. The 2015 Children’s Prize seeks the best and most effective project proposal to save the greatest number of children’s lives with $250,000. Entries will be evaluated based on the: a) ability to impact rates within a child mortality indicator (U5MR, IMR, NMR, etc.), b) effectiveness, innovation and scalability of the intervention approach within global health, c) feasibility of the proposed lives-saved estimate; d) probability of success, e) ease of verification; f) inclusion of an impact assessment. The Prize is not a reward recognizing past work or achievements. Instead, it is a grant for future work to directly implement the life-saving intervention that is outlined in the submitted proposal.

June 12, 2015: Round 1 closes. Approximately 10-20% of Round 1 entries will be invited to provide additional information and materials.

Source: http://www.childrensprize.org/apply/

> 2015 GHC-GBCHEALTH: BUSINESS ACTION ON HEALTH AWARDS

Global Health Council (GHC) and GBCHealth are pleased to announce this call for applications. These awards highlight the important and innovative contributions of the corporate sector to improving global health outcomes. Among the most coveted honors in the Corporate Social Responsibility arena, the Business Action on Health Awards have been recognizing outstanding private sector global health programs for over a decade. This year’s awards will focus on two categories: a) Application of Core Business Competencies; b) Innovation & Technology to Improve Health. Applications are encouraged from companies with direct health mandates, as well as those whose work may contribute to health goals through more indirect means. All applications must be submitted in English.

Corporations are invited to enter their award-worthy global health programs in either category by 11:59pm ET on June 12, 2015. Nonprofits who collaborate with corporations are encouraged to nominate their corporate partner and to support their application.

Source: http://globalhealth.org/2015-ghc-gbchealth-business-action-on-health-awards/

> 2015 INTERNATIONAL GRANTS PROGRAM BY TOYOTA FOUNDATION

This pilot program supports projects whose focus are on reviewing current challenges and issues shared among (Japan and other) Asian countries, and proposing policy recommendations. The primary focus of the program is on countries and areas in East and Southeast Asia. In 2015, the program provides grant for projects to conduct mutual field visits and exchanges of local practitioners and other stakeholders, and for them to together develop policy recommendations and other outputs. Through this program, we aim to build a new form of partnership among select countries/areas in Asia, based on empathy shared among peers who face common challenges, instead of conventional ones such as donor / recipient relationships. Thematic Areas: a) Aging society: Key players for sustainable aging communities; b) Multicultural society: International migration and diversified communities. The duration of projects is limited to one year, without any extension. All projects need to start on 1st November, 2015 and finish all activities by 31st October, 2016. Potential Applicants: A team of members based in more than two target countries / areas from diversified backgrounds (practitioners, policy makers, researchers, local community leaders, media, etc.) with a proven record of delivering results in one of the thematic areas. Focus countries: China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Japan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam.

Application deadline: June 12th, 2015 at 3pm Japan Standard Time.

Source:  http://www.toyotafound.or.jp/english/program/asian_neighbors.html

> 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.

Source: http://mgiep.unesco.org/blog/iwrgamingchallenge/

> 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.

Source: http://www.en.altec2015.org/conteudo/view?ID_CONTEUDO=233

> 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.

Source: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2015/CfPSOTICS15.html

> 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.

Source: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2015/CfPCENTRIC15.html

> 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.

Source: http://www.ned.org/grantseekers

> OXFAM CALL FOR HUMANITARIAN EVIDENCE PROGRAMME

Humanitarian actors and researchers have amassed evidence about the state of knowledge in the humanitarian sector, including assessments of what works and what does not work. Synthesizing this information and making it readily available to policymakers and humanitarian practitioners remains challenging.  The Humanitarian Evidence Programme is producing a series of reviews to distil humanitarian evidence. We will communicate this evidence to key stakeholders in order to enable better decision-making and improve humanitarian policy and practice. This initiative is a DFID-funded partnership between Oxfam GB and the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University. This Call for Proposals (CfP) is focused on the topics of mental health and psychosocial support, child protection, identification in urban settings, and WASH.  Eligibility Information: 1) proposals from around the world are eligible; 2) Proposals from applicants based in low- or middle-income countries, and proposals including such individuals in the team are encouraged.

Deadline: June 16, 2015 at 17.00 GMT, 13.00 EST (GMT-4), 18.00 BST (GMT+1), 20.00 EAT (GMT+3), 22.30 IST (GMT+5½)

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ollj9lb

> “CONNECT ABILITY” TECH CHALLENGE TO EMPOWER PWDs

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, AT&T and New York University’s ABILITY Lab are working with the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) to find ways technology can enhance the lives of people with physical, social, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. To do this, they’re challenging technology developers to take part in the first ever Connect Ability tech innovation challenge. Developers across the country are invited to design software, wearables and other technology solutions as part of this virtual challenge aimed at enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. AT&T and RESNA will host a series of informational sessions and workshops to give developers and members of the disability community a way to become more familiar with the challenge, build teams and begin creating solutions. A session has taken place today in Cambridge, Massachusetts in association with maker workshop and community space Danger!Awesome with help from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Assistive Technology Club.  Additional sessions are scheduled during June at the NYU ABILITY Lab in New York City;  the American Underground in Durham with support from students and faculty from Duke University; the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, California; the RESNA 2015 annual conference in Denver, Colorado, and in collaboration with disability employment services nonprofit LaunchAbility in Dallas, Texas. Earlier this month, the University of Wisconsin-Stout hosted a successful “developer day” to raise awareness about the challenge. The Connect Ability Challenge is encouraging developers to actively engage the disability community.  A group of volunteers, called “Exemplars”, have agreed to talk with developers about problems they face and provide feedback and insight on their various projects. Through a series of collaboration sessions, Developers will be able to speak with these and additional volunteer Exemplars confidentially, in virtual and in-person meetings.  This will give developers insight and feedback on their designs before the deadline.  $100,000 in prizes will be awarded to winning developer teams on July 26th. ChallengePost is powering the challenge.  A panel of experts from the engineering, technology and disability community has agreed to judge the submissions, which are due at 5 PM on June 24, 2015.

For more information or to register, visit http://connectability.challengepost.com/. 

> 13Tth ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN DEVELOPMENT (AWID) INTERNATIONAL FORUM – CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The AWID is calling proposals for its 13th Forum on Women’s Rights and Development which will take place from 5 to 9 May 2016 in Salvador-BA, Brazil. AWID has a limited amount of funding to support organizers/presenters in selected sessions who would be unable to present at the forum without financial assistance. Session organizers will also be asked to forward the application to any of their confirmed speakers who may require financial support through the Access Fund. Session organizers should frame their session proposals around any or several of the following guiding questions, rooting them in the specific contexts, movements, constituencies or issues that you work with and for:  

Submit a proposal to organise a session at the 2016 AWID Forum before June 26th, 2015. 

Source: http://forum2016.awid.org/home

> TEEAL INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS 2015

TEEAL is a digital collection of research journals for agriculture and related sciences. Researchers, students, faculty and librarians can discover and access thousands of full-text PDF articles without the use of the internet. TEEAL is available to institutions in income-eligible countries. Information Training and Outreach Center for Africa (ITOCA) in collaboration with Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University would like to invite applications from eligible institutions for acquiring TEEAL sets.  A total of 132 sets will be awarded to institutions in six African countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda). Eligibility requirements - the institution: 1) is located in one of the above mentioned six African countries; 2) has an Agriculture or related fields department or specialises in Agriculture and related fields; 3) does not have a TEEAL set OR the Institution would like to upgrade their existing TEEAL set.

All applications should be submitted by 30 June, 2015.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ptdvcsk

> 25th ANNUAL eCHALLENGES e-2015 CONFERENCE (NOVEMBER 25 – 27; VILNIUS, LITHUANIA)

Focused on Applied ICT addressing major Societal Challenges, and showcasing strategic keynote presentations, technical and policy papers, case studies and workshops, eChallenges brings together senior representatives from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt, good practice and innovation. Core Thematic Priorities: 1) Applied ICT addressing Societal Challenges; 2) Emerging Technologies & Infrastructures. Submissions should be for technical papers, business case studies or visionary papers within the scope of the conference. All papers must highlight the level of innovation. General project descriptions are not appropriate.

Full Papers or Workshop Proposals Submission Deadline: 30 June 2015.

Source: https://www.echallenges.org/e2015/

> THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION: CLIENTS AT THE CENTRE PRIZE

The prize aims to find out the most innovative, impactful, and sustainable way in which a financial service provider puts its “clients at the centre” in order to promote financial inclusion for poor people living in the world’s developing countries. The prize consists of one US$100,000 cash award and US$50,000 in consulting support to expand or reinforce client-centric practices within the winning organisation. Three to five finalists will be invited to present their innovations in front of peers and leading industry professionals at The 2015 MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion in Cape Town, South Africa. Eligibility Criteria - Applicants must: 1) be registered organisations operating anywhere in the world, and direct providers of financial products and services to low-income populations in the eligible developing countries; 2) focus on their business practices that better serve the poor, most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged people within any of the eligible developing countries; 3) be either traditional financial service providers (commercial banks, microfinance institutions, or companies providing non-bank products and services such as leasing or insurance companies), or emerging players such as mobile network providers, IT or mobile-enabled technology companies, agribusinesses that provide financial services, or others.

Applications deadline: 30 June 2015.

Source: https://mastercardfdn.innocentive.com/

> SHE LEADS AFRICA 2015 PITCH COMPETITION

Entrepreneurship will be the broad based driver of economic growth for Africa with the potential to create jobs for the more than 200 million young Africans between ages 15 and 24. However, whilst Sub Saharan Africa has the highest rate of female entrepreneurship across the world (27%), the typical business profile is a consumer-oriented, one-woman enterprise with no employees and low expectations for future growth. There are numerous NGO and skill building programs focused on micro and small businesses, but limited attention has been paid to investing in high growth female entrepreneurs who have the greatest potential to create large enterprises. It is these women who have the power to become global leaders and effect change on a mass scale. This business pitch competition provides a platform for the most promising female entrepreneurs in Africa to connect to prominent mentors, business funding and new market opportunities. We're looking for businesses: 1) With at least one female member on the founding team between the ages of 18 and 35; 2) Have received less than $50,000 in funding; 3) Less than than 3 years old; 4) Focused on the African market or diáspora; 5) Have already begun operations. Entrepreneurs at the idea stage are not eligible to apply. The top applicants will be invited to Lagos to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of notable business personalities for the chance to win cash and in kind prizes as well as exclusive meetings with angel investors, prominent venture capitalists and other leading professional mentors and sponsors.

Applications close on June 30, 2015.

Source: http://www.sheleadsafrica.org/#!application-form/c1ppf

> INVEST IN YOUTH GRANTMAKING PROGRAM

The program supports Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations that are working to enable the social and economic success of  young people between the ages of 16 and 24 by expanding opportunities for positive youth development and leadership, increasing educational and economic opportunities for court-involved youth, reducing school suspensions and youth arrests, and increasing access to resources and services that empower immigrant families. Focus Areas: Youth Development & Leadership; Youth Justice; Immigrant Youth and Families. Eligibility Criteria – The Applicant  organization must: 1) Be incorporated as a nonprofit organization or be working under the auspices of an authorized fiscal agent; 2) Serve or benefit Brooklyn residents; 3) Have an office or a regular physical presence in Brooklyn; 4) Address one or more of three areas of focus (mentioned above) in their mission and primary activities. Preference will be given to organizations that can demonstrate a track record of: a) Using a racial justice lens in their work ensuring that they consider race in analyzing programs, looking for solutions and defining success; b) Crafting solutions to problems by actively engaging young people and those most directly affected by the problems, and building the capacity of emerging leaders in their organizations; c) Working to include neglected communities such as homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, young women, young people in new immigrant communities, and youth in foster care, in their work; d) Trying and refining innovative approaches; Using advocacy and organizing work to support the issues of youth and their families.

Deadline for organizations to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI): 5pm on June 30, 2015.

Source: http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/apply/youth

> GRAND CHALLENGES IN TB CONTROL – INNOVATE TO ALLEVIATE

IKP is a not-for-profit, 200 acre Research Park and Incubator with over 14 years of promoting research-based companies with a mission to create a world class ecosystem for fostering leading edge innovation. The IKP Knowledge Park in partnership with USAID, BIRAC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has issued call for applications for the Grand Challenges in TB Control (GC-TBC). The initiative is to encourage and nurture innovations that will help alleviate the problem of TB in India. Every winning idea is entitled to: a) Phase I – Funding of INR 50,00,000 for a period of 12 months to develop a prototype of your TB screening, detection and diagnostics system; b) Technical and business strategy advice, access to synergistic networks of IKP and its partners; c) Opportunity to participate in Phase II funding of up to INR 1,50,00,000 to integrate your system(s) into the fabric of healthcare service providers in India. Eligibility Criteria: 1) Applicants only from India are eligible to apply; 2) Eligible participants are students, researchers, faculty in colleges and universities, government laboratories, institutions, start-ups, SMEs, not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations.

Deadline: 30 June 2015.

Source: http://www.gc-tbc.com/

> DRAWDISABILITY CAMPAIGN: CREATE A GLOBAL ART PROJECT FOCUSED ON DISABILITY

DrawDisability is a global campaign launched by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI) and the United Nations Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG). Drawing submissions are invited from school going students & teachers with or without disability for DrawDisability Campaign to encourage dialogue and raise awareness on disability and related issues among teachers and students within educational environments and to create a global art project focused on disability. The competition aims to enhance awareness among children and youth on disability by inviting them to reflect on their understanding of the concept of disability and to portray, by drawing, how they see Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in their communities.  The best drawings will be showcased at the World Education Forum in May 2015 in Incheon, South Korea, and the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-CRPD) in June 2015 New York, USA. Eligibility Criteria: 1) Schools from all over the planet are encouraged to get involved in the project; 2) Teachers can use the #DrawDisability guidelines to promote critical reflections and awareness on disability within the classroom; 3) Children with two age groups: 6-11 and 12-17 years, with and without disabilities are encouraged to #DrawDisability; 4) Drawings can portray their understanding and feelings towards disability and related issues, such as accessibility, inclusion and discrimination.

The deadline for all submissions will be June 30, 2015 after which date, the general public will be invited to vote their favorite drawings on-line.

Source: http://www.globi-observatory.org/drawdisability/

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Thanks for sharing these opportunities. Wishing all the best to the Women of power on this forum who will apply to any of them.

Blessings,

Terry

Terry Shiundu

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