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Gender and Diversity Knowledge Initiative

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 8, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2022
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Do You Want Your Research to Help Close the Gender and Diversity Gaps?
If you are a researcher and you want to contribute to closing the gender and diversity gaps in Latin America?
If yes, then apply for the Gender and Diversity Knowledge Initiative.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone. But there is extremely worrying evidence showing that in particularly unequal regions—like Latin America and the Caribbean—the most vulnerable people have had it worse. Thus, closing existing gender and diversity gaps is more important than ever. It is in this context that GDLab’s work to promote, fund, and support the work of the most talented researchers takes on a new urgency in pursuit of a fully inclusive and equitable society in the region. Would you like to contribute to this monumental undertaking? Don’t hesitate. Submit your proposal to GDLab.

GDLab, the Gender and Diversity Knowledge Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), contributes to informing the design of policies and reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean with the production and dissemination of new evidence.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. Any research team (or individual consultant), government, university or private sector institution can apply.
2. Research teams should partner with an Inter-American Development Bank specialist before submitting the proposal. If no such coordination exists and the proposal is selected, the GDLab will facilitate the match of the research team with a Bank specialist that can contribute to the project on a technical level.
3. Studies should focus in one or more of the Inter-American Development Bank’s borrowing member countries.

The Latin America and the Caribbean region still has a long way to go when it comes to closing the gender and diversity gaps. One of the biggest challenges is closing existing knowledge gaps on the inequalities facing women, indigenous peoples, and persons of African descent, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons.

GDLab will fund innovative research that advances their knowledge of all types of existing inequalities faced by these vulnerable groups.

The call for proposals seeks to fund research studies that:
a) Rigorously document the inequalities affecting these vulnerable groups with new and innovative data;
b) Explore the effectiveness of innovative programs and solutions that contribute to reducing inequalities.

Preference will be given to proposals that focus on areas where there is still limited information due to lack of data and / or methodological challenges and those that focus on addressing the consequences of the economic and health crises associated with the COVID-19.

In this first round of the call for proposals, the priority issues are:
> Recovery and job creation with a gender and inclusion perspective.
> Prevention of violence against women and care for survivors.
> Innovative models of care and health support for vulnerable populations.
> Innovative models of in-person and remote education for vulnerable populations.
> Migration patterns during the pandemic.

Research teams can apply to two categories of funding depending on the proposed budget and the scope of the proposed work:
• US$15,000-40,000 for studies that require resources to complement existing funds, or studies that require funding to cover research activities or access to primary data sources.
• US$40,000-150,000 for studies that seek to implement and evaluate a pilot intervention.

This continuous call for research proposals does not have a deadline for submissions. GDLab’s Evaluation Committee will periodically review the proposals submitted and make quarterly funding decisions based on the criteria set forth in the call for submissions.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 08
Jul 08

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jul 09
Jul 09

Thanks, Ana.

Jul 11
Jul 11

My dear Ana,
Can we ever thank you enough? You've been so wonderful. I pray and hope that one day my numerous applications will be granted. Thanks once more.


Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 11
Jul 11

Great to know! Keep it rolling.
May we all have and share plenty of blessings - and grants as well.