> Tinker Foundation Institutional Grants
They have as their goal the creation of effective policy changes to improve the lives of Latin Americans. The Foundation has identified five program areas in which focused, expert research and innovation has the potential to make significant positive impact. Proposals should address one of these areas of interest: Democratic Governance; Education; Sustainable Resource Management; U.S. Policy toward Latin America; Antarctica Science and Policy. Projects should have a strong public policy component, offer innovative solutions to problems facing these regions, and incorporate new mechanisms for addressing these programmatic areas. Activities may include, but are not restricted to, research projects, workshops and conferences related to the Foundation's areas of interest. The Foundation encourages collaboration among organizations in the United States and Latin America and prefers to fund those institutions that are actively engaged with external stakeholders in addressing an issue of concern.
March 1st is the deadline.
> Global Forest Watch’s (GFW) Small Grants Fund (SGF)
The SGF provides financial and technical support to empower civil society organizations to apply GFW data and technology in support of their work to strengthen local forest management and conservation practices, conduct evidence-based advocacy and campaigning, and promote greater transparency in the forest sector. Eligibility is restricted to organizations that meet the following requirements: 1) Certified non-profit and non-governmental; 2) Implementing projects at a regional, national or sub-national level; 3) Annual budget of greater than $30,000 USD; 4) Computerized financial systems for tracking and recording expenses; 5) Ability to fill out an organizational assessment document (containing questions regarding organization finances) in fluent English. Although not required, special consideration will be given to projects that promote gender equity or benefit women, and to projects that support poverty reduction and/or social justice.
March 1st: Application submission deadline.
> Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Ebbe Nielsen Challenge
This open incentive competition seeks to encourage innovative uses of the more than half a billion species occurrence records mobilized through GBIF’s international network. These creative applications of GBIF-mediated data may come in a wide variety of forms and formats—new analytical research, richer policy-relevant visualizations, web and mobile applications, improvements to processes around data digitization, quality and access, or something else entirely. Judges will evaulate submissions on their innovation, functionality and applicability. The Challenge is open to individuals over the age of 18, teams of individuals, companies and their employees, and governmental agencies and their employees. If participating in a team, the team must select one representative under whose name it will participate. The representative shall act on behalf of the team to assume all rights and responsibilities regarding the challenge. If a team entry is selected as a winning entry, GBIF will pay the full prize money to the representative. It is the responsibility of the representative to distribute the prize money to team members.
Submission deadline: March 2nd at 12 noon CET.
> HCI International 2015 - 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (August 2 - 7; Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Poster sessions will accommodate the presentation of late-breaking scientific and professional news or work in progress. For the review process, an abstract of 300 words should be submitted. All extended abstracts of accepted for presentation posters will be published by Springer as part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series. Volumes published as part of the Springer CCIS series are indexed by the following services: ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI Engineering Index, Scopus.
Extended deadline for poster submission: March 2nd.
For more information about the submission of posters' proposals, please visit:
> Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) 2015 Young Researchers Award (YRA)
The YRA is an annual award aimed at fostering innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by encouraging graduate students to use GBIF-mediated data. Applicants must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral programme at
a university to be eligible to submit a research proposal to the GBIF YRA. Students must apply through and be nominated by a Head of Delegation (HoD) of a GBIF Participant country. Student proposals will be reviewed and prioritized at the national level. Review criteria for the proposed research include: • its originality and innovation; • its use of and strategic significance for GBIF- enabled data, and • its measureable effectiveness and impact in advancing biodiversity informatics and/or the conservation of biological diversity.
Submission deadline to the GBIF Secretariat: March 3rd.
> Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Capacity Enhancement Support Programme
GBIF actively supports actions to enhance the capacity of countries and partner organizations to continually contribute to and benefit from GBIF as an international open data infrastructure for biodiversity, supporting research and promoting evidence-based decisions affecting life on Earth and sustainable humandevelopment. The main goal of the Capacity Enhancement Support Programme is to address specific capacity needs identified by GBIF Participants by facilitating collaboration at the regional and global levels. This programme will provide co-funding to GBIF Participants to support capacity enhancement projects. Proposals must based on one or more of the following five types of action eligible for support (each type of action has a funding limit as well): a) . Mentoring activities:; b) Regional training support; c) GBIF advocacy actions; d) Documentation; e) Needs Assessment. Eligibility: 1) the 2015 call is only open to representatives of GBIF Participants; 2) all project concept notes and proposals must be jointly prepared by all the partners involved in the project, with one Participant acting as the main contact point in each proposal; 3) only concept notes that have been endorsed by the Head of Delegation or Node Manager of a GBIF Participant and in which all partners have confirmed their participation will be considered eligible for evaluation; 4) all project activities must be planned to take place between 1 June 2015 and 31 May 2016; 5) all proposals must identify matching funds and/or in-kind support for project activities. The 2015 call for proposals will proceed through a two-stage process: concept notes and full project proposals (for selected applicants).
Deadline for concept notes submission: March 3rd.
> R&C 2015 - Symposium on Research and Consulting: Research via consulting and consulting via research (July 12-15; Orlando, Florida, USA)
One may be regarded as opposed to the other, and the two shall meet. There must be theory for there to be practice. To have development, there must be research, and so forth. There will be at R&C 2015 workshops and/or organizational (informal) meetings to create an entity that acts as an umbrella for participants (individuals and organizations) to be in an atmosphere where their research and consulting will be more successful in bearing the productive fruit of their epistemic efforts. Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted for the conference. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.
Submission deadline of draft papers (2000-5000 words), extended abstracts (600-2000 words) and abstracts for-presentation-only (300-600 words): March 3rd.
> 8th International Conference on ICT, Society and Human Beings 2015 (July 21 - 23; Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
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. Conference Theme: e-Government in Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Communities. Case studies, broader empirical field studies, theoretical analyses, cross-cultural studies, scenarios, ethnographic studies, epistemological analyses may all be presented.
Submission deadline: March 6.
> Intersex Human Rights Fund
People with intersex variations face invisibility, stigma, discrimination and violence. Intersex babies and children are widely subjected to “normalizing,” non-consensual, harmful surgeries and other medical interventions, with life-long consequences, including sterilization and genital mutilation. There are few legal frameworks to protect intersex people from multiple forms of discrimination and institutional violence. While intersex activism has been growing around the world, intersex issues and communities remain starkly under-funded, receiving less than a fraction of 1% of global foundation funding for LGBTQI people and/or women and girls. The Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people. We seek proposals from intersex activists who have never applied for a grant or received foundation funding. Groups with small or no budgets, staff or structures are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Extended proposal deadline: March 6.
> Nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its NEJAC. It was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately eight (8) vacancies for terms through September 2017. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: academia; grassroots community-based organizations; non-governmental environmental organizations; local governments; business and industry; tribal government and indigenous organizations. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by June 2015.
All nominations must be postmarked no later than March 6.
> Entrepreneurship Programs - U.S. Mission to Pakistan
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States in Islamabad, Pakistan is accepting proposals for a Grant or Cooperative Agreement to support entrepreneurship programs in Pakistan that connect U.S. and Pakistani entrepreneurs. The objective is to promote sustainable enterprises, small businesses, and innovation in Pakistan through connections with U.S. partners, especially successful U.S. entrepreneurs. Eligibility Criteria - Applicants must: 1) be a U.S. and Pakistani registered not-for-profit, civil society/non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, or commercial firms; and U.S. State or local governments, or U.S. federally recognized Indian tribal governments: 2) have at least two years of related programming experience; 3) demonstrate experience executing successful entrepreneurship activities and the capacity to manage all financial aspects of the project, including participant costs and transparent arrangements of sub-grant relationships with partner organizations, if applicable; 4) provide a copy of the organization’s registration with the proposal application.
Deadline: March 6.
For more information, visit http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html and search for funding opportunity number: SCA-ISB-15-AW-003-12012014.
> Changemaker Innovation Generator (CIG) & Social Venture Builder (SVB) Programme
The SVB programme and the CIG have been designed to offer distinctive, innovative, practical models that build skills and competence while developing investable and marketable social enterprising solutions. The complex social problems our society now faces require an approach that is interdisciplinary and focused on both innovation and commercialisation. The SVB’s ‘incubator programme’ is a product of the University of Northampton‘s continued commitment to social enterprise; thorough research, trial and improvement. The SVB and CIG are supported by Big Issue Invest and i-genius. The fully accredited programme is taught in 3 residential weekend workshops, spread over six months and assessed over twelve months through assignments and project work. This framework allows you to continue working while you learn – in a way that benefits both personal development and the development of the organisation. This is achieved through relevant applicable topic areas, and aided by the support of your personal mentor and business adviser. Topic areas covered include: social policy and impact marketing; procurement and commissioning; finance and leadership. The first round of the CIG will be delivered free of charge, with limited places available. There are opportunities for all candidates to apply for part or fully funded places on the SVB programme.
Application deadline: March 8th.
For more information on both our programmes please go to:
> Positive Action for Children (PACF) Fund 2015 Small and Large Grants
The PACF is an integral part of ViiV Healthcare’s commitment to communities affected by HIV and AIDS. We support organisations to deliver prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services, which empower mothers and children across the globe. This call is focused on non-governmental and community-based organisations that can deliver change at a community level thanks to their links with or representation of the communities affected. Community engagement, participation and/or leadership are mandatory requirements for all grants. PACF’s efforts align to UNAIDS' Global Plan and the World Health Organisation’s PMTCT Strategy, both of which aim to eliminate new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive. The Fund also aims to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and children’s health by supporting interventions that engage affected communities, developing their capacity to participate and lead.
Concept notes should be submitted online application system by 23:59 (GMT) on March 10.
> European Union Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) Mechanism
The global objective of this Call for Proposals is the establishment of a EU comprehensive human rights defenders mechanism addressing the most difficult situations faced by human rights defenders in the world and providing support to the local actors who strive to promote and defend them. This call addresses three core priorities and all of them must be included in the action: Priority 1) Focusing on the most difficult situations and the most vulnerable HRDs. Priority 2) Providing urgent, medium and long term support to HRDs. Priority 3) Ensuring coordination and outreach. In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicant must: a) be a legal person and be non-profit-making; b) 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; c) be legally registered for a minimum of three years before the deadline for applications; d) The applicant must act with at least four co-applicants; e) The initial planned duration of an action may not exceed 36 Months; f) Prior registration in PADOR is obligatory. This is an open Call for Proposals, where all documents are submitted together (Concept Note and Full Application Form). In the first instance, only the Concept Notes will be evaluated. Thereafter, for the applicants who have been pre-selected, the full proposal will be evaluated.
Deadline for submission of Concept notes and Full applications: March 12 at 16:00 hrs (Brussels date and time).
> WOS2015 - 8th WorkingOnSafety. net Conference: “Smart prevention for sustainable safety” (September 23 - 25; Porto - Portugal)
Workingonsafety.net (WOS.net) is an international network of decisionmakers, researchers and professionals responsible for the prevention of accidents and trauma at work, supported by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. Some of the current societal challenges, such as the demographic change, globalisation, and rising global competition for resources, are impacting the global economy and, in consequence, the way work and safety are addressed by workers, companies and policy makers. These challenges will require smart interventions aiming at accident prevention. In other words, prevention should be planned to be socially sensitive, economically viable, innovative, multidisciplinary and, above all, be focused on creating a sustainable safety. Accordingly, safety approaches and strategies should be designed to meet the current needs but without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Deadline for the receipt of abstracts: March 15th by midnight GMT.
> Call for Chapter Proposals - Handbook of Research on Classroom Diversity and Inclusive Education Practice (to be published by IGI Global, formerly Idea Group Inc.)
This book offers a unique contribution to the field in that its focus on inclusive philosophy, pedagogy, and practices for all learners, including those students within multiple and intersecting discourses (i.e. ability, race, gender, and class). Drawing on historical contexts, policy, and stories from the field, including teachers, families, and diverse individuals, this text bridges the philosophical with the practical to illustrate not only the importance of inclusive practice as a democratic principle, but how teachers can provide all students with an equitable, rigorous, and engaging education. Grounded in the recognition that there is not a one-size-fits all approach to education, nor is there a how-to manual, this text understands the art of teaching as emerging from the beliefs we hold as educators, as well as the meanings we construct and assign to difference. What we believe about students, particularly those students who have been labeled as “different” informs our instruction. To this end, this handbook: a) provides the historical, political, and legal context surrounding the intent of aim of inclusive education; b) explores the nature of difference and the intersection of race, ability, class, and gender and the ways traditional educational practice marginalized those students labeled as “different” and contributes to the achievement gap; c) examines pedagogy and practice to support inclusive practice; and d) showcases through first-person narrative, stories from the field and vignette case studies, the experiences of teachers working to create, facilitate and sustain inclusive communities for all students. Target Audience: this text provides practicing professionals, educators, and policymakers updated information and context to examine practices within professional learning activities to further refine and strengthen personal and school-wide inclusive pedagogy, practices, and policies. The text is also intended to support research and study for preservice professionals across diverse disciplines supporting inclusive practices and services. Editor(s): Christina M. Curran, (University of Northern Iowa) and Amy J. Petersen, (University of Northern Iowa).
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 15, a 1000-2000 word chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and scope of his or her proposed chapter.
> Innovation Competition 2015 / MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP)
FRP aims to help people move out of poverty by improving access to financial products, services and/or processes that will increase access to finance for rural poor people. Eligibility Criteria: 1) Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership of two or more of them. The lead candidate in any consortium must be a duly-registered private sector firm; 2) Firms that apply should have transparent ownership and governance structures as well as have an established and verifiable institutional track record; 3) Eligible institutions include banks, non-bank financial institutions, agribusiness, IT-based firms, and non-financial service providers. 4) Proposed projects must demonstrate the potential to increase the provision of financial services to financially excluded poor people in rural areas of eligible countries. 5) The competition is open to project proposals where implementation will take place in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia; 6) Applicants to this competition are required to provide at least 30% of total value of the project in cash, cash equivalent or in-kind.
Applications are open until March 15.
> International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) Grant Program
IWYP is initiating its first competitive funding call by inviting creative, forward-looking proposals that seek to discover approaches to substantially increase the genetic yield potential of wheat, as defined by grain yield under the absence of stress. IWYP is seeking breakthroughs in genetic yield potential beyond what is expected to occur in ongoing breeding programs. Eligibility Criteria: 1) The proposal must be either directly oriented to wheat or can also be based on Triticeae gemplasm; 2) Proposal output should be defined in terms of significance in development and quantity deliverable; 3) Proposals containing only plant processes will not be considered; 4) Private industry collaborators may also apply; 5) Proposals will be accepted from all the countries around the world. Proposals will be judged by their scientific excellence, breakthrough potential and relevance to markedly improving the genetic yield potential of wheat. Full proposals will be invited from selected pre-proposals.
Deadline to submit a pre-proposal: March 15.
> SPRING Accelerator Program
This 5-year program supported by the Nike Foundation, UK’s Department for International Development, and USAID is a pioneering accelerator that provides finance, world-class mentors and technical expertise to business that can improve the lives of adolescent girls. Eligibility Criteria: 1) Be a legal, registered enterprise able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of revenue-generating operations; 2) Be able to demonstrate current operations or plans to secure representation in Kenya, Uganda and/or Rwanda by June 2015; 3) The business’s product or service will increase adolescent girls’ ability to do one or more of the following: a) Generate income; b) Save time or labour, giving girls more time to study or secure employment; c) Save and invest their earnings and assets; d) Feel safe and secure; e) The business’s product or service must be a physical, digital or financial asset that targets or benefits girls.
Deadline: March 16.
> Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Grants (GCFSI)
Grant request can be made for three stages of projects – innovation scalability grants, innovation evaluation grants and early stage innovation grants. Thematic Areas: a) Weather data for climate-smart agriculture; b) Improved ability of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate variability and change; c) Improved ability of agricultural researchers to provide agronomic recommendations; d) Assistance to small entrepreneurs in food processing; e) Innovations in the informal urban food sector; f) Gender-sensitive ICT-based approaches to improving women’s access to urban markets; g) Marketing meat and dairy products without extensive cold chain development; h) Projecting labor market and skill needs for agri-food businesses; i)Improving effective use of mobile phone-based agricultural services by small farmers; j) Promoting gender equitable access to profitable markets. Eligibility Criteria: 1) Proposals and ideas are invited from any country; 2) Private and government bodies, research institutions, universities working for profit and non-profit organization may apply for this grant; 3) Proposals must be made to work on one of the above mentioned thematic areas; 4) Proposals must provide activity detail for any of the following: a) Feed the Future (FTF) focus countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia; b) Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (STIP) focus countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, and Uganda.
Deadline: March 16 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time of the United States(GMT-5).
> Berghof Foundation Grant for Innovation in Conflict (GIC) Transformation
Our 2015 GIC call aims to explore approaches to constructively engage in conflicttransformation social and political actors who have been branded by others as religious radicals or extremists. We invite project proposals that address one of the following three themes: a) Engaging with organisations alleged by others to have radical religious narratives in formal negotiations and/ or collaborative political initiatives of peace- and state-building; b) Exploring how peer-group dialogues or initiatives within religious communities (e.g. SunniSunni, Buddhist etc.) can help mitigate biases and contribute to processes of inclusive conflict transformation; c) Elaborating innovative peer-group initiatives to counteract the religious mobilisation of hatred and exclusion with a particular focus on Germany. The earliest starting date for projects submitted is 01 January 2016. The maximum project duration is limited to 24 months. Matching funds are considered advantageous, though not obligatory. This call focuses on peer-group approaches and the support for peer-group approaches within a religious and social community that develop nonviolent and inclusive alternatives to violence based on religious mobilisation.
Deadline: March 16 at 15.00 CET.
> 2014-2015 Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) Grants
Michigan State University’s GCFSI is seeking applicants who can help create innovation in the global food system by finding, incubating and evaluating new and potentially game-changing knowledge and technology based solutions to development challenges, especially those related to population growth, climate change and urbanization. This RFA requests applications at the following three grant levels: Innovation Scalability Grants; Innovation Evaluation Grants; Early Stage Innovation Grants. Eligibility: 1) individuals, universities, government or private laboratories or research organizations, for-profit and non-profit companies; 2) Focus:Innovations, proposals and ideas can come from any country. However, in order for proposals to be considered they must propose implementation (testing/piloting, evaluation, scaling) to occur in select countries (see list) of the Feed the Future (FTF) focus countries or the Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (STIP) focus countries:
Deadline: Mar 16 at 17:00 US Eastern Time.
>Social Innovation Tournament by European Investment Bank (EIB)
The Social Innovation Tournament is the flagship initiative of the EIB Institute’s Social Program organised every year in a different country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact. It seeks to promote the generation of innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that fight against social exclusion.Areas of Interest:Education; Healthcare;Natural or Urban Environments;New technologies, systems and processes.Eligibility Criteria - Applicants: 1) can be not-for-profit and for-profit organisations,youngentrepreneurs and social enterprises, corporate responsibility departments of private sector companies of any size, NGOs, government or local government entities, university communities, high school teams; 2) must be from (or residing in) the European Union Member States, Candidate and Potential Candidate countries, and the EFTA countries.
Deadline for proposal submssion: March 21st.
>Forest Sector Stakeholder Coordination, Advocacy and Monitoring in Malawi
The Improved Forest Management for SustainableLivelihoodsProgramme (IFMSLP) Phase II is a Government of Malawi programme implemented by Department of Forestry (DoF) with financial support from the European Union under a grant financing agreement.The overall objective of IFMSL phase II is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and theconservationof forests in Malawi.The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 26 months. Actions must take place in Malawi. Preference will be given to actions which cover a wide selection of districts. In order to be eligible, the applicant must: 1)be legal persons andbe specific types of organisations: non-governmental organisations, private companies, local authorities, international (inter-governmental) organisations; 2)be established in a Member State of the EU, orbe nationals of a Member State of the EU, official EU candidate countries, countries of the European Economic Area, an ACP state or a Least Developed Country; this obligation does not apply to international organisations; 3) 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; 4) have stable and sufficient sources of finance to ensure the continuity of their organisation throughout the project and to play a part in financing it; 5) either the applicant, co-applicant or affiliated entity must have a presence in Malawi; 6) have a sufficient documented experience in the related field of actions being proposed; 7) be able to demonstrate capacity to manage large scale activity corresponding to the size of the project for which a grant is requested; 8) Co-applicant(s) who must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the applicant himself; 9) have to register themselves in PADOR.Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposal.
Concept note deadline: March 23rd.
>USAID/Dominican Republic Call for Civil Society Action
The United States Agency for International Development inDominican Republic(USAID/Dominican Republic) is accepting applications for an Assistance Agreement from organizations for funding to support an activity entitledCivil SocietyAction for accountable justice and security.The goal is to improve justice system performance and accountability in prosecuting and preventing crime. Any Dominican-based non-governmental organizations, non-for-profit, or for-profit entities (Including NGOs, business associations, universities, and academic institutions) are eligible to apply.USAID/DR encourages the submission of joint applications between Dominican andUSbased organizations and encourage applications from potential new partners.
Deadline: March 26th.
Source:For more information, visitgrants.govand search for funding opportunity number: RFA-517-15-000002.
>Economic Opportunities Summit 2015 Calls Proposals
The 9th Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is designed to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of youth economic opportunity programming. Presenting at the Summit will enhance participants’ ability to gain visibility, highlight their expertise, and expand their network. The summit will take place from October 6-8, 2015 (Arlington, VA, USA).The theme of 2015 Summit is “Scale in Practice”.The world's 1.1 billion young people need to be able to find good jobs, start and grow businesses, gain access to appropriate financial services and overall, participate in the global economy. How to advance youth economic inclusion at scale is a global priority. As appropriate, breakout sessions proposals should include your considerations about scale. It is understood that not every program is designed to or should scale and this is not a requirement to be considered.Technical tracks are: Workforce Development; Enterprise Development;Financial Inclusion;Gender; Monitoring and Evaluation.
Deadline for Submission: March 26th at 11:59 pm EST.
>Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development
Five partners - USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and DFID - came together to support this single challenge.To date, it has funded 81 innovations over the course of four award rounds. Round 5 will place an increased focus on advancing the most successful and transformational innovations as they transition to scale.To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, we need to harness the collective imagination and ingenuity of experts across a broad range of disciplines and expertise. The Challengeseeks innovative approaches to prevention and treatment across the following three areas: Technologies; Service Delivery; “Demand side” innovation thatempowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of and access health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period, especially the first two days after birth.What We’re Looking For?Interventions that: 1)Substantially increase demand for and access to primary health interventions for women and newborns (for example, by at least 50 percent for interventions with low coverage); 2)Substantially improve the quality of care as measured by health outcomes; 3) Improve and sustain healthy behavior.
Submissions are due by March 27.
>Scaling Up Food Security and Nutrition Innovations -Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
With a strong focus on taking effective, pilot-tested innovations to a wider scale of use and application, this call will fund outstanding research-for-development projects that promise consistent and meaningful development outcomes (i.e. reaching important numbers of end-users) by testing, demonstrating and effectively scaling up models, delivery mechanisms, and approaches.This is an open, competitive call for proposals, and will fund projects submitted by strong partnerships between research, development, private sector, and other business-oriented organizations from Canada and from eligible countries.Projects are anticipated to begin in October 2015.
Deadline:Deadline for submission of proposals:March 27.
>EuropeAid/Bangladesh Call for Proposals: Enhancing CSOs and LAs Contributions to Governance and Development Processes
Theglobal objectiveof this Call for Proposals is to support CSOs’ and LAs’ contributions to reinforce governance, to promote accountability and inclusive policy-making, and to ensure that people are able to benefit from qualitative social services and from decent job creation.The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 48 months.Actions must take place in Bangladesh.In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicant must: 1)be a legal person, anon-profit-making and acivil society organisations or an association of CSOs; 2)be established in Bangladesh or in the EU Member States and contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area; 3)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.For the applicant not established in Bangladesh, the involvement in the action of at least one co-applicant established in Bangladesh is obligatory and he must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the applicant himself.
Deadline: March 29.
>All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development(ACR GCD)
The partners for this call are theU.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),World Vision, theAustralian government,Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(NORAD), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR). All partners have an interest in leveraging innovative approaches to improve access to quality education in crisis and/or conflict situations. The Challengeaims to catalyze the creation and expansion of scalable, low-cost solutions to improve literacy for early-grade students in developing countries, including those in crisis and/or conflict. The Seeker is looking for technology-enabled approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following crisis or conflict situations: Health Crisis, Natural Disaster, and Conflict Zones.Proposed Solutions should be usable within the first six months after the onset of the crisis or conflict and be usable within the context of a developing country.
Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 30.
>SEED Awards 2015 for Social and Environmental Enterprises
This is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-upsocial and environmental enterprisesin countries with developing and emerging economies.The Award categoriesare three: a) Africa; b) South Africa; c) Gender Equality.The SEED Catalyser offers each SEED Award Winner a customised support package consisting of tools, capacity building, profiling, network building, and financing, all tailored to their individual needs. The jury selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.Is your enterprise in a start-up phase and does it integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues? Is it women-led? Do you need support to help to establish and grow your enterprise?If these questions apply to you, we will be pleased to hear from you.
Deadline: March 31 at 23:59 (CET).
>OFID-UNDP Cross-Regional Grant Competition
TheOPEC Fund for International Development(OFID)andthe United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)invite non-profit organizations from Europe and Central Asia and the MENA region to submit their project ideas and jointly develop, test, or share innovative and scalable solutions to development challenges from the two regions.The two thematic priorities of this competition are: a)Affordable energy and water solutions:looking into technological solutions that combat the lack of access to energy or water; b)Economic governance and employment:addressing the need for a more inclusive labor market while increasing the capacity of people to access it.The grants will be awarded to non-profit organizations from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and Europe and Central Asia countries.Projects targeting vulnerable populations affected by crisis-youth,women, refugees and host communities, internally displaced people and communities in need of rebuilding will be prioritized.Proposed Projects must: 1)Identify and showcase concrete development solutions in thematic areas mentioned above; 2)Focus on technology, know-how and knowledge transfer; 3)Have regional or cross-regional coverage; 4) Deal with testing and implementing new approaches, adapting existing approaches to new contexts, or applying what has been learned from previous work; 5) Demonstrate the potential for community-level impact; replication and/or scaling up; and sustainability.
Expression of Interest submission deadline:March 30 at 17:00 (GMT+2).
> Transformations to Sustainability Programme - Three Transformative Knowledge Networks
Core funding is provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The Programme seeks to address global sustainability challenges by supporting research on the complex processes of social transformation needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions. It will enable social scientists to develop knowledge networks that will both strengthen social science leadership in global change and sustainability research and to foster on-the-ground progress towards greater sustainability. The Programme ultimately will inform and enable social change to more sustainable and equitable societies worldwide, by broadening and deepening our understanding of how change happens. The application and review process as well as the grant management will be handled by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF).
Deadline for submissions: 23.59 South African time on March 31st.
> Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) Program - Systematic Review Call on the Effects of Women’s Economic Empowerment on Economic Growth
GrOW program is jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). GrOW aims to generate new knowledge about women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in low-income countries. This calls aims to assess whether more equal economic participation of women enhances their well-being as well as the conditions for economic growth. The research will identify the pathways through which women’s economic empowerment affect economic growth. It will also assess the factors that influence this complex relationship. Eligibility Criteria – Applicants: 1) should have a strong prior record of undertaking and publishing evidence synthesis; 2) are expected to be familiar with systematic principles and standards such as (a)http://methods.cochrane.org/standardsor (b)http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/about/what-3ie-does/systematic-reviews-progr...) must submit projects that are to be undertaken by, or in the case of a research consortium, led by a research-oriented institution with legal corporate registration; 4) in a consortium, one partner must be designated as the lead institution and submit the application on behalf of the group; 4) must submit online applications in either English or French.
Applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT)/11:00 (EST) on March 31st.
> Tiet Foundation Grants for Innovative Human Rights Activities/Projects
The Foundation´s mission and programs aim to support organizations that maximize impact and create change. The grant programs seek to support high-impact, low-cost solutions to the world’s toughest problems—in particular, social injustices. Eligibility/Requirements: 1) Applicants may be any public charity—U.S. based or non-U.S. based; 2) Applicants must submit a duly completed grant application. Areas of human rights we fund include, but are not limited to: a) Social/economic inequalities; b) Marginalized populations (women, older adults, people with disabilities, LGBTQI, indigenous/native people, refugees/internally displaced persons, etc.). We fund organizations that are either direct service providers or work in the field of advocacy. Funds may be used for general organization support or for a project. The activities we support through our grants must be charitable, educational, or scientific.
Application deadline: March 31st.
>WISE Prize for Education
The Prize recognizes an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding contribution to education. The achievements of the nominated individual or team should have had a significant and lasting impact upon education at any level and should demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach.WISE welcomes nominations by individuals or institutions - including schools, international organizations and private companies - from anywhere in the world.
Deadline for nominations:March 31st at1.00 pm GMT.
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