Offer: CALLS for APPLICATIONS and PROPOSALS / March 2014 deadlines
1) Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA ) Fellowships 2014-2015
Ggrants to support Fellows who carry out self-designed independent studies for a minimum of two years in the developing world. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show strong & credible ties to U.S. society. Areas of particular interest include the Arab Middle East & Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia), but candidates may seek fellowships in any country. Among the fellowship categories, the "Forest & Society" fellowships explore the relationship of forest resources to the complex of human factors bearing on their conservation & management. Candidates must be under 36 years of age at the time of the due date for the initial letter of interest.
Deadline for LoI: March 1st
2) CG Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, & Food Security CCAFS) - Open for Concept Notes
The CGIAR's program on CCAFS calls for concept notes in two subject areas. Flagship 1 requests innovative research-for-development ideas related to climate-smart agriculture, specifically focused on local adaptation planning and approaches to enlarge program scale. Flagship 2 requests proposals for climate information services & climate-informed food security safety nets. Projects are for four years & should be grounded in the CCAFS regions (Latin America; West Africa; East Africa; South Asia; Southeast Asia). Any institution can submit a concept note, but a CGIAR Center must be a significant partner.
Deadline for concept notes (both flagships): March 1st
3) East-West Center - Asia Pacific Leadership Program 2014-2015
The program combines interdisciplinary leadership learning at the East-West campus in Hawaii, followed by opportunities for field work or self-designed projects in Asia. The interests of the East-West Center include a strong orientation towards environment and natural resources. Upon acceptance to the program, participants receive a fellowship valued at approximately US$15 thousand to cover most program costs.
Deadline for applications: March 1st
4) Call for articles: Family farmers breaking out of poverty
In the International Year of Family Farming we are confronted with a shameful paradox. Family farmers produce more than half of the world’s food. That is a reason to celebrate family farming. Yet, 70% of the world’s most impoverished people live in rural areas and belong to family farming or pastoralist communities. How is this possible? And how can this situation be changed? We seek your groundbreaking views, your innovative proposals and experiences that show how family farmers can break out of the poverty trap and increase their resilience.
Some countries are experiencing strong economic growth, even as food and nutrition insecurity increase. Conflicts over resources (land, water, and biodiversity) and degraded resource bases often threaten the poor and the marginalised who are directly dependent on these resources.
Poverty is not just about a lack of money. It has as much to do with people’s asset base in a much broader sense, and thus with power. Poverty is also about people’s capability to deal with situations of shock or stress – whether social, economic, political or physical. Poor people lack the resilience to effectively cope with these shocks. Over the last decade climate change has added to these problems, resulting in ever growing resilience deficits in rural communities.
How can poor people in rural areas break out of this vicious cycle? In the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters we will focus on how agro-ecological approaches strengthen the resilience of family farmers and help them break out of poverty. We will look at how agro-ecological farming practices and the social dimensions of family farming contribute to strengthening resilience and sustainable resource management. In so doing we examine the roles of young people and women and how policymakers, organisations and researchers can actively encourage the effective and widespread use of agro-ecological approaches as a way to address rural poverty. We welcome your contributions, with supporting evidence.
Articles for the June 2014 issue of Farming Matters should be sent to the editors before March 1st.
5) UK Government -- Research on Groundwater for the Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa
Three agencies of the UK government (DFID, NERC, and ESRC) are partners to support intl research that combines social and natural sciences to enable sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa (UPGro). Consortium proposals are invited for funding of up to £1·9 million for projects of up to four years.
Closing date for outline proposals: March 3
6) Commonwealth Foundation - Grants to Support Participatory Governance
Elegibility: registered & national civil society organizations in Commonwealth countries & territories. The theme is “Team Commonwealth,” aligned with the Foundation’s focus on participatory governance. This could include participatory governance in subjects related to natural resources, e.g., water, forests, etc. Grants are up to £30 thousand per annum for up to three years. The grants programme contributes to sustainable development in the context of effective, responsive & accountable governance with civil society participation. The programme brokers knowledge & ideas. It supports innovation & sharing of replicable & sustainable models, while promoting good practice in participatory governance.
Deadline for preliminary applications: March 3
7) Convergences World Forum: Building together tomorrow's world (Sep 8 - 10; Paris, France)
Since 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the UN defined the main guidelines of intl aid against poverty & inequalities around 8 main goals. Even if all the goals have not been reached, the intl community made great deal of efforts & permitted to reduce by half the extreme poverty in the world, to improve living standards of more than 200 millions of people living in slums & to give access to water to around 90% of the world’s population. In 2015 a new round of this global public policy will open & will have to anticipate the challenges for the 15 years to come. Going forward until 2030, this turning point will enable us to realize the social & environmental challenges we are still facing.
Respond online to the CfP before March 5th
8) The Biodiversity Foundation (Spain)
Grants for projects in biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development. The Foundation supports conservation field projects, research, education and training, and public awareness in Spain and internationally. Each program component has a different application deadline.
Closing date for grants to support intl collaboration and activities: March 7
9) L'Agence Inter-établissements de Recherche pour le Developpement (AIRD) -- Young Research Teams, JEAI 2014
AIRD makes grants of up to €50 thousand for periods of three years to build the capacity of research teams in the developing world in collaboration with French partner organizations (CIRAD, université française, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, INSERM, IRD). Thematic areas include sustainable energy; water resources; climate change; ecosystems & biodiversity; agriculture & food safety; & several others.
Deadline for applications (French, English): March 7
10) New England Biolabs Foundation (NEBF)
The Foundation supports grassroots organizations & NGOs in selected countries of Central America, South America & West Africa, as well as locally (the North Shore of Massachusetts). Occasionally, grants are also made to organizations in Tanzania & Papua New Guinea. The maximum intl grant size is $10,000 with grants typically ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. Local grants range from $1,000-$5,000. Who Can Apply? Grassroots & community-based organizations (CBOs); Other non-profit, charitable organizations (NGOs); Emerging support groups
Next deadline for letters of inquiry: March 7
11) Latin American & Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) -- 18th Call for Grant Proposals
LACEEP is a capacity-building effort that provides research grants in environmental & resource economics to Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) researchers. It provides not only financial support but also close advice & follow-up by specifically appointed scientists, meetings, access to literature, publication outlets & opportunities for comparative research. The program is aimed at junior researchers who are citizens of any country in Latin America or the Caribbean, & who have prior training in economics. The research program focuses in general on applied, policy relevant research. There is widespread interest in minimizing pollution & resource degradation by ensuring that economic agents face the full economic, social & environmental costs of their activities. Proposed budgets should not exceed US$15 thousand for research projects of one year.
Deadline for preliminary proposals: March 11