Applications for SIRCA III's Phase II programme are now open. This call seeks research proposals to empirically test these theoretical frameworks in developing countries. Up to six grants for empirical projects will be awarded for research that responds to one of SIRCA III’s open development theoretical frameworks.
Applications closes on 20 March 2016.
Applications for ISIF Asia’s 2016 grants are now open, with the largest ever pool of AUD 386,000 available, across four grant programs to support projects using the Internet for social and economic development in the Asia Pacific.
APNIC Internet Operations Research Grants
Amount: 90,000 AUD
Internet Society Cybersecurity Grant
Amount: 56,000 AUD
Community Impact Grants
Amount: 120,000 AUD
Technical Innovation Grants
Amount: 120,000 AUD
Applications are open from today until 31 May 2016.
Innovation for Good
Centre for Work, Technology and Social Change
in collaboration with SASNET
at Lund University will award 100,000 INR to one enterprise or individual from India for their work in social innovation in a digital context. The award will recognise innovators who have created platforms that bring together technology media and human rights. In eligibility:
- Your venture can be for or not for profit
- It should be under operation for at least 6 months
- Should have strong connect to social innovation and media
Send in your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
with an essay of up to 1 000 words on how your venture fits in the idea of social innovation in a digital context, the human rights aspect that it is targeting and the expected outcome. Deadline: November 10, 2015
- If you are applying as a team, send a 100 word profile of your key members.
- If you are applying as an individual, send in your resume along with your proposal.
PEER is an international grants program that funds scientists and engineers in developing countries who partner with U.S. government-funded researchers to address global development challenges. PEER partnerships leverage major investments made by U.S. government science agencies in research to improve development outcomes in USAIDpresence countries. PEER not only catalyzes collaborative research and elevates the use of science and technology to further USAID’s development objectives, but also establishes long-lasting research relationships that build scientific research capacity, strengthen the research ecosystem in developing countries, and enable collaborators to become better partners in development. Since PEER’s launch in 2011, it has supported more than 160 projects in over 40 countries with an investment of about $28 million.
Deadline: November 12, 2015
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although applicants apply individually to participate in a Summer Institute, awardees become part of the cohort for each location. Applicants must propose a location, host scientist, and research project that is appropriate for the host site and duration of the international visit.
Making all voices count research grants
Call for Research Proposals:
This call for research proposals is designed to contribute to building a unique base of evidence on what works in using technology for citizen voice, transparency and accountability, and on how and why it works. We are particularly interested in research focusing on the research themes identified below. We invite research proposals of a cost up to £75,000 for research projects of a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 18 months. We would encourage applicants to budget for what is required rather than applying for the maximum.
Making All Voices Count is planning to fund up to eight research grants through this call for research proposals. However, we reserve the right to award fewer if we do not receive sufficient applications that meet the standard required.
We are particularly interested in the following kinds of research and methodological approaches:
Conceptual or theoretical work that constitutes qualitative or quantitative advances in the state of knowledge of the field.
Case studies (single or multiple) based on researcher-practitioner action research partnerships.
Applied research on single or multiple case studies of practice (real-time or retrospective), led by researchers with access to practice situations.
Experimental research testing propositions and hypotheses
4 Postdoctoral Fellow positions
4 Academic Fellow positions
4 Government Fellow positions
Grant Amount: GBP $30,000 - $60,000
The South Asia Research Hub (SARH) of DFID has launched a systematic review programme with following objectives:
Based on the above objectives, the programme seeks to commission several research products, comprising of systematic reviews and evidence summaries, in themes relevant to the development priorities of South Asia.
Systematic reviews will be commissioned from organisations having prior experience in conducting such reviews (to be called competitive systematic reviews) as well as from other teams having basic technical skills but requiring additional support to conduct systematic reviews (to be called systematic reviews through capacity building; teams conducting these to be called trainee review teams). Evidence summaries (of existing systematic reviews) can be prepared both by organisations having prior experience in conducting systematic reviews or by teams with limited exposure to systematic reviews. Selection of organisations will be done separately for each study through open bidding.
Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF ASIA)
Grant Amount: $30,000
Ensure availability of
- Internet infrastructure and services that are affordable and efficient
- Innovative Internet applications
- Successful and sustainable models for the provision of Internet services
- Business environments which can become commercially competitive and sustainable
- Innovation on access provision: Access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is a prevalent issue in the Asia Pacific region
- Innovation on learning and localization: Capacity building and localization efforts have been key to develop the skills needed to design, maintain, and manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages,
- Code for the common good: High mobile penetration in the AP region has been a catalyst in the development of mobile-based services, applications and software solutions.
Rights: Strategic use of Internet tools and services to promote freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumers’ rights, gender equality, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations
Grant Amount: $100,000 (renewable for $1m)
Objective: To foster scientific and technological innovation to solve key health problems in the developing world
- Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
- New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
- New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities Through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
- Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments
- Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
- New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
- Topic Responsiveness: Does the proposal address the problems described in the topic?
- Innovative Approach: Does the idea offer an unconventional or creative approach to the problem outlined in the topic?
Deadline: November 12, 2014
Category 1: Innovative, Sustainable and inclusive Bioeconomy
Horizon 2020 Grant CallsUnlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced governance and social innovation
Grant Amount: EUR 6M
Although social innovation is considered as an enabler for a transition towards sustainable agriculture and rural development, there is limited empirical evidence of the extent and outcomes of social innovations and on the supporting conditions. Little is known as to how to support social innovation, in particular in marginalised rural areas where the social structure is most fragile.
- Identify pathways to unfold the territorial capital of rural regions and thus shape sustainable development trajectories in different types of rural areas
- Support more sustainable agri-food and forestry systems and rural development, thus contributing in the medium term to smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in rural areas
- Improve territorial governance and pave the way for an integrated approach to rural development (i.e. ensuring effective mechanisms to coordinate different policies and establish appropriate linkages with other areas).
- Deliver analyses of different innovative governance mechanisms with respect to social innovation in different contexts
- Allow policy makers and the local communities to improve the formulation and delivery of relevant policies as well as to shape such programmes that explicitly foster the creation of sustainable social innovations.
Deadline: February 3, 2015
Closing the research and innovation divide: the crucial role of innovation support services and knowledge exchange
Grant Amount: EUR 2M
Cooperation between research and extension services or farmers and other actors in the supply chain is crucial for innovation-driven research and should be promoted. Therefore, mechanisms and networks, which stimulate this interaction and knowledge exchange, should be developed in view of optimising resource use and enhancing the transition to innovation-driven research.
- Improved flow of information and knowledge between academia and practitioners in particular on agricultural and forestry practices and innovations
- Increased exchanges between European regions on innovative matters; new funding formats enhancing innovation-driven research; more efficient methods for innovation support services
- Successful deployment of the vast reservoir of existing scientific and practical knowledge
- Focused collection of innovative knowledge on specific themes, a greater user acceptance and intense dissemination of solutions for a more competitive and sustainable agriculture and forestry to farmers and other actors in the agricultural innovation chain
- Thematic networks delivering accessible and long-term available end-user material on the themes which should also generate a better targeted and shared research agenda for innovation-driven research and multi-actor projects
- Improved skills and education material on innovation approaches and on specific thematic areas
Deadline: June 11, 2015
Coordination action in support of the implementation by participating States of a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’
Grant Amount: EUR 2M
The vision is that in 2030 all Europeans will have the motivation, ability and opportunity to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods, have healthy levels of physical activity, and the incidence of diet-related diseases will have decreased significantly.
- Current efforts should be assessed to provide information on Member State implication and to favour the alignment of these activities to the JPI's Strategic Research Agenda
- Should support in harmonization, integration, and alignment of national research programming, to enable evidence-based policy making and effective cross-policy actions, investigate novel forms of implementation of SRA such as collaborations with e.g. other JPIs or research infrastructures
- Further strengthen the international dimension of the JPI to be addressed by ensuring coherence with other relevant international initiatives.
- Encouraged to consider cooperation with related programmes from third countries
Deadline: June 11, 2015
Category 2: Personalising health and care
Self-management of health and disease and patient empowerment supported by ICT
Grant Amount: EUR 3-5M
Empowering citizens and patients to manage their own health and disease can result in more cost-effective healthcare systems by enabling the management of chronic diseases outside institutions, improving health outcomes, and by encouraging healthy citizens to remain so. This requires research into socio-economic and environmental factors and cultural values, behavioural and social models, attitudes and aspirations in relation to personalised health technologies, mobile and/or portable and other new tools.
Deadline: April 21, 2015
Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: Early risk detection and intervention
Grant Amount: EUR 3-4M
Citizens in an ageing European population are at greater risk of cognitive impairment, frailty and social exclusion with considerable negative consequences for their quality of life, that of those who care for them, and for the sustainability of health and care systems. The earlier detection of risks associated with ageing, using ICT approaches, can enable earlier intervention to ameliorate their negative consequences.
- Evidence for the benefits of risk detection and intervention, based on proof of concept and involvement of relevant stakeholders
- Clear improvements of outcomes for individuals, care systems and wider society from new therapies and interventions based on early risk detection in comparison with current practices
- Global leadership in ICT based innovation for active and healthy ageing
Deadline: April 21, 2015
Advanced ICT systems and services for integrated care
Grant Amount: EUR 3-5M
Research on new models of care organisation demonstrates that advanced ICT systems and services may have the potential to respond to, amongst others, the increasing burden of chronic disease and the complexity of co-morbidities and in doing so contribute to the sustainability of health and care systems. One challenge in re-designing health and care systems is to develop integrated care models that are more closely oriented to the needs of patients and older persons.
- Development of robust, privacy compliant, accurate and cost-effective systems that facilitate monitoring of patient status, patient activity and compliance with therapy
- Fusion, analysis and interpretation of patient and care provider data, to improve decision making among formal and informal care givers and patients
- Multi-channel and multi-actor interaction and exchange of knowledge in integrated care settings, across digital collaborative platforms
- Development of patient-oriented services to support patient empowerment, self-care, adherence to care plans and treatment at the point of need
- Development of new patient pathways, new training programmes for the care workforce and new organisational models to improve the coordination of care services as well as the skills and collaboration of health professionals, social carers and informal care givers
- Personalisation of care management programmes to specific characteristics of patients' profiles, through analysis of multimodal data, risk stratification algorithms for chronic diseases and multi-morbidity conditions, predictive algorithms of patient's status
Deadline: April 21, 2015
Category 3: Enhancing SME innovation capacity by providing better innovation support
Professionalization of open innovation management in SMEs
Grant Amount: EUR 1.7M
Current research on open innovation has not taken into account the extent and creativity of SMEs in designing and implementing open innovation strategies. The lessons learned from open innovation come from large firms and are not readily transferable to the context of SMEs. An urgent need exists, therefore, to study how collaboration and/or open innovation is managed and organised in SMEs.
Deadline: April 29, 2015
Category 4: Capitalising the full potential of on-line collaboration
Capitalising the full potential of online collaboration for SME innovation
Grant Amount: EUR $1M
Identifying suitable partners for innovation activities is recognised as a major barrier to SME innovation. So far staff in innovation agencies has hardly skills to assist their clients to establish collaborations on web platforms and no profile of skills has been defined. Commercial offers by crowdsourcing platforms remain effectively unaffordable for SMEs or face difficulties to scale up their offers and reach a critical mass of the community.
Deadline: March 3, 2015