Please submit Expression of Interest (EoI) for our rapid response grants of about US$ 45,000 per research project to be completed within 6-12 months.
SUMERNET 4 All Rapid Response Research: Call for "Expressions of Interest"
SUMERNET announces a call for Expression of Interest (EoI) for its rapid response grants. SUMERNET will award five grants in total over the period of its fourth phase under “SUMERNET 4 All” (2018-2023). Funding support will not exceed 400,000 SEK (~US$ 45,000) per research project to be completed within 6-12 months. For this call, not more than four grants will be awarded in 2021.
Launch of the call: 23rd July 2021
Deadline of EoI submission: 30th September 2021, 23:59 (Bangkok/Indochina time)
Submissions of EoIs will only be accepted through online submission platform:
The main goal of the ongoing SUMERNET 4 All programme phase is to “reduce water insecurity for all, in particular for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region”.
In response to the fast-evolving situation of water insecurity across the Mekong countries, SUMERNET 4 All is launching a rapid response mechanism to fund research that will provide evidence that directly contributes to ongoing planning or decision-making processes at national or regional levels, which address challenges being faced and help reduce water insecurities for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region.
The research priorities of this call are aligned with three research themes below:
Expedited timelines apply throughout the process to ensure delivery meets rapid response needs. It is expected that contracting and start-up of successful project is equally expedited. The research project leader and team members are required to treat the award(s) arising from the call with urgency.
Details of this call
The format of applications is based on a shortened version of the well-established SUMERNET 4 All collaborative research funding instrument. We emphasize that applications with involvement of policymakers and planners, practitioners and marginalized women and men are particularly welcome, as are those lead or co-lead by women.
Successful applications will have to fulfil the following aspects:
Who can apply?
Lead Applicant (LA) needs to demonstrate that she/he has the skills, knowledge and support necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through its completion. The LA will need to show appropriate evidence of expertise and experience matched to the nature and context of research project. LA must be a formal SUMERNET network member. (You can apply to be a SUMERNET network member if you have not registered as network member yet using this link: http://bit.ly/sumernetmembers). If lead organization has prior experience in receiving the grant(s) from SUMERNET or other programmes of SEI, the application would be an advantage. However, they will need to demonstrate that their project team can perform the activities specified in the application, without impacting the work earlier committed with SUMERNET or related ongoing tasks in their organizations.
Project team members could be the experts from SUMERNET or other networks.
How to apply?
The Expression of Interest (EoI) form (available as attachment below) must be completed to ensure eligibility. Reference is made in the form to SUMERNET website where information on the programme’s goal, objectives and priority themes, as well as operating approach, boundary partners, capacity development etc. is made. Please refer to this when submitting the EoI.
All applications must submit an Expression of Interest and supporting documents using the SUMERNET online submission platform at https://sei.submittable.com/submit/199485/sumernet-4-all-call-of-eois-on-rapid-response-research-2021. (Email submissions will not be accepted.)
Documents to be prepared for online submission:
For further inquiries please contact:
Ms. Unchulee Lualon
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Centre
Phone: +66 (0)2 0730040-44