SUMERNET) announces a special call for Expression of Interest (EoI) for its COVID-19 emerging research grant in 2020. Total funds available is approximately US$150,000 for one multi-country research project, which will be completed within 12 months.
Date of call: 10th June 2020
Deadline for application: 25th June 2020
This ongoing fourth phase of SUMERNET (SUMERNET 4 All) aims 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 an emerging research call that specifically concentrates on reducing water insecurities of the marginalized and most vulnerable people and groups in the Mekong Region during the COVID-19 crises.
This call will fund one multi-country research project that will provide evidence for the local, national and regional efforts to deal with water challenges and ensure pathways to impact on policy and practice. The research priorities of this call are aligned with the SUMERNET 4 All goal and three research themes below.
(1) water access, rights and allocation in times of water insecurity;
(2) governance and management of water-related disaster risks;
(3) transboundary interactions with water systems.
Expedited timelines apply throughout process to ensure delivery meets rapid response needs. It is expected that contracting and start-up of successful project will be equally expedited. Research project lead and team members are required to treat this call with the utmost urgency.
The format of applications is based on a shortened version of the well-established SUMERNET 4 All collaborative research funding instrument. However, while not an explicit requirement ,we emphasize that applications with involvement of policy makers, 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:
Outputs and timeline
The Lead Applicant (LA) must be from the organizations that are current or past grantees of SUMERNET programme or other grants from SEI. Lead applicants need to demonstrate that they have 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. Lead Applicant must be a formal SUMERNET network member. (Please apply to be a SUMERNET network member if you haven’t registered as a network member yet using this link).
Team members from the five Mekong countries could be either from SUMERNET or outside.
The Expression of Interest (EoI) form (available as download with this call) and 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 using the SUMERNET online submission platform at: https://sei.submittable.com/submit/168185/sumernet-4-all-covid-19-emerging-research-call-for-eoi
* CV of Project Leader
* CV of project team members
* Excel file with activities, outputs and budget