SUMERNET 4 All Call for Proposals on Small Grants for 2020

SUMERNET is a regional research network and knowledge-based policy research programme. Under the present Phase 4 called SUMERNET 4 All (S4A), our mission is to “improve policies and practices in reducing water insecurity by conducting collaborative research, engaging in the policy process, and promoting scientifically sound research and innovation, incorporating gender and social equality, human rights, conflict sensitivity, environmental integrity and poverty reduction in the Mekong Region.

Agus Nugroho By Agus Nugroho - Jul 30, 2020

SUMERNET 4 All will provide financial and technical support through six types of grants to the network members and other collaborators that can contribute to SUMERNET 4 All’s mission.

About the SUMERNET Small Grants

The Small Grant is one among six types of grants of SUMERNET, intended to support SUMERNET members and other partners in conducting various activities that improve the influence of SUMERNET research as listed below.

Call details

This is a call for applications for SUMERNET Small Grants for 2020. The budget ceiling for each grant is between approximately US$ 3,000-5,000 USD/grant (SEK 30,000-50,000). 6-10 applications are expected to receive the grants in this round. Funds need to be spent within a period of 6 months. Recipients of previous or current SUMERNET grants[1] are eligible to apply if proposed activities are not already covered by other grants of SUMERNET.

Date of call: July 31, 2020

Deadline for application: September 30, 2020

By online submission ONLY:

I.    Theme 

Small grants must be used for the activities that address at least one of the following S4A research themes: 
1. Water access, rights and allocation in times of water scarcity; 
2. Governance and management of water-related disaster risks; 
3. Transboundary interactions with water systems. 

The project must also use a multi-disciplinary approach that considers gender and social equality, human rights, conflict sensitivity, governance and poverty reduction to reduce water insecurity for all, and in particular benefit the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region.

II.    Scope 

The Small Grants can support the following types of activities: 

1.    Hosting events for policy engagement, transdisciplinary dialogue, and knowledge-based policy development 
2.    Participating in relevant academic, policy, media, or capacity building events to communicate research results
3.    Engaging/organizing events and consultations with key stakeholders such as policy makers, members of marginalized groups and/or women’s associations 
4.    Exchange visits with other projects or teams for enhancing collaboration 
5.    Supporting proposal development with participation of different organizations or countries 
6.    Monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of past projects funded by SUMERNET in previous phases 

III.    Selection criteria 

Successful applications must fulfill following aspects: 

1.    Focus on reducing water insecurity for all in particular, for poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region
2.    Proposed activities are in line with the scope of small grants 
3.    Consider gender and social equality, conflict sensitivity, pro-poor and rights-based approaches are mainstreamed into the design and implementation of the proposed activity
4.    Have significant potential to lead to bigger impact in the future (e.g. policy impact, additional funding might be secured, demonstrate the changes from past research inspire other network members or researchers, expanded partnership, increased cooperation)
5.    The Lead Applicant must be a SUMERNET member and currently based in any of the Mekong countries. Applicants can apply to become a member, either before or on the date of proposal submission by filling in this online form.
6.    Ability to manage the project and complete the activities within 6 months 
7.    Applications led/co-led by women and involving female team members and boundary partners are strongly encouraged

IV.    Expect Project Outputs 

1.    Grant Utilization Report (SUMERNET Secretariat will provide a template).
2.    Documentation as evidence of implementation of activities. Depending on the nature of funded activities, this may include, but is not limited to copies of publications, news articles, minutes of meetings, photos of the event, final project proposals developed, blog and infographics, stories of changes resulting from  past research, etc.
3.    A financial report listing the expenditure items with supporting documents corresponding to the expenditures. The Small Grants can cover the professional fee, not more than 40% of total grant for Activity 6 listed in Section II: Scope above (i.e. Monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of past projects funded by SUMERNET in previous phases). For other types of activities (Activities 1-5), the Small Grants can only cover direct costs and not professional fees. An overhead no higher than 15% of total grant received can be applied.

V.    Timeline

All activities and reports must be completed within 6 months of the end of the project.  

VI.    Application instructions 

Interested applicants can submit an application using the template provided by SUMERNET through SUMERNET online submission platform at: along with supporting documents, such as latest CV of the Lead Applicant among other relevant documents. 

For further inquiries please contact: 
Ms. Unchulee Lualon
Programme Coordinator
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) 
Phone: +66 (0)2 0730040-44 


[1] These include existing grantees of SUMERNET research projects, or the grantees of the Groundwater Integrated Regional Assessment, or Joint Action grants already funded by SUMERNET.

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