SUMERNET 4 All (S4A), a knowledge-based policy research programme aiming at supporting joint actions by researchers and boundary partners to apply scientifically proven results or innovations, provides financial support and technical assistance to consortia of researchers and boundary partners, from the Mekong Region, with the possible involvement of other Southeast Asian country partners. The Consortia will carry out the joint actions over 1.5-2.0 years (18-24 months) in one of the research themes: 1) water access, rights and allocation in times of water scarcity; 2) governance and management of water-related disaster risks; and 3) transboundary interactions with water systems.
SUMERNET 4 All (S4A) is a knowledge-based policy research programme that wants to support joint actions by researchers and boundary partners to apply scientifically proven results or innovations for scaling impacts in reducing water insecurity for all, in particular for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region. S4A will focus on three research themes:
SUMERNET provides financial support and technical assistance to consortia of researchers and boundary partners, from the Mekong Region, with the possible involvement of other Southeast Asian country partners. The Consortia will carry out the joint actions over 1.5-2.0 years (18-24 months) in one of the above research themes.
SUMERNET 4 All will fund joint actions that contribute to the SUMERNET 4 All’s mission 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.
Submission deadline: 23:59, 30 November 2019 (Bangkok local time)
Accepting ONLY online submission at https://sei.submittable.com/submit/148241/sumernet-4-all-call-for-proposals-on-joint-action
The main purpose of this grant is to maximize the impact of scientifically proven results or innovations to reduce water insecurity for all. Priority will be given to proposals that have a greater potential to upscale or scale out the impacts from existing research or innovations, to positively enhance the policies and practices for the benefits of all water users especially the marginalized groups of people.
The joint-action grants can support either upscaling or out-scaling activities as follows:
The joint action grants are intended to enhance/maximize the impacts of scientifically proven results or innovations from previous research activities of SUMERNET, or others, to reduce water insecurity for all in practice.
The proposals for joint action grants must be jointly submitted by the researchers and boundary partners together. The project proposal lead must be a formal member of SUMERNET and physically based in the Mekong Region. If the project proposal lead is not a member of SUMERNET yet, they can apply to become a member, either before or on the date of proposal submission. To apply as member of SUMERNET, please access this form.
D. Granting Value and Process
Joint action project can cover the activities within only one country or more than one country. Each joint-action project will receive grants to a maximum of SEK 450,000 (or lower). Each team pursuing this grant may also identify a potential project mentor that they would like to get a support from. SUMERNET will provide not more than 6 grants under the SUMERNET 4 All. The following is the granting process and timeline:
E. Implementation Period
The implementation period is 1.5-2 years, from 1st March 2020 and to be completed not later than 28th February 2022. Grantees are expected to complete all project activities and submit all outputs to the SUMERNET Secretariat within this time period.
F. Expected outputs
Each project will identify the outputs that best deliver on the intended impact for policy and research action. Apart from project reports to update on the progress and achievements, at a minimum each project is expected to produce at least one substantial manuscript, either for a peer-reviewed journal or as a book chapter, one policy brief (in English and local language), and at least two media outreach products, that disseminate joint action findings to the wider public (e.g. press release, article in newspaper, blogs, vlogs, podcast, or short film).
Project policy brief’s should be jointly produced by the researchers and boundary partners, highlighting the results of the application of research results or innovations in their selected areas, successes gained and lessons learnt from project implementation and what they would recommend (or not recommend) for future applications of research results or innovations, to out or up-scale the impacts further.
G. Selection criteria
H. Required documents for submission:
For further inquiries please contact:
Ms. Unchulee Lualon
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Phone: +66 (0)2 0730040-44