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1. LEAP-Agri Call for Proposals: EU-AU Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 14:00 CEST

This call for preliminary proposals invites consortia composed of at least four research organisations and/or private and public practitioners from four of the partner countries (two African and two European) to submit project proposals for research and innovation in the countries concerned with an added value for the EU-AU partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). The proposal development and execution should be driven by local demand and include an approach that contributes to enhancing impact.

2. Newton-Utafiti
13th June, 16:00 U.K time

Institutional Links - Small scale seed funding (up to £100,000) for the development of research and innovation collaborations between UK and Kenya.
Researcher Links – Workshop grants targeting early career researchers. We shall have bilateral workshops between UK and Kenya and trilateral workshops between UK-Kenya – South Africa. Up to £50,000 will be provided.
The main areas of focus will include:
 Food security – including animals and plants, underutilised crops, value chain, post-harvest, production technologies, water, land management, agricultural  and bio-technology
Sustainable and renewable energy
Health - including health systems research, mental health, non-communicable diseases, and re-emerging diseases
Environment and climate change – including waste management, water, sustainable urban planning and development, sustainable construction, ecosystem services, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, carbon footprint analysis, climate services, and sustainable tourism
Economic transition skills and jobs through manufacturing for SMEs – production costs, value-addition and agro-processing
Governance and Conflict resolution related to development
Cross cutting issues - including capacity building, big data, innovation and entrepreneurship

3. Africa Open Data Network Research Coordination: Pursuing Data-Driven Sustainable Development

Deadline: 15 August 2016

The Open Data for Development Network (OD4D) is seeking applications for its Africa Open Data Network (AODN) with an aim to support the sharing of emerging evidence among diverse data actors, stakeholders, communities and enthusiasts, mobilizing them for a greater impact. It will also be evident in the capacity of the actors themselves to pursue data-driven sustainable development.
Objectives

  • Increase the awareness of effective Open Data Innovations in Africa at all levels, promoting and supporting related initiatives, events and convenings
  • Support and scale activities among non­governmental actors and stakeholders in Africa Open Data to increase the Open Data capacity of civil society, businesses and governments
  • Promote the adoption of open data principles, practices, policies and viable partnerships among all stakeholders
  • Link research with advocates, implementers, governments, civil society, communities, and private sector to increase the effectiveness of research results in informed policy decision making
  • Collaborate towards policies, and strategies for the inclusion of Open Data as catalyst and prime component of the Sustainable Development Goals, with strong emphasis on the role of Open Data in economic rights, benefits, and growth
  • Support and elevate existing work and convening longstanding actors from the continent to advance practices and policies that are developed and sustained locally

Funding Information

  • The grant of up to USD$100,000 for an initial phase of the activities of the AODN.
  • The duration of this initial grant should not exceed 9 months.

4. IFAD Call for Proposals:  Enhancing Farmer Resilience to Climate Change, Sustainable Crop Productivity, and Nutrition under Rainfed Conditions
Deadline: 3 May 2017

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is seeking proposals to implement a project on “Use of genetic diversity and Evolutionary Plant Breeding for enhanced farmer resilience to climate change, sustainable crop productivity, and nutrition under rainfed conditions” with an aim to enhance the resilience of target low-input poor farmers in the project area through developing EP populations with higher and stable yields under the local farm agronomic and stress conditions, including drought, salinity, pest and diseases.
The overall goal of the project is to sustainably increase crop productivity and enhance the resilience to climate change, biotic and abiotic shocks of farming communities under low-input, rainfed and less favoured production conditions and organic production systems.
Grant Information
The grant amount is USD 3,500,000.
Eligibility Criteria

  • The recipient can be an inter-governmental organization (including UN agencies and CGIAR centres), a civil society organization (including NGOs ), an academic institution or a private sector entity. be a public or a private sector entity. Government agencies of IFAD Developed Member States and non-Member States are not eligible.
  • Each institution can decide to submit alone or jointly with other partner(s); in that case, the lead institution – who will enter into a legal agreement with IFAD – should be clearly identified and roles and responsibilities of the other partners and national implementing agencies be explicitly stated within the submitted proposal.

How to Apply

  • Interested institutions must submit a proposal via e-mail at the address given on the website.
  • This expression of interest has to include a one-page cover letter, stating the submitting institution(s)’:
    • Experience in participatory breeding approaches
    • Experience working with NARES and breeders
    • Experience with national and international genebanks.

For more information, please visit IFAD Call for Proposals.

5. G4AW Grant Program: Increasing and Enhancing Sustainable Food Production

Deadline for Submitting Applications: 14 September 2017

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is accepting applications for its Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) grant programme with an aim to increase and enhance sustainable food production as well as achieve more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
Grant information

  • The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.
  • The minimum grant amount that can be applied for is €500,000 and the maximum €3,000,000.
  • The project must be completed within three years after the date of the grant award.
  • The Netherlands Space Office may extend a project, without any change in its budget, for up to one year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The grant application concerns activities in one of the following G4AW partner countries: 

AngolaBangladeshBeninBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaColombiaEthiopiaGhanaIndonesiaKenya
LaosMalawiMaliMozambiqueMyanmarNigerRwandaSenegal, South Africa, South SudanTanzaniaUgandaVietnamZambiaZimbabwe.

  • The size of the target group of the proposed project is at least 100,000 (one hundred thousand) for smallholder farmers and/or 50,000 (fifty thousand) for fishers and/or 50,000 (fifty thousand) for (agro) pastoralists.
  • Project proposals must aim to achieve a minimum 10% increase in food production and/or income, where possible in combination with at least 25% more efficient water use and at least 10% more efficient use of inputs such as fertilisers, seeds and pesticides. Partnership proposals aimed at providing insurance, loans and credits can only be submitted when combined with the provision of relevant information services to the target groups.
  • Satellite data forms an indispensable and essential part of the information chain on which the supplied service or product is based. Without satellite data the proposed information service could not be made operational.
  • Grant applications must be submitted by the lead party, which may not be a Dutch central government body, of a partnership which in any case comprises:
    • one Dutch organisation;
    • one organisation from the G4AW partner country where the activity is to be implemented;
    • one private organisation and one public organisation;
    • one party (which may be one of the organisations mentioned above) which actively processes satellite data and has demonstrable experience in this field.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • the Request for advisory opinion
    • the Grant application
  • Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit G4AW grant programme.

6. BioInnovate Africa Programme: Supporting Scientists, Researchers, Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Eastern Africa

Deadline: 2 June 2017

BioInnovate Africa Programme has announced a US$ 5 million grant funding over three years (2017–2020) to support scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa to link biobased research ideas and technologies to business and the market.
The Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa) Programme is a regional initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to assist countries in eastern Africa benefit from the revolutionary advances in biosciences, by converting such technologies into innovations for inclusive growth and sustainable development. BioInnovate is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently operates in six eastern African countries namely: BurundiEthiopia, Kenya, RwandaTanzania and Uganda.
Goal
The goal of BioInnovate Africa Programme is to improve the productivity (and hence living standards) of smallholder farming communities in eastern Africa by making agro/bio processing more competitive and environmentally sustainable enterprise.
Objectives

  • To generate bioscience innovations those address the needs of smallholder farmers and agroprocessors in eastern Africa.
  • To engage with policy makers and evaluate relevant policy options that support bioscience innovations.

Focus Areas

  • Value addition to agro produce and creation of agribusiness opportunities
  • Agro/biowaste conversion in support of climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability and
  • Development of policies that foster bioscience innovations in the region.

Funding Information
Total funding available for this first open call is US$ 5.0 million for a period of three years. The funds are allocated in two categories of grants as follows:

  • Category 1 Grants: to develop and pilot economically viable biobased technologies and products (US$ 3.75 million)
  • Category 2 Grants: for biobased technology business incubation (US$ 1.25 million)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants are eligible to apply for these grants if applicants are a scientist, researcher, innovator or entrepreneur who is resident in any of the eastern African countries namely: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Applicants must be formally affiliated with a university, public research organization or private firm, e.g. as a full-time employee.
  • For this call, firms include legally registered smallholder farmer based or community organizations or groups. Scientists, researchers and innovators from research centres and organizations in other regions of Africa and around the world are also eligible to participate but only as collaborators in applicant’s project.
  • Postgraduate students who are already registered in local universities in the region for Master’s degree or PhD (and have sources of funds to support their tuition fees) can be attached to applicant’s project team, but not as co-applicants.
  • Students can only be supported through operational costs to do their research within applicant’s project.

How to Apply
Interested applicants must apply online via given website.
Eligible Countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda
For more information, please visit BioInnovate Africa Programme.

 

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