Donor Name: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA)
Fund name: Mobility Grants
Funding brief: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA) provides grants for development research activities as part of Denmark’s international development cooperation. Within this framework, the MFA invites applications for individual Danida Mobility Grants to facilitate the creation and development of international networks and research collaboration through research stays in Denmark by researchers from the growth and transition countries included in the “Partnering with Denmark” programme: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam.
Mobility grants to researchers from growth and transition countries – country-specific research themes: Bangladesh – Occupational health and safety
The ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh has grown very rapidly to become a key driver of economic growth. Garment exports account for over 80 percent of export earnings and the industry employs over 4 million workers of whom 55-60 percent is women. The loss of 1136 lives when the Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013 sent shockwaves around the world, coming shortly after a fire which killed 112 people at another garment factory. In the wake of these disasters business could not continue as usual. Fundamental changes relating to safety, inspection and compliance had to be made if the lives of workers were to be safeguarded and the confidence of global buyers retained. The amendment of the Labour Act in 2013 introduced the need for safety committees to be established in any factory with over 50 workers. The formation of these committees is currently being piloted and once operational they should make a major contribution to workplace safety. However, further result oriented research is needed to convince the employers to voluntarily engage in investing in occupational health and safety (OHS). The employers’ federations have often asked for concrete evidence that better OHS would lead to higher productivity. In addition, other industries are expanding, such as the leather industry which could be the next major export sector. In this context research could be undertaken in the fields of both corporate social responsibility (CSR) and responsible sourcing.
The objective of the mobility grants is to support and strengthen the creation and development of networks and longer-term research collaboration between universities, research institutions, and private companies in Denmark, and in the growth and transition countries included in the “Partnering with Denmark” programme. The collaboration with the Danish researchers is thus central for the grants, and the research stays must aim at facilitating the collaboration between the institutions in the growth and transition countries and in Denmark within the areas of the strategic sector cooperation in each country.
Deadline: March 17, 2017, 12:00 hrs. (Danish Time)
Funding details link: http://dfcentre.com/research/calls-for-applications/
Budget limit: The maximum budget is DKK 250,000 (incl. of overhead to the Danish host institution) for each grant. The grant can cover only one researcher’s stay in Denmark.
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Project duration: The duration of the mobility grant project can be up to one year; however, the duration of a research stay in Denmark covered by the mobility grant is limited to a maximum of 6 months.
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1. The mobility grant research must fall within the country-specific research themes defined in Appendix 1, which correspond to the themes of the call for research collaboration projects in growth and transition countries (“Window 2”), 2017.1
2. The mobility grants cover research stays in Denmark by researchers employed by a university or by a research-based institution (public or private) based in one of the countries included in the “Partnering with Denmark” programme.
3. The visiting researcher must hold a PhD or equivalent qualifications, documented clearly in the CV2 and the researcher must be engaged in research within the country-specific theme selected for the research stay.
The application must be submitted by the Danish host institution, i.e. a university or a research based institution (public and private) in Denmark, or a Danish private company with a strong research profile. The Danish host institution must appoint a person (below termed “the project coordinator”) within the institution to be responsible for organising the research stay in Denmark and to submit the application on behalf of the host institution and the visiting researcher.
4. A Danida mobility grant can only be awarded to a Danish host institution and must be used for coverage of the expenses related to the research stay. The host institution will be responsible for the management of the grant, see Section 6.
5. The duration of the mobility grant project can be up to one year; however, the duration of a research stay in Denmark covered by the mobility grant is limited to a maximum of 6 months. The maximum budget is DKK 250,000 (incl. of overhead to the Danish host institution) for each grant. The grant can cover only one researcher’s stay in Denmark.
6. The outputs of the mobility grant project must include a plan for publications based on the research carried out during the research stay, as well as a plan for further collaboration between the institutions involved in the project (e.g. networking, proposal development, co-publications). During the research stay it is expected that the visiting researcher is integrated into the research activities at the host institution, and amongst others, co-hosts a joint research seminar within the scientific research field of the mobility grant project.
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Other important link:
● Mobility Grants: http://dfcentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Mobility-Grant-Call-2017-.pdf
● Appendix B: template for agreement: http://dfcentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Template-for-Agreement-MG.docx
● Questions and answers: http://dfcentre.com/research/calls-for-applications/questions-and-answers/
● Presentations from information meetings: http://dfcentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/PPP-FFU-Call-2017-Info-Meetings-FINAL.pdf
● DFC’s administrative services: http://dfcentre.com/research/how-dfc-administers-research-projects/research-fellows/
● Danida Research Portal: http://drp.dfcentre.com/
● General Conditions for ongoing projects: http://dfcentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/General-Conditions-2017.pdf
How to apply: The project coordinator must apply electronically by filling in the electronic application form and upload the required documents as appendices to the application. The electronic application form is accessible from DFC’s website via link http://dfcentre.com/research/calls-for-applications/.
The application must include a brief description of the mobility grant project, including:
• Expected outcomes and outputs in relation to network development and establishing research collaborations,
• The relevance of the mobility grant project to the country-specific research theme selected.
• Highlighted how the visiting researcher will be involved in the research activities/ environment at the host institution/in Denmark within the selected research field (co-hosting of joint research seminar, proposal development, co-supervision, lectures, etc.).
• Time schedule and activity plan for the mobility grant project.
In addition to the e-application form, the application must comprise the following appendices, uploaded along with the e-application:
• Appendix A: CV of the visiting researcher proving that the researcher holds a PhD or equivalent qualification.
• Appendix B: A signed agreement between the head of the Danish host institution (or depart-ment), the visiting researcher, and the institution of the visiting researcher (confirming the research stay in Denmark, including managing responsibility, plan for research stay, etc.).
The application and appendices must be completed in English. The application must be completed by use of the correct e-application form, and for the appendix B, the template available must be used. The amount applied for must be within the limits and guidance specified in the Call. The application must contain all the required information and the appendices must be submitted as pdf files, with a total volume not exceeding 5 MB.
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