Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT): Inviting applications for ‘The Water for Women Fund – WASH Research Awards’ to contribute to the goal of ‘Improved health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable WASH.

Funding brief: The WASH Research Awards aim to contribute to the goal of ‘Improved health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable WASH.’’

The WASH Research Awards will grant funding for research under the following five priority themes (examples are indicative only):
 Gender and social inclusion and WASH (for example: including areas of intersection such as menstrual hygiene; women’s leadership or women’s economic empowerment in relation to WASH; violence and safety and WASH; disability and WASH; maternal health; and health facilities or a wide range of other topics)
 Safely managed water and safely managed sanitation and hygiene (both urban and rural contexts) (for example: including beyond Open Defecation Free (ODF); progression to safely managed drinking water supply; innovations in technology and processes to achieve safe standards; and effectiveness of, and innovation in hygiene behavior approaches.)
 Achieving SDG6 – integration of water resources management (WRM) and WASH, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and WASH, climate change adaptation (CCA) and WASH and water security (for example: including vulnerability and resilience; water scarcity; water allocation and decision making; risk-based approaches; and climate preparedness)
 Strengthening sector systems (for example: planning; monitoring; governance coordination; financing; service delivery models; sustainability outcomes including through longitudinal research; political economy; and government, private sector and community roles at national and subnational levels)
 Cross-sectoral WASH and its impacts: particularly health, nutrition, food security and education (for example: health and non-health impacts of WASH; links and synergies between WASH and nutrition; and links between menstrual hygiene and school absenteeism).

Two types of proposals will be sought under the WfW Fund:
 WASH sector research addressing key knowledge gaps (Type 1 award);
 Research closely linked to CSO implementation and outcomes of the WfW Fund (Type 2 award).

This call for proposals is only for Type 2 awards. It allows for collaboration between research organizations and selected CSOs to implement projects under the WfW Fund at a time when CSOs are finalizing their project design documents.

Proposals for Type 1 awards will be invited at a later date. This allows for the identification of key knowledge gaps once the CSO programs have been designed and are operational.

Donor Name: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Funding name: The Water for Women Fund – WASH Research Awards

Deadline: 27th, February, 2018 at 17:00 (Canberra time)

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Applicants may apply for between AUD100,000 and AUD400,000 per year of Australian Government funding for up to three years at differentiated levels of funding over the course of the research project. Grants will be paid in six monthly tranches subject to ongoing annual monitoring of the project and acceptance of Progress Reports. Proposals of up to three years in duration will be accepted, and the length of time must be justified by the nature of the research project.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: 3 years

Eligible organization: As below

Applications must meet each of the following eligibility criteria:
 Applications must be submitted by research organizations or institutions (and not by individual researchers);
 The Principal Investigator must nominate an organization with which he/she is affiliated to administer the grant and provide support;
 The Funding Round is open to all Australian and international not-for-profit institutions or organizations where research is a core component of the organization’s mandate and where the organization has demonstrated capacity to carry out quality research and manage grant funds according to DFAT’s policies;
 The administering organization must have access to a recognized Ethics Approval process;
 Project teams, administering organizations and partners funded by DFAT must demonstrate that they are ethically sound and, where applicable, seek ethics approval from their nominated administering organization. Ethics approval requirements in the research project target location (country/countries) must be taken into consideration and met;
 Demonstrated alignment with one or more of the five priority themes (see preceding section 2.2 and Attachment C).
 Organizations submitting applications must not have any reason preventing them from operating in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
 Consortia are eligible and must have a clearly identified lead organization.
 Consortium applications must be accompanied by a separate letter from each partner providing information about itself, noting the relationship between the Lead Organization and partner organization(s) and expressing the intent to collaborate.
 The Lead Organization in a consortium will be accountable for all funds. The Grant Agreement shall be signed with the Lead Organization, and the Lead Organization is responsible to the Fund Coordinator on behalf of DFAT for the performance of the consortium under the Grant Agreement to achieve the objectives as required.
 Organizations may be involved in several consortia and proposals.
 The Fund Coordinator, in consultation with DFAT, reserves the right to reassess any proposal if, following submission, the membership of the successful consortium proposal changes, including the withdrawal of consortium member(s).

In order to be eligible, your application must:
 Be completed in accordance with the ‘Invitation to Submit an Activity Proposal’ (Attachment A);
 Have investigation as its main objective and have observable outcomes relevant to the Australian aid program and partner countries. The WRAs do not fund bio-medical research, product development or organizational linkages (except as they relate to capacity building);
 Not be seeking funding specifically for the sole purpose of hosting, organizing or attending conferences or workshops; producing research publications; consultancy fees for projects that do not meet the definition of research; or specifically for travel to conferences/workshops and/or meetings;
 Not be seeking funding for the conduct of individual researchers’ masters or doctoral projects. However, if an organization’s proposed research project is eligible for support, then any nominated masters or doctoral research that convincingly forms an integral part of the proposed research project may be included.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply:

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Online via SmartyGrants: ).

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