IHE Delft: Inviting applications for ‘DUPC2 Call 2018: Research for Development Proposals Led by Institutes from Developing Countries’ to encourage further collaboration between researchers and practitioners from developing countries, and their engagement in the programme.

Funding brief: IHE Delft works with partners in developing countries to help tackle water and development challenges. Bringing together knowledge and experience from different perspectives helps to find local solutions and strengthen local capacities. The DUPC2 programme supports these partnership activities. The purpose of this call is to encourage further collaboration between researchers and practitioners from developing countries, and their engagement in the programme.

Objectives of the Call: The following are the specific objectives of this call:
– Stimulate problem-orientated research to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water and development.
– Increase the number of projects that focus on ‘Water scarcity in the Middle East, Northern Africa and the Nile region’ and/or have ‘Gender and inclusiveness’ as their main theme.
– Stimulate regional collaboration on trans-boundary water and development challenges, or collaboration on similar challenges where countries in a region could learn from each other.
– Encourage research that contributes to the development and uptake and/or piloting of innovative solutions, in close cooperation with the intended users of the research.

Thematic areas: Projects under this call will address one or more of the following DUPC2 themes:
– Gender and inclusiveness in relation to water and development
– Efficient water management, particularly in the agricultural sector
– Improved catchment area management and safe deltas
– Access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation
– Water diplomacy

Criteria: The following criteria will be used to evaluate the proposals. The criteria in italic are criteria for the full proposals only. A scale 1-5 will be used. The criteria are weighted equally.|
1. Scientific quality
● Is the scientific methodology of the proposed research sound?
2. Societal relevance
● Does the project address a relevant water and development challenge? To what extend is this rooted in stakeholder demands and priorities? Does the research collaborate with the appropriate stakeholders?
● Does it reflect a good knowledge of other work going on in this issue, in this region, and/or identify research and knowledge gaps?
● What is the potential for delivering appropriate and effective tools, technologies and perspectives for action? Does the proposal present convincing impact strategies to actually apply and institutionally embed such outputs with clearly defined users?
● Does the project contribute to equity and empowerment?
3. Degree of integration
● Does the proposal support collaboration and learning between the project partners in developing countries, jointly with the users of research results?
● Does the proposal integrate and link with other regional activities, policies and programs and thereby, contribute to enhancing the impacts on the ground?
4. Composition and strength of the consortium, incl. implementation capacity
● Does the proposed project team have the capacity to implement?
● Does the project team include and/or collaborate with stakeholders and nonacademic partners (private enterprise, public sector, civil society and / or donors) relevant to the development challenge?
● Is the work plan clear, effective and realistic? (Only full proposal)
● Is the presented budget reasonable and the breakdown credible and realistic? (Only full proposal)
● Does the project have an appropriate management structure with clear roles and responsibilities and have a clear owner of the outputs? (Only full proposal)
● Is a clear communication strategy presented? (Only full proposal)
● Is it clear within the consortium who has responsibility for engagement with non-researchers who will use research outputs, communications, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge sharing and gender, and is it clear they have the capacity and expertise to do this? (Only full proposal)
● Does the project include convincing monitoring and evaluation measures and are relevant indicators formulated? (Only full proposal)

Donor Name: IHE Delft
Funding name: DUPC2 Call 2018: Research for Development Proposals Led by Institutes from Developing Countries

Deadline: The proposal is submitted in time before 31st, October, 5PM CEST.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: An estimated total budget of €800K is available for this call with a maximum DUPC funding of €100k per project. At least 10% of the total project budget needs to be co-funded (cash, in-kind) by intended users of the results of the research project.

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: The proposed projects have a maximum duration of two years.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: The proposal should be led by a researcher from an institute from a country or region the proposal is targeting (see below). It is preferable that the lead partner has collaboration with IHE Delft. The research team consist of at least two partners from developing countries from the same region. Teams are encouraged to include non-academic local/regional partners like civil society, NGO’s, private sector and government if it can be demonstrated that they can bring strategic value to the project.

Eligible Country: Projects can target one or more countries, but should limit their focus to one region.

Projects funded under this call will focus on one of the following countries and regions:
● Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine)
● North-African region and Nile river basin, including the Eastern Nile
● Sahel (Mali, Niger and Nigeria)
● Mozambique, and the Zambezi river basin
● Asian deltas, including the Mekong delta, Ganges-Bramaputra delta, Irrawaddy delta and Ciliwung delta
● Colombia, and the Magdalena river basin

The first two listed regions get priority in this call; the anticipated minimum number of selected projects from these regions is four.

● Other countries in the regions mentioned are eligible for funding, but only if they are a low or middle income country and only in combination with one or more of the countries mentioned above.

 Submission mail: dupc_project@un-ihe.org

Other important link:
● Guideline:
 Call texts: Click to view
 Budget Guideline: Click to view

● About: Click to view

How to apply: The proposal is submitted in time to dupc_project@un-ihe.org.

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