Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT): Inviting applications for ‘Request for Research Proposals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Research Awards’ to support civil society organisations (CSOs) to implement gender and socially inclusive WASH projects in Asia and the Pacific.

Funding brief: The Water for Women Fund Coordinator, GHD, has announced a request for proposals from eligible Research Organisations (ROs) to implement WASH Research Awards (Research Type 1) through the Water for Women Fund.

The WASH Research Awards is a $10.6 million Research Component associated with the wider Water for Women Fund, which supports civil society organisations (CSOs) to implement gender and socially inclusive WASH projects in Asia and the Pacific. It will provide funds for high-quality, policy-relevant research that is available, accessible and communicated to the policy development and program design community in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the global WASH sector.

This Call for Proposals is for WASH Research Awards (Type 1). Type 1 Awards are aimed at WASH sector research that addresses key knowledge gaps, and contributes to the Water for Women Fund end of program outcome of “strengthened use of new evidence, innovation and practice in sustainable gender and inclusive WASH by other CSOs, national and international WASH sector actors”.

This type of research will comprise future-looking research answering broad sector questions or examining emerging challenges and trends in the sector. It includes research that can serve the needs of various WASH actors in the region, including end-users such as partner governments at national or sub-national level, DFAT and other donors, CSOs or other international agencies and sector stakeholders.

The WASH Research Awards will award funding for research under five priority themes. All proposals should include considerations of gender and social inclusion.

ROs are expected to submit a separate application for each proposal. A WASH Research Awards Guidelines document is available below. It includes guidance on process and eligibility.

Objectives The WASH Research Awards aim to contribute to the goal of ‘Improved health, gender equality and socially well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable WASH in Asian and Pacific countries WASH’. The Awards will support that goal by contributing to the Water for Women’s fourth end-of-program outcome:
Strengthened use of new evidence, innovation and practice in sustainable gender and inclusive WASH by other CSOs, national and international WASH sector actors.

This key outcome in turn will be supported by the Fund’s intermediate outcome of
Documentation and sharing of gender and socially inclusive evidence and effective practices with other CSOs, national and international sector actors.

The three key strategies that will support these outcomes include:
Quality research engagement, partnerships and networks.
Quality research capacity building.
Quality research management, processes and outputs.

Priority themes and proposal types: The WASH Research Awards will award 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, innovations in technology and process to achieve safe standards, effectiveness of and innovation in hygiene behaviour approaches etc.).
Achieving SDG6 – integration of water resources management (WRM) and WASH, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and WASH, climate change adaptation (CCA) and WASH, water security (for example, including vulnerability and resilience, water scarcity, water allocation and decision-making, risk-based approaches, climate preparedness etc.).
Strengthening sector systems (for example, planning, monitoring, governance, coordination, financing, service delivery models, sustainability outcomes including through longitudinal research, political economy, 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, links between menstrual hygiene and school absenteeism etc.).

Two types of proposals are being sought under the Water for Women Fund:
WASH sector research addressing key knowledge gaps (Type 1 Award).
Research closely linked to CSO implementation and outcomes of the Water for Women Fund (Type 2 Award).

A Call for Proposals for Type 2 Awards was conducted from December 2017 to May 2018. As a result, six research projects are being funded from 2017-18 to 2020-21, summarised in the table below.

Research Organisation Research Title
Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Research Focus: Gender equality and women’s empowerment in WASH: strengthening civil society partnerships, workforce development and impact measurement Locations: Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Nepal
The International Water Centre and Griffith University Research focus: Progressing inclusive, resilient and sustainable SDG 6 and WASH outcomes in the rural Pacific: approaches to enable effective community-based water management Locations: Solomon Islands and Fiji
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Research focus: Changing Hygiene Around Maternal Priorities Location: Cambodia
International Water Management Institute Research Focus: A gender perspective to understand and enhance the functionality of water supply systems: lessons from Nepal Location: Nepal
The Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Research focus: Supporting CSOs to assess climate change impacts and improve the service, gender and social inclusion outcomes of WASH programs Locations: Indonesia and Timor-Leste
The Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Research focus: Gender transformative social accountability for inclusive WASH Locations: Bangladesh

Donor Name: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Funding name: Request for Research Proposals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Research Awards (Type 1)

Deadline: The deadline for submission of proposals is 17:00 (Canberra time), 20th, December, 2018.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
Applicants may apply for between AUD 100,000 and AUD 400,000 per year of Australian Government funding for up to 2 years at differentiated levels of funding over the course of the research project. Grants will be paid in annual tranches subject to ongoing annual monitoring of the project and acceptance of Progress Reports (templates provided in Appendix E). While proposals of up to two years in duration will be accepted, the length of time must be justified by the nature of the research project.

DFAT and the Water for Women Fund Coordinator encourage applicants to identify and include co-funding opportunities. Co-funding may include, but not be limited to, in-kind contributions such as release time from teaching duties. In the case that two or more proposals are rated as being of equal merit, preference will be given to the proposal with the greatest level of cost sharing.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: 2 years

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:  Organisation eligibility Applications must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
Applications must be submitted by research organisations or institutions (and not by individual researchers).
The Principal Investigator must nominate an organisation with which s/he is affiliated to administer the grant and provide support.
The Funding Round is open to all Australian and international not-for-profit institutions or organisations where research is a core component of the organisation’s mandate and where the organisation has demonstrated capacity to carry out quality research and manage grant funds according to Australian Government policies
The administering organisation must have access to a recognised Ethics Approval process.
Project teams, administering organisations and partners funded by DFAT through the Water for Women Fund Coordinator must demonstrate that they are ethically sound and, where applicable, seek ethics approval from their nominated administering organisation. 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 and specific knowledge gaps (see preceding Section 2.2 and Appendix C).

Organisations submitting proposals 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 organisation.
Consortium proposals must be accompanied by a separate letter from each partner providing information about itself, noting the relationship between the Lead Organisation and partner organisation(s) and expressing the intent to collaborate.
The Lead Organisation in a consortium will be accountable for all funds. The Grant Agreement shall be signed with the Lead Organisation, and the Lead Organisation is responsible to the Water for Women Fund Coordinator and DFAT for the performance of the consortium under the Grant Agreement to achieve the objectives as required.
Organisations may be involved in several consortia and proposals.
DFAT through the Water for Women Fund Coordinator reserves the right to reassess any proposal if, following submission, the membership of the successful consortium proposal changes, including withdrawing consortium member(s).

Proposal eligibility In order to be eligible your proposal must:
Be completed in accordance with the ‘Invitation to Submit an Activity Proposal’ (Appendix A).
The WASH Research Awards will fund research that has investigation as its main objective and that has observable outcomes relevant to the Australian aid program and partner countries. The WASH Research Awards does not fund bio-medical research, product development or organisational linkages (except as they relate to capacity building).
These Awards do not provide funding specifically for the sole purpose of hosting, organising 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.
These Awards will not provide financial support for the conduct of individual researchers’ masters or doctoral projects. However, if an organisation’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: The geographic scope of the research awards will be developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
Apply: Click to view
Guideline: Click to view
About: Click to view
Water for Women Fund, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Research Awards Guidelines, Request for Proposals (Research Type 1): Click to view
Research (Type 1) Awards – Addendum 1: Click to view
Research (Type 1) Awards – Addendum 2: Click to view
Research (Type 1) Awards – Addendum 3: Click to view

How to apply: Proposals must be submitted online at:

The contact person for this research grants process will be the Water for Women Fund Knowledge & Learning Manager, Mr Bill Pennington. Email:
The deadline for submission of questions is 8th, December, 2018. Questions should be submitted to the Contact Person as soon as possible in writing.

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