Funding brief: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) invite proposals from individual organizations or consortia of multiple organizations, for projects that will
(1) generate knowledge and evidence to support the adaptation of proven innovations to address key education priorities in GPE member countries; and
(2) mobilize research and knowledge to support the scaling of these proven innovations. Projects funded through this global call must be multiregional, involving at least three GPE member countries in at least two regions.
Goal and Scope: The goal of KIX global grants is to contribute to the improved performance of education systems of GPE member countries through adapting and adopting evidence-based education innovations with a demonstrated impact on enhancing education access and quality at scale. KIX aims to achieve this by funding projects that examine the scalability of such innovations within and across GPE member countries; support knowledge mobilization to inform education policy and practice, strengthen the capacity of different education stakeholders; and fill gaps in knowledge on scaling education innovations.
The grants will support projects that aim to develop, test, and apply ways to scale innovations that address issues raised in KIX’s six discussion papers on teaching and learning, early childhood care and education, equity and inclusion, gender equality, data systems, and learning assessment systems. Proposals addressing more than one thematic area are encouraged. The grants will support projects that take evidence-based, proven, and scalable innovations to a wider scale of use and application to deliver meaningful outcomes through the effective deployment of scaling up models and delivery mechanisms. These innovations may come from within or outside GPE member countries, and they may have originally been developed to address national or international needs. Regardless of their origin, KIX grants will allow these innovations to be refined and adapted to the contextual needs of the countries in which they are proposed to be implemented. Projects funded through this global call must be multi-regional, involving at least three GPE member countries in at least two regions. Please refer to Appendix A for a list of countries by region. Note that the global grants will not fund the actual implementation of innovations at a large scale or the expanded coverage of off-the-shelf programs. Moreover, while the six discussion papers identify numerous important areas for improvement and investment, including innovation pilots, this call for global grants will not fund new pilots or seed new innovations. Seeding new pilots and innovations will be a focus of future KIX regional grants. For the purposes of this call, the term “innovation” refers to a tool, practice, policy, program, methodology, or any other intervention that can be used to improve education access and quality in developing contexts. Thus, while KIX discussion papers use a particular definition of innovations referring primarily to pilots, they are using a more expansive definition of innovation in this call.
Donor Name: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
Funding name: Knowledge & Innovation Exchange (KIX) Global Grants
Deadline: The deadline for submission of proposals is October, 1st, 2019 (23:59 EDT).
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: KIX will allocate CA$16.2 million (US$12 million) through this call, with individual projects receiving funding between CA$1.35 million (US$1 million) and CA$2.7 million (US$2 million). Funding can be allocated to individual organizations or groups of organizations (henceforth consortia) working together to implement the project.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
● Projects can be up to 42 months in duration.
● Proposals deemed high quality by this call’s Independent Assessment Panel but not approved for funding may be retained for an additional 12 months, based on applicant permissions, in the event that additional funds become available.
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: To be eligible for the KIX global grant, applicants must satisfy institutional and proposal requirements.
● Individual organizations.
● Groups of up to four organizations working in a consortium: Proposals should provide a rationale explaining why the consortium has come together to implement the project and describing the role and added value provided by each member organization. Consortia must describe the governance and coordination arrangements they will use to produce high quality work and support fair and equitable partnerships. Including at least one organization based in a country where the research will take place is considered an asset. Mixed teams—consisting of researchers, tool developers, private sector, policy and development organizations—are encouraged to apply.
● Private Sector : Proposals from or that include private sector partners are welcome. Such applications should demonstrate how private sector resources—financial or technical know-how—will contribute to the project, in partnership with others.
● Government ministries and agencies are not eligible for funding but can be involved in projects.
● For-profit providers of core education services.
● Proposals must address priorities and innovation gaps within one or more KIX thematic areas, as described in the discussion papers: teaching and learning, early childhood care and education, equity and inclusion, gender equality, data systems, and learning assessment systems.
● Proposals must have a cross-regional scope, spanning at least three GPE member countries and two of the GPE regions.
● Proposals should present a sound case for the adaptation, further testing and scaling of the innovation(s) they intend to examine. In particular, proposals must justify the selected innovation, including its previous impacts and results, its cost-effectiveness and sustainability, and the ways in which it aims to address issues and priorities across the chosen thematic area(s).
● Proposals must explain the steps to be taken to adapt and test the selected innovation to meet the contextual needs of the GPE member countries in which it will be implemented, as well as outline the scaling approaches and delivery mechanisms to be tested. They should also consider how the project will anticipate further scalability of the chosen innovation beyond the selected countries, potentially contributing to the development of global public goods.
● Proposals must present knowledge mobilization strategies, including articulating how the project will engage relevant stakeholders, to ensure relevance, quality and the potential to inform policy making and practice. Proposals may include measures for capacity building to support knowledge uptake.
● Proposals must reflect a critical approach to scale: scaling is not only about making something bigger. Scaling is the process of improving the reach, breadth, scope, quality, equity and sustainability of the changes, benefits and solutions that innovations bring to education systems. Proposals should anticipate potential trade-offs or even negative consequences of innovations as they scale. Decisions to scale must be well justified in light of evidence, as well as the perspectives of those who could be affected.
● Proposals from consortia must name one lead organization, which can sub-grant to additional organizations. IDRC may consider separate grants to multiple consortium members on an exceptional basis in its sole discretion.
● Proposals must include an appropriate range of expertise to ensure the project’s success, including research expertise. Each proposal must include an organization or groups of experts who have a strong record of conducting education research in developing contexts (at least two projects in the last five years.)
Eligible Country: Projects funded through this global call must be multiregional, involving at least three GPE member countries in at least two regions.
|Region 1: Anglophone Africa (19)||Region 2: Francophone Africa (20)||Region 3: Asia/Europe/Middle East and North Africa/Pacific Islands (21)||Region 4: Latin America and the Caribbean (8)|
|Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and
Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia (Somaliland
and Puntland), South Sudan,
and Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
|Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi,
Cabo Verde, Cameroon,
Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Djibouti, Guinea,
Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Togo
Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia,
Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor L’este, Uzbekistan,
St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● All applications should be submitted in English or French, using the online IDRC application.
Additional Documents: The online application will also ask applicants to upload the following documents:
● Workplan related to the implementation of the work proposed in the proposal.
● Estimated budget, with a cost breakdown by categories using the IDRC budget template. Complete all the tabs except the Summary tab, which will be generated automatically. Save the completed and duly signed budget as a PDF document and attach this to your application. For a list of eligible expenses, please refer to the IDRC Guidelines for Acceptable Project Expenditures. For general information, refer to General IDRC Funding Guidelines. Please add information on any matched funding, or additional leveraged resources, that are relevant to this proposal under the “Donor contributions” and “Local contributions” tabs.
● Curriculum vitae (CV) of the project leader. In case of the consortium, include CVs of key project team members from other organizations. CVs must be abridged and not exceed 2 pages.
● Institution Profile Questionnaire (IPQ) signed by the legal signatory of the administering institution. In case of the consortium, only the lead institution needs to submit the IPQ form.
● In case of the consortium, a signed letter demonstrating that the organizations have agreed to their roles and commitments to the proposed work.
Finally, the online application will ask the applicants to confirm their awareness of the following IDRC policies: IDRC Open Access Policy, IDRC Open Data Statement, IDRC Corporate Principles on Research Ethics, and IDRC’s Standard Terms and Conditions for a Grant Agreement.
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