The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA): Inviting applications for ‘Research Grants’ to provide grants for development research activities as part of Denmark’s international development cooperation.

Funding brief: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA) provides grants for development research activities as part of Denmark’s international development cooperation. While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 constitute an overall thematic framework for development cooperation and research, the overall objective of the Danish support to research cooperation is to contribute to new solutions with new knowledge. In accordance with this objective, grants will be awarded to strategic research cooperation which generates new knowledge relevant to the needs and strategies of partner countries, to Denmark’s cooperation with these countries as well as including substantive elements of research capacity strengthening.

Within this framework, the MFA invites Phase 1 applications for grants related to development research with partners in the Danida priority countries (Window 1) and research with partners in selected growth and transition countries (Window 2).  Research-based institutions in Denmark, Ghana, or Tanzania are eligible to apply in Window 1, while only Danish research-based institutions can apply in Window 2. The funding is conditional on the Danish Parliament’s approval of the 2020 Finance Bill.

Phase 1 is the first step of a process in which applicants submit project ideas leading to prequalification. Phase 2 is the submission of a full application by those selected in Phase 1 (“prequalified”).

Call for applications – Window 1
Research theme
The thematic focus area of this Call is Sustainable development and climate change.

Progress towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations in agenda 2030 requires renewed research efforts, notably in so far as the consequences of climate change are concerned. There is an urgent need to introduce low carbon development policies, measures and technologies across the globe in order to rapidly and effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time higher temperatures, sea level rise, extreme weather events, droughts and floods are forcing many communities to adapt to a warmer world. Climate change affects sustainable development pathways through impacts on infrastructure and settlements, on ecosystems and biological diversity, on food production and access to water resources, as well as on the patterns and prevalence of disease, etc. Furthermore, persistent poverty and inequalities as well as recurring humanitarian crises impact on sustainable development and in fragile, least developed countries there are risks of leaving millions behind. Introducing sustainable development policies requires thorough understanding of economic, social and environmental constraints and opportunities. In this context, intensified research plays a role in developing innovative solutions, contributing both to mitigate climate change (by reducing emissions) and to enhance resilience (adaptive capacities). Multi-disciplinary investigations may be particularly significant.

Call for applications – Window 2 
Research theme
The thematic focus areas of the Call are:
Renewable energy
Environment, including manufacturing, urban development and waste
Water resources, including urban water
Food quality
Health systems including occupational health and safety (OHS)
Maritime development

Donor Name: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA)
Funding name: Research Grants

Deadline:
The deadline for submission of Phase 1 applications in both windows is 31st, January, 2020 at 13:00 hrs. CET.
Deadline for Phase 2 applications: 21st, August, 2020 13:00 hrs CET

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
Call for applications – Window 1
The total budget available for this research window is approximately 120 million DKK. The funding is conditional on approval by the Danish Parliament of the 2020 Finance Bill. The expected duration of projects is up to 5 years within a maximum grant of DKK 12 million for each project.

Call for applications – Window 2
The total budget available for this research window is approximately 80 million DKK. This includes an allocation for extension of research projects funded in 2017 applying within this Call.

The funding is conditional on approval by the Danish Parliament of the 2020 finance bill. The expected duration of projects is from 18 to 36 months with a maximum grant of 5 million DKK for each project.

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration:
Call for applications – Window 1
The expected duration of projects is up to 5 years within a maximum grant of DKK 12 million for each project.
Call for applications – Window 2
The expected duration of projects is from 18 to 36 months with a maximum grant of 5 million DKK for each project.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Call for applications – Window 1
Main applicant
Applications can only be submitted by universities or by a research-based institution (public and private, nationally registered institutions) in Denmark, Ghana, or Tanzania, which will be responsible for the grant. The project coordinator must have an affiliation to the applying institution. At the time of submitting the application, the project coordinator must hold a PhD or equivalent qualification, documented clearly in the CV. Documented evidence that he/she is a Professor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor is regarded as equivalent to a PhD.

Experience shows that the project coordinator plays a key role in ensuring that a research collaboration project is successful. An effective engagement/ involvement of the project coordinator will entail a substantial workload, noticeably at the beginning of the project. It is important that the project coordinator and the research team are able to document relevant scientific merits and qualifications as well as a research background within the topic applied for. A person may appear as project coordinator on several applications, but only one project per project coordinator may be approved for this funding window.

Project participants
The application must list all partner institutions. The applications from Denmark must list partners in Danida priority countries and possibly international partners, while the applications from Ghana and Tanzania must list partners in Denmark and possibly elsewhere. At least one researcher from each partner institution (project participant if private sector partner) must be named in the Phase 1 application, including the project coordinator (Step 1A of the application form). Guide to finding a Danish researcher for applicants from Ghana and Tanzania is available under “Useful links”. Research collaboration is considered an important means to strengthen research capacity of institutions in priority countries. In order for research partners to benefit from the collaboration, partnerships should be equal, and partners should be able to contribute actively in preparing both Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications. Research applications which have been prepared without the active involvement of all partners will not be approved. Other important aspects of equal partnerships include joint fieldwork, joint publishing, knowledge sharing, access to databases and libraries, etc. It is strongly encouraged to involve partners from the private sector and national authorities in the partner country or in Denmark in the research project, and grant funding can be used for their direct input to project activities but not overhead expenses. Such partners are encouraged to contribute with additional resources (funding or in-kind) for the projects. International research institutions and research institutions in countries outside Denmark and outside the Danida priority countries can equally be supported by the grant for their direct input to the project activities with no overhead. Support to PhD students is considered an important part of research capacity strengthening of the partner institutions. The application should indicate the intentions for involvement of PhD students in the project. Danish PhD students may be included for their direct input to the project. PhD candidates from the priority countries included in the project must seek enrolment at a university in their home country, alternatively at a university in the region of the partner country. Enrolment in Denmark can only be considered if enrolment in the partner country or the partner country region is not possible, and if sufficient justification for this is provided.

Call for applications – Window 2
Main applicant Applications can only be submitted by universities or by a research-based institution (public and private) in Denmark, which will be responsible for the grant. The project coordinator must have an affiliation to the applying institution.

At the time of submitting the application, the project coordinator must hold a PhD or equivalent qualification, documented clearly in the CV. Documented evidence that he/she is a Professor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor is regarded as equivalent to a PhD. Experience shows that the project coordinator plays a key role in ensuring that a research collaboration project is successful. An effective engagement/ involvement of the project coordinator will entail a substantial workload, noticeably at the beginning of the project. It is important that the project coordinator and the research team are able to document relevant scientific merits and qualifications as well as a research background within the topic applied for. A person may appear as project coordinator on several applications, but only one project per project coordinator may be approved for this funding window.
Project participants The application must list all partner institutions, including partners in growth and transition countries and possibly international partners. At least one researcher from each partner institution (project participant if private sector partner) must be named in the Phase 1 application, including the project coordinator (Step 1A of the application form). Research collaboration is considered an important means to strengthen research capacity. In order for research partners to benefit from the collaboration, partnerships should be equal, and partners should be able to contribute actively in preparing both Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications. Research applications which have been prepared without the active involvement of partners in growth and transition countries will not be approved. Other important aspects of equal partnerships include joint fieldwork, joint publishing, knowledge sharing, access to databases and libraries, etc. It is strongly encouraged to involve partners from the private sector and national authorities in the partner country or in Denmark in the research project, and grant funding can be used for direct input to project activities, but not overhead expenses. Such partners are encouraged to contribute with additional resources (funding or in-kind) for the projects. International research institutions and research institutions in countries outside Denmark and outside the growth and transition countries can equally be supported by the grant for their direct input to the project activities with no overhead. As the project duration is only up to three years, it is not envisaged that PhD studies can be included. Direct input of ongoing PhD studies may be included.

The Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) administers the MFA’s support to development research.

Eligible Country:
● Call for applications – Window 1
The research must be implemented in a Danida priority country. These are currently Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Palestine, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

● Call for applications – Window 2
The research must be implemented in one of the following growth and transition countries involved in the Strategic Sector Cooperation with Denmark: Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, South Africa, and Vietnam.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
Brochure: Click to view

How to apply: pplications must be submitted in English and electronically via DFC e-application system (e-fond).

Appendix A – CVs: A front page of the appendix must be inserted, listing the CVs of the project coordinator and all other researchers and project participants named in the application form Step 1A, listed in the order in which they appear. The CVs must specify the scientific qualifications, managerial skills, and experience from developing countries, and must include a list of key publications and patents relevant for the application. The length of the CVs must be no more than 2 pages per person. Signature on CVs is not required. Please note that submitted CVs for researchers who are not named in Step 1A will not be part of the assessment. The table of contents and all CVs must be compiled in a single PDF file in which each CV starts on a new page.
Appendix B – Signatures: This appendix must include scanned signatures of the project coordinator and the Head of the Responsible Institution/Department as per the mandatory template available in the e-application form, Step 5 and be uploaded as a PDF file. It is advised not to wait until the last minute before deadline to submit the application, to account for any unforeseen issues on the applicant’s side.FundForBangladesh-BorderVisit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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