The Global Development Network (GDN) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have launched a global competitive research program to promote opportunities to produce high quality, relevant, legitimate and credible knowledge and analysis that can foster biodiversity mainstreaming by opening new spaces for collaborations or negotiations within the society.
This program aims to address, through a social science angle, the issue of mainstreaming biodiversity into public policies, corporate practices and society at large.
The three-year awards program creates a high-quality and high-visibility opportunity for researchers based in select developing countries to produce and disseminate quality research, especially multidisciplinary research, that is independent, of high quality, and policy relevant on the link between biodiversity and development.
It consists of four competitively selected individual research grants of up to 24 months, one of which is earmarked for Francophone Africa, plus two additional grants for winners that successfully develop a multi-disciplinary project together.
- Expand global knowledge on the link between biodiversity and development through new, high quality research conducted by researchers in select developing countries
- Support mainstreaming of the topic in local development policy debates and decisions, and evidence-based mainstreaming initiatives, through increased visibility of the topics researched and by putting an international stamp on quality research-practice collaboration at the local level
- Convene high quality academic thinking from a range of relevant disciplines on the link between biodiversity and development, through the active involvement of globally prominent scholars, including French institutions
- Mainstream high-quality research-practice collaborations between local researchers and the policy community, including civil society, creating incentives and formats that enable productive and sustained interaction between local demand and local supply of knowledge on the topic
- Raise the profile and capacity of promising Southern researchers committed to advance policy debates on the topic
- The call is open to teams of researchers belonging to a university or any other research-oriented organizations based in developing countries.
- A maximum of 3 researchers, including the principal investigator, are allowed in each team. The composition of the team cannot change between the call for Expression of Interest and the submission of the full proposal. Researchers can belong to different institutions, but the grant will be given to the institutions hosting the principal investigator.
- The researchers, including the principal investigator, must be citizens and residents of an eligible country.
- Staff members of multilateral and bilateral development organizations are not eligible to apply.
- Previous and current employees of GDN, previous and current GDN Board Members, and members of evaluation teams hired by GDN for specific projects are not eligible to apply up till 5 years from the completion of their tenure.
- Similar proposals or papers resulting as products from activities funded fully or partially by GDN and AFD cannot be submitted for this competition.
- Applicants should clearly mention if this proposal is receiving or will receive funds from other sources. Co-funding is encouraged, but it should be clearly explained how the additional funds provided by the grant would reinforce and complement the existing funds for successful completion of the project.
For more information, visit http://www.gdn.int/biodiversity