The r4d programme has launched its second Call for Transformation accelerating grants (TAGs) that allow teams of r4d researchers and implementing partners (e.g. policy makers, the private sector, development practitioners) to make use of the knowledge, tools and technologies developed within r4d projects through translation and implementation initiatives.
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Transformation accelerating grants (TAGs) focus on co-creation, social learning, technology transfer and transformative actions with the ultimate aim to accelerate transformation towards sustainable development and reduce poverty in countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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- Transformation accelerating grants focus on co-creation, social learning, technology transfer and transformative actions with the ultimate aim to accelerate transformation towards sustainable development and reduce poverty in countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- TAGs shall test, validate, accelerate or facilitate the uptake and utilisation of research findings from an r4d project on a local or national scale in r4d partner countries or on an international scale.
- A total budget of about CHF 800’000 is available for the second TAG Call. This means that 8 to 10 TAG initiatives can be funded.
- A TAG budget can be up to CHF 100’000 to be used over a period of maximal 12 months.
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Only teams composed of one main applicant and at least one project partner are eligible to apply for a Transformation accelerating grant (TAG).
- The main applicant is a researcher based at a Swiss research institution who is/was involved in the respective r4d project as Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI).
- At least one project partner is a person with a function in implementation, working for example at a government agency, a NGO or in the private sector. She or he provides substantial conceptual as well as practical input for the implementation of the project in the respective country.
- In principle, at least one project partner must be based at an institution in the global South (i.e. in a partner country of the r4d programme). Exceptions are possible and have to be justified.
- Further implementation partners or academic project partners from any r4d partner country (including Switzerland) can be part of the applying team.
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- The proposed activity clearly emerged from an r4d project.
- Founded theory of change and tangible intended outputs in terms of transformation for sustainable development (should aim to create opportunities for concrete application).
- The local intervention is embedded in an ongoing development/research activity or is part of an overall strategy (no stand-alone, blue-sky research/innovation initiative) which will allow continuity and sustainability afterwards.
- Explicit transdisciplinary, co-creation, need-based approach, making use of the respective competences and added value of different stakeholders needed to achieve the planned transformation.
- In case of proposals of the same quality, (i) better gender balance in the applying team and (ii) proposals from an r4d project that has not yet received a TAG will be given priority. The criteria (i) and (ii) will be used in this sequence.
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