Deadline: 20 December 2018
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 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.
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.
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.).
- 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.
- 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).
How to Apply
Proposals must be submitted online via given website.
For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2Fh2ms4