AR4D Funding Opportunities – June 2020

AR4D Funding Opportunities – June 2020

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The Jephcott Charitable Trust in the UK makes grants for charitable purposes in the subject areas of population control, natural environment, education, and health. Projects in the theme of Natural Environment include examples in small-scale agriculture, livestock production, horticulture, agricultural training, community water supply, environmental education, tree planting, renewable energy, and others. Grants are made in the range of £2 thousand to £10 thousand (in exceptional cases only, up to £20 thousand). Eligibility for grants extends to registered charities and properly constituted organizations in all parts of the world. There is no application deadline.


The Network for Social Change supports socially progressive projects in the UK and developing countries. Supported projects include some in the area of environment, natural resources, and related fields. The Network does not accept unsolicited funding applications. However, the Network is willing to receive project ideas from outside of its membership via its Project Noticeboard. 


The International Foundation makes grants in subject areas that include agriculture, water and sanitation, environment, and several others. Grants are to nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organizations in the USA. Most grant recipients are small and medium NGOs in the USA engaged in international development assistance. Grants are up to US$25 thousand for projects of one year. There are no calendar deadlines for applications.


The Foundation makes grants for sustainable development of water resources in Latin America. Grant recipients for community water projects include government agencies, development NGOs, foundations and institutes, and other nonprofit organizations. To propose projects, applicants should contact the Foundation via its email address or telephone.


Aqua for All aims to facilitate sustainable access to water & sanitation and therefore requests concept notes on solutions to water challenges in Africa or South Asia. Aqua for All provides grant money to scale and implement solutions that address drinking water, sanitation and/or water management. The application is open to companies, government agencies, knowledge institutes, and non-profit organizations. There is no application deadline.

The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) is a full-text and searchable database of articles from high-quality research journals in agriculture and related sciences, housed at Cornell University in the USA. TEEAL is an offline tool, not requiring internet or a phone line. For eligible universities and research institutions in low-income EU-ACP countries (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific), CTA in the Netherlands will provide the initial investment for the TEEAL base collection (equivalent to US$5 thousand) and the update in the following year. Applications can be made in English or French. 

The FAO-EU FLEGT Program supports governments and private sector organizations that contribute to the reduction of illegal logging and strengthen the trade of legal forest products. Projects can apply for project grants of up to US$50 thousand. Eligible countries from Africa, Asia, and Latin America are listed in the announcement. Projects are accepted on a rolling basis.


RUFORUM’s program for Graduate Training Assistantships (GTA) grants support for 325 PhD training opportunities during the next four years. The GTA aims to improve the quality of higher education and increase the pool of PhD academic staff in RUFORUM’s member universities by facilitating cross-university PhD studies and teaching. Applicants need to be nominated for PhD training by his/her university. RUFORUM Secretariat assists in facilitating placement of the nominated staff to universities with the appropriate fields of the required training. The GTA accepts rolling applications (no deadline).



The Donner Canadian Foundation makes grants for public policy research, environment, social service projects, and international development. Grant making includes interests in land and wildlife conservation in Canada and internationally. Donner’s grants are restricted to organizations that have Canadian charitable status. The Foundation does not regularly respond to letters of inquiry or unsolicited requests, however, organizations may send a brief description of their goals and programs. If there is a potential match with the Foundation’s interests, Donner will request more information.


Swiss National Science Foundation — Scientific Exchanges

The program Scientific Exchanges is aimed at researchers who want to host their own scientific event in Switzerland; invite colleagues from abroad for a research visit to Switzerland; or visit their colleagues in another country. For events, an important criterion is the participation of women speakers and young researchers. Applicants for scientific exchanges must be employed in Switzerland, and applications must be submitted at least four months before the event or visit.


Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy — Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

The CS Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy take an activist approach in making grants to defend traditional management of agriculture and natural resources in the Global South. Specific interests includes protecting local seeds and reducing chemicals in agriculture; regulating the introduction of genetically modified organisms; and supporting communities in their self-governance of natural resources. Recent grants include several for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most grants are under US$20 thousand. Letters of inquiry can be sent at any time.


Nuffic has announced a call for proposals to Promote Employment in Agriculture and Agricultural Growth to improve the quality and employability of Education and Training Winners Technical and Professional (TVET) in Tunisia. The Orange Knowledge Program is a 5-year program with the objective of contribute to the sustainable and inclusive development of society, by building capacities, the knowledge and qualities of both individuals and educational institutions, in the technical and vocational education and training and Higher Education. It contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the Dutch development cooperation, in which education plays a role considerable. The applications deadline is 04 June 2020.


Nuffic has announced a call for proposals to Promote Employment in Agriculture and Agricultural Growth to improve the quality and employability of Education and Training Winners Technical and Professional (TVET) in Tunisia. The Orange Knowledge Program is a 5-year program with the objective of contribute to the sustainable and inclusive development of society, by building capacities, the knowledge and qualities of both individuals and educational institutions, in the technical and vocational education and training and Higher Education. It contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the Dutch development cooperation, in which education plays a role considerable. Through its institutional collaboration projects, the Orange Knowledge Program aims to support knowledge institutions requiring strengthening sustainable of their higher and professional education capacities in the themes relevant to local priorities and development cooperation. The support of vocational education and the link with the labor market are principles important. Institutional projects include various activities that participate in institutional development of organizations from developing countries on three levels: individual, organizational and institutional. Proposals can be submitted until 04 June 2020.


BeChangeMaker Africa is an online training program for social entrepreneurs. Participants gain access to tools and technology for start-ups, coaching, mentoring, and access to a diverse global network of potential investors. Interested social entrepreneurs have to form a team of 2-5 people between the ages of 18 and 35 years and present a social challenge they wish to address. Applications are open until 05 June 2020.


Nuffic invites applications for Joint Proposals on Food and Nutrition in Vietnam, Tunisia, Sahel, Mali, and Benin. The Nuffic’s Orange Knowledge Programme aims to strengthen professionals and organizations through education and training. Proposed projects must contribute to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture, and ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all. Funding per institutional collaboration project is in the range of €600 thousand to €1 million. Deadlines vary per country, please check carefully. Last closing date for submission of grant applications is 11 June 2020.


The Newton Institutional Links support research and innovation collaboration between the UK and partners in any of the following countries: Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey. Subject areas for the collaborative research include agriculture, climate and environment, sustainable energy, water and sanitation, and several others — varying with each partner country. Proposals are submitted jointly by a principal investigator in the UK with a principal investigator in the partner country. Grants range from £50 thousand to £300 thousand over two years. The deadline for proposals is 12 June 2020.


The MIT Solve community has announced the 2020 Global Challenge on the topic of “Sustainable Food Systems”. Agriculture occupies more than 40 percent of the Earth’s land and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Farming, fishing, transporting, processing, and distributing food supports 28 percent of human livelihood, including 470 million smallholder farmers who often depend on less than 2 hectares for both income and sustenance. By 2050, that system will need to feed 3 billion more people while reducing net emissions to zero to align with Paris Agreement targets. New trends make transforming the food system more difficult. As people move out of poverty, they buy more meat, increasing the amount of land used to raise and feed animals, and further burdening over exploited fish stocks. Simultaneously, humanity gets 75 percent of food from just 17 species, decreasing resilience to diseases and other climate-related stresses and shocks. Finally, with 30 percent of food lost or wasted, a third of the food system’s environmental impact happens without feeding anyone. Online registration closes18 June 2020.


The MIT Solve community has announced the 2020 Global Challenge on the topic of “Sustainable Food Systems”. Agriculture occupies more than 40 percent of the Earth’s land and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Farming, fishing, transporting, processing, and distributing food supports 28 percent of human livelihood, including 470 million smallholder farmers who often depend on less than 2 hectares for both income and sustenance. By 2050, that system will need to feed 3 billion more people while reducing net emissions to zero to align with Paris Agreement targets. New trends make transforming the food system more difficult. As people move out of poverty, they buy more meat, increasing the amount of land used to raise and feed animals, and further burdening over exploited fish stocks. Simultaneously, humanity gets 75 percent of food from just 17 species, decreasing resilience to diseases and other climate-related stresses and shocks. Finally, with 30 percent of food lost or wasted, a third of the food system’s environmental impact happens without feeding anyone. New data-rich technologies, combined with the revival of traditional practices such as inter cropping or indigenous fisheries management, hold great promise. But new business models are required to bring these approaches to far more people, while further innovation is still needed to transform the food system at scale. The Deadline for this application is 18 June, 2020.


The “Solve” program at MIT announces five global challenges in 2020, inviting anyone in the world to propose solutions to them. The 2020 challenges include one on sustainable food systems. MIT Solve Sustainable Food Challenge is looking for technology-based solutions for a low-carbon global food system that provides nutrition with minimal environmental impact. The finalists in each challenge will be invited to present their ideas at an event in New York (simultaneous with the UN General Assembly, September 2020). The winner receives a US$10 thousand grant. In addition, MIT Solve will honor innovative technology solutions that improve quality of life for women and girls with the ‘Innovation for Women Prize’ (up to US$75 thousand). The draft submission deadline is 18 June 2020.


The Diaspora Challenge seeks scalable business solutions to social challenges in Africa. The challenge invites proposals in three thematic areas, including one on clean and affordable energy. The winning ideas will receive prototype funding of US$ 15 thousand, seed investment and mentor-ship to put their idea into action. Only Africans in diaspora are eligible. Ideas have to be submitted by 30 June 2020.


The European Commission (EC) supports the development eco-tourism activities with focus on community-based, economically-viable ecotourism enterprises, conservation and heritage areas. The Commission provides funding to projects that develop community-based and nature-based tourism activities, diversify the tourism offer in Botswana, promote eco-friendly tourism practices and conservation activities in and around protected areas, and implement activities that increase the participation of local communities in the tourism industry. Applicants may request between €500 thousand and €750 thousand for the implementation of their proposed project. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations established in Africa or the European Union. The application deadline is 30 June 2020.


The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organizations in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education and in other fields related to priority themes in the OKP partner countries. The scholarships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2020.


The U.S. Department of State aims to reduce supply chain linked-deforestation by improving relevant data and information. The program “Data for Jurisdictional Sourcing: Spurring Jurisdictional Approaches and REDD+ Action” supports the development of technical capacity and systems for identifying, collecting, and managing relevant information and data necessary to avoid further deforestation on a global scale. Funding of US$715 thousand will be made available to be used to increase developing country participation in jurisdictional sourcing approaches. Eligibility extends to U.S. and foreign non-profit/nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and public international organizations. The closing date for applications is 03 July 2020.


The Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition (CEC) invites entrepreneurs from all around the world to submit innovative answers and ideas to solve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Young entrepreneurs (age 15-35) submit their ideas and projects in the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship category. Entrepreneurs over 30 years apply to the Adult Citizen Entrepreneurship category. The winners receive a certificate and international recognition. The deadline for entries is 06 July 2020.


The RELX Group (former Reed Elsevier) sponsors the RELX Group Environmental Challenge to recognize projects worldwide that best demonstrate sustainable access to safe water and/or access to improved sanitation. The challenge is open to individuals and organizations (profit and non-profit). Projects must advance sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk, and/or access to improved sanitation. The first prize is US$50 thousand; second prize is US$25 thousand. The submission deadline is 10 July 2020.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides opportunities to U.S. citizens to assist developing countries in establishing school-based agricultural education programs. Proposals should include classroom instruction, field demonstrations, entrepreneurship projects, and leadership development. The proposed project has to be supported by the host country’s government, agriculture community, and local authorities. USDA expects to make to awards of US$500 thousand each. Proposals can be submitted until 15 July 2020.


The European Commission (EC) seeks to strengthen the civil society in Argentina to improve the difficult socio-economic situation linked to the financial crisis and the consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Therefore, the EC invites proposals that promote the adoption of environmentally and socially sustainable development policies. Applicants may request a financial contribution between €450 thousand and €750 thousand. Eligibility extends to non-profits, universities, and other forms of civil society organizations. Deadline for submission of concept notes is 15 July 2020.


The Newton Fund Impact Scheme (NFIS) provides funding for current and previously funded Newton Fund grantees with the aim to build upon the original partnership or form a new partnership. The grants will provide funding for initiating or increasing policy impacts, or initiating or increasing engagement with impact multipliers (e.g. businesses, NGOs, or charities). Grants can be up to a maximum of £160 thousand for up to two years. Eligible partner countries for the 2020 call for applicants are Egypt, Indonesia, and Thailand. The application deadline is 15 June 2020.


The Belmont Forum calls for collaborative research action on the theme: Towards Sustainability of Soils and Groundwater for Society. Research projects may address any terrestrial ecosystems, which are facing ongoing or predicted future degradation of their soil or groundwater systems. Please note that this call does not focus on agricultural soil management or the restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity. Participating countries are Brazil, China, France, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. The deadline for registration to participate in this call is 23 July 2020.


The Mediterranean Sea Basin Program is a cross-border cooperation initiative implemented by the EU and neighboring coastal territories. The ENI CBC Med finances cooperation projects with focus on biodiversity conservation, climate change, and pollution for a more sustainable Mediterranean area. ENI CBC Med accepts applications for capitalization projects in the following priority areas: Water Management, Waste Treatment and Recycling, Renewable Energy, Integrated Coastal Zone Management. The maximum EU contribution is 90% of the total eligible costs with a total maximum of €1 million per project. The deadline for the submission of project proposals is 28 July 2020.

The European Commission (EC) aims to strengthen and stimulate the dialogue between civil society organizations in the EU and the ASEAN region in areas of global health, environment challenges, sustainable growth, and fundamental rights. The EC provides financial assistance to local projects and think tanks that mitigate the negative impacts on public health (air, water and soil pollution), research zoonotic diseases, and rethink urban living spaces, among other priorities detailed in the call for proposals. Applicants may request up to €300 thousand per project. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations and academic institutions established in the European Union, Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand or the ASEAN region. The deadline for submission of concept notes is 25 August 2020.


The International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) supports education and capacity strengthening in agriculture and the rural sector in the developing world. ICRA offers specialized training courses for agricultural professionals each year. ICRA’s courses qualify for OKP/MSP scholarships funded by the Dutch government. Each scholarship program has separate application deadlines. Individuals wishing to apply to the Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) scholarship have to submit their application until 30 June 2020. The MENA Scholarship Program (MSP) has two application deadlines: 24 May and 02 September 2020


The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), under the program Horizon 2020, invites applications for the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) call for proposals. The objective of this call is to contribute to develop a more resource efficient and sustainable low carbon economy, particularly in rural areas, by using renewable biological resources for the production of bio-based products and biofuels. The call is open worldwide, however, only participants from EU, associated and developing countries are automatically eligible for funding. The call is open to academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and private enterprises. Projects last typically up to 5 years, and may receive funds to cover the total eligible costs of the project. The deadline for applications is 03 September 2020.


The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is designed to support UK-based grassroots organizations to help priority countries to enhance their capacity and efforts to help the poor, vulnerable and most marginalized. UK Aid Direct operates in the lowest 50 countries in the Human Development Index and in countries considered to be of high or moderate fragility. Thematic areas include agriculture, climate change, environment, water resources and others. Grants of up to £50 thousand will be available for projects of up to 2 years. Applications are reviewed on a 6-monthly basis. The next review of project grant proposals is 24 September 2020.


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA ), the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for “Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development”. The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2020, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI’s Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Program areas to support: Professional development opportunities for K-14 educational professionals; Workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges; Training of undergraduate students in research and extension; and Fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars. The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and classical breeding. The deadline for applications is 25 September 2020.


The National Geographic Society seeks projects that focuses on archaeological, paleoenvironmental, and palaeoclimatological data for the purposes of understanding of human-environmental interactions over time which might contribute to mitigating contemporary environmental and climatic crises. Applicants may request up to $80 thousand. The deadline for applications is October 2020. 


ASSEMBLE Plus provides access to marine biological research institutions across Europe and overseas to carry out scientific research in the field of marine biological sciences. Scientists from academia, industry and policy can apply for funding to use these facilities to carry out research projects. ASSEMBLE Plus sponsors teams of up to two researchers. The program covers travel (one round trip per person), meals, accommodation, and shipping costs of project materials. Eligibility extends to candidates who work in a recognized academic institution, or are employed by a not-for-profit organization or company based in a European Union Member State or Associated Country. ​Applications can be submitted until 04 October 2020.


Through its program ‘Freigeist’ the Volkswagen Foundation seeks open-minded, strong and resistant young researchers with innovative ideas from all around the world. The ‘Freigeist’ scheme is open to all disciplines and research topics and offers the opportunity to establish a career within a scientific research organization or university in Germany. Eligibility extends to junior researchers (up to 4 years of postdoctoral experience). Depending on the field of research and career experience, projects in a total amount of up to € 1 million for up to 5 years may be granted. The next deadlines for applications are 15 October 2020 and 14 October 2021.

 

Agribusiness

The TWAS Regional Awards recognize individuals who have played key roles in the establishment of scientific institutions in the developing world. The winner will receive a $3,000 cash award. Eligibility extends to Arab scientists with significant research achievements in the field of Science and Technology. Self-nominations are not allowed. All nominations must be received by 10 June 2020.

Newton-Katib Çelebi Fund, with Turkey’s social welfare and economic development with a focus on science and innovation issues directly related to joint United Kingdom and aims to promote research and innovation partnership between Turkey. The Institutional Links Program aims to ensure the establishment of sustainable research partnerships beyond individual researcher links. The applications deadline is 12 June 2020.


NRCS is announcing the availability of CIG to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific applied conservation question using a statistically valid design while employing farm-scale equipment on farms, ranches or private forest lands. The deadline for applications is 13 June 2020.

Entries are now open for the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize which is a pan-African competition for innovative, young entrepreneurs pursuing the trillion-dollar opportunity of Africa’s agri-food sector. The entries will be judged to award two young agripreneurs with pioneering business ventures, one of two US$50,000 cash prizes that will help them change their world and transform the agrifood business.One male and one female winner will be chosen based on the innovation, originality, scalability and environmental sustainability of their business venture.The applications deadline is 18 June 2020


World Vision has issued an Agricultural Innovation challenge to solve – and innovators come up with ideas. This year’s Social Innovation Challenge is centered on agriculture in the community of the Enemay Woreda (District), East Gojjam Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. This Challenge offers several opportunities to adopt applicable approaches and to contribute to the advanced practices and livelihood of smallholders in Bichena. A few of the ways that an innovative solution could address the issues in the Enemay Woreda are outlined as: Productivity Increase – Smallholder farmers can produce more products though applying better agricultural practices and using the existing potential of the Woreda. Existing Resources – The Woreda has a huge population of human resources, rivers and visible water tables that are reliable sources for irrigation. Farmers can produce twice per year if applicable solutions are designed. Market Opportunity – Farmers could have more sources of income either from their products or from other off-farming activities than they currently have. Employment Opportunity – Potential solutions could provide additional skills and techniques that can generate additional employment for farmers and/or rural youths. Technology – New technology could be introduced to address the challenges of productivity caused by a high population and shortage of farming land. Sustainability – This project can be sustained even after World Vision’s support phases out. The application deadline is 20 June 2020.


The Expertise France has announced a Call for Proposals for the Innovations for climate smart agriculture at small holders scale in West Africa – GCCA + West Africa (GCCA + WA). The general objective of this call for proposals is to set up climate smart food production systems (mitigation and adaptation) in West Africa through experimentation (research-action) and capitalizing innovative practices and mechanisms focusing on: Adaptation, so as to ensure food and nutrition security in a climate change situation (seeds selection, climate services, agro-ecological practices, early warning systems..); Soil restoration (4 per 1000, agroforestry, etc.); Mitigation (carbon sequestration, renewable energy in the processing units, etc.); Competitiveness and sustainability of the regional production sectors. Deadline for submission is 28 June 2020.

The GIZ ‘Scaling Digital Agriculture Innovations through Start-ups’ (SAIS) Investment Readiness Program seeks to scale digital innovations developed by African start-ups that enable their users in the agricultural or food sector to increase their income. Participating start-ups will receive virtual coaching and training sessions, in-person workshops, and access to service providers. This opportunity is aimed at start-ups (for-profit businesses) registered in Africa with scalable digital solutions with a clear positive impact on income in the agricultural and/or food sector. Applications have to be received online by 30 June 2020.


Future Agro Challenge (FAC) is a global competition for food and agribusiness startups. Ideas and ventures will be selected to compete for the title of “Agripreneur of the Year.” The challenge is open to ideas in many areas such as agroforestry, sustainability, agriculture tourism, and others. Selected agripreneurs will gain access to mentors, investors, potential clients, and new market opportunities at the FAC Global Championships, an event at the Global Agripreneurs Summit. The application deadline is 31 July 2020. Application deadline and procedure may vary across countries, please check carefully.


DG Trésor invites companies to submit innovative ideas and project proposals for innovative solutions for the reduction and recovery of waste in the developing world. Up to 12 selected French SMEs and start-ups will receive up to €500 thousand to implement their project idea. Proposed projects can fall within the areas of general waste management, environmental management, energy recovery from waste, or agricultural waste management, among others. Projects have to be implemented in partnership with local partners from developing countries. Proposals have to be submitted by 01 October 2020.

Bio-diversity, Environment, Climate change

EIT Climate-KIC — Green Business Idea CompetitionClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. The competition invites business ideas that addresses climate change with the goal to support new clean-tech startups. Selected participants will take part in an idea boot camp and receive intensive coaching. The winner will receive €10 thousand, the runner up €5 thousand. The submission deadlines from February to May vary by country (please check carefully).


Rainforest Action Network — Climate Action FundThe Climate Action Fund makes small grants to community groups that active in preventing the extraction of fossil fuels, and in preventing or decommissioning large point sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Grants can be made in all regions, but the Fund’s geographic priority areas are South and North America. Grants generally do not exceed US$2,500. Applications can be submitted at any time.


Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility — Small Grants ProgramCCRIF finances small projects managed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), charity organizations and/or mandated by National Disaster Coordinators in local communities in the Caribbean. Projects submitted for consideration should fall within the thematic areas of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation and range between US$5 to US$25 thousand. Proposals for small grants may be submitted anytime.


Climate Tracker — Online Course: Climate JournalismClimate Tracker’s Train-the-Trainer course covers basic journalism skills, such as pitching, article-framing, interviewing, data visualization in the context of human-interest climate journalism. Participants will receive a certificate of completion to demonstrate their competence as a climate communication trainer. The e-course is open for participants worldwide. 


The Quick Response Biodiversity Fund (QRBF) is a rapid response mechanism set up by the Weeden Foundation and partner organizations to secure critical habitat for threatened species. Grants are primarily for land purchases of critical habitat. However, the Fund also considers proposals for land leases and other arrangements that ensure habitat protection. Recent grants range from US$10 thousand to US$50 thousand. Applications are welcome from nonprofit conservation organizations that require immediate funding for critical habitat acquisition.


The SwedBio Collaboration Program contributes to ideas, methods, and policies regarding how biodiversity, ecosystem services, and resilience help sustain livelihoods. Organizations that would like to be considered for a potential partnership need to contact the staff at SwedBio for details. Preferred partners include regional and international network organizations; action-oriented research institutes; think-tank institutions; and civil society organizations based in developing countries.


The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) invites proposals that meet the needs of local communities in Sri Lanka and Maldives. CFLI provides funding to projects that implement environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, water management, and plastic waste, among other thematic priorities. The average contribution is C$15 thousand to C$25 thousand per project, with a maximum contribution of C$100 thousand. Eligibility extends to community organizations, non-profit organizations, local governments, academic institutions, and international non-profit organizations. The deadline for submission is 01 June 2020.

The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges funds communication projects which mitigate anthropogenic climate change. Proposals should focus on influencing public opinions, providing inspiration, changing attitudes, spreading information, etc. The foundation welcomes applications from all over the world. The Foundation supports projects in the range of €20 thousand to €1 million. The next deadline to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) is 03 June 2020.


The Technical University of Atlantic (Cabo Verde) seeks applications for its Master’s Program on Climate Change and Marine Sciences (MP-CCMS). The West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) offers scholarships to African MSc students. The program includes English language training for participants from Francophone countries, three semesters of joint Master’s courses, shipboard training, and a scientific trip to a German partner institution. To eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, or Togo. The application deadline is 05 June 2020.


Climate Tracker seeks people with media experience to co-design a regional media analysis of Coal across Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Participants will undergo two weeks of online training and personal mentorship before starting the project. Winners will earn a monthly salary of up to US$400 and get published on a co-authored book about the media landscape of coal coverage. Interested candidate have to submit their application by 11 June 2020.



The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) invites proposals that meet the needs of local communities in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkmenistan. CFLI provides funding to projects that implement environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, and water management, among other thematic priorities. The average contribution is C$20 thousand to C$40 thousand per project. Eligibility extends to community organizations, non-profit organizations, local governments, academic institutions, and international non-profit organizations. The deadline for submission is 12 June 2020. 


The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) invites proposals that meet the needs of local communities in Jamaica. CFLI provides funding to projects that implement environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, and water management, among other thematic priorities. The average contribution is C$10 thousand to C$25 thousand per project. Eligibility extends to community organizations, non-profit organizations, local governments, academic institutions, and international non-profit organizations. The deadline for submission is 12 June 2020.


U.S. Agency for International Development — Health, Ecosystems and Agriculture for Resilient, Thriving SocietiesThe Office of Forestry and Biodiversity in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment seeks transformational solutions to cross-sectoral development challenges in biodiverse landscapes. Sectors that may comprise HEARTH concepts are: biodiversity conservation, health, food security (agriculture and nutrition), governance, economic development and livelihoods, water supply and sanitation, education, modern energy solutions, forest management and restoration, and climate resilience. Eligible priority countries include Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and South America Regional; Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Central Africa Regional; Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam and the Regional Development Mission for Asia. Awards range between US$1 million and US$10 million. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2020.



The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ (OES) Office of Conservation and Water (ECW) at the Department of State, announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for Mapping Illicit Supply Networks to Combat Conservation Crimes at their Convergence, to work with developing countries and partners to gather data and build capacity to identify, analyse, and map the illicit networks associated with conservation crimes and the areas of convergence among them (whether convergence of actors, financial flows, geography, etc.) in eligible countries. The application deadline is 15 June 2020.


The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) invites proposals that meet the needs of local communities in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. CFLI provides funding to projects that implement environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, and water management, among other thematic priorities. The average contribution is C$10 thousand to C$25 thousand per project, with a maximum contribution of C$100 thousand. Eligibility extends to community organizations, non-profit organizations, local governments, academic institutions, and international non-profit organizations. The deadline for submission is 16 June 2020. (Note: Each country mentioned above has a separate call document.)


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) invites applications for large grants to promote conservation of biodiversity in the Mountains of Central Asia. This call is open to NGOs, community groups, universities, civil society organizations in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The maximum funding amount per project is US$150 thousand. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 17 June 2020.


The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The foundation helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promotes professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develops the capacity of local organizations; and addresses a particular problem or question in the field. It prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas. Deadline for application submission is 1 July 2020.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking applications for the Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2020. UAIP supports the development of urban agriculture and innovative production activities by funding Planning Projects (PP) and Implementation Projects (IP) led by nonprofit organizations, local or Tribal governments, and schools that serve any of the grades K-12 in areas of the United States. PPs and IPs should target a single or multiple urban areas, suburbs, or urban clusters in the United States where access to fresh foods is limited or unavailable and should include one or more partner organizations to achieve project goals within the target area(s). The purpose of PP is to support the development of projects that will either initiate, build upon, or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. . Online registration closes 06 July 2020.


The EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership seeks to strengthen international cooperation in renewable energy research and innovation. Proposals should develop and demonstrate novel energy solutions for higher energy efficiency. The project must be carried out by a consortium of at least three organizations from India and three entities from Europe. There is no fixed budget allocation between European and Indian participants. Projects under this call may range from €5 to €6 million. The submission deadline is 01 September 2020.


The Erik Hosking Trust supports projects of scientific and conservation value on birds and other subjects of natural history through the media of writing, photography, painting, and illustration. Grants of up to £750 may be awarded to suitable candidates from any country. The application deadline is 30 September each year.


The Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) provides funding to climate or clean energy projects. PFAN accepts applications for projects in low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, Central America and Caribbean Islands. Projects may request between US$1 million and US$50 million. Projects providing energy access or rural electrification (clean cookstoves, solar home systems, mini grids) may request smaller sums between US$500 thousand and US$50 million. Proposals are invited from companies, individuals or legal persons; public-private partnerships; and entities which are legally structured to redistribute profits. The submission deadline is 01 August 2020.


Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports projects with focus on transition to a decarbonized economy; as well as other initiatives with land use and climate change mitigation relevance in South Africa. The projects should have a funding volume between €12 million and €15 million each. Non-governmental organizations, business enterprises, universities and research institutions from Germany and abroad are eligible to apply. Program outlines can be submitted until 31 August 2020.


Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports projects with focus on transition to a decarbonized economy; as well as other initiatives with land use and climate change mitigation relevance in South Africa. The projects should have a funding volume between €12 million and €15 million each. Non-governmental organizations, business enterprises, universities and research institutions from Germany and abroad are eligible to apply. Program outlines can be submitted until 31 August 2020. 



The Allianz Climate Risk Research Award supports scientific research that improves the understanding of climate change-related risks. The 2020 Award focuses on “how science can help insurers deal with extreme weather and climate risks.” PhD students from all around the world who are in the final stage of their research and postdoctoral researchers who have recently finished their research, are invited to apply. Four finalists will receive a monetary award of up to €7 thousand. The application deadline is 31 August 2020.

Fellowships/scholarships/grants 




The Noel Buxton Trust makes grants up to £5 thousand per year for up to three years for projects in Africa that promote economic development, or that support the care of street children. Past recent projects in the theme of economic development include examples in livestock raising, aquaculture, and credit for women-led businesses. The Trust especially welcomes applications in support of initiatives that help build sustainable futures in the semi-arid areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, and South Sudan. The Trust invites applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa, and from UK-based charities — including from diaspora organisations based in the UK – for projects in the priority countries. Applications can be submitted at any time.


Each month, the Awesome Foundation makes a micro-grant of US$1,000 to an organization or project worldwide. Projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more. Anyone is eligible for a grant, including individuals, groups, and organizations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



UN Women offers free online courses across many subject areas through the global online platform for training for gender equality. Courses include the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Gender Equality’ which is directed to government representatives and public servants, officials from the UN System, international organizations, academics and the general public. Courses are self-paced and online, therefore, can be accessed anytime using a computer.


The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan includes grants of technical assistance to benefit government institutions and private-sector organizations. Projects need to address the identified themes in FLEGT. Currently, requests can be submitted from entities in VPA countries and non-VPA countries. The VPA countries are Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Guyana, and Honduras. Grants are up to US$55 thousand. Eligibility extends to government institutions and non-profit organizations. Applications (English, French, Spanish) can be submitted at any time.


Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF-Africa) is a rapid response fund to offer financial and technical resources at critical moments of need to African women’s organizations. Grants are made in five categories, including one category on natural resources governance & climate change. The Fund aims to respond to most urgent requests within 24 hours. Grants are up to US$12 thousand. Applications can be submitted in five languages (English, French, Swahili, Arabic, Portuguese) at any time.


The Violet Jabara Trust supports organizations working in the developing countries of the Middle East to promote sustainable economic development, as well as reproductive health and women’s welfare. The Trust’s thematic interests include environmental issues, among others. Priority countries are Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Palestine (Occupied Territories), Yemen, Egypt and North Africa. Countries further afield (such as the Gulf countries, Sudan, or Afghanistan) may be considered, but will not be given priority. Eligibility for grants extends to nonprofit groups in the USA and internationally, with preference for small local organizations. There is no deadline for submitting letters of inquiry.


Tools with a Mission (TWAM) supports livelihood projects in Dem Rep Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The program ships tools and school books to registered charities and NGOs either working in Africa or based in Africa. Organizations can apply for different kits, including the Agricultural Tool Kit, the Electricians Kit, and the Plumbers Tool Kit. TWAM lists the available equipment and books on its website. There is no application deadline.


The Explorers Club, in partnership with Discovery Channel, offers expedition grants to field researchers. Grants can be used to cover fieldwork in biological sciences, archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, earth sciences, ecology, and astronomy. The grant recipients have access to Discovery’s global audience through their digital and television programming. (Note: Grants require exclusive first opportunity to Discovery Inc. on media coverage of your project). Pre-applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.


Save Our Species (SOS) invites proposals for Rapid Action Grants targeting terrestrial or freshwater threatened species in continental Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. Rapid Action Grants are also open to projects responding to threats linked to COVID-19 crisis and its consequences. To be eligible projects should respond to emergency situations requiring rapid action, rather than proposing programmatic action on long-standing issues. Applicants can request grants up to €100 thousand (no matching funds required) for projects of 12 months duration. Applications can be submitted at any time.


Applications are now open for the Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund (CYLF). This is a programme designed to support young leaders who are tackling the Covid-19 pandemic on the frontlines. One Young World will prioritize initiatives which can use the funds to impact the maximum number of people to the greatest extent. Depending on the scale of the funding, initiatives should aim that: Funds will be used to help 1,000+ people, Funds will be used to help between 500 and 1,000 people. Submissions of application are currently ongoing.


The Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF) accepts concept notes aimed at strengthening and supporting community philanthropy approaches. Projects may focus on mobilizing local resources and/or foster the growth of local philanthropy for progressive social change. (Note: This may include on or more categories of the Terra Viva Grant directory, including environmental programs.) Grants will be in the range of US$7 thousand to US$20 thousand. Eligibility extends to CPOs based in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean. Eligible applicants are welcome to submit a concept note anytime.


The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is seeking letters of inquiry in order to continue the philanthropic legacy of Lloyd Noble by funding agricultural research and making charitable grants that cultivate good health, support education and build stronger communities. The primary focus of the Noble Foundation granting program is funding agricultural research conducted by Noble Research Institute. In addition, funding is provided to charitable organizations that cultivate good health, support education and build stronger communities. Generally, the emphasis of their grant making is geographically focused on Oklahoma organizations and projects. The Noble Foundation will not consider requests for multiyear commitments. The closing date for applications is 01 June 2020.


Applications are now open for the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Wildlife Conservation Fund 2020. Fresno Chaffee Zoo supports critical research projects that protect and preserve wildlife and wild places around the world. Since 2006, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Wildlife Conservation Fund has worked with dozens of individuals and organizations to further research, expand conservation impact, share knowledge, and engage local communities.  Awards may be made in any amount; however award recipients are typically in the range of $2,000 – $4,000. Projects may be based in the United States or internationally. Awards are generally announced in August of each year. The Closing date for application is 01 June 2020.


The Clif Bar Family Foundation is seeking applications for its small grants program to support innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen food system and communities, enhance public health, and safeguard environment and natural resources. The grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. The Deadline for this application is 01 June, 2020.


The University of St. Gallen in Switzerland promotes research partnerships with Latin America through its current call for Seed Money Grants (SMGs). The funding should be used to jointly undertake preliminary research and organize meetings, conferences, or workshops. Project proposals ought to be connected to at least one of the following four SDGs: SDG3 – Good health and well-being; SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation; SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities; SDG 13 – Climate action. SMGs fund projects with a maximum of CHF 25 thousand. Deadline for submission is 03 June 2020.


The Twilio.org invites you to submit your application for the COVID-19 crisis line grant round. The impact of COVID-19 on people around the world compounds every day. In these difficult times, millions of people are reaching out to hotlines and helplines for support, counseling, resources, and information. Demand for these vital services has increased dramatically at the same time that their employees and volunteers must transition to virtual services and remote work. Twilio.org is committing $2 million in grant funding for organizations that operate crisis lines for people impacted by COVID-19. They want to help nonprofits and NGOs build and scale the next generation of crisis support services. If you work on a hotline or helpline that supports people in crisis as a result of COVID-19, they encourage you to apply for a grant. Proposals can be submitted until 05 June 2020.


The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is seeking applications for its Travel Grants Program to reinforce the Center’s efforts and resources in the promotion of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) toward food security and poverty alleviation in the region. SEARCA will provide travel grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to each qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professional, social scientist, or graduate student in Southeast Asia. The Deadline for this application is: 7 June, 2020.


SEARCA provides travel grants to qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professionals, social scientists, or graduate students in Southeast Asia. Applicants can request up to US$1,200 to participate and/or present papers at relevant local or international scientific conferences and fora. Eligibility extends to nationals from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. SEARCA operates on a regular grant schedule with four application deadlines per year. The next application deadlines are 07 June 2020 (for 1st Quarter Travel), 07 September 2020 (for 2nd Quarter Travel), and 07 December (for 3rd Quarter Travel).


The Global Road Safety Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of the Round 17 Call for Proposals under the Road Safety Grants Programme. In Round 17, GRSP will accept applications for advocacy to strengthen road user policies as well as vehicle safety standards. Bloomberg Philanthropies funds the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries in low- and middle-income countries. A competitively awarded grants programme is an important part of the initiative. The Road Safety Grants Programme is managed by the Global Road Safety Partnership, one of the implementing partners of BIGRS, and supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based road safety interventions designed to strengthen road safety policies and their implementation. A number of evidence-based interventions aimed at reducing road traffic deaths and injuries are included in BIGRS. The Road Safety Grants Programme focuses exclusively on the passage and implementation of evidence-based policies which address key behavioral risk factors (speeding, drink driving, lack of seatbelt use, lack of child restraint use, or lack of helmet use) and vehicle safety standards. The closing date for applications is 08 June 2020.


Newton Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and partner countries to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Subject areas for the workshops vary by partner country to include agriculture, climate and environment, sustainable energy, water and sanitation, and several others. The Newton Fund provides funding for international development-relevant research workshops up to £50 thousand. The current call is open for bilateral workshops between the UK with either of China, India, or the Philippines. Proposals must be joint applications, with one coordinator based at a UK institution and one based in a partner country. The application deadline is 12 June 2020.


The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications in support of the goal of combatting corruption arising in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A competitive project will demonstrate substantial experience with anti-corruption programming, including on open government and public procurement issues; proven connections to a range of anti-corruption advocates and organizers, including local organizations, investigative media entities, and civil society organizations; and capacity to administer sub-grants in varied contexts to support national and transnational transparency and anti-corruption advocacy. DRL seeks a project that includes a responsive small grants component to support innovative anti-corruption initiatives that advance the outcomes outlined above in order to ensure local buy-in. The closing date for applications is 12 June 2020.


SFIAR annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association with a Swiss institution in agricultural research for development. For 2020, the best team project will be awarded CHF 5 thousand, and the best master’s thesis CHF 1 thousand. To be eligible, research must have been carried out at or in close collaboration with a Swiss institution. The deadline for applications (French, German, and English) is 13 July 2020.


The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. RSIF focuses on transformative technologies that have a far-reaching positive impact on society. It is funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea and facilitated by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya. RSIF aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers at selected African universities (‘African Host Universities’) to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA. RSIF also supports the strengthening of research and innovation ecosystems at the African Host Universities by providing funding through competitive grants. Deadline for submission: 15th JUNE 2020, 17:00 (East Africa Time UTC+3)


As a Women’s Fund, Urgent Action Fund (UAF) Africa is committed to supporting the resilience and wellbeing of African women’s human rights defenders (AWHRDS) to think through and implement collective care and healing practices. The Fund is prioritizing collective care and healing as a direct and structured response to the collective distress that women and gender nonconforming communities face, which are caused by persistent forms of exclusion, violence and marginalization. The Fund’s support will go towards responding to the moment of crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Deadline for this application is 15 June 2020. 


The International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) has announced a call for proposals to support the heritage protection sector in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is already having a significant impact on the protection of cultural heritage in conflict areas, through the postponement of planned work and the potential destabilization of the local economic and social fabric. Indeed, this health crisis may lead to deeper and lasting transformations in the cultural heritage sector. Consequently, to remain faithful to its values of solidarity and partnership, ALIPH has set up an extraordinary relief fund to support the heritage sector in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed support mechanisms should meet urgent needs, while taking into account foreseeable long-term transitions. ALIPH has set up a complementary support mechanism for local operators in the heritage sector in conflict or post-conflict areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: Financial support for the most vulnerable organizations to assist them overcome the crisis, adopt digital tools, or implement urgent preventive protection measures. Financial support to allow the staff of these organizations to access existing or planned online academic or professional trainings. This Fund has an initial endowment of 1 MUSD, which will be replenished by ALIPH, or supplemented by other partners, depending on needs and feedback from the field. The application deadline is 15 June 2020.


The African Centre of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACE-ESD) seeks candidates for studies in three Masters Programs: (1) MS in Renewable Energy, (2) MS in Electrical Power Systems, and (3) MS in Energy Economics. ACE-ESD offers full and partial scholarships to eligible candidates from Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zambia. The application deadline is 15 June 2020.


The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme in Malaysia seeks concept notes for community-based projects in biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, prevention of land degradation, and reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants. Eligibility extends to community-based non-profit organizations, NGOs, and other grassroots organizations. The average grant size is US$25 thousand. Concept notes have to be submitted by 15 June 2020.


The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Minsk has announced a call for proposals for 2020 Small Grants Program. The proposals must be in accordance with the Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Development Cooperation for 2019– 2023. Project proposals which are not in line with the focus of this call for proposals will not be accepted. The duration of each project is from 6 to a maximum of 12 months beginning from the date of the signing of the Agreement between the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation and the Final Beneficiary. The call for proposals is open to registered legal persons:  NGOs, non-profit subjects and local authorities. The Deadline for this application is 19 June, 2020.


The Newton Institutional Links provides grants for research and innovation collaboration between the UK and Mexico. Subject areas for the collaborative research include local development challenges such as extreme weather conditions, access to affordable health care, food and energy security, among others. Proposals are submitted jointly by a principal investigator in the UK with a principal investigator in Mexico. Grants range from £50 thousand to £300 thousand over two years. The deadline for proposals is 26 June 2020.


WIOMSA seeks innovative projects (demonstration and pilot projects) that address modern-day marine sustainability challenges to bridge the gap between marine research and innovation. The goal of the Innovation for Sustainability Grant program is to support the development and testing of concepts and new approaches that address and enhance the understanding of marine and coastal environmental issues. The proposals should be submitted by an institution or a consortium (government departments, research and academic institutions, NGOs, CBOs, or private companies). The deadline for submission of proposals is 26 June 2020.


The Young Water Fellowship targets young entrepreneurs. Selected Fellows will be invited to participate in a 10-days training workshop in Ivory Coast. The workshop aims to empower its participants to implement projects addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), water pollution, and water scarcity. All training costs (flights, transportation, accommodation, meals) are covered by the organization. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 to 30 years old, be fluent in French, intend to stay in Ivory Coast for at least 1.5 years after the training and spend at least 15 hours per week to work on their social business. The call for applications is open until 28 June 2020.



Are you between the ages of 18 and 25? Have you led a successful social change project in your community, working alongside others towards a just and peaceful future? If you are passionate about youth-led change, love mobilizing and empowering others to act, and want to be part of a global team that helps young people make a difference? right now?, Peace First invites you to apply to the Fellowship-in-Residence – a year-long, paid program for emerging social change leaders who want to make an impact by leading Peace First’s support to young people in their part of the world. The closing date for applications is 28 June 2020.


Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of up to $15 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific applied conservation question using a statistically valid design while employing farm-scale equipment on farms, ranches, or private forest lands. Deadline for submission is 29 June 2020.


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific applied conservation question using a statistically valid design while employing farm-scale equipment on farms, ranches or private forest lands. CIG funds the development and field testing, on-farm research and demonstration, evaluation, or implementation of: Approaches to incentivizing conservation adoption, including market-based and conservation finance approaches; and Conservation technologies, practices, and systems. Application ends on 30 June 2020.



The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched a Global Call for “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond”. The Global Call is aimed at identifying “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond”, namely scalable solutions to cope with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 in developing countries and economies in transition, and their respective needs in the transition to post-crisis socioeconomic realities in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Global Call offers an opportunity at international level to identify and promote innovative solutions contributing to tackle COVID-19 effects in developing countries and make their economies more resilient, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The Deadline for this application is: 30 June 2020.


The Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports marine and ocean research, conservation and education projects worldwide. Projects have to focus on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats, with a particular concern for marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras). The usual project duration is limited to three years with a grants average US$25 thousand per year. The next application period (Stage I) is 30 June 2020.


The International Sustainability Academy (ISA) offers up to 12 scholarships for an 8-month research stay in Hamburg (Germany), together with a further month of sponsorship in the participant’s home country. Applicants are expected to already be working on a project or research in their home country, ideally on the theme of climate protection. The costs for accommodation (flat-shares), work station, international travel, health insurance, a monthly allowance of €1,300, and a 10-week German language course are covered by the scholarship program. Applicants have to be nationals of a least-developed country on the DAC list. The application deadline is 30 June 2020.



CRDF Global announces the Biorisk Management Engagement Grant (BMEG) Competition. The goal of the competition is to provide support for biorisk management activities, such as laboratory design, repairs and maintenance of equipment, workshops and trainings at academic and industrial institutions in the MENA region. Projects related to challenges posed by Covid-19 will also be considered. Finalists will be awarded US$9 thousand. Only applications from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey will be accepted. The application deadline is 30 June 2020.


The World Bank invites applications for the Young Professionals Program as a starting point for a career at the World Bank Group. The program is designed for individuals skilled in areas such as agriculture, natural resources, and many others. Applicants should hold a PhD or master’s degree and relevant work experience; be fluent in English; and meet other criteria relevant to experience, skills, and age. Every year, around 40 applicants are accepted into the program. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2020.


With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the African Academy of Sciences announces follow-on and scale up funding to help Africa achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The call is focused on solutions targeting healthcare and other developmental problems in the African Continent. Funding is based on the applicants’ budget for scale: Scale 1 – up to US$250 thousand for 24 months, Scale 2 – up to US$500 thousand for 36 months, Scale 3&4 – up to US$1 million. Both for-profit and not-for profit science-based entities are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2020. 


UK Aid Direct funds projects addressing urban poverty. Actions under this call within the scope of the Terra Viva Grants Directory may focus on sustainable agriculture, water resources, andenergy access, among others. Grants between £250 thousand and £4 million are available for projects lasting between 3-5 years. Organizations must provide 25% of the funds per project as match funding. Impact grants are to small- and medium-sized non-profit organizations registered in the UK or in a developing country (full list in the announcement). The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2020.


UK Aid Direct funds community projects addressing urban poverty. Actions under this call within the scope of the Terra Viva Grants Directory may focus on sustainable agriculture, water resources, and energy access, among others. Grants of up to £250 thousand are available for projects lasting 3 years or less. Community Partnership grants require no match-funding. Grants are to small organizations registered in the UK or in a developing country (full list in the announcement). The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2020.


The Global Good Fund Fellowship is for innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of positive social impact organizations. The Global Good Fund creates a better world by investing in society’s most innovative entrepreneurs. This program is for emerging leaders, entrepreneurs who are 40 or under, with diverse ethnic, religious, economic, geographic and gender experiences. Ideal entrepreneurs are in a leadership role, and are dedicated full-time to their organization that’s over 1-year-old. Their program is specifically designed to develop the leadership skills of social entrepreneurs around the world. So, what does this mean? How do you know if this program is right for you? Applications are now open for the 2020 Global Good Fund to expand leadership network impact. Application ends on 30 June 2020.


Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) makes seed grants to support income-generating projects led by women. RSWR’s current priorities are grassroots organizations selected states and districts of India; Quaker groups in Kenya and Sierra Leone. Projects include many in the production and sale of fruits and vegetables; meat and milk; grain crops; fish; fuelwood; and other enterprises associated with small-scale agriculture and rural livelihoods. RSWR provides micro-credits of up to US$5,500 for one year projects. The next application deadline is 30 June 2020.


Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) offers scholarships for PhD and Master Studies. The scholarships are intended for graduate and postgraduate students from Southeast Asia who are regular employees of academic or research institutions or government agencies. Areas of specialization include: Agricultural/Biological sciences, Agro-industrial Technology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry and Fisheries, among others. The scholarship covers tuition and other school fees; travel allowance; thesis/dissertation support; book and supplies allowance; health insurance; and stipend for food, lodging and incidental expenses. Deadline for the submission of applications is 31 July 2020.


Tinker’s program of Institutional Grants supports the theme of sustainable resource management (among others) in Latin America. Particular issues of interest include sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and non-timber forest products, sustainable tourism, fisheries management, and payment for environmental services. Tinker is also very interested in issues of water scarcity and quality for communities. Past grants range from US$200 thousand to US$600 thousand. The Foundation encourages project collaboration among organizations in the USA and Latin America. Tinker invites brief letters of inquiry to the Foundation before proposals are prepared and submitted. The application deadlines for LOIs are 31 January and 31 July of each year.


The Open Technology Fund’s Core Infrastructure Fund supports the ‘building block’ technologies, infrastructures, and communities relied upon by digital security and circumvention tools strengthening Internet freedom, digital security, and the overall health of the Internet. The Core Infrastructure Fund (CIF) strives to uphold and increase capacity for individuals, organizations, and companies working to fortify the foundational components of demonstrably important technology relied upon by people in repressive countries. Ideal applications are: open in nature, collaborative, promote a broader understanding of existing challenges and limitations, are preemptive in approach, and/or exist at the core of the Internet’s ecosystem. Common applicants come from the community of developers and organizers working on open-source projects recognized as critical dependencies of one or more active platforms or tools strengthening Internet freedom and digital security. Application ends on 01 July 2020.

 

 

As bp heads towards net zero, they are committed to listening to, learning from, and working with others. That is why bp is pleased to support the Net Zero Scholarship, a programme to identify and engage with young innovators who are reimaging energy for people and planet today. bp has set an ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. This means dramatically reducing carbon in the company’s operations and production while growing new low carbon businesses, products, and services. Scholarship recipients will join bp’s delegation to the 2021 One Young World Summit in Munich, where they will meet and exchange ideas with peers from across the business. Proposals can be submitted until 1 July 2020.


Open Technology Fund has announced the Internet Freedom Fund to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, Internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online. Through the Internet Freedom Fund, OTF strives to uphold and increase capacity for individuals, organizations, and companies who support technology-centered efforts that aim to strengthen Internet freedom and promote human rights by circumventing repressive censorship and surveillance, improving related digital security capabilities, and contributing to the overall health of the Internet. Application ends on 01 July 2020.


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is seeking applications for Food Charities Grant Fund to help peoples affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). If you run a front-line food aid charity you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable. This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government. Deadline for submission of application is 06 July 2020.


The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) supports the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. The scholarships fund cultural and academic exchanges and are awarded across many subjects, including climate resilience and life sciences. Eligibility extends to citizen of (or with refugee status in) a Commonwealth country other than the country hosting the award. Scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses (stipend) for duration of award, return economy flight, one-off arrival allowance and research support grant (on request). The application deadline is 09 July 2020. 


The Bureau of African Affairs is looking for proposals to build ties between communities in remote border regions vulnerable to violent extremism with government to inform national and regional-level Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism policies and response. The goal of this project is to build ties between communities in remote border regions vulnerable to violent extremism with government to inform national and regional-level Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) policies and response. Countries of focus will be Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire, and should include coordination with Burkina Faso as appropriate in both the local and regional context. Application ends on 10 July 2020.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, through the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ukraine, announces a procedure for accepting and selecting proposals for projects to be implemented with a grant within the framework of the official development assistance of the Republic of Bulgaria with an initial implementation deadline in 2021 year. Aims and scope of the projects: Construction and equipment of specialized study rooms – language, laboratories, gyms, etc.; Modernization of the infrastructure of educational institutions; Updating and replenishing the library stock of educational institutions; Organizing training courses for the teaching staff; Introduction of modern technologies for improving the quality of the educational process; Organizing and conducting festivals (cinema, theater, opera, dance, folklore, music, etc.), exhibitions, concerts, etc. The priority areas and areas for project implementation in the territory of Ukraine are: Provide inclusive and quality education, incl. by improving school infrastructure, Preserving cultural diversity and common cultural and historical heritage and promoting intercultural understanding, supporting freedom of expression and the media by promoting quality, independent and civic journalism. Applications for the proposals will be accepted until 10 July 2020.


The Youth4Regions Program offers young aspiring journalists the chance to find out what the EU is doing in their region (the EU policy covers topics such as climate change, conservation, and sustainable development). Selected participants will receive mentorship from established journalists in their home country and have the opportunity to take part as a journalist in European Commission press trips to Member States. Accommodation and travel expenses are covered by the European Commission. Applicants must be citizens of a current EU, EU candidate or neighboring country, be between 18 and 30 years old, and have a background in journalism (applications from students are being accepted). Applications are being accepted until 13 July 2020. 


The Aspire Grant Program provides competitive research grants of up to US$5 thousand for African graduate students and early-career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation, wildlife and ecosystem health in the Congo Basin. Applicants should be 35 years of age or younger, and reside in one of the following countries: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, or Uganda. The deadline for applications (English, French, and Spanish) is 15 July 2020.


The Grand Challenges Canada is seeking applications for Global Mental Health program, the program supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. The program focuses on funding high impact innovations that improve treatments and/or expand access to care for people, especially youth, living with or at risk of mental disorder. The aim of Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health Program is to seed and scale up, high impact innovations that support individual mental health needs in low and middle-income countries. With funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) UK aid through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support global health research – they have relaunched the Global Mental Health program to seed innovations to help young people’s mental health. The Grand Challenges seeks bold ideas to meet the mental health needs of the most vulnerable young people aged 10 to 24 years. They are specifically looking for innovative approaches to enhance mental health literacy and/or provide youth-friendly services while accounting for the complex social and environmental factors that contribute to young people’s mental health and well being. Approaches should be culturally sensitive and community driven. Application ends on 17 July 2020.


The FAO Fellows Program seeks PhD students, researchers and professors with an advanced level of technical knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry. Selected fellows will be places at regional, sub-regional, country offices or FAO headquarters where they report to an assigned supervisor. A Master’s or PhD and working knowledge of at least one FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish) is required. Applicants have to be nationals of a FAO Member Nation. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2020.


StartupXs launches the COVID-19 Response Fund for start-ups and social enterprises with the aim to support early-stage social entrepreneurs to adapt to the pandemic. Support extends to social entrepreneurs whose projects focus on natural resources as well as other categories of the Terra Viva Grants Directory. Participation is open to any start-up or social enterprise worldwide. Priority is given to early-stage start-ups launching innovative products or ideas. One winner will receive US$1000. The deadline to participate is 31 July 2020.



The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship programme that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006, the programme is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact. Each year, 21 finalists representing 7 regions (Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, East Asia, and South Asia & Oceania) are selected during the first round of the competition. Applications are open until 31 July 2020.


Australia’s International Water Center announces funding for international candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management in Australia. Two scholarships will cover full tuition and living expenses of up to AU$95,564 (Type A Scholarship), and a third will cover full tuition of up to AU$58,989 (Type B Scholarship). Applications are invited from eligible countries in Asia-Pacific; Africa; Latin America and Caribbean; the Middle East; Europe; and North America. (Note: Eligible countries for Type A are different from Type B. Check carefully.) The application deadline is 01 August 2020.


The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation has announced the Research Grants. The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. The submission of applications ends 01 August 2020.


The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) and Pfizer Global Medical Grants has announced a new competitive grant challenge to support programs working on antimicrobial stewardship campaigns throughout Africa and the Middle East. Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community’s independent initiatives to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need. These areas include research, quality improvement measures, and expanded educational opportunities that align with Pfizer’s medical and scientific strategies. They are seeking innovative quality improvement health services and/or educational research applications that identify and evaluate practices for successfully implementing key elements of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Programs designed for healthcare organizations, hospitals, tertiary care clinics, and educational settings are all applicable. Application ends on 04 August 2020.


South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), invite applications for the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships. The program is open to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences such as agriculture, biology, and others. The application deadline is 14 August 2020.


The TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries who wish to pursue advanced research in biotechnology. BIOTEC will provide a monthly allowance to cover living costs, such as accommodation and food. Applicants must hold a PhD degree and may not be older than 40 years. The deadline to apply is 31 August 2020.


The Regional Studies Association (RSA) covers issues in the fields of climate change, energy, migration, and economic development. RSA makes grants to researchers interested in establishing networks for research collaboration. The maximum funding is £10 thousand for newly established networks; and £7,500 for renewing networks. A research network must be organised and managed by active RSA members. Networks are typically made up of individuals from different countries, without any geographical limitation. The application deadline is 20 September 2020.


Online Turf offers £500 for full time education of an agricultural or horticultural subject field. Eligibility extends to students enrolled full time in an agricultural or horticultural course in university or college. The scholarship is not restricted to any nationality, but applicants must study and reside in the UK. The submission deadline is 30 September 2020.

The MAN Impact Accelerator seeks social entrepreneurs from Europe, South Africa, and Brazil to tackle social and environmental challenges through innovative solutions in the transport and logistics industry. Social businesses and startups in the key areas agriculture, data analytics (including environmental data), sensors, among others, are invited to apply. The program provides indirect grants and support of up to US$50 thousand (no equity or cash) for each startup. This also includes free access to coaches and mentors as well as to software and data perks. The application deadline is 01 October 2020.


The Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Kyiv, has launched the Call for Proposals for small grants provided to partners in Ukraine in the year 2020. The submitted projects must be related to sectors of: Quality education, Good health, Good governance and civil society building, Food safety and agriculture, Infrastructure and sustainable use of natural resources, supporting the creation of a market environment. The proposals must be in accordance with the Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Development Cooperation for 2019 – 2023. Project proposals which are not in line with the focus of this call for proposals will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2020.


The Deutsches Museum in Munich offers scholarships to research scholars interested in working for 6-12 months on projects involving the museum’s collections. The museum for innovative research focuses on scientific processes and the changing cultures of technology including Natural Sciences, such as Astronomy, Nanotechnology and Biotechnology. Applicants have to base their projects on the collections of the Deutsches Museum and cooperate closely with museum staff when formulating their research proposals. The museum offers two types of scholar-in residence stipends: Pre-doctoral stipends of €7,500 (six months) or €15 thousand (full year); and Post-doctoral stipends of €15 thousand (six months) or €30 thousand (full year). There are no restrictions regarding nationality. The application deadline is 16 October 2020.


The Chrysalis Trust makes grants for the relief of poverty and disability, and the promotion of access to shelter, education, healthcare, and water. The geographical scope is locally in the North East of England; nationally in the UK; and internationally in developing countries. Past awards include examples of small-scale water projects and other support for local communities in Bangladesh, Zambia, Kenya, Syria, and elsewhere. Most grants are under £10 thousand. Grants are made to UK charities and international charities registered in the UK. The application deadlines are 15 May and 15 December of each year.


Roots of Peace (ROP) implements the 36-month, UNDP-funded Community-Based Agricultural Rural Development – Access to International Markets (CBARD-AIM) Project. CBARD projects support the production of fruits and vegetables as an alternative to poppy cultivation, and trade in three high cultivating provinces of Afghanistan. CBARD-AIM aims to link the production areas of the CBARD-East and West Projects with cold chain facilities, and then connect these areas to domestic and international markets. The project assists farmers in the target provinces (Farah, Badghis and Nangahar) to sell their produce to traders, and then for those traders to export the produce to international markets. Exporting better quality products to international markets is expected to lead to higher incomes for CBARD farmers and promote licit trade. The project has three main areas of focus: (1) International Markets for High-Value Crops Identified; (2) Cold Chain Infrastructure for Target High-Value Crops Improved; (3) Market Connection Established Between Farmers and Traders. The CBARD-AIM grants program supports, with matching contributions from applicants, funding to support proven, private-sector investments in equipment and training, aimed at improving Afghanistan’s agricultural supply chains, marketing and exports to international markets. The grants program focuses primarily on cold chain infrastructure in agriculture. The Submission of applications ends 31 December 2020.



Applications are now open for the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation 2020 grants program. The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest standing, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope; in that it is available to students and artists around the world. The application deadline is 31 December 2020.


AWARDS and O T H E R


Kaya is currently seeking applications for the child protection course. This module is suitable for humanitarians of any level of seniority, of either technical or non-technical background, who want to learn the basics about child protection, and about UNICEF’s child protection work. Welcome to the Introduction to child protection course. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is at the core of UNICEF’s mandate. This online self-study course describes what the UNICEF Child Protection programme does and why it’s important. Submission of Proposals are ongoing


The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) tells organizations and individuals how to ensure they deliver quality, effective and accountable humanitarian responses. This course will help you to understand and apply the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), and in doing so improve the quality, accountability and effectiveness of humanitarian responses. The CHS contains Nine Commitments, which are explained in this e-Learning course. Each commitment includes key actions and organizational responsibilities (“what you should be doing”) and indicators (“are you doing it right?”). This e-learning module introduces the CHS. Even if you do not work for a humanitarian organization or are not involved in programme delivery, it is useful for everyone to know about the Nine Commitments, as it will help you to understand why humanitarian organizations act in certain ways. The course was developed in partnership with the CHS Alliance, the Sphere Project, Groupe URD and IECAH. This module is suitable for humanitarians of all levels, and for others who are interested in an overview of the Core Humanitarian Standard. Kaya is currently seeking applications for the Core Humanitarian Standard Course. 

The School Enterprise Challenge is an international business program for schools run by the educational charity Teach A Man To Fish. It guides and supports teachers and students to plan and set up real, sustainable school businesses and generate real profits to help support their school or a social cause of their choice. Thematic areas include agriculture, drinking water and sanitation, and the environment, among others. Prizes are between US$250 and US$5 thousand, including in-kind donations like laptops and cameras. Please note that only pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools and technical/vocational colleges are eligible (universities are not eligible to apply). The deadlines for project submission are 20 February, 20 May, 20 August, and 20 November 2020.


The Africa Food Prize honors outstanding contributions to agriculture and food production in the challenge to combat hunger and reduce poverty in Africa. The Prize can be awarded for a specific contribution or achievement, or for a series of efforts and results within the last few years. Nominations are open to qualified candidates irrespective of their nationalities, professions, or locations. The Prize is US$100 thousand (to be shared if there is more than one winner), a diploma, and a trophy. The deadline for nominations (English, French) is 01 June 2020. 


The international WIN WIN Youth Award seeks applications from young people between the ages 13 to 29 who play an active role in the creation of a more sustainable future. The 2020 award theme is Biodiversity, therefore, applicants are invited to submit ongoing projects, work, or initiatives linked to biodiversity conservation. The winner of the WIN WIN Youth Award will receive SEK20 thousand at the award ceremony in Gothenburg, Sweden (October 2020). The award will cover travel expenses for the winner and one more person. Individuals, organizations and movements from all over the world are eligible to apply. Online registration closes 05 June 2020.


The Digital Future Society (DFS) Lab seeks technological solutions to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of companies in the technology sector, to implement a pilot project in the city of Barcelona. This challenge seeks technological solutions to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of companies in the technology sector, both public and private (especially SMEs and startups), considering the phases of the life cycle of the products and services they offer (design, extraction of resources and use of raw materials, manufacturing, distribution, use and final disposal), or the existing and / or future ICT infrastructure. Solutions must be technological (software and / or hardware), although they may be combined with consulting, strategic advisory and knowledge management activities. Solutions must be tested (from Technology Readiness Level 6 or higher) and their implementation must be technically feasible in less than 12 months. It will be positively valued that the solutions are scalable and that they are future-proof, that is, that they foresee immediate futures in terms of technological changes or trends and their respective regulatory frameworks. Two prizes will be given that each winner will use to implement a pilot project in the city of Barcelona. Application ends on 05 June 2020.


The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the Solidarity & Pride Champion Award. This annual award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) human rights, equity and inclusion. OFL is seeking nominees who are leaders in advancing equality and quality of life for 2SLGBTQI+ people in workplaces, community and globally. The OFL encourages affiliates, local unions and labor councils to view through an intersectional lens when selecting their nominees, Pride activists who identify as racialized and/or living with disabilities. Nomination of Awards ends 09 June 2020.


UNICEF has partnered with Cartedo to empower youth across Africa to solve a series of global grand challenges and positively impact communities while developing employability skills. They believe that youth have unique perspectives on these challenges and should be given the opportunity to become knowledge producers. This is your chance to Be seen, Be heard and Be the Change! This challenge gives youth a voice in exploring how we might empower people and communities to become more pandemic-resilient. They are looking for your ideas to solve real challenges faced by real people just like you. This challenge offers you the opportunity to develop future-ready employability skills like design thinking while contributing to the global efforts to tackle COVID-19. As you progress through this challenge, you’ll use a human-centered design approach to: Discover how COVID-19 is impacting real people in different ways, Define these challenges from a human-centered perspective, and Develop innovative solutions to these challenges. You’ll start by exploring human needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and turn your findings into core challenges faced by real people. By using tools &techniques you will generate multiple ideas to solve these challenges and prototype solutions to share with people around the world. The deadline for application is on 13 June 2020.


Kaya is currently seeking applications for Communication Aid Course. Communicating with crisis-affected communities – this is the new and improved course, made in collaboration by CDAC and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. This introductory course targets humanitarian staff who engage with disaster affected communities regularly, though it can also be explored by others who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills in this area. In this online self-study course, you will learn how to engage affected communities to help provide the information they need and establish communication mechanisms for dialogue with disaster responders. You’ll be faced with a number of fictitious crises, both natural and man-made, and you will need to respond appropriately. While this course can be completed on a phone, many of the exercises depend on the use of supporting documents and guidance that might be easier to view on a larger screen or after printing. Also, be aware that while the documents are configured to open in a new tab or window, your browser settings might override this and cause the documents to download instead. Finally, during the course you will see website links to optional, external resources that will take you out of the course. If you are using the Kaya offline player, you will not be able to access these resources. The application deadline is 15 June 2020.


Nominations are now open for the $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation. This award will recognize exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty. The award will honor an individual who is working closely and directly “in the field” or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain. To receive the award, individuals selected must attend the award ceremony and also participate in media events and other World Food Prize events in mid-October in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. The World Food Prize Foundation will provide round trip air transportation for one award winner from his or her place of employment, as well as meals and lodging while in Des Moines. Nominations for the award ends 15 June 2020.


The World Food Prize Foundation invites nominations for the Borlaug Field Award. The Award (US$10 thousand) recognizes science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under age 40 in the challenge to eliminate global hunger and poverty. The deadline for nominations is 15 June 2020.


The IDRC announces the 2020 round of doctoral research grants for Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at Canadian universities. Thematic priorities include agriculture and environment (including climate change), among others. IDRC supports research in all developing countries, with certain exceptions (explained in the announcement). The program aims to fund approximately 20 grants at up to CA$20 thousand each. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 17 June 2020.


The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is seeking applications for the Doctoral Research Awards 2020. IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development since 1982. IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to build capacity and develop research skills in Canada and the Global South to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Applicants for the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2020 call who indicate climate resilience and sustainable food systems as their area of work will automatically be considered for the Bentley Research Fellowship. There is no need to indicate interest; the top candidates in this area will automatically be considered for the fellowship, which has the same parameters as the IDRA. The application deadline is 17 June 2020.


Entries are now open for the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize which is a pan-African competition for innovative, young entrepreneurs pursuing the trillion-dollar opportunity of Africa’s agri-food sector. The entries will be judged to award two young agripreneurs with pioneering business ventures, one of two US$50,000 cash prizes that will help them change their world and transform the agri-food business. One male and one female winner will be chosen based on the innovation, originality, scalability and environmental sustainability of their business venture. All applicants benefit from inspiration, education, and support via access to an online platform for entrepreneurs. The application deadline is 18 June 2020.


The Atlantic Project Awards honor projects that showcase success stories and best practices for a more sustainable Atlantic Ocean and Atlantic coastal communities. Projects may focus on blue economy, ocean literacy, marine renewable energy, ocean health and resilient coasts, as well as international Atlantic Ocean cooperation. Eligibility extends to professionals, entrepreneurs, organizations, research institutions, maritime clusters, associations and NGOs. Note that the Awards only showcase funded projects (in progress or completed). Project ideas are not eligible. The winner will be invited to the 7th Atlantic Stakeholder Conference (France, fall 2020). The deadline for applications is 18 June 2020.


Athens Photo World seeks applications from professional photojournalists for the Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award. Athens Photo World will award €15 thousand to a completed project of reportage or documentary photography, created within the last 3 years. Photographers can submit a portfolio up to twenty-four (24) photographs. Submissions have to be received by 20 July 2020.


The Waislitz Global Citizen Award is an annual cash prize recognizing the excellence of one individual in their work to end extreme poverty. The grand prize winner receives US$100 thousand. Global Citizens makes three additional awards of $50 thousand each. Past winners include zero waste, environmental protection and sanitation projects. In 2020, the Award seeks applications for the special category COVID-19 Response Award. The deadline for submissions is 21 June 2020.


The D-Prize funds pilot projects that more widely distribute relatively low-cost products and services in the fight against poverty. The current challenges include social enterprises for innovations in specified themes of agriculture; energy; WASH; girls’ education; and several other categories. The D-Prize will award teams with up to US$20 thousand each to launch nonprofits or social ventures that can distribute proven poverty interventions. Eligibility to compete extends to entrepreneurs anywhere in the world, and of any age or background. The D-Prize invites concept notes before 22 June 2020.


Do you have an effective intervention that aims to save the lives of children under five? If yes, then you can apply for 2020 Children Prize. The Children’s Prize is awarded to scientifically-minded individuals with a passion for global child health and a strong commitment to verify the impact of their work. The Prize Winner will be required to enter an agreement with The Children’s Prize Foundation prior to disbursement of the funds. The agreement will contain, but will not be limited to, a schedule of fund disbursements and status reports, legal and financial disclosures and agreements, etc. Should it be necessary for liability or financial reasons, the Prize winner may be required to form an organizational entity, the costs of which may be paid out of the prize amount awarded. $150,000 money will be awarded. . The application deadline is 28 June 2020.


UNESCO has announced the call for applications for the 2020 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. This year UNESCO will reward five individuals or organizations around the world for their outstanding projects that promote literacy within the theme ‘Teaching and learning literacy: the role of educators and changing pedagogies’. This year’s thematic focus is highlighting teachers who are at the frontline of delivering literacy learning, and their contribution to promoting youth and adult literacy, linked to target 4.6 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education. (SDG4), where literacy is perceived as a continuum developed throughout life. The application deadline is 28 June 2020.


The Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) offers students access to the Australian Museum’s collections and research programs. AMRI focuses on environmental challenges such as climate change impacts on biodiversity, the detection and biology of pest species, and understanding what constitutes and influences effective biodiversity conservation. The postgraduate award is open to students enrolled in any postgraduate qualification program relevant to the AMRI research priorities. AMRI provides financial support of $2,500 to local applicants and $4,000 to international applicants to assist with living costs, travel and research expenses. Applications for funding may be submitted until 30 June 2020.


The Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize recognizes woman scientists from least-developed countries with scientific achievements in clean and renewable energy; sustainable agriculture and agro-biodiversity; plastic pollution and micro-plastics, water purification and sanitation, climate change, waste management, biodiversity conservation, and other themes related to sustainability. The winner will receive a cash award of US$4 thousand. Candidates should be working and living in an LDC country for at least two years prior to nomination. The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2020.


CEPI has opened an additional funding opportunity for the rapid development of vaccines against COVID-19. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis causing unprecedented disruption to human activity. As national and regional governments assess containment measures, it is thought that only widely available safe and effective vaccines in conjunction with other public health measures will allow a return to normal life and help prevent further sickness and deaths. CEPI is striving to accelerate vaccine development and to ensure that associated manufacturing capabilities and capacities will meet global demand as quickly as possible. This Call for Proposals will support the rapid development of vaccines striving for licensure/emergency authorization in 12-18 months or less and, to ensure the availability of sufficient doses for wide-spread global deployment as soon as possible in 2021. The objective of this Call for Proposals is to support the rapid development of vaccines with a goal of achieving licensure/emergency authorization in 12-18 months or less and to ensure the availability of sufficient doses for wide-spread global deployment as soon as possible in 2021. CEPI’s core goal in releasing this call for proposals is to accelerate the development of safe and effective vaccines by organizations who can rapidly deliver at scale and to ensure that the supply of vaccine doses is made available to meet the public health need on a worldwide basis during the pandemic. The application deadline is 30 June 2020.


The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) has announced the Keystone Grants to support all scientists, conservationists and educators with original and innovative projects which target a clearly defined question or conservation issue. The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) offers a series of grants dedicated to research, conservation and education projects worldwide. Projects should integrate at least two of these components and focus on charismatic marine megafauna, particularly sharks, rays and skates. The application deadline is 30 June 2020.

The International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) has announced the call for nominations for the tenth edition of the ICIP Peace in Progress Award. This Award aims to reward and publicly recognize individuals, organizations or institutions that have made a significant contribution toward promoting and fostering peace. The ICIP Peace in Progress Award 2020 consists of an honorary distinction, public recognition, a sculpture created by Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a 6,000€ reward. Nominations for the award may be submitted until 01 July 2020.


As the world lives through a crisis unprecedented in recent history, IFP launch their first Global Open Call to Action for Innovators for the Future. They solicit your help to turn this severe global challenge into an opportunity – an opportunity to address the urgencies of the moment and the problems of their futures. This Call to Action is organized in partnership with the UN75 Global Conversation Initiative. The COVID-19 crisis exposes the vulnerabilities of our connected societies, our economies, and our ways of life. Rarely has even the near future been less certain. Even though pandemics have been part of human history throughout the centuries, they realize that they are not prepared. And it shows more than ever the need for collective action, shared knowledge, solidarity and creativity. The application deadline is 03 July 2020.


The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) is seeking applications for an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development (ARD). The SFIAR intends to award new, innovative and result oriented research. Recent achievements or milestones can be awarded, however no future plans or project proposals. The thematic scope of the award is broad. Any research that falls within the following definition of ARD given by the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) can be submitted: “ARD is a multi-dimensions research that addresses the agricultural development challenges of developing and emerging countries (DEC). The agricultural domain includes crop production and animal husbandry, agro-forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agribusiness and related enterprises, animal and human health related issues, as well as the sustainable management of the natural sources on which farming depends and the socio-cultural and bio-diverse landscapes, food systems and ecologies in which it is embedded. ARD provides technological, economic and institutional knowledge and innovations contributing to sustainable development. It encompasses research of a national and international public good character, as well as research that yields private gains.” Application ends on 13 July 2020.


As a longstanding partner of One Young World, Zurich Insurance is proud to support the Zurich One Young World Scholarship 2020 which will enable 12 outstanding young leaders to attend the One Young World Summit in Munich, Germany on 23 – 26 April 2021. This is your chance to become one of these scholars! One Young World focuses on innovating in three areas: Mitigating the impacts of climate change, tackling the world’s increasing physical and mental health challenges, and striving to increase both social and financial inclusion. Their aim is to transform the lives of million people by 2024, and positively impact the lives of 10 million more. The application deadline is 17 July 2020.


The 2020 edition of the ITU Innovation Challenge will be taking place amid a global pandemic caused by Covid-19. This has resulted in stress on value chains and countries’ readiness for a digital economy, significantly affecting social conditions worldwide. Global supply, production, consumption and delivery chains are disrupted. Traditional economies are struggling, as industries have not been digitalized and infrastructure is inadequate to cope with current stress levels. Policy-makers and innovators worldwide are under pressure. Their communities must embrace a digital economy so that a semblance of normalcy can be maintained in these uncertain conditions. Therefore, the overall theme of this year’s challenges is rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during the Covid-19 pandemic. Three opportunities to win include Digital change-maker challenge: For innovators with ideas that create digital impact in their communities. Ecosystem best practice challenge: For ecosystem builders with good practices that nurture an enabling environment for innovators in their communities. Women in technology challenge: For female innovators with digital projects that create impact in their communities. The Deadline Date for application is on 3l July 2020.


StartupXs launches the COVID-19 Response Fund for start-ups and social enterprises with the aim to support early-stage social entrepreneurs to adapt to the pandemic. Support extends to social entrepreneurs whose projects focus on natural resources as well as other categories of the Terra Viva Grants Directory. Participation is open to any start-up or social enterprise worldwide. Priority is given to early-stage start-ups launching innovative products or ideas. One winner will receive US$1000. The deadline to participate is 31 July 2020.


The AAAS Science Journalism Awards have honored professional journalists for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. In recognition of a generous endowment by The Kavli Foundation, the awards now are called the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards, and the contest is open to journalists worldwide. The awards are open to reporters doing work for independent news organizations around the world. Articles must be readily accessible to the public by subscription, newsstand sales or online access. If the submitted work was published or broadcast in a language other than English, you must provide an English translation. The entry deadline is 01 August 2020.

The Free Press Awards recognise journalists and media professionals who have a strong commitment with press freedom and independent information. We will honour journalists and media professionals who continue no matter what. Free Press Unlimited wants to honour journalists who risk everything to bring us the news, media pioneers who pave the way for equality and justice and those who persevere under the most difficult circumstances. The Free Press Awards will recognise exceptional work in the categories Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist. All nominations must be received by 1 August 2020.


The SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development Award invites applications for projects or initiatives related to plastic waste management practices in schools and communities. The entry should demonstrate how the school’s program transforms the community, reduces plastic usage, or cleans the ecosystem of the community. Any public and private kindergarten, elementary schools, secondary school, vocational or technical school in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam is invited to apply. The winner receives US$1,500 and a study tour for four to six people to Japan. The deadline for submissions is 14 August 2020.


The Ernest du Bois Prize offers €20 thousand for doctoral studies on the theme of water availability. The awards are made to young students and engineers who are carrying out research on the theme of water and its availability — including issues of protecting reserves, managing pollution, developing processing techniques, and others. Applications need to be submitted in French or Dutch, even though the doctoral research itself may be written in English. The application deadline is 28 September 2020.


The Stockholm Water Prize is awarded annually for outstanding achievements supporting the availability, conservation, and protection of the world’s water resources. The award is open to individuals and organizations of any nationality whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources. The Stockholm Water Prize consists of an award of US$150 thousand and a crystal sculpture. The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2020.

The Stop Slavery Award recognizes and celebrates those dedicated to the fight against all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking. The Thomson Reuters Foundation launched the Stop Slavery Award in 2015 to recognize companies who can be considered “best-in-class” based on the policies and the processes they have in place to limit the risk of slavery in their supply chain and operations, as well as the role they are playing as key agents in the global fight against slavery. The application deadline is 30 November 2020.


The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) is an award focusing on water-related scientific innovation from around the world. The 10th cycle of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water consists of one creativity prize and four specialized prizes. The Creativity Prize of US$266 thousand is made for pioneering and innovative research in any water-related field. The four specialized prizes are worth US$133 thousand each and are made for research in surface water; groundwater; alternative water (e.g., desalinization, wastewater treatment, etc.); and water management and protection. Candidates for the Creativity Prize are identified through external nominations. Candidates for the specialized prizes can self-nominate. The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2020.

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