Call for Proposals: The Advancing Local Leadership, Innovation and Networks (ALL-IN)   Leave a comment


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About the grant:

Researchers at African institutions are invited to submit proposals for The Advancing Local Leadership, Innovation and Networks (ALL-IN) program, a collaborative research  grant program between the Feed the Future Market Risk and Resilience Innovation Lab (MRR) and the INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT INC and funded by USAID.

Grant’s offering:
African researchers will take the lead in defining priorities and will then draw on US university-based #mentors for support as needed to enhance their #capacity in the implementation and #management of large-scale research projects.

Selected research projects will

  • further the mission of the MRR Innovation Lab to generate and transfer into action innovations that will bolster resilience,
  • keeping rural individuals, households, communities, and markets in positions of economic viability from which they can sustain and accelerate a path of inclusive agricultural growth.

All selected recipients of research funding under ALL-IN will be onboarded as an independent cohort and then become part of the MRR Innovation Lab’s virtual research consortium, which will meet annually for peer review and feedback on projects. These meetings, along with other ad-hoc meetings as appropriate, will provide the opportunity to further enhance capacity, create opportunities for future areas of inquiry and both broaden and deepen research networks for all participants.

Grant background:

Effectively meeting the mission described above requires shifting the locus of research control to economists in African countries. ALL-IN is designed to provide the historically under-resourced African economic research community the resources it needs to fully engage and further develop and to fully utilize local institutions’ clear pathways to local policy impacts. African researchers will take the lead in defining priorities and will then draw on US university-based mentors for support as needed to enhance their capacity in the implementation and management of large-scale research projects.


Researchers and institutions that have the skills, talents, and ideas for impactful research, even if lacking in experience implementing and managing large-scale research projects. As part of this award, the ALL-IN collaborative team will provide, as needed and appropriate, support to researchers and their project managers in developing the capacity to manage and lead this award and others of a similar nature in the future. This award is intended to provide the opportunity to institutions – both researchers and staff – to learn by doing, in collaboration with mentors and peers at the ALL-IN management institutions.


Question and Answer Session #1: July 16, 2020, 4 p.m. EAT

Expressions of Interest Deadline: August 1, 2020

Question and Answer Session #2: August 20, 2020, 4 p.m. EAT

Proposal Deadline: August 30, 2020

Number of awards:

An anticipated 9-12 awards will be made under this request for proposals with a maximum award amount of $450,000.

In order to encourage researchers with ideas that are promising, but not yet fully developed, there will be a seed grant funding window.  Seed grants will provide modest funding ($5000) and other support to allow the development of a full proposal in time for submission in November 2020.

How to apply:

In case of interested, please learn more about the full eligibility requirements and application process on the ICED website.

Urban Water Challenge 2020   Leave a comment

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UNSDG6, 11.5 and 14.1 Source:ImagineH2O


The 2020 Urban Water Challenge by ImagineH2O will spotlight urban water resilience in coastal communities and source additional deployments addressing issues from source to sea.

  • Registered as a For-Profit Entity
  • Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals
DEADLINE: Monday, June 8th

STEP 1: Complete the short pre-application on the Urban Water Challenge portal via this link

STEP 2: If approved, complete the Full Application sent to your email

Review the Program Overview and Terms for more information.


Contact us at kellyatimagineh2odotorg

They are available to answer questions about the program, the application process and share application tutorials.

To learn more about supporters, past awardees and others, please visit the challenge’s website by clicking here.

Geoscientists Without Borders® July 15 application now open   Leave a comment

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About the grant

Geoscientists Without Borders® *applications are accepted twice each year: 15 January and 15 July. 15 July call for applications is now open.

How to apply:

The first step is to complete a Phase I application. This application outlines the purpose, team and cost of the project (organizational capacity, project needs and benefits and technical merit). Phase I one applications are completed online, and will be evaluated by the GWB Committee after each deadline.

Applicants completing Phase I applications that are selected for Phase II will be asked to submit a full project proposal.

Phase I Applications Selection Process

  • Applications for Phase I review will be accepted year round. Applications that arrive by the deadlines of 15 January and 15 July will be reviewed during that cycle. Any applications received after the date will be considered in the next cycle unless withdrawn or replaced by the applicant.
  • All Phase I applications will be screened by SEG staff to determine compliance with eligibility and application requirements. Applications that meet initial requirements and are received by the published deadline will be forwarded to the Committee for review.
  • The Committee will meet within two to four weeks after receipt of the applications.
  • The Committee will select applications that will be invited to submit proposals for Phase II development.
  • Upon notification, applicants will have thirty (30) calendar days to prepare and submit a Phase II proposal under the guidelines provided for completing Phase II.
  • Applications will be judged after consideration of the following criteria:
    • Humanitarian Benefit
    • Student involvement and program diversity including partner relationships
    • Use of geophysics and other geosciences

Grant restrictions and specifications:

The following restrictions apply to individual project awards.

  • The maximum allowable award is USD $50,000.00 per year.
  • Proposals may request funding for a project with duration of up to two (2) years, under a single proposal.
  • Awards may not be used to cover administrative costs not directly related to conduct of the project (indirect costs).
  • Proposals must include student participation. Energizing students and introducing them to the broad range of geosciences careers, while also strengthening university programs in geophysics and geosciences is a primary emphasis of Geoscientists Without Borders®.
  • For-profit organizations are not eligible for funding. Applicants must be charitable, not for profit organizations.
  • Unexploded ordinance (UXO) detection projects are excluded.
  • Projects that include political lobbying, proselytizing, or other activities that are not pertinent to the mission of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists or the program intent are not eligible for funding. This includes projects submitted by religious or political organizations.

For Previously Funded Applicants

  • Previously funded applicants must complete prior project reports. A summary section of the application must summarize any prior work conducted in order to be considered for funding.
  • Previously funded projects/groups that have not demonstrated measurable success or appropriate utilization of SEG Foundation funds will not be considered for future funding years.
  • SEG support of ongoing projects will be usually limited to two (2) years. An applicant may apply for additional time (contract extension) and funding rarely over the two (2) year limit if special need can be demonstrated.

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*Geoscientists Without Borders is not affiliated with Doctors Without Borders, which is a registered trademark of Bureau International de Médecins Sans Frontières

Water ChangeMaker Awards 2020   Leave a comment


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Open for submissions: Water ChangeMaker Awards – making smart water decisions visible

About the challenge:

As of April 06, 2020, the Water ChangeMaker Awards is inviting submissions from those who have shaped water decisions that have helped build climate resilience.

The Water ChangeMaker Awards, launched on World Water Day 2020 (March 22), are a new initiative of about 20 partner organisations, convened by the Global Water Partnership (GWP).

Significance of the challenge:

The world is facing new realities and much uncertainty in the midst of the global COVID-19 emergency. Now more than ever, smart decisions are needed on how we solve multiple, long-term, and interconnected global crises. One of those is the way we use and safeguard water and how we protect ourselves from water-related hazards, such as floods and droughts and pollution-related challenges in the midst of climate change.

Award themes:

  • Climate Resilience built through Water Decisions: the extent to which the initiative has contributed to climate resilience.
  • Magnitude and Longevity of Change: the extent to which the initiative has pushed the boundary beyond “business as usual” and broken down the inertia of processes or systems that have prevented decisions to be taken and action to move forward.
  • Depth of Learning: the extent to which the initiative has been mindful in using learning to improve and to bring about the changes intended.
  • Breadth of Collaboration: the extent to which the initiative has involved and mobilized others to achieve success, how it worked in collaboration with others, and how shared goals were built with others.

There are a wide range of areas that the submissions can cover, including but not limited to: Water Decisions in leveraging Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Resilience; Building Integrity in Water Decisions; Mobilizing Women as Change Makers for Water Decisions; Mobilizing the Private Sector in supporting Water Decisions for Climate Resilience; and Mobilizing Youth as Change Makers for Water Decisions.

Award offerings:

The Awards are unusual in that, beyond celebrating Awardees and their teams, the submissions will provide a basis for creating learning communities of topic-specific groups to collaborate and learn from each other. Finalist and Winner experiences will also be included in the GWP ToolBox.

Deadline: Submissions close on 7 June 2020.

How to apply: Submit your change journey on the Water ChangeMaker Awards website – you can do it in ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussian, or Spanish.

Click here to find out more and submit your change story on The Water ChangeMaker Awards website!

Join the conversation on social media (clicking the below icons), usinghashtag #WaterChangeMakers 

The Food System Vision Prize 2050   Leave a comment

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Photo by Tom Fisk

About the grant:

Envisioning Regenerative and Nourishing Food Futures for 2050

The Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations across the globe to develop a Vision of the regenerative and nourishing food system that they aspire to create by the year 2050.


By “organizations” the Rockefeller Foundation means legally registered and organized entities, including companies, governments, cooperatives, communities, partnerships, NGOs, and universities.

About the prize partnership:

The Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO to amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems. And to empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future. Creating a compelling and progressive Vision for the future of our food system requires a culture of collaboration that rallies industry, policy, academia, and society to act as one. When we come together, we can deliver sustainable, nourishing diets for people and the planet by 2050.

Grant Amount:

$2M will be distributed to the Top Visionaries, who will be eligible to receive a prize of $200,000 each.


The Finalists will be selected after a Refinement Phase that extends from 2 March – 17 April 2020.

Prize offerings:

  • Join a cohort of Visionaries addressing systemic food issues via a virtual Accelerator and in-person convening;

  • Collaborate with a select team of advisors and stakeholders to further refine their Visions and find pathways to actualize them;

  • Participate in an Accelerator during which they will have access to media and storytelling training and a global platform via media exposure, in order to attract partners, connections, and other funder and philanthropic networks;

  • Refine and amplify their Visions further;

  • If in full compliance with the Prize Terms and Conditions, be announced as a Top Visionary and have the opportunity to participate in a recognition ceremony.

How to apply:

To learn all the details on how to apply, detailed timeline, selection process and others, please click here. To learn about the semi-finalists and refinement process, please click here.

Disclaimer: This blogpost is strictly for information purpose only. All the above information has been obtained from the website for the prize. Please contact the prize organizers directly for any questions or additional information.

Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge 2020 in p’ship with E4C   Leave a comment

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Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge 2020 in partnership with E4C:

About the grant:

Driving solutions for zero hunger and clean water

Join a global movement to prepare, adapt and respond to the most pressing challenges in food and water. Nurture breakthrough ideas, apply human-centered design to engineer innovative hardware solutions that help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

There are two action tracks that you can apply to:

Zero Hunger Track: Design a postharvest off-grid preservation technology

Problem definition:
A way to reduce the farm-to-table food loss in lower resource settings that lack electricity

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted at a cost of roughly US $680 billion in industrialized countries and US $310 billion in developing countries. In developing countries, 40% of losses occur during the post-harvest and processing phases of food production.

Example of Applications:

  1. Storage
  2. Refrigeration

One winner/winning team will be selected for the track. The winner will receive $10,000 USD and the opportunity to meet Siemens USA CEO in person. The winner will be promoted across Siemens USA and Engineering for Change platforms and receive exclusive invitations to industry events.

Clean Water: Design a very low-cost, energy-efficient, scalable technology for desalinating brackish water

Problem definition:
A way to remove salt contamination from water that is low-cost and energy-efficient.

97.5% of water on the Earth contains salt, making it unsuitable for drinking or farming. By 2030, nearly 35% of the world’s human population will be living in water-stressed countries. Most water that is used for drinking and farming comes from underground sources or salt-free surface water. However, these are becoming more and more unreliable. Worldwide, engineers and scientists race to develop innovative methods to remove salt from water, but current solutions are extremely energy-intensive and high-cost.

Example of Applications:

  1. Drinking water
  2. Irrigation for farming

One winner/winning team will be selected for the track. The winner will receive $10,000 USD and the opportunity to meet Siemens USA CEO in person. The winner will be promoted across Siemens USA and Engineering for Change platforms and receive exclusive invitations to industry events.

Grant Selection Criteria:

Throughout the challenge, you will be asked to:

  • Submit a text based application, explaining the problem area you are addressing and your proposed solution
  • Submit a short 30 second video introducing your team and product concept
  • Research and explore the needs of your end user
  • Design your concept in 3D CAD
  • Iterate your design based on the research you have conducted and provide justification for your decisions
  • Simulate how your product works
  • Submit a video pitching your product concept

How to apply:

Design Challenge Submission Checklist

  • Sign-up as a member on the Engineering for Change (E4C) website. It’s free!
  • Familiarize yourself with the Resources section, in particular —
    • SDGs and 50 Breakthroughs
    • Tools provided by E4C and Siemens
  • Identify a problem, or opportunity, within one of the two stated challenge tracks above. Consider prior-art and how access, efficiency and/or usability might be improved through design, engineering or manufacturing.
  • Review the Design Parameters document for your selected track. (below)
  • Assemble a team. While individuals may participate by themselves, it is highly beneficial to leverage diverse backgrounds. Team composition will be considered during the judging process.
  • Draft an initial solution concept. Note that you will refine this concept over the course of the challenge. Solutions should address one of the two challenges posted. (At the planning & concept phase, concepts may be explorative, but should start to answer the questions listed in the Design Parameters.)
  • Log in to your free Engineering for Change account and download your free license of Siemens Solid Edge 3D CAD software here.

Applications will open March 4, 2020. E4C Membership will be required for application.



The Water Council Tech Challenge Spring 2020   Leave a comment

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About the Challenge:

The Water Council (TWC) helps connect people deploying new innovations in water technology through corporate-sponsored open innovation tech challenges.

If you have a water tech idea or prototype with high potential for implementation or commercialization, TWC is the link to get you to the next stage of development with corporate sponsors ready to help you make your idea a reality. As an applicant, your application will be reviewed by the corporate R&D team sponsors and if you are chosen, you’ll get the opportunity to present your innovation in-person to A.O. SmithBadger Meter and Zurn and compete for:

  • Funding with maximum total prize money of $25,000
  • Opportunity for high potential for joint commercialization with market leaders
  • Access to sponsoring companies’ R&D team expertise

Grant Timeline:

Accepting applications March 2 to May 3

Grant amount: $25,000.


Sensors & Enabling Technologies for Leak Detection

Our Corporate partners are seeking innovative solutions for detecting small water leaks in a pipe to identify opportunities for early intervention to repair or replace the pipe. Enabling technologies for detecting water quality parameters inline at a pipe without the need for grab samples, and operational aspects of using artificial intelligence/machine learning and IoT will also be considered. The solutions may be complete systems, algorithms or concepts by talented individuals with the focus on optimization of operation, condition assessment, conservation, leak detection and water quality controls.

The applications may be of various scales including:

  • Plumbing systems in residential, commercial or industrial facilities
  • Cooling water systems
  • Drinking water distribution
  • Wastewater collection
  • Water reuse distribution

Key success criteria:

  • Long lasting
  • Durable
  • Low cost
  • Low energy usage
  • Rapid response or real time
  • Non-toxic reagents or no reagents required
  • Limit of detection commensurate with the regulatory limit or concentration of interest for the substance being detected


Energy Harvesting from Water Networks

Our Corporate partners are seeking innovative solutions for recovering energy from water networks, both small scale (in home or building) and large scale (water distribution and collection systems).  Supporting technologies that store energy are also of interest. Potential uses for the energy recovered include:

  • Extend battery life/Recharge batteries needed for data transmission in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Powering meters and sensors
  • Powering actuators for valves and other

Key Success Criteria:

  • Long lasting
  • Durable
  • Low cost


JRS Biodiversity Foundation 2020 RFP   Leave a comment

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About 2020 Request for Proposals:

The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for multi-year projects focused upon biodiversity data, knowledge and information services related to (1) freshwater biodiversity, (2) pollinator biodiversity, and (3) biodiversity informatics capacity development. The foundation will award about 1.6 million U.S. dollars among qualifying proposals by July 2020. Please write to with any questions. Please see JRS 2020 Request for Proposals and 2020 RFP Frequently Asked Questions.

Download the RFP Announcement (Date: January 6, 2020).

About The JRS Biodiversity Foundation

The Foundation’s mission is to increase access to and the use of information for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2007, the foundation has invested more than $20 million in biodiversity informatics projects to (1) collect and enhance data, (2) aggregate, synthesize, and publish data, (3) make data more widely available to potential end-users, and (4) inform biodiversity conservation.

The JRS Biodiversity Foundation strategy is to connect data to knowledge use in domains where the demand for information can sustain investment in biodiversity informatics. The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation focuses our pollinators- and freshwater-related grantmaking in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. We may make exceptions to this policy for projects elsewhere in Africa with the potential for exceptional impact upon biodiversity informatics capacity development or highly transferrable models or technologies.

Please Ask Us Questions

The Foundation encourages to contact them with questions regarding how well your project fits this RFP scope. Inquiries or short concept notes are welcomed by email or via our online forms. Please see their Grantmaking Basics for a list of what they do not fund.

General Qualifications

The Foundation seeks projects that address issues at a substantive spatial scale, can grow to a larger scale or can be transferred across geographic regions or organizational and institutional contexts. Projects that hold potential to engage with, reinforce, or build upon the results or technologies of their grant portfolio will be preferred. Applications that demonstrate a strong demand for data and ties to decision-making will be most competitive for JRS Biodiversity Foundation funding. All projects must conform to the foundation’s Open Data Policy. U.S. law prohibits financing of projects to influence legislation through advocacy or lobbying (see JRS Grantmaking).


The following conditions ensure that proposal aligns with the JRS Biodiversity Foundation’s strategy and may be used as an eligibility checklist.

  • The biodiversity information system is at the center of the project, and there is a clear potential use of and future value to the datasets or technologies.
  • The end-users of the biodiversity information are known and are directly involved in proposal development and project implementation.
  • There are specific descriptions of hardware, software, data standards, and related technical tools, and their choice is justified; use of existing biodiversity informatics solutions and infrastructure is preferred.
  • All primary biodiversity data and tools generated by the project will be available per the Open Access Data Policy and its terms for license, timeliness, standards, access, and compliance.
  • The grant applicants are African or that African professionals and African institutions play significant roles in project design, implementation, and sustainability, and as recipients of funds for projects that originate outside of Africa.
  • Training and capacity development in biodiversity informatics are explicit aims of the project through engagement with trainees, network-building, and sharing of training resources.
  • Outputs and outcomes have specific targets that are measurable and time-bound.
  • Plans for outreach include efforts to secure future partners and funders.
  • Budgets are justified in significant detail regarding cost assumptions, timing, and rationale.

Amount of grants:  The total requested grant for 1-3 years may range from about $50,000 to about $250,000. We will accept two types of proposals: 1) proposals for multi-year projects and 2) proposals for co-funding of biodiversity information components of existing projects.

Application Process:  All proposals that comply with the application guidelines will be considered. All proposals must be submitted using the online system. Proposals will not be accepted after March 10, 2020.

2020 Timetable for Applications:

  • January 7: Grant application portal opens.
  • March 10: Deadline for submission of proposals.
  • April 24: Requests, if needed, to applicants for supplementary information.
  • May 7: Deadline for submission of supplementary information, if requested.
  • June 2: Funding decision communicated by the Foundation.
  • August 1: Approximate date of the first payment to grantees.

Thank you in advance for your interest. Please write to  with any questions regarding this request for proposals.

2020 Science to Action Fellowship   Leave a comment


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About the Fellowship:

The Science to Action Fellowship was developed to:

  • Expose graduate students to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) through the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), whose mission is to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques to help natural and cultural resource managers anticipate and adapt to the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and ecosystems.
  • Support graduate students in developing a policy-relevant product related to the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, their habitats, and users. This product should put science into action, applying scientific research directly to decision making about natural resources. It may be related to the graduate student’s own research, and if so, may present a unique opportunity to enhance and share research with a broader community of decision makers.
  • Provide students the opportunity to interact with the USGS community and others outside of academia.

Fellowship’s offerings:

During the fellowship year and beyond, fellows benefit from

  • collaborations with university and USGS mentors,
  • interactions with other colleagues and partners of USGS, and
  • exposure to high priority, real-world challenges in the natural resources policy arena. 

Preference will be given to applicants with a clear research – management/policy link.

This opportunity is open to graduate students at Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) Consortium Institutions, who are students for the entire fellowship year (special circumstances otherwise considered). To view the list of consortium institutions for each CASC, please check out CASC pages and the CASC Network map.

Financial Award
Up to two fellows will be selected, annually, to receive a financial award of $10,000* each. The financial award is intended to support the additional efforts undertaken by the Fellow for the CASC project, not as a graduate stipend.

Mentorship Experience
Each Fellow will work closely with his/her university mentor (typically, the applicant’s graduate program advisor) and a mentor from a CASC (identified by the applicant during the application process).

Fellowship Duration and Location
The fellowship experience will last one year (start date is flexible within funded year, starting April at the earliest). During this time, the Fellow will be expected to work at NCASC or a regional CASC with a CASC mentor for two months (typically summer; specific dates are flexible) but may remain at his/her host institution for the rest of the term.

Learn More
More information about the Science to Action Fellowship, descriptions of past and current fellow projects, and instructions for submitting a Statement of Interest can be found on the Science to Action Fellowship web page.

How to apply:

The National Climate Adaptation Science Center will be accepting Statements of Interest for the 2020 Science to Action Fellowship through January 31, 2020.

*No portion of this financial award may be used for indirect expenses from a Fellow’s host institution. All grant funds are required to be used for direct fellowship expenses (e.g., travel and lodging for two months in Reston, supplies, travel to conferences, etc.).  

The Food System Vision Prize 2050   Leave a comment

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About the prize:

The Food System Vision Prize invites organizations from around the world to create compelling and progressive visions of the world’s system by 2050.

Humanity has more knowledge, technology, social intelligence, and human capacity than ever before, all of which can be harnessed to create a food system that nourishes all people, grows the global economy, and protects a thriving environment. Despite this great potential, we have yet to see a credible and inspiring vision for our future food system that can ignite a movement toward positive change. The Food System Vision Prize 2050 has been launched inviting organizations, universities, institutions, companies, cooperatives and partnerships from around the world to create and realize concrete and actionable Visions of food systems that deliver sustainable, nourishing diets by 2050. The Vision Prize, powered by SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, will amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems, and will empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future.

Grant amount:

A prize of $2 million will be distributed among the winners.

Important dates to remember: Open submissions accepted from October 29, 2019 – January 31, 2020

How to apply:

To apply and for all the details about the prize, please click here.