SANDEE invites research concept notes in environmental and resource economics   Leave a comment

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About the grant:

SANDEE invites research concept notes in any area of environmental and resource economics relating to the development of South Asia and the HKH.

Grant focus:

Of particular interest are concept notes that demonstrate a clear demand from policymakers for their underlying research, although any concept note within the scope of SANDEE for research of scientific merit will be considered. They encourage research on issues of interest to

  • national,
  • provincial, and
  • local-level policymakers in the region,

including environmental issues faced by people living in the plains, hills, and mountains.


Researchers working in the region (the HKH and South Asia) and affiliated to member universities of the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), an initiative within ICIMOD, are encouraged to apply.

Grant themes:

They will consider proposals that discuss the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that each country has submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the Paris Agreement,

  • urban environment issues,
  • energy access and efficiency, and
  • disaster resilience.

Examples of research previously supported by SANDEE include:
1. Country-wide assessments of the linkages between climate change and agriculture and its effects on migration in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and a case study of incentives for recycling lead acid batteries under India’s deposit fund scheme.
2. An analysis of possible payments to farmers for ecosystem services in Bhutan, and an examination of biodiversity and economic indicators under different forest management strategies in Bangladesh.
3. An evaluation of a REDD+ pilot programme in Nepal on carbon sequestration and socio-economic changes, and of a livelihood intervention programme in India on farmers’ adaptive capacity.
Past areas of research include the

  • economics of climate change (impact assessment, mitigation, and adaptation),
  • evaluating programmes and policies for greener development, and
  • valuation of ecosystem services

To review completed research, please visit this link

Grant specifics:

  1. While SANDEE focuses on environmental management, proposals must include a strong economics component.
  2. Proposals related to action research that intend to produce consulting-type reports will not be considered.
  3. Concept notes are evaluated on their academic merit and policy significance.
  4. Multi-disciplinary projects, cross-border collaborations, and transboundary topics with a mountain and gender focus will be prioritized.
  5. Estimation of cost of non-cooperation among countries in the region in different areas (e.g., energy and water resource management), evaluation of the impact of national programmes and policies on the mountain environment and people, and valuation of ecosystem services provided by the cryosphere are other areas of interest.
  6. Institutional affiliation is needed to be eligible for a research grant.
  7. SANDEE encourages women researchers and junior to mid-career professionals to apply as principal investigators (PIs). Senior researchers can be included in the team as co-PIs or mentors, but not as PIs.

Grant amount:

Grants are likely to be in the range of USD 20,000-30,000 over a two-year period. Larger grants are more likely if teams are multidisciplinary, involve two or more countries in the region, or focus on a transboundary issue.

Grant cycle and how to apply:

To be considered for the Summer 2019 grant cycle, please review the guidelines and upload your concept notes to SANDEE’s website at  by 31 December 2018. Candidates whose concept notes are shortlisted will be invited to submit full research proposals that will be rigorously reviewed by multiple reviewers at different stages. Successfully revised proposals will be further reviewed, shortlisted, and invited to a research and training workshop (RnT) to be held in June 2019.
Researchers will defend their proposals for a SANDEE research grant at the RnT.
For any additional information, please contact at researchatsandeeonlinedotorg.



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Energy Globe Awards 2019   Leave a comment


light-lamp-electricity-power-159108.jpegAbout the Award

The objective of the ENERGY GLOBE Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a global audience and to demonstrate that for many environmental problems feasible solutions already exist. Projects submitted from over 180 countries take part each year in the awards.

Energy Globe 2019 Award:

For 2019 innovative projects and smart technologies from around the world are invited to take part again. Participation is open to projects with focus on

  • resource conservation,
  • improving air and water quality,
  • energy efficiency and renewable energies.
  • projects that focus on the creation of awareness in these areas will be eligible to participate.

What’s new: The special category on the issue, “Energy for the poorest”


Every individual, private or public institution, companies, NGOs, etc. can submit a project.

Projects with a focus on

  • saving resources,
  • improving air, soil, or water quality,
  • increasing energy efficiency,
  • using renewables, as well as
  • anyone making a contribution towards the fight against climate change.

Projects can be entered by individuals as well as companies, organizations, and public authorities. Several projects may be entered by a single competitor.

Entry fee: The submission is free.

Application language: English or German

Deadline:  November 21st, 2018


Award’s focus:

The best projects will be honored as part of a ceremony that will be broadcast worldwide as well as featured by the international media. International winning projects for the following 5 award categories will also each receive a cash award.

  • Earth,
  • Fire,
  • Water,
  • Air and
  • Youth

In each country the best project is awarded the National Energy Globe Award and presented at the global online platform of Energy Globe.

Award Amount:

The final decision concerning a project’s category shall remain with Energy Globe as well as the independent jurors. International winners divide a prize pool of 10, 000 EUR or 11,374.22 USD .


How to submit a project?

  1. Please prepare your project submission by using the checklist as well as the Word document provided by Energy Globe (DOC, 100 kB).
  2. Please click here to submit your project
  3. More about terms and conditions for participation here.


Transforming Lives Awards   Leave a comment

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About the Award:

The award aims to promote sustainable livelihood programs through identifying and supporting excellent nonprofits and social entrepreneurs focused on UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: improving livelihoods, productive employment and decent work for all.


Grant amount:

Awards totaling $600,000, each winner will receive up to $100,000 in funding to #TransformLives and drive sustainable impact.




Organizations must be operating in one of the following countries: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, China, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Chile, Peru or Mexico. There will be at least one Award in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


A core component of all the Awards will be to fund sustainable and / or scalable solutions.  Award winners will need to demonstrate a pathway to a sustainable funding model, even if their current model requires donor funding.

Programmatic Focus

These awards seeks to support growth in sustainable livelihoods and the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: economic growth and decent work for all.

All nonprofits and social entrepreneurs should be:






Grant Cycle:

Deadline: October 31, 2018. After October 31, eligible organizations shall be contacted and invited to fill out a formal application for the Transforming Lives Awards, where they can receive recognition and funding to take their impact to scale.

Winners will be announced at a global awards event in Summer 2019,  
following an extensive and participatory assessment and due diligence process.


How to apply:

Register your organization via this link. For more information please visit Transforming Lives Awards’ website.

2018 Hult Prize challenge on energy t.b.a in September   Leave a comment

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© Hult Prize 2018

About the Hult Family’s vision:

The Hult family has been dedicated to opening the world through education for more than 50 years.  Since founding EF, Education First, Bertil Hult’s vision has been to provide life changing education and transformative experiences to people everywhere. Today, EF is run by his three oldest sons, and offers cultural exchanges, educational travel, language training and degree programs in 53 countries.  The Hult Prize is made possible through the ongoing support of the Hult Family.

About the prize:

Each year, the Hult Prize team issues a big bold challenge aligned with a large market opportunity meant to inspire and enable the world’s brightest minds to solve it’s greatest problems. A renowned and accomplished challenger issues a personal call to action, which is broadcast widely through our unparalleled network to University students in more than 100 countries.

Amount of Prize:

$1 Million USD Seed Funding Award as a part of HULT PRIZE FLAGSHIP COMPETITION

Each year, the Hult Prize team issues a big bold challenge aligned with a large market opportunity inspiring students from over 100 countries to solve it’s greatest problem. This year’s theme is energy to transform the life of 10 million people.


How to apply:

To learn more about the challenge, timeline and access the application, please visit the Hult Prize’s website.





International Travel Award: Call for Applications   Leave a comment

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About the Award:

The CIES International Travel Award (ITA) for Distinguished Service in Educational Reform was established through an endowment from George Soros and the Open Society Institute (OSI), and expanded under CIES President Ratna Ghosh to encourage distinguished researchers and practitioners from the Global South to participate in CIES conferences. Launched at the 2009 annual conference, the endowment attempts to facilitate the participation of international education experts, who serve in countries where international projects are implemented.

Grant amount and numbers:
Several awards of $1,000 USD each will be awarded for travel to the upcoming Annual Meeting of CIES. Conference participants from countries in the Global South with at least five (5) years of professional experience in educational development are eligible to apply.

Grant requirements:
Applicants must have submitted a paper presentation abstract through the conference proposal submission system and receive acceptance for inclusion in the upcoming conference program. Although applicants may also wish to apply for the UREAG (Under-represented Racial, Ethnic and Ability Groups) Committee Travel Awards , those selected to receive travel funding will be limited to only one CIES travel award.

Application documents:

A complete application includes:

  • The application form
  • A 500-word personal statement
  • A copy of your conference proposal abstract
  • Your resume or CV


The deadline for applications is October 18, 2018. Nominations, applications, and queries should be sent via e-mail to the ITA Chair.

How to apply:

Please click here to download the application form and send all components of your completed application in one email to and write ‘CIES 2019 ITA Application’ in the subject line.

Waitt Foundation Accepting Proposal for Small Grants Program   Leave a comment

Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants

About the Waitt Foundation:

Mission: Restoring our oceans to full productivity.

Vision: Given the rapid decline of marine resources, the mission of the Waitt Foundation is to protect and restore ocean health.  The Foundation funds initiatives globally with a focus on marine protected areas and sustainable fishing policy and practice.  They provide grants, technical assistance, strategic advice, and support innovative ocean science.  For maximum impact, they partner with unique coalitions of governments, funders, NGO, academics, and businesses.

About the grant:

The Waitt Foundation is accepting proposals for its Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program, which provides small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. The program is designed to be responsive to

  • conservation opportunities,
  • support higher-risk ideas at a low financial cost, and
  • engage with small, local nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations on a global scale.

Grant amount:

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support projects related to the Waitt Foundation mission of supporting sustainable fishing and marine protected areas (MPAs).

Grant cycle:

Project funds will be distributed within two weeks of funding decisions, which are made on a monthly rolling basis throughout the year. In addition, spending of the funds must commence within one month of granting, and be completed within six months.


To be eligible, applicants need not hold advanced degrees, but must demonstrate a commensurate level of experience and expertise with respect to the proposed project; and must have and maintain legitimate affiliation with an academic institution or NGO for the duration of the grant project. In addition, ROC grants should constitute the sole or primary source of funding for the proposed project, not serve as complementary funding for larger, more costly projects.

How to apply:

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, please visit the Waitt Foundation website.

Water Research Foundation’s Subscriber Program Pre-proposal now open   Leave a comment


Urban pollutants and agriculture run off affect aquifers’ quality ©Neer Foundation, Meerut India


About the Water Research Foundation (WRF):

WRF funds water research on behalf of its subscribers and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. WRF awards a contract through a competitive process and coordinates an independent technical review project through a staff-assigned project manager.  International organizations and disadvantaged business enterprises are encouraged to submit research proposals, along with all qualified entities.

About the Subscriber Priority (SP) Research Program:

To advance its mission, WRF is seeking pre-proposals for its 2018 Subscriber Priority (SP) Research Program, which is reserved for:

-WRF subscribers,

-municipal wastewater and stormwater agencies,

-wastewater equipment manufacturers, operators, consulting firms, corporations, and

-others who share WRF’s commitment to producing cost-effective water-quality research.

Grant Focus:

Subscriber Priority projects typically address applied research topics that may be local or regional in nature. The research topic should be broadly applicable to

  • wastewater,
  • stormwater,
  • drinking water, and/or
  • seawater.

Grant Restrictions:

All proposals should complement the foundation’s ongoing research and not duplicate any current or pending project.

Grant amount and numbers:

Grants totaling $354,000 will be awarded to up to four-five projects in support of collaborative research projects.

Grant cycle:

SP proposals are accepted once a year under a two-step process.

Grant deadline:

Pre-proposals must be submitted via email to smcgregoratwaterrfdotorg by August 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Proposals received after 8:00 p.m. ET on this date will not be considered. Receipt of pre-proposals will be acknowledged by email. Upon review, selected applications will be invited to submit a full proposal by early October 2018.

How to apply:

Please see the Water Research Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.