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Call for Policy Supporting Research

Policy Supporting Research (PSR) delivers research output on specific themes of interest to Belgian development cooperation on demand of the Belgian government. The goal of PSR is to deepen the knowledge on themes that are of prime importance for the Belgian development cooperation, linked to building knowledge and capacity of DGD.

Call for proposals for long-term PSR 2019

The call for proposals for long-term PSR 2019 is now closed, but you can read the documents for your information.

 

The terms of reference for the long-term PSR were elaborated by DGD regarding the following 4 themes:

  1. Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a compass;
  2. Support to the Gender Policy;
  3. Challenges and opportunities for a Sustainable integrated water management in partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation;
  4. Support to the Private Sector Development Policy.

The term of the PSR is one yearrenewable twice after an assessment of the products and the continued needs.

01/ Financial support

The budget for one long-term PSR project is a maximum of € 250.000 per year.

daily fee of € 1.000 all-inclusive is agreed upon. The PSR funding system is based on the daily fee, multiplied by the number of days which are deemed necessary for the implementation of the project. The number of days are to be explicitly justified in the project proposal on the basis of the plan of action and research methodology, and also need to be approved formally by DGD.

All-inclusive means that the implementing HEIs receives the calculated budget (daily fee*number of days), from which all corresponding costs need to be paid: salaries, operational costs, mission related costs, possible institutional overhead, etc.

02/ Eligibility

Researchers of Belgian HEIs, both universities and university colleges, are eligible to submit for this call.

The proposal must meet the application and submission requirements as described in section 4.

03/ Selection

DGD is responsible for the selection of the proposals, whereby the quality of the intended output and the intended impact on development cooperation are the main objectives.

Selection criteria include:

  • The expertise and previous experiences;
  • The proposed approach, both research methodology and plan of collaboration with DGD.

Collaborations are encouraged if they are an added value for the intended quality of the PSR:

  • Interuniversity partnerships within Belgium;
  • Links with university partners from the South;
  • Collaborations with other partners of the Belgian development cooperation;
  • Cooperation within global networks.

Cooperation between PSR and non-university centres and networks is also encouraged in case it adds on quality. Collaborations are taken into account by DGD in case 2 projects are equally ranked.

Selection will be done before 1 November 2018DGD will justify the reasons for selection and non-selection.

Communication of selection will be done by VLIR-UOS and ARES respectively.

04/ Application and submissions modalities

Proposal

Proposals are elaborated in English and need to be presented in the provided format (see "Annexes"). The proposal has to elaborate on:

  • The presentation of the research team, and, in case of a consortium, the constituent parties (members, relevant expertise);
  • The plan of action and the research methodology (objectives, methodology, results, products);
  • The strategy for uptake and outreach (practical applications for DGD and use by third parties);
  • The collaborations foreseen with other parties (university partners from the South, other partners of the Belgian Development Cooperation, global networks, non-university centres and networks);
  • The budget.

The term of the proposal is in principle one year. If the research team judges that several years are necessary to reach the results asked for in the ToR, the proposal should focus on the products that can be delivered during the first year.

Support during the formulation

For each theme, two responsible persons at DGD are appointed. These persons were responsible for the preparation of the terms of reference and will organize the selection committee that assigns the proposals. They will also supervise the execution (contacts with the researchers, technical guidance committee, organization of activities) and are responsible for quality control of the process and the products.

For more information, please contact:

  1. Olivier Thery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) & Tim Bogaert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on ToR "Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a compass";
  2. Catherine Gigante (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) & Sandrine Vanhamme (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on ToR "Support to the Gender Policy";
  3. Carol Durieux (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) & Liesbeth Loddewykx (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on ToR "Challenges and opportunities for a sustainable integrated water management in partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation";
  4. Jean Jacques Bastien (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) & (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on ToR "Support to the Private Sector Development Policy".

Submission

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2018, 17.00.

The proposals are to be sent by mail to the programme managers of VLIR-UOS and ARES. The institution of the lead researcher determines whether the proposal should be submitted to ARES or VLIR-UOS:

  • Programme manager VLIR-UOS: Inge Vandevyvere - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Programme manager ARES: Noémie Nyst - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Annexes

05/ Timeline

Description Deadline
Launch call for proposals by VLIR-UOS and ARES 29 June 2018
Information sessions @ DGD Press Room, Ground Floor, Egmont 10 July 2018, 10u-12u @ DGD
Deadline for submission at VLIR-UOS and ARES 30 September 2018
Selection of proposals by DGD Before 1 November 2018
Communication of selection results November 2018
Start of the PSR 1 January 2019

06/ FAQ

Download the minutes of the information session from 10 July 2018.

 

MORE INFORMATION: contact Noémie Nyst - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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