Call for research projects for development and training projects for the South

Every year, ARES launches a call for research projects for development (RPD) and training projects for the South (TPS). This call is addressed to permanent members of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) of the Federation Wallonia Brussels, Belgium and to the permanent members of the HEI of South countries.

/ Call for research and training projects 2022

The call for research and training project proposals 2022 is now closed.

Eligibility criteria?

01 / Geographical focus

For the 2022 RPD-TPS call, ARES decided to focus on 18 countries. The list of these 18 countries is available below under “Reference documents”.

South partner institutions which do not play a coordination role may however be located in one of the partner countries eligible in the framework of the Belgian non-governmental cooperation (NGC). The list of these “NGC partner countries” is currently being discussed. It will be available under “Reference documents” as soon as it is officially approved.

02 / Common strategic frameworks

The projects must be built in accordance with the Common Strategic Frameworks (CSF) which will be developed for the 2022-2026 programme. As these have not yet been elaborated at the time of launching this call, it is requested to projects to be part of the strategic target defined by ARES as follows: “Guarantee access to knowledge, improve the quality of academic research and stimulate innovation by strengthening local capacities in order to contribute to development”.

03 / Partnership - Stakeholders

The project must be carried out as a partnership: it must include at least one Coordinating HEI in the Federation Wallonia Brussels as North coordinator, one South Coordinating HEI and at least one Partner HEI in the Federation Wallonia Brussels, Belgium.

The teaching and/or research partner institutions in the South must meet the following requirements:

  • The institution services a public service function (public institution or functional public service);
  • The institution must be not-for-profit;
  • The degrees that the institution awards are recognized by the public administration authorities of the countries involved.

Detailed information about the status of the participants (north and south coordinators and partners) is available in the strategic directions and guidelines.

We draw the attention of applicants to the fact that a north coordinator can only submit one preproject proposal as coordinator under this call.

Which financial support?

  • The duration of RDP and TPS is of 3 or 5 years;
  • The budget of the project proposals must comply with the RDP and TPS financial standards included in the RDP-TPS Vade-mecum;
  • 3-year projects have a maximum budget of 350,000 €5-year projects have a maximum budget of 500,000 €;
  • 5-year project proposals must include doctorates
  • The budgets of the projects will be divided in calendar years.

How to submit a proposal?

01/ Procedures for submitting proposals

  • Preproject proposals may be written in French or English. Annexes in Spanish will be accepted;
  • They must be submitted via the new GIRAF platform by 30 November 2020;
  • They must be accompanied by coordinators and partners’ CVs (maximum 5 pages);
  • They must be officially validated by the North Coordinating HEI by 7 December 2020. An official letter from the North coordinating HEI, covering all the proposals submitted by the HEI, must also be sent to ARES by 14 December 2020 at the latest.
  • Not respecting these deadlines will lead to the proposal rejection.

The practical steps to submit a proposal through GIRAF are detailed in the document “Submitting project proposals”. The North coordinator will be invited to:

  • create his personal account or activate his existing GIRAF account (people already involved in a project funded by ARES are already included in GIRAF database)
  • Start a proposal and access the form
  • Nominate co-writers among the activated accounts in GIRAF. Co-writers must activate or create their own accounts before being able to be designated as such.

How are the projects selected?

01/ Selection process

  • The administrative admissibility of the preproject proposals is examined by ARES Direction for Development Cooperation;
  • The admissible preproject proposals are then analysed by three external experts specialised in academic development cooperation and two scientific experts from the HEIs of the Federation Wallonia Brussels, Belgium.
  • On the basis of the opinions given by the experts, ARES Development Cooperation Committee selects the preprojects, taking into account the number of projects planned in the framework of the call and possible political and strategic criteria.
  • The selected preproject will participate in the two next phases of the selection process: the formulation and the validation phases (for more information, please read the strategic directions and guidelines as well as the annex).

02/ Selection criteria

Preproject proposals are analysed by the experts on the basis of an evaluation grid including the following criteria:

Relevance to development

The relevance to development (local, regional or national) of the project proposal is an essential criterion. In this regard proposals must provide satisfactory answers to the following questions:

  • Is the project correctly structured for the context in which it must be carried out?
  • Does the project address a development issue which has arisen in the country/countries involved? Will the resolution of this problem have an impact, either direct or indirect, on the development of the country/countries involved and will it allow meeting the needs of the target groups and final beneficiaries?

Scientific and educational quality

Along with the relevance to development, the scientific and educational quality of a project will be a key factor during the selection of RPDs and TPSs. In more concrete terms, these projects must satisfy the following requirements:

  • For RPDs, describe the scientific matters addressed and explain the scientific contribution of the project;
  • For TSPs, describe the topics covered by the training through the curriculum and explain how they cover the various aspects of the identified issue;
  • The multidisciplinary nature of the project is important: the various disciplines involved must be highlighted and it must be clear how their integration will make it possible for the project to have the expected impact;
  • Provide a “state of the art” of the scientific issues addressed;
  • Partners’ CVs (attached according to the required standards: maximum 5 pages including the five most important publications in the scientific area targeted by the project) must demonstrate that the qualifications of the participants match the needs arising from the addressed issue.

Suitability of the budgetary allocation to the proposed response strategy

At the preproject level, it is required to give a breakdown for general budget items (investment, functioning, staff, grants, travel expenses…). The experts will evaluate whether or not this budgetary allocation is adapted to the proposed strategy.

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