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.

Eligibility criteria?

01 / Geographical focus

Within its five-year 2017-2021 plan, ARES decided to focus on 18 countries. However, not all of them are eligible at every call. The list of eligible countries for the current call is available below under “Reference documents”.

South partner institutions which do not play a coordination role may be located in one of the 31 partner countries eligible in the framework of the Belgian non-governmental cooperation.

02 / Common strategic frameworks

The projects must be built in accordance with the Common Strategic Frameworks (CSF) which were developed for each of the countries eligible by actors from the non-governmental cooperation active is these countries. More specifically, the projects must be related to one or more strategic targets in which ARES engaged.

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.

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 TPF financial standards;
  • 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 yearly instalments corresponding to 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 using the preproject submission form;
  • They must be accompanied by coordinators and partners’ CVs (maximum 5 pages);
  • They must be submitted by email to the reference person at the HEI of the North Coordinator by 3 January 2019;
  • They must be officially submitted to ARES by email by the North Coordinating HEI by 10 January 2019 at 12am;
  • Not respecting the deadline for submission will lead to the proposal rejection.

02/ Preproject proposal submission form

To be eligible, proposals must be submitted by filling ARES preproject proposal submission form :

How are the projects selected?

01/ Selection process

  • The administrative admissibility of the pre-project proposals is examined by ARES Direction for Development Cooperation;
  • The admissible pre-project 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).

02/ Selection criteria

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

Relevance 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 (namely regarding the CCAs, CSCs and country-programmes which are part of ARES 2017-2021 programme)?
  • 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 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 pre-project 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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