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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.

/ First call for Short-Term Policy Supporting Research 2020

The first call for short-term Policy Supporting Research 2020 is now open.

Deadline for submission: 17 August 2020.

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First call for proposals for short-term PSR 2020

 

The terms of reference for the long-term PSR were elaborated by DGD regarding the following 5 themes:

  1. Uganda - Private Sector Development Opportunities targeting smallholder farmers’ cooperatives/ micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in rural areas
  2. Morocco - Concept note on the triangular cooperation: which approach to adopt in the Belgian development cooperation in Morocco and beyond?
  3. Benin - An institutional analysis of the cashew value chain in Benin
  4. Belgium - Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: challenges and opportunities for the Belgian Development Cooperation
  5. Niger - Comprehensive approach to risk analysis and management in Niger

 

01/ Financial support

The available budget for this call is  € 150.000.

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 HEI 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 FWB Belgian HEIs, both universities and university colleges, are eligible to submit for this call. New in this call is that an individual researcher may participate in a maximum of 1 proposal and con-sortium per theme. 

If the proposal is submitted by a lead researcher of an institution from the FWB, this additional rule will be applied: at least 75% of the budget will be assigned to HEI members of ARES. The collaboration with non-members of FWB is permitted within the limit of 25% of the budget. If the proposal is submitted by a lead researcher of a Flemish higher education institution, this additional rule will be applied: at least 75% of the budget will be assigned to Flemish HEI members of VLIR-UOS.

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.

The institution of the lead researcher determines whether the proposal should be submitted to ARES or VLIR-UOS, and whether the proposal, if selected, should be funded by ARES or VLIR-UOS.

Selection will be done in the beginning of September 2020. DGD will justify the reasons for selection and non-selection.

Communication of selection will be done by ARES.

Because of the importance of international mobility in the projects, the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on starting up the projects will be evaluated during the month of September, after the proposals have been received and the selection has been made. DGD will then consider whether projects should be postponed, adapted or reoriented.

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.

Support during the formulation

For each theme, one responsible at DGD is appointed. This person was responsible for the preparation of the terms of reference and organizes the selection committee that assigns the proposals. The person responsible also supervises the execution (contacts with the researchers, technical guidance committee, and organization of activities). This person is also responsible for quality control of the process and the products.

For more information, please contact:

  • Uganda - Private Sector Development Opportunities targeting smallholder farmers’ cooperatives/ micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in rural areas: Erwin Dewandel (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.);
  • Morocco - Concept note on the triangular cooperation: which approach to adopt in the Belgian development cooperation in Morocco and beyond?: Asrtid De Laminne de Bex (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.);
  • Benin - An institutional analysis of the cashew value chain in Benin: Mélanie Schellens (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.);
  • Niger - Comprehensive approach to risk analysis and management in Niger: Laura Cogels (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.).

Submission

The deadline for submission is 17 August 2020, 17.00.

The proposals are to be sent by mail to the programme manager of ARES:

  • Programme manager ARES: Noémie Nyst - Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. 

05/ Timeline

Description Deadline
Launch call for proposals by ARES 17 June 2020
Deadline for submission at ARES 17 August 2020, 17.00
Selection of proposals by DGD Beginning of September 2020
Communication of selection results September 2020
Start of the PSR Because of the importance of international mobility in the projects, the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on starting up the projects will be evaluated during the month of September, after the proposals have been received and the selection has been made. DGD will then consider whether projects should be postponed, adapted or reoriented.

 

MORE INFORMATION: contact Noémie Nyst - Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

 

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