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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 Policy Supporting Research 2021

The call for Policy Supporting Research 2021 is now open.

Opening: 18 December 2021

Deadline: 15 February 2021

Call for proposals for PSR 2021

 

The terms of reference for the PSR 2021 were elaborated by DGD regarding the following 7 themes:

  1. Harnessing the demographic dividend in Tanzania
  2. How to better integrate the environmental dimension in the Belgian development cooperation in Morocco – Nexus development/climate
  3. Integrating conflict prevention and mediation into the Belgian comprehensive approach in Mali
  4. Tracks for the decolonization of the Belgian development cooperation
  5. Preparatory work for the actualization of the strategic note for global citizenship education
  6. Promoting sustainable sand mining in developing countries, taking into account transparency, governance and due diligence
  7. Comprehensive approach to risk analysis and management for Niger

 

The term of the PSR varies between six and nine months, depending on the days needed to finalise the research results mentioned in the ToRs. The results of all projects should be finalized, including restitution and distribution of results, before December 31st, 2021. Project extensions are not possible because a new five year programme (2022-2026) will start in 2022.

01/ Financial support

The available budget for this call is  € 629.995,97, of which € 370.428,30 is contributed by ARES and € 259.567,67 is contributed by VLIR-UOS.

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. Some ToRs require more days of work than a usual short-term project of 50 days, implying that these project proposals can indi-cate a higher budget than € 50.0000 if justified in their plan of action (not exceeding the maximum term of 9 months).

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. 

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.

Participation of an individual researcher is limited to a maximum of 1 proposal per theme.

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.

Gender-balanced and diverse research teams are encouraged by ARES and VLIR-UOS. Research shows that diversity makes a research team stronger. Gender-mixed academic teams seem to be de-veloping more creative and innovative solutions, achieving better results and producing more interdisci-plinary and cited publications.

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 on the first week of March 2021. DGD will justify the reasons for selection and non-selection.

Communication of selection will be done by ARES.

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,responsible person "Focal point" 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 prod-ucts.

For more information, please contact:

  • Harnessing the demographic dividend in Tanzania: Jasmien Dewinne (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
  • How to better integrate the environmental dimension in the Belgian development cooperation in Morocco – Nexus development/climate: Astrid De Laminne (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
  • Integrating conflict prevention and mediation into the Belgian comprehensive approach in Mali: Robin Thiers (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
  • Tracks for the decolonization of the Belgian development cooperation: Geert Vansintjan (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
  • Preparatory work for the actualization of the strategic note for global citizenship education: Mara Coppens (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
  • Promoting sustainable sand mining in developing countries, taking into account transparency, governance and due diligence: Christine Detaille (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
  • Comprehensive approach to risk analysis and management for 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 15 February 2021, 17.00.

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

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

For the Federation Wallonia Brussels universities - ARES: This year the proposals have to be submitted via the online platform GIRAF. The proposal form should be introduced in a PDF format through GIRAF by the lead researcher. To open the submission form on GIRAF, the lead researcher should use this link only once: https://giraf.ares-ac.be/create-de-mand/psr_2021. Once opened, the form remains available for editing in "Mes tâches/My tasks" for the lead researcher. The form is accessible as long as the lead researcher uses the "Enregistrer en brouillon/Save and edit later" option. After clicking "submitting the proposal", the proposal is considered by ARES. If you don’t have an account in GIRAF yet, please contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. to request the activation of your account. If you have any questions about the submission, please contact the programme manager ARES in the table.

05/ Timeline

Description Deadline
Launch call for proposals by ARES 18 December 2020
Deadline for submission at ARES 15 February 2021, 17.00
Selection of proposals by DGD First week of March 2021
Communication of selection results First week of March 2021
Start of the PSR 1 April 2021

 

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

 

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