1: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
For the researchers intends to stay in Germany seeking scholarship for higher studies
The Humboldt Foundation thrives on the expertise of the huge Humboldt Family in scientific and research policy matters. It not only embraces more than 24,000 active Humboldtians worldwide but also hosts, reviewers, committee members, partner organisations and the Foundation’s team in Bonn and Berlin. We promote the exchange and mutual enrichment of knowledge in international dialogue for example via the Foundation's International Advisory Board or in in publications like the Discussion Papers. Here we present the results and invite further discussion.
In our role as the first port of call for researchers coming to Germany or going abroad on research stays, we manage EURAXESS Germany, the National Coordination Point at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. We advise several hundred researchers every month on sponsorship opportunities, social security and taxation issues and many other topics related to researcher mobility.
Support during Research Stay
Being an Humboldtian is something special. That is why we care for every one of you individually and flexibly. We want you and the family accompanying you to feel at home in Germany so that you are able to focus completely on your work. Academic success for the guest and the host and a worthwhile stay from a private point of view are the objectives. The Humboldt Foundation’s portfolio of measures for their fellows and award winners includes German language courses, networking meetings and study visits for fellows, annual meetings, and symposia for research award winners. Our German fellows going abroad on a research stay also receive individual mentoring and support.
How to find the forms of sponsorship linked to the respective programs:
• Fellowships(http://www.avh.de/web/support-in-germany.html) for researchers coming to Germany
• German Chancellor Fellowships(http://www.avh.de/web/buka-support.html) for prospective leaders coming to Germany
• International Climate Protection Fellowships(http://www.avh.de/web/icf-support.html) for prospective leaders coming to Germany
• Fellowships(http://www.avh.de/web/support-abroad.html) for researchers going abroad
• Research Awards(http://www.avh.de/web/support-awards-1.html)
Practical hints and useful information for foreign academics planning a research stay in
Germany can get information in PDF format by click on the following:
2: Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation works mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest in comparison to societal needs, we focus on a limited number of problem areas and program strategies within our broad goals. Since its inception it has been an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It has provided slightly more than $10 billion in grants and loans. These funds derive from an investment portfolio that began with gifts and bequests of Ford Motor Company stock by Henry and Edsel Ford. The Foundation no longer owns Ford Motor Company stock, and its diversified portfolio is managed to provide a perpetual source of support for the Foundation's programs and operations.
The Ford Foundation is on the frontlines of social change around the world, working with visionary leaders and organizations to change social structures and institutions—so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a voice in decisions that affect them.
Grants and Fellowships
Types of Grants
Each year the Ford Foundation receives about 40,000 proposals and makes about 1,400 grants. Requests range from a few thousand to millions of dollars and are accepted in categories such as project planning and support; general support; and endowments. Grant applications are reviewed at our New York headquarters and in our regional offices. Please check the locations of our regional offices to determine if we operate in your country of interest.
A grant is a commitment by the foundation to make payments to an organization or an individual over a set period of time to further the work of one of our initiatives. The foundation gives the grantee autonomy over management of the funds, but all grantees must sign a letter agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions of the grant. Grants administrators ensure that the grant-making process—from preparation of the grant recommendation to processing final reports—conforms to the foundation's procedures and standards.
Here are the types of grants we make:
• General/core support
• Foundation-administered project
• Program-related investment
• For Organizations
• For Individuals
Our grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. If your project reflects these priorities, you may submit a grant inquiry using our online form.
Organizations Seeking Grants
How To Apply for a Grant?
• Review the Initiatives most relevant to your work.
• Read our Grant Application Guide(PDF), which describes our grant-making process.
• If you determine that your work aligns with our priorities, submit a Grant Inquiry. (While we welcome submissions, please keep in mind that our funds are limited in relation to the large number of worthwhile inquiries we receive. In a typical year, less than 1 percent of unsolicited inquiries result in a grant.)
• Please Note:
• It is important that you use our grant inquiry form—and refrain from contacting program officers directly. Given the volume of inquiries we receive, this allows us to log, track and respond quickly to your application.
Individuals seeking fellowships
We make a very limited number of grants to individuals, generally restricted to fellowships for advanced study. The foundation does not award undergraduate scholarships or make grants for purely personal needs.
The vast majority of Ford Foundation grants go to organizations. Historically, we have provided a very limited number of fellowship opportunities for individuals, focusing on advanced degrees in areas of interest to the foundation. When available, recipients are selected by universities and other organizations that receive grants from the foundation to support fellowships.
Grant application guidelines are available at: http://www.fordfoundation.org/pdfs/grants/grant-application-guide.pdf
Program-related investments offer foundations an alternative to the traditional grant. They provide a tool that can help bring long-term financial stability to organizations that are addressing critical social needs.
In 1968, the Ford Foundation pioneered use of a new tool known in the philanthropic sector as program-related investments (PRIs). Ford-funded PRIs use low-cost loans, loan guarantees and equity investments in a strategic way to strengthen the work of our grantees and to provide risk-capital for cutting-edge initiatives.
Financed from the foundation's endowment, PRIs support the work of organizations in the United States and around the world by helping them to establish a loan repayment history, generate earned income, gain access to new funding from mainstream banks and other funders, and to develop new financial management strategies.
To date, the foundation has committed $560 million for program-related investments, and sets aside annually an average $25 million for new investments.
If you are interested in learning more about program-related investments, read GrantCraft's Assessing and Managing PRI Risk(PDF) http://www.grantcraft.org/pdfs/assessing_risk.pdf
and the foundation's guide, Investing for Social Gain(PDF). http://www.fordfoundation.org/pdfs/library/Investing_For_Social_Gain.pdf
International Fellowships Program
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program(IFP) provides higher education fellowships for emerging leaders from underrepresented communities outside the United States.
Below, IFP participants from Kenya share their stories about overcoming adversity and how the knowledge gained from their experience with the program will benefit their communities.
The Ford Foundation has committed $340 million to the International Fellowships Program since it was established in 2001. IFP builds on a half century of foundation support for higher education and underscores our belief that education enables people to improve their own lives and assist others in the common pursuit of more equitable and just societies.
Facts about Fellows
• Nearly 4,350 selected from 22 countries since 2001
• 50 percent are women
• Represent historically disadvantaged groups, including racial, ethnic and religious minorities, and people with disabilities
• Two-thirds are from outside major cities
• More than 80 percent are the first in their communities to earn advanced degrees
• 91 percent of alumni earned their masters and doctoral degrees
• 80 percent of alumni have returned home to serve their community or country
Intended as a decade-long program, IFP is now entering its concluding phase. The final cohort has been selected. In the remaining years of the program—from 2011 through 2013—IFP will strengthen its alumni networks and organizations, evaluate program results, build a permanent archive, and will seek to disseminate and replicate the IFP model for social justice in international higher education.
Visit IFPto learn more about the fellowships and the organizations that administer the program in your country.
Other related information:
320 East 43rd Street New York, N.Y. 10017, USA
T:+1 212 573 5000 F:+1 212 351 3677
3: International Development Research Center
IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. We pursue that goal by funding research focused on reducing poverty and creating equitable access to resources and services. We support work that promotes good governance and builds strong policies. The applied research we back directly addresses existing or emerging problems in developing countries.
We also offer expert advice and support to our grantees. And through our fellowships and awards, we’re helping to train a new generation of developing-country and Canadian researchers.
Who Can Apply
• Developing-Country Researchers
• Master's, PhD, and Post-Doctoral Students
• Funding for Canadians
IDRC funds research activities that are designed to directly benefit developing countries and their citizens. Our approach focuses on collaborative partnerships and projects proposed by research institutions and individuals.
To build a critical mass of knowledge in our priority areas, we fund individual research projects as well as larger research programs in collaboration with other donors.
We mainly support developing-country researchers. There are opportunities, however, for joint research projects between developing-country institutions and Canadian or international researchers and institutions. Our Canadian Partnerships program also supports research and related activities at Canadian institutions.
We also offer fellowships and awards to both Canadian and developing-country graduate students.
For more information, click on the category below that applies to you:
• Developing-country researcher or institution
• Graduate student (master’s, PhD, and post-doctoral) at a Canadian or recognized developingcountry university
• Canadian researcher or institution
How to Apply for Funding
• Research Grant Idea
• Research Grant Proposal
The process for submitting proposals to IDRC is lengthy and thorough. It generally includes the steps below. Please note that because of limited funding, we are not able to fund all interesting ideas.
1. Share our vision
Before approaching us, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with our approach and priorities. You can do this by reviewing our website or reading the IDRC Strategic Framework 2010-2015.
2. Propose your idea
Have a great research idea you want to pursue? First, contact the relevant program officer who can advise you about regional and thematic priorities. Please consult our Programs Pageto see a list of programs and program staff. Starting a dialogue early on will help to ensure closeness of fit between your area of interest and IDRC’s program priorities. Alternatively, you may send the officer a researchgrant idea.
Please note that, in most cases, we will only support research that is defined, conducted, and managed by developing-country researchers. If your research includes a developed-country partner, we ask that the developing-country research institution submit the research grant idea on behalf of the partnership, and host the project. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider requests to support research ideas led by a Canadian or international organization.
Proposals and ideas are reviewed by our program officers. These highly qualified researchers will act as a sounding board to refine your ideas, define the issues, and develop the best methodologies.
Our program officers work as a team and consult other members to ensure the research proposed meets our criteria. If we’re interested in your idea, we will follow up with you within 12 weeks to invite you to submit a full proposal.
3. Write a detailed proposal
If your idea is accepted, you will be asked to write a detailed proposal. For more information, review our How to apply for a research grant document, or our detailed guide to writing proposals.
Some program areas have specific requirements. These will be outlined on each program’s webpage, under the Approach tab.
All IDRC proposals are evaluated for scientific and technical merit, and potential to solve development problems. It generally takes six to 12 months from the time you submit a research grant idea to when the proposal is finalized.
After you submit your proposal to IDRC, the relevant program officer will prepare an internal project approval document which is submitted to the team or a member of senior management for review and funding approval.
Please remember that several months can elapse between the time your proposal is finalized and approved and the first payment is released.
4. Obtain clearance
In many cases, developing-country governments need to approve funds from external sources before a proposal can be finalized. If this is the case, clearance should be initiated by the research institution while your proposal is being evaluated by IDRC. It is important that this process be started early on as this can take many months in some countries and delay the start of a project.
5. Accept IDRC funding
If approved, IDRC will send a Memorandum of Grant Conditions to the recipient institution. This is a formal agreement that sets out the value and purpose of the grant, how it will be administered, the project’s objectives, obligations, and formal start date. We will release funds only after this document is signed and an official start date is set.
Guides and Forms
Whether you’re a research grant applicant, successful grantee, or fellowships and awards applicant, there are guidelines, brochures, information packages, and forms specific to your needs. You’ll find them below.
Before you propose a research idea, consult the following forms and documents. Different IDRC programs may also have specific requirements and forms, which you’ll find on the program page, under Approach.
• Research grant idea (Word) (PDF)
• Application for an IDRC research grant (Word) (PDF)
Once you have received project funding, these documents explain our financial and administrative procedures.
• Grants to Institutions: A Guide to Administrative Procedures
• guidelines for preparing interim technical reports
• guidelines for preparing final technical reports
• acceptable project expenditures
• financial reporting forms (English) (Spanish)
• answers to frequently asked questions
• IDRC Patent Policy
• Management and Administration of IDRC-Funded Grant Projects: A Source Book and Guide• support for travel form
• standard terms and conditions for a research grant
• standard terms and conditions for a research-support grant
• additional terms and conditions for the travel grant notification
• operational guidelines for ethics committees
• institutional profile questionnaire
• bank information form
• tax reporting for individuals and institutions
For fellowships and awards
If you’re interested in applying for an IDRC fellowship or award, you will need to consult and complete several forms.
• application and budget formfor IDRA, CANWIN, BENE and BENTLEY
• checklistfor IDRA, CANWIN, BENE and BENTLEY
• template of letter of approval for IDRA, CANWIN, BENE and BENTLEY
• checklist for Research Awards only (formerly Internship Awards)
• budget form for Research Awards only (formerly Internship Awards)
If you receive an award, you will also need to provide reports on your activities:
• guidelines for field research reports
• award recipient’s final report form
Science journalism award recipient’s final report form
Website Address: (http://www.idrc.ca)
4: International Foundation for Science
One of the principal recommendations of the Pugwash Conference in Venice1in 1965 was to establish the International Foundation for Science ‘in order to address the stultifying conditions under which younger faculty members in the universities of developing countries were attempting to do research’. IFS was founded as a Research Council and registered as a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) in Sweden in 1972. IFS receives funding from a portfolio of donors and funders including development organisations and science academies. The annual budget is approximately USD 5 million. IFS has 135 Affiliated Organisations in 86 countries, mainly in the developing world. IFS has an international Board of Trustees. The IFS Secretariat is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
We live today in a world that faces many interlinked crises. The challenge before us is not only to provide sufficient food, water and energy (to a population that will peak at around 9 billion people by 2050) but also to ensure security of supply, at affordable cost and within acceptable limits of environmental change. Some of the greatest challenges are in the developing world where the scientists of tomorrow must secure their career in research today and to contribute to a global research community that is reducing poverty and supporting sustainable development. Our overall goal therefore, is that: ‘Young men and women scientists in developing countries conduct relevant and high quality research that is put it into use’.
In order to contribute to this goal, IFS provides opportunities for young scientists to propose research into biological and water resources in low income countries. These proposals are rigorously assessed by international experts, with grants and support provided to the very best early career scientists to enable them to work in their own country and tackle research issues related to local needs. Local training courses contribute towards strengthening the capability of developing country scientists to propose, conduct, report and share relevant and high quality research. The research can involve the study of physical, chemical, and biological processes, as well as relevant social and economic aspects and issues related to securing entitlements. It can be theoretical or applied and will be likely to address aspects of sustainable management, conservation, or renewable and equitable utilisation of the natural resource base.
» IFS Mission statement
The Granting Programme
IFS has awarded over 7,000 small grants, in over 100 countries, building capability of tens of thousands of young developing world researchers. An individual IFS Research Grant amounts to USD 12,000 and may be renewed twice. It is intended for the purchase of the basic tools needed to conduct a research project: equipment, expendable supplies, and literature. A new collaborative research approach for teams of 3-5 grantees is being piloted amongst scientists in East, West and Southern Africa working on under-utilized crops. Once the collaborative research pilot is concluded, the aim is to open up this approach for general applications.
» IFS Programme
Awards to Grantees
From time to time IFS gives awards for excellence in research to outstanding IFS Grantees. Grantees must be nominated for these awards, but may not nominate themselves. Further details in the following pages:
1. The Pugwash Conferences take their name from the location of the first meeting, which was held in 1957 in the village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada. The stimulus for that gathering was a manifesto issued in 1955 by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein -- and signed also by Max Born, Percy Bridgman, Leopold Infeld, Frederic Joliot-Curie, Herman Muller, Linus Pauling, Cecil Powell, Joseph Rotblat, and Hideki Yukawa -- which called upon scientists of all political persuasions to assemble to discuss the threat posed to civilization by the advent of thermonuclear weapons. Since then the Nobel Prize winning conference series of scientists meeting in private as individuals, rather than as representatives of governments or institutions has expanded its remit to seeking cooperative solutions for global problems. The 1965 meeting first proposed the creation of IFS.
The established core component of the IFS Programme remains the competitive grant scheme that focuses on individuals - promising young developing-country scientists – who conduct research into the sustainable utilisation, management and/or conservation of biological and water resources in developing countries. The grant enables the grantees to conduct their research projects in their home institutions – university departments, national research institutes and research oriented NGOs. Research topics are demand led and IFS interprets the area of biological and water resources quite widely, to include technical as well as socioeconomic and other issues that impact on these topics.
Following the participatory envisioning process that concluded last year, the IFS Programme is now undergoing a radical change and the new programme will be introduced.
There is currently no open call for research applications. When a further research call is opened it will be announced on the 1st page of this website under the section ‘Call for Applications’. Speculative applications are not accepted by IFS. Applications received outside of calls for applications cannot be processed.
There are therefore no Application Forms available at this time; these will be next available when the new programme launches.
We recommend that you subscribe to the RSS feed (what is RSS?) on the first page of this website to receive notification of new calls for research applications as they are published. You can subscribe by clicking on the symbol on the first page. (More detailed instructions here.)
The eligibility criteria (both individual eligibility and country eligibility) for the new programme will be somewhat different from the previous criteria. The new criteria will be described in the side boxes on the pages describing the new programme.
Capability Enhancing Support
From time-to-time IFS offers workshops and other supporting services to applicants and to grantees, which are collectively referred to as Capability Enhancing Support or CES. This support can include travel and publication grants, a purchasing service and a range of different types of CES workshops. Some of the workshops are relevant to individual or collaborative research approaches or to both. For more information see the link below. » Capability Enhancing Support
Financing the Grants
The IFS Programme is financed by our donors and some grants are co-funded by collaborating organisations.
» Collaborating organisations
Other related information can be obtained from: http://www.ifs.se/ifs-programme/http://www.ifs.se/partners/donors.html
5:Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is advancing its activities around the pillars of a field-oriented approach, human security, and enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed.
Mission Statement: Our Vision, Mission and Strategy
Marking its launch as a renewed organization, New JICA has announced an all-new Vision. Together with this Vision it has defined four Missions, to be achieved through four main
Strategies. It has also declared a set of Guiding Principles meant to help advance its Strategies.
• Activity Guiding Principles
• Introducing JICA (movies)
Inclusive and Dynamic Development
"Inclusive development" represents an approach to development that encourages all people to recognize the development issues they themselves face, participate in addressing them, and enjoy the fruits of such endeavors. The role of New JICA is to effectively provide backing for this process.
"Dynamic development" refers to the creation of self-reinforcing virtuous cycles of mid- to long-term economic growth and poverty reduction in a constantly changing environment of developing countries where a variety of issues arise simultaneously and get entangled each other. New JICA will provide creative, highly effective support toward this end, at times moving swiftly and at times acting from the longer-term perspective as the situation calls for.
Mission 1: Addressing the global agenda
The advance of globalization brings positive effects, sparking economic development and providing people with new opportunities. It also has its negative side, though, including such effects as uneven wealth distribution and the cross-border issues of climate change, infectious diseases, terrorism, and expanding economic crises. These effects pose a threat to the stability and prosperity of Japan—which depends on resources from around the world—and the rest of the international community. The threat is particularly dire for developing countries. New JICA will make full use of Japan's experience and technologies as it works in concert with international society to address the various globalization-related issues developing countries face in a comprehensive manner.
Mission 2: Reducing poverty through equitable growth
Impoverished people in developing countries are particularly susceptible to the effects of economic crisis, conflict, and disaster and are constantly exposed to the risk of even deeper poverty. Moreover, growing wealth gaps are a destabilizing factor in societies. Helping people to escape poverty and lead healthy, civilized lives is a vital task not only for the growth of developing countries but also for the stability of the international community. To reduce poverty, employment opportunities must be expanded through equitable growth that gives proper consideration to impoverished members of society, and public services like education and healthcare must be enhanced. New JICA will provide support for human resources development, capacity building, policy and institutional improvements, and provision of social and economic infrastructure, thereby pursuing sustained poverty reduction through equitable growth.
Mission 3: Improving governance
A state's capacity for governance refers to its status as a society that can take the resources available to it and direct, apportion, and manage them efficiently and in ways that reflect the will of the people. Improving governance is of vital importance to the stable economic growth of developing countries. However, these states often have underdeveloped legal and judicial systems and administrative organs, which present obstacles to efforts to reduce poverty through economic growth. New JICA will offer support aimed at improving the fundamental systems needed by a state, as well as systems for effectively providing public services based on the needs of people, and at fostering the institutions and human resources needed to manage those systems appropriately.
Mission 4: Achieving human security
The advance of globalization causes an increase in various cross-border dangers and exposes many people in developing countries to civil strife, disasters, poverty, and other humanitarian threats. The concept of human security places individual human beings at its core, seeking to defend them from fear and want: fear of things like conflict, terrorism, disaster, environmental destruction, and infectious disease, and want in the face of poverty and in social services and infrastructure. By building up people's abilities to address these issues themselves, this approach aims to build societies in which they can live with dignity. In order to defend the weakest members of society from these various threats, New JICA will support efforts to bolster social and institutional capacity and to increase people's ability to deal with threats themselves.
Strategy 1: Integrated assistance
New JICA will undertake the integrated management of three modalities of assistance— technical cooperation, ODA loans, and grant aid—to offer comprehensive support that organically combines such elements as policy and institutional improvements in developing countries; human resources development and capacity building; and improvements in infrastructure. We will also make use of diverse approaches and take advantage of the expanded scale of our operations to tackle issues that go beyond borders and affect entire regions or that span multiple sectors. Through such integrated assistance, New JICA will pursue international cooperation with even more development impact in terms of both its quality and scale.
Strategy 2: Seamless assistance
New JICA brings together a wide variety of aid approaches to provide seamless assistance that spans everything from prevention of armed conflict and natural disasters to emergency aid following a conflict or disaster, assistance for prompt recovery, and mid- to long-term development assistance. Among developing countries are states at various stages of development, from the least developed countries where most of the population lives in poverty to middle-income countries that are on the growth track but are still wrestling with the problems of wealth gaps in society. New JICA will provide assistance in ways that best match the level of development in each recipient nation, taking a long-term perspective and offering seamless assistance to ensure sustainable development into the future.
Strategy 3: Promoting development partnerships
New JICA aims to be a good partner for developing countries, accurately grasping their changing needs through a focus on the field and promoting their own self-help efforts swiftly and effectively through a focus on results. We will also promote public-private partnerships, pooling the experience, technologies, and resources of local governments, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and other actors. Furthermore, to fulfill our responsibilities as one of the largest donor organizations in the world with more than 40 years of experience, we will strengthen partnerships with international organizations and other donor institutions, leading the creation of a broad framework for development assistance in a global community that is seeing growing numbers of players in the international cooperation field and increasingly diverse forms of aid to developing countries.
Strategy 4: Enhancing research and knowledge-sharing
In the face of the advance of globalization and the rise of new international cooperation actors, global trends in the issues affecting developing countries are undergoing sweeping change. Through the establishment of the JICA Research Institute, New JICA will put its wisdom gained in the field to work, building broad networks of academics from Japan and elsewhere around the world to create new knowledge value in the field of international development assistance not just for Japan but also for the entire world. To play a leading role in guiding the newest development trends, we will enhance our research and knowledge-sharing capacities. We will also actively carry out surveys and research grounded in actual assistance projects, focusing on the subjects in both regional and issue-based contexts.
Activity Guiding Principles
1. Achieving synergies of the merger
By smoothly combining diverse aid modalities, we will make use of our synergies by speeding up the aid process, scaling up pilot and model projects, and spreading them out in other regions and communities.
2.Tackling complex, difficult issues flexibly with the field-based approach
By accurately grasping the development needs on the ground and designing activities with their focus on the field, we will deal flexibly with complex, difficult and intertwined development issues.
3.Fostering expertise for providing professional solutions
As an organization specialized in international cooperation, we will perform internationally competitive work, putting our experience and wisdom gained in the field to work and using our expertise and knowledge-sharing capabilities to quickly and accurately address a wide range of development issues.
4. Efficient and transparent operations
By managing and evaluating our operations efficiently and transparently, we will remain constantly committed to renewing and streamlining our organization, thereby maintaining a high level of accountability.
• JICA: Building a Better World (Windows Media Player/103MB/00:13:42)
• JICA Image Movie (Windows Media Player/30.2MB/00:04:15)
• JICA's World
• Annual Reports
Message from the Chief Representative
It is about 7 years since my last duty in overseas office. But in the meanwhile, three forms of assistance -technical cooperation, concessionary loans (Japanese ODA Loans) and grant aid, previously administered by separate agencies -are seamlessly managed by a single entity known as "New JICA". This will enable us to provide high quality international cooperation to meet the needs of people living in developing countries. We at JICA Pakistan realize that enforcement of the international cooperation is demanded more than before, and we are working with a fresh feeling every day.
The population of Pakistan is more than 160 million. Besides, it is geographically very important country because it is located in south Asia and next to Afghanistan. The Sustainable development of Pakistan is indispensable for total regional peace and stability. For the realization of sustained economic growth, an action for the total regional stability is extremely important and more support by the global community including Japan is demanded.
In 2009, the Government of Japan expressed support of 1 billion US dollars in two years to support Pakistan. JICA Pakistan office believes it important to make use of our knowledge, experience and know-how for greater impact. Cooperating with various partners quickly and effectively, we would like to support Pakistani people and government to get over difficulty in various economic developments.
I will make maximum efforts as Chief Representative of Pakistan Office in understanding the responsibility to promote the partnership between Pakistan and Japan.
Takatoshi Nishikata, Chief Representative
JICA Pakistan Office
JICA Pakistan Office
4th Floor, Serena Office Complex, Plot No. 17, Ramna 5, Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy, G-5/1, Islamabad
(P.O.Box 1772, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Tel : (92-51) 9244500~7 Fax : (92-51) 9244508 JICA ACTIVITIES IN PAKISTAN http://www.jica.go.jp/pakistan/english/activities/index.html
6:International Funders for Indigenous People
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a recognized Affinity Group of the Council on Foundations.
We work to increase philanthropic investment in Indigenous communities around the world promoting cross-cultural understanding, sharing of knowledge, and the cultivation of relationships among international donors and Indigenous grant-seekers.
IFIP provides leadership, educational resources, and networking opportunities to donors who have developing or maturing interests in Indigenous Philanthropy. IFIP helps individual and institutional donors at all stages of involvement and investment to advance their goals while becoming leaders and role models to others entering this fascinating and fast-changing sector of philanthropy.
Through conferences, convenings, online communications, publications, and toolkits, funders learn how Indigenous Peoples are addressing the most prescient issues of our day. IFIP provides grantmakers and grantseekers with the means to bridge cultural differences; to improve the effectiveness of their Indigenous philanthropy, and to advance common interests.
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) was born in 1999 as a project of First Nations Development Institute. As grant-makers voiced their need for support to be more effective in funding Indigenous development projects, IFIP became a donors’ forum within which ideas could be exchanged and relationships developed.
Today, IFIP informs grantmakers and policy makers about the need for increased financial support of Indigenous causes; and provides a forum for Indigenous leaders to demonstrate how donors’ contributions make a tremendous difference to their capacity to improve lives, strengthen communities, and protect the planet.
IFIP serves as a platform through which new and experienced donors share ideas about visionary philanthropic leadership and donors’ roles in social change related to Indigenous peoples, communities, and concerns. IFIP provides international donors with relevant information, recommendations, and guidelines and offers a portal through which to connect directly with Indigenous grantseekers.
IFIP convenes and educates donors to build capacity and enhance funding partnerships to improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples globally
IFIP accomplishes its mission by increasing knowledge and understanding of the unique issues of Indigenous peoples by facilitating dialogue both among its grantmaking members and between that membership and Indigenous communities.
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Funders Network on Trade and Globalization
This U.S. based affinity group was created out of concern for the impact that globalization is having in communities around the world. On their website they provide a wealth of information on the environment, trade, and other issues that could be of interest to Indigenous communities.
European Foundation Center
This is a good resource for NGOs to understand what funders look for in giving programs. It provides information to grantmakers on best practices in grantmaking and contains publications and reports that could be of interest to your grantseeking endeavors.
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law has an online library of international laws affecting not-for-profits worldwide but primarily in Eastern Europe.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center’s mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. On their website you can access information on U.S. philanthropy, research on philanthropic giving, grantseeker education and training opportunities, and other important resources. Founded in 1956, the Center is the United States’ leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Of particular interest in the Learning Lab, you will find “Proposal Writing Short Course” in English and in Spanish.
Finding a Funder
Directory of Australian Foundations
Philanthropy Australia is a membership organization but also provides information and workshops to grantseekers. In addition, they have a link on their website “Community Foundations Gateway.” This website is especially useful for Australian aboriginal communities.
Foundation Center Directory Online
Foundation Center Directory has a monthly subscription cost but it is well worth the investment to access U.S. funders that would be interested in your projects and organizations. You can search the databank either by topic of by funder name.
Charities Direct, based in the United Kingdom, provides information on various types of charities and consultant information. For more information contact them on their website
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
IFIP is a network of grantmakers who support Indigenous peoples, not a funding group. IFIP’s goal is to foster greater foundation commitment and more effective grantmaking for Indigenous peoples by improving networking opportunities, and promoting linkages among new and experienced donors.
International Human Rights Funders Group
The IHRFG, an association of human rights grantmakers, does not provide direct funding but on their website they have a funders directory link. Good funder resource for grantseekers.
Grant Station is U.S. based membership online business providing up-to- date U.S. grant announcements. Many of these grantmakers also provide international funding. The annual membership fee provides grant announcements, information on foundations, and tips and tools on good grant proposals. In addition, check out the free Newsletter.
Forest People Programme
The Forest Peoples Programme supports forest peoples’ rights to determine their own futures, to control the use of their lands and to carry out sustainable use of their resources. Notable features include Urgent action requests, funding links, numerous publications and much more.
Directory of funders for African Projectshttp://forestpeoples.gn.apc.org/FPProj/fundraising_guide_ips_c_africa_jul03.pdf
The Grantsmanship Center
Since 1972, The Grantmanship Center has focused on training and funding information. In addition to its free online magazine and nonprofit resource section, the center also produces a wide range of low-cost publications and holds training workshops in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.
Both ENDS Organization
The Both ENDS (Environment and Development Service) Organization provides an overview and listing of agencies that fund forests worldwide.
Asia-Pacific Philanthropy Consortium(APPC)
APPC acts as an information clearinghouse for the nonprofit sector in the Asia-Pacific region. This site promotes philanthropic activities while simultaneously offering resources for building and developing nonprofit, citizen-based organizations and programs. Notable features: the APPC’s online foundation index and resource database.
The Charities Aid Foundation
The Charities Aid Foundation provides information and financial resources for NGOs. This extensive website features research, news, reviews, links, and debates on grants, volunteers, investment management, and new sources of borrowing. Notable features: a useful directory of policymakers.
Fundsnet Online Services
Directories for general fundraising ideas, grantwriting, corporate philanthropy, international grants, and technological donations. Notable features: the Nonprofit Forum where one can exchange ideas, post questions, and participate in live chat with counterparts, and the “MegaIndex” of 900 links to philanthropic UK Fundraising. The Grants and Funding directory includes links to information, sources of grants and other funding in Australia, Europe, and the United States.
The National Endowment for Democracy
The National Endowment for Democracy offers a comprehensive online directory of organizations that provide field-specific funding, e.g., education, media and communications, civil society, science and medicine, arts and culture, economic restructuring, and legal reform.
Synergos Learning Library
The Synergos Institute’s efforts to strengthen the institutional and financial capacity of grantmaking foundations and other private social investment organizations to support local efforts to reduce poverty, increase equity and advance social justice.
The European Foundation Center(EFC)
This directory provides links to a large number of European grantmaking foundations and corporations.
Council on Foundations(COF)
The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. They provide a directory to help grantseekers.
Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support(WINGS)
WINGS is a global network of around 100 membership associations and support organizations for grantmakers. Neither WINGS nor their network members are grantmakers themselves but their website information could help you find out more about grantmakers in different countries and regions.
Grant Writing Terms
http://www.internationalfunders.org/english/for-indigenous-peoples/grant-writing-terms/Activities: A defined agenda of list of happenings that will occur in order to accomplish the objective. It defines what, when, and who will be responsible to carry out the planned agenda.
Budget: A list of project costs.
Executive: A summarization of all the key information included in the proposal
Summary: It includes the issue, the solution, funding requirements, and information on the organization and community.
Evaluation: A method to determine the success of the project in meeting the stated goal and accomplishment of the planned activities.
Foundation: An organization created to provide financial support, a grant, to not-for- profit and/or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Goal: Defines the scope of the project. It describes what you expect the project setting to be like after the project has completed its intervention. The goal is the solution to the issue; it is broad and almost visionary.
Guidelines: A specific outline of a proposal application provided by the foundation to the grantseeker to follow in the proposal submission process.
Indicator: A description of a set of data that can measure or verify an outcome.
LOI: Sometimes referred to as a Letter of Intent, a Letter of Interest, and/or a Letter of Introduction. It is a 2-3 page pre-proposal application to the funder. Used by the funder to screen ineligible applicants and to invite full proposals for submission.
NGO: A charitable organization that is nongovernmental in structure.
Objective: A series of specific accomplishments designed to address the statement of need and to attain the goal. It is an endpoint and not a process. It tells what you want to do, and where you are going to do it. It is measurable and time-bound.
Outcome: A benefit that the community or a participant gain from the project. It determines a tangible or intangible change in behavior, knowledge, and/or attitude derived from the project.
Proposal: A written application explaining the project and a description of the community and/or organization, often accompanied by supporting documents.
Resources: Those items needed to carry out the planned activities of a project. They can be money, equipment, personnel, space, expertise, and other tangible and intangible items. Resources determine the project’s costs. Resources can be secured from the community, other organizations, outside sources, and/or from the funder.
Statement: Concisely states a situation that needs to be changed: It explains the of Need situation, conditions, and reasons for your project. It does not discuss the solution or the project being proposed. It lays the groundwork to introduce your project.
http://www.internationalfunders.org/english/for-indigenous-peoples/proposal-writing/ Fundraising Ideas that Work for Grassroots Groups
This publication by Ken Wyman provides advice on fundraising for grassroots groups. It includes sections on the fundraising climate in Canada, the four types of fundraising, working with volunteers, and more.
Grantmakers Without Borders(GWOB)
GWOB provides helpful resource information for grantseekers, as well as links to sites that provide proposal-writing tips.
Charity Village Library
There are several articles relating to grantseeking found in the Charity Village Library that are worth reading, including:
1) Top ten ways to get your proposal read
2) Foundation collaboration-visioning for the future
3) Grantmakers get more focused
4) Proposals that appeal or appall
5) Understanding the funder and the proposal.
National Science Foundation Directorate
The National Science Foundation website contains helpful information such as “A Guide for Proposal Writing”
USAID and the Microenterprise Innovation Project
The Microenterprise Innovation Projectis the U.S. Agency for International Development’s initiative to provide technical and financial assistance in writing case studies. The
Microenterprise Best Practices Project is expanding the knowledge base of microenterprise practices in developing countries through research and publications, a grantmaking program, and information-sharing. Notable Feature: The Best Practices section presents research (based on experience) of leading practitioners who are trying new approaches in the design and delivery of services to microentrepreneurs.
• International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
P.O. Box 1040, Akwesasne, NY 13655
Phone: (518) 358-9500
Fax: (518) 358-9544
7: Singapore Cooperation Program
The Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) is Singapore's way of sharing with other developing countries the technical and systems skills that Singapore has learned and acquired over the years.
Singapore became independent in 1965 and we benefited from the help that developed nations had given by way of human resource development training through technical assistance.
SCP technical assistance is grounded in the philosophy that human resource development is best given on the understanding that "give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life."
Technical assistance focuses on training and increasing the skills of a nation. As a country whose only resource is its people, Singapore believes human resource development is vital for economic and social progress. Singapore had benefited from technical assistance from other countries and international organisations.
In turn, Singapore believes in sharing her development experiences with other developing countries. To do this, Singapore has been providing technical assistance to other developing countries since the 1960s. In 1992, Singapore organised all its technical assistance programmes under one umbrella to form the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP). To date, the SCP has reached out to more than 68,000 government officials from 169 developing countriesin the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Technical Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore administers programmes under the SCP.
Types of Assistance Programmes
i. Bilateral Programmes(http://app.scp.gov.sg/)
In bilateral programmes, training is offered directly to a developing country on a government-to-government basis. Technical assistance programmes are developed within Singapore's capacity to assist and are designed to meet training needs of recipient countries.
ii. Joint Training Programmes
In joint training programmes, assistance is provided to recipient countries in collaboration with another developed or developing country, or an international organisation. Training provided under such an arrangement is known as a Third CountryTraining Programme (TCTP).
iii. Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) centres(http://app.scp.gov.sg/)
In 2000, Singapore launched the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), an effort to narrow the development gap in the ASEAN region. The IAI aims to mobilize resources from more developed ASEAN members to assist the newer ASEAN countries in their human resource development.
Singapore has set up four IAI training centres, one each in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam since Nov 2001. These IAI training centres provide training in areas of identified priority by the respective countries and where Singapore has the expertise. To date, we have conducted more than 500 courses and trained more than 16,000 officials in these countries. The IAI centres will also be equipped with computers to enhance the facilities. Priority training areas include English language, trade and economic development, tourism, productivity, IT and curriculum planning courses.
iv. Study Visits
We also conduct study visits for SCP participants who have chosen to share Singapore's experience through specially arranged immersion programmes.
v. Singapore Scholarship for ASEAN countries
We also offer scholarships at Singapore's main universities to nurture the youths of ASEAN member nations.
More detail is available at: http://app.scp.gov.sg/
Who Is Eligible
Citizens of ASEAN member countries (except Singapore) are eligible to apply for the Singapore Scholarship.
What Is offered
• The Singapore Scholarship is tenable for the minimum period required to obtain the respective degrees at Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore or Singapore Management University. It covers full tuition fees and a living allowance of S$4,300 (covering meals, transport, textbooks and course materials during school semester) per academic year. In addition, a separate full accommodation allowance based on the room rates at each university or designated hostel will be provided during school semester.
• One return economy class air ticket is provided for the Scholar’s passage from his/her home country to Singapore for the duration of studies determined by the Singapore Government. No additional assistance will be provided for other travel expenses.
• A recipient of the Scholarship may not concurrently hold any other Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant or Award without the prior approval of the Singapore Government.
• There is no bond imposed on the Scholarship by the Singapore Government. The Scholars are expected to return home to contribute to the development of their countries upon graduation.
• The scholarship is open to applicants who have not gained admission and are currently not studying at the Singapore Universities.
• The Singapore Government reserves the right to terminate the Scholarship if the Scholar’s academic progress is unsatisfactory or his conduct is in violation of the university's rules and regulations.
How To Apply
Applicants will be required to submit a typed-written essay of about 300-500 words. The essay is an important part of your application.
. Those supporting documents that are not in English must have a certified translation in English. Translation and certification of transcripts and academic records have to be done by your educational institutions.
For more information, write to:
c/o Technical Cooperation Directorate
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singapore 248 163
Tel: (65) 6379 8000
Fax: (65) 6479 3357, Email: email@example.com
8: Sigma Xi (Nine Sigma) - The Scientific Research Society
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually
The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.
The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciencesallow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.
While membership in Sigma Xiis not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-inAid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.
Source of Funding: Multinational
Objective: To enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.
o Grants-In-Aid of Research
o William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement o John P. McGovern Science and Society Award o Young Investigator Award o Monie A. Ferst Award
o Common Wealth Award for Science and Invention
o Honorary Members oRange of Support: Varies by programme; $1,000 to $50,000 oEligibility: Students from any country are eligible to receive funding. o Duration of Support: Information not found
o Additional Information: A majority of funds are given to dues paying student members of Sigma Xi.
Grants-in-Aid of Research
Information for Applicants
• Application Guidelines
• Preparing a Successful Application
• Information for Reference Writers
• Follow-up Report Form
Guidelines for the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program
Applications for Grants In Aid of Research are only accepted through the online form linked to the left.
March 15 Deadline
Application form available online January 15
Funding decisions announced in early May October 15 Deadline
Application form available online August 15
Funding decisions announced in mid December
Applications are downloaded at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on the next business day after the deadline noted above. If the submission deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are accepted until 9:00 AM Eastern Time on the next business day.
1. US Citizenship and residence not required. International applications are welcome.
2. Only undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply.
3. Undergraduates who are graduating seniors must plan to complete their research prior to graduation.
4. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for application, 75% of funds are designated for use by individuals whose primary advisors are Sigma Xi members or who are Sigma Xi student members themselves.
5. Applicants seeking a second Grant-in-Aid of Research must submit a Follow-up Report Form linked left above) prior to the application deadline for a new grant.
6. Applicants are eligible to receive a total of two Grants-in-Aid of Research
7. Separate applications are accepted from co-workers on the same project. Each applicant must demonstrate how the applicant's work is a unique contribution to the larger project. Where possible, each co-worker's application should request funding for expenses related to that applicant's work only.
Research grants may be used to support scientific investigation in any field. Below is a description of the types of expenses funded by the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program.
o Purchase of specific equipment necessary to undertake the proposed research project. o Travel to and from a research site. o Supplies specific to the proposed project not generally available in an institutional research laboratory.
o Reimbursement for human subjects (psychology studies).
Expenses Not Fundable:
o Travel to a scientific meetings or symposia o Educational programs, tuition, room and board, textbooks, curriculum development. o Purchase of supplies and equipment considered standard and normally available in an institutional research laboratory (i.e. common laboratory chemicals, petri dishes, agar, floppy disks, pipettes, glassware, etc).
o Salaries or stipends for applicants or assistants. o Manuscript preparation and publication costs. o Indirect costs or institutional administrative fees. o Requests for a third Grant-in-Aid of Research.
The following expenses are not generally funded. However, an applicant who demonstrates a particular need may receive funding if a detailed justification is provided in the budget section of the application. Demonstration of support from the applicant's institution or department for other aspects of the project may strengthen such requests.
o Computer Equpiment, software, digital phones, GPS and cameras. Note these items, if funded, remain the property of the instutitional lab at the conclusion of the grant.
o Institutional or departmental equipment use fees. Except in the fields of astronomy, mathematics and computer science, fees for using institutional or departmental equipment and facilities are not generally funded. Equipment use fees for astronomy, mathematics and computer science are generally fundable.
o Transcription or analytical services. Except in the fields of astronomy, mathematics and computer science where transcription and analytical services are generally funded without additional justification.
Defining Standard Equipment and Supplies
As noted, Sigma Xi does not fund standard equipment or supplies.
However, what is standard in one laboratory or in one field of research may not be standard in another.
The basic question to answer is, "does your lab routinely stock this item or is it specific to your research?" If the material or equipment is specific to your research and would not be ordered unless you were conducting your research, then it is an appropriate request from Sigma Xi.
If a budget item is open to interpretation, additional justification in the budget section should be provided by the applicant. Reviewers are professional career researchers matched to proposals by general field of research and are aware of laboratory standards in terms of equipment and materials.
• Grants amounts range from $400 to $1,000 (with an average award of $600) except as noted below:
• Astronomy: grants in this field are awarded up to a maximum of $5,000.
• Vision Research: grants in this field are awarded up to a maximum of $2,500. The research must have implication for human vision in order to qualify.
For questions or additional information you may send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants-in-Aid of Research Online Application
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually
Important Application Instructions
1. View the Sample Applicationbefore starting a live application. Do not start an online application merely to view the details of the application process. Use the Sample Application for informational purposes before beginning an active online application.
2. We recommend Internet Explorer as the best browser to submit, view and edit your application. Other browsers may cause the online form to perform erratically. Download the latest versionof Internet Explorer before proceeding.
3. To prevent form errors, do not leave the online application form open for an extended period of time. This is especially important on your first pass through the application.
4. Save both pages of the online form during your initial submission session. The first page includes general applicant information. The second includes proposal information. We recommend that you input basic information on both pages then save and return later to edit the application with more detail.
5. Letters of Recommendation are expected by the application deadline. Instructions are sent to reference writers by email when an application is created. Applicants should begin their application as soon as possible to allow references time to submit letters by the stated deadline.
6. Applications are downloaded at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on the next business day after the deadlines noted above. If the submission deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are accepted until 9:00 AM Eastern Time on the next business day.
7. Tables, figures and images may not be uploaded through the online application. You may include one page of tables, figures or images by emailing a copy to email@example.com with the following information at the top of the page: Field of Research - Your Name - Grant ID Number. The emailed file should be a .rtf or .doc file and may be no more than one page in length with minimal text and file size of 2mb or smaller. The file will be attached to your application after it is downloaded and will be printed in black and white.
Funding Notification: March 15 applicants will be notified about funding by the end of May. October 15 applicants will be notified about funding by the end of December. Checks are mailed as soon as possible after the notification date.
Application form can be downloaded from:http://giar.sigmaxi.org/application/application.php
Preparing a Successful Application
Application decisions are based on the strength of three key elements of a grant proposal:
Proposed Investigation, Budget, References. Below are suggestions for each section.
You should also view the Grant-in-Aid of Research Evaluation Formto see how reviewers grade proposals.
In addition, view the Sample Applicationto see how questions are presented on the application. DO NOT begin a live application just to view the application details.
• The Proposed Investigation Section is limited to 500 words — be thorough but concise.
• Formal citations are not required in the Proposed Investigation section. Literature used to prepare the proposal or research project may be listed in the Literature Citation section and does not count towards to 500 word limit in the Proposed Investigation.
• Compose your proposal offline and seek advice from your research advisor on how best to present your research
• You may return to edit your proposal any time before the application deadline.
• State your goals, hypothesis and/or research question clearly.
• State the background information in your proposal very briefly. Avoid the common pitfall of presenting too much background and neglecting to develop methods and objectives.
• Describe your methods clearly, showing how they are used to address your hypothesis or research question.
• Indicate the significance of this research and how your study contributes to the big picture of research in your field of study.
• If the proposed work is part of an ongoing project, clearly state how your work meshes with the larger project and how your proposed work is a unique contribution.
• Uploading your Proposed Investigation: your proposal must be uploaded through the online form as an RTF file (save as .rtf in your word processing program). Do not include images, figures or tables.
• Tables, figures and images: You may include 1 page of these items in your application. Captions on this page do not count towards the 500 word limit. Save the additional page as a .rtf or .pdf file and send it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org DO NOT INCLUDE tables, figures or images in the .rtf upload of your Proposed Investigation as this is likely to cause the file to upload incorrectly.
• Make certain that budget items fit within the scope of the GIAR Program. Inappropriate budget requests are the number one reason for denying funding. See the Guidelines Pagefor more information
• Items in your budget should clearly relate to the methodology described in your Proposed Investigation section.
• Prepare a budget that shows the full scope of your project (or your work on a larger project) • Highlight expenses you wish Sigma Xi to fund.
• Include justifications for expenses for items that may not normally receive funding See Guidelines Pagefor more information
• Appropriate formatting for a budget would look something like:
Full Project Budget
$5,000 – Including Item A, Item B, and Item C. (Please see Other Funding Sources for more information)
Items Requested from Sigma Xi
$200 – Travel to Research Site – 400 miles @ .50 per mile
$100 – Supply Item 1
$100 – Supply Item 2 (10 @ $10 each)
$600 – Computer Equipment Purchase*
$1,000 – Total Requested From Sigma Xi
*Budget Explanation for Item that is a Funding Exception according to Sigma Xi Funding Guidelines
Note on Formatting: Please note that the confirmation page displays the information you entered in your application in an unformatted version. The print version of your application will retain the formatting of your budget. DO NOT attempt to paste a table in the budget section as that formatting will not be retained.
• References are due by the application deadline (March 15 and October 15). With this in mind, it is vital that you begin your application some time before the deadline. If you begin your application on the 14th, your reference will receive instructions that inform them that the due date of their letter is the next day – which may result in a less than favorable recommendation.
• References are contacted by email using the name and email addresses you provide when creating the application. Have reference email addresses when you start the application.
• Your first reference should be your primary research advisor (where possible)
• The second reference may be a reference who can comment on your abilities as a researcher or your academic performance
• Both references should be professional researchers or educators and not fellow students
• References email instructions include a link to Information for Reference Writers. Viewing this page may help you determine who could best provide a suitable reference for your application. Final Suggestions:
• Note your Grant ID Number on the Confirmation Page as you will need this to log back into your application.
• Meet the deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually. This means that your application and both letters of recommendation must be received by these dates.
• After you begin your application, you may log back in to make edits and upload new .rtf proposal files any time before the deadline.
• You may log back into your application to verify that references have been submitted. If they have not, you may send an email reminder to references by clicking on the appropriate button near the contact information for that reference.
• Confirmation Page: Each time you submit or make an edit, you will be taken to a confirmation page that displays the information you entered. Although this page displays the information unformatted, your formatting will be maintained in the print version of your application.
• Confirm .RTF Upload: the Confirmation Page includes a hyperlink to the .rtf Proposal file you uploaded. Click on the link to very that the file uploaded correctly. It is your obligation to make certain that the file is correct.
Applications are accepted through the online form only.
Send e-mail for questions or additional information.
References will receive email instructions linking to an online form to provide a Letter of Recommendation.
Tips for Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation for the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program
Solid letters of recommendation contain a number of common traits. The Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research has developed the guidelines below for developing a wellstructured recommendation letter for this program.
Comments from the Review Committee:
I'm impressed when I feel like the writer really knows the student. I look for one or two anecdotes about the person's strengths.
I like specifics, not just "this student is a nice person." The letter should describe a particular experience or relationship with the writer; it means the writer really cares about and knows the candidate well. Remember, the committee is trying to project how this student performs. A good letter should address that.
500 Word Limit: References are asked to limit their letter to 500 words (same limit as the Proposal Section of the application). While this is not a hard limit for references, letters that are significantly longer will not be viewed favorably by reviewers.
• Begin the letter by briefly stating your relationship to the applicant, how long you have known worked with them and in what capacity.
• Describe the candidate's personality and work ethic, using concrete examples.
• Be vivid and specific, including memories of the candidate, anecdotes, something to indicate that you know this candidate very well and think highly of him or her. Letters that matter to the review committee bring the candidate to life on the page.
• If the applicant will use any complex techniques or need any specific instrumentation or facilities, the letter should indicate the availability of the equipment and training in its use.
• If the applicant's work falls within the constraints of an ongoing project, clearly state how the applicant's work meshes with the larger project and is a unique contribution.
• Describe and evaluate in detail the student's scholarly work, especially work related to the proposed research project, if possible. The letter should help the review committee understand the significance of this research, and the potential for contribution that it has.
• Address the scholarship criteria specifically in ways that demonstrate your abundant confidence in the student and your knowledge of the candidate beyond grades and classroom performance.
• Provide evidence of the candidate's leadership and teamwork skills. The most effective letters use narrative technique to highlight the student in action, as a teaching assistant, researcher, volunteer, employee, innovator, etc.
• Reflect, refer to, and elaborate on themes in the candidate's proposal. The student should provide a copy of this proposal for you. Request one from him or her if the student hasn't already provided it for you.
• Rank the candidate in relation to other students you have taught/worked with, if possible.
• Note that the above suggestions may or may not apply to your letter depending on your relationship to the applicant and their research project.
• Confirmation Page: When you submit your reference via the online form, you will receive a confirmation page of the information you entered. Note that theinformation is displayed in an unformatted version, but your formatting will be retained on the printed version of the application
The follow up report form is available at:
http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/report.htmlThe sample format is given here:
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Report Form
1. Explain how you used the funds awarded to you.
2. Indicate the status of your research project (i.e. completed, ongoing, currently analyzing data etc.)
3. Explain future plans for your research project.
4. Include any additional information you would like for us to know about your research (publication plans, etc)
In order to illustrate the achievements of grant recipients, we occassionaly feature research on the Sigma Xi website, American Scientist magazine and in promotional materials about the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program. Would you be interested in having your research featured in such material? (Please note that you will be contacted before your research is featured).
Submit Form Reset Form
Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research
Telephone: 800-243-6534 or 919-549-4691
9: International Foundation for Science
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Objective: To promote advancement of the international level of industrial technology, and the results
achieved are expected to create the basis for new key industrial technology.
International Joint Research Grant
International Standard Development
Range of Support: Varies by programme
Duration of Support: Multi-year projects are accepted.
Proposal-based Research and Development Projects
(Cross-sectoral proposal-based projects)
Proposal-based Research and Development Projects
Grant for Industrial Technology Research (Financial support to young researchers)
Fundamental Technology Research Facilitation Program
Innovation Promotion Program
Technology Innovation Program for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
New Energy Venture Business Technology Innovation Program
Project to Promote Strategic International Standardization (Also listed in "Survey, Research Evaluation and Other Activities")
Research and Development of an Intellectual Infrastructure
International Projects for Increasing the Efficient Use of Energy (Also listed in "Energy" and "International Projects")
International Cooperative Research Program (Also listed in "Energy" and "International Projects")
Strategic Development of Energy Conservation Technology Project (Also listed in "Energy")
10: Japan Science and Technology Corporation
Objective: To support science centers and grass roots activities across the nation and at the same time set up various ways of coordinating these activities.
o Creating advanced technology
o nternational Exchange of Researchers o Research exchange
o Eligibility: Varies by programme oDuration of Support: Varies by programme; 5 years maximum
Creating advanced technology
Strategic Basic Research Programs
CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology)
PRESTO (Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology)
ERATO (Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology)
ICORP (International Cooperative Research Project)
ALCA (Advanced Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program)
RISTEX (Research Institute of Science & Technology for Society)
SORST (Solution Oriented Research for Science and Technology)
Research and Development for Supporting Humanitarian De-mining of Anti-personnel Mines
CRDS (Center for Research and Development Strategies)
LCS (Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy)
NBDC (National Bioscience Database Center)
Promoting technology transfer and innovation
Promoting dissemination of STI
Researcher exchange and research support
Promoting public understanding of S&T
Promoting Public Understanding of Science and Technology
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
RESERARCH EXCHANGE AND RESEARCH SUPPORT
JST promotes exchange between researchers in science and technology to enhancethe Japanese research environment to the highest international level, to look for solutions to problems that require international approaches, and to encourage international research activities
Strategic International Cooperative Program
With the aim of following up on various agreements reached through intergovernmental talks regarding S&T cooperation, this program promotes international exchanges between researchers on specific research areas in line with the agreements. To realize the aim, MEXT assigns counterpart countries and research areas of special importance and JST, in collaboration with its foreign counterpart organizations, implements the subprograms: cooperative researches of relatively small-scale; researcher exchanges, i.e., invitations and dispatches; and holding of meetings such as symposiums and seminars.
Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFoE)
To facilitate active exchange between foreign and domestic researchers, "Takezono House" and "Ninomiya House", guesthouses for foreign researchers, are operated in the Tsukuba area.
Infrastructural Improvement of International Research Exchange
JST holds the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (JAFoE), along with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ). The aim of JAFoE is to provide a place where young researchers can find new possibilities in their research and development and foster interdisciplinary research. To attain this aim, the JAFoE symposium provides a place where approximately 65 young Japanese and American engineering researchers (up to 45 years old) can exchange their research information.
Support for basic research through positive exchange of researchers
Cooperative System for supporting Priority Research
JST dispatches skilled engineers to national research institutes
To maximize researchers' creativity, it is crucially important to relieve researchers of a variety of tasks, such as manufacturing, operation and management of research equipment, preparation and analysis of research materials, field studies and clerical work in order to let them focus their energies on carrying out their studies. JST dispatches engineers with advanced knowledge and technical skills to national and other public research institutes to support effective promotion of creative and fundamental research.
Number of supported organizations: 52
Supported period: 5 years maximum
Number of Cooperators: 199
Qualifications for Cooperators: Engineers with advanced knowledge and technical skills necessary for supporting priority research conducted by national research institutes and independent administrative research institutions.
Collaboration of Regional Entitles for the Advancement of Technology Excellence
Construction of center of excellence, collaborating with industry, academe and public service in the region
This project aims to establish and reinforce a science and technology foundation that creates new technologies and industries in priority research fields set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
It also explores new research areas through joint-research by rallying regional potential in universities, national and other public research institutes, and R&D oriented private companies.
Construction of center of excellence, collaborating with industry, academe and public service in the region
Other related information can be obtained from: http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/menu4/01.html#m1
11:Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) focuses on a small number of specific development problems by forming intellectual and financial partnerships with organisations sharing its objectives. Most Foundation grants are made to grassroots organisations testing innovative approaches in the field. With a small staff, a host of cooperating agencies and thousands of volunteers, the Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations on four continents, irrespective of their race, religion, political persuasion or gender.
A Bridge between Two Worlds
With affiliates that are important national institutions in North America and Europe and grantmaking offices in Africa as well as in South and Central Asia, the Foundation has genuine roots in both the developed and developing worlds. Experience and skills flow in both directions.
Foundation units share common objectives and approaches. They bring local knowledge, energies and resources to bear on local problems. In addition, developed country units serve to inform the public about development progress and problems. They also channel interest, skills and resources from the public and development agencies to activities in the developing world.
Through endowments and capital investments, the Foundation helps to ensure the permanence of institutions that contribute to the well-being of the people they serve. It is helping to build an endowment for Pakistan's first private university, the Aga Khan University(AKU)in Karachi, which has an international mandate and is developing international programmes. The Foundation is also helping community pre-schools in Africa to build endowments, and providing fund-raising advice and contacts to a host of current and former recipients of its grants.
The Foundation owns a large number of properties for social and cultural activities, including several hospitals and hundreds of schools and health centres in the developing world. A portion of its income is used to maintain and improve them.
Sources of Funding
The Aga Khan Foundation is the principal grant-making agency for social development within the Shia Ismaili Imamat. His Highness the Aga Khan is its founder and chairman. He provides the Foundation with regular funding for administration and new programme initiatives as well as contributions to its endowment. The Ismaili community contributes invaluable volunteer time, professional services and substantial financial resources. Other funding sources include income from investments and grants from government, institutional and private sector partners - as well as donations from individuals around the world.
The Foundation is largely an implementing organisation rather than a grant-funding agency. Grants are normally given to local organisations interested in testing new solutions, in learning from experience and in being agents of lasting change. These organisations must share the Foundation's and AKDN's goals in the fields of health,education,rural developmentand strengthening of civil society. If no established group exists, the Foundation occasionally creates new organisations to tackle particularly important problems.
With few exceptions, the Foundation funds programmes in countries where it has offices and local professional staff to monitor implementation (South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East).
Except for buildings that it owns, the Foundation does not fund construction. It cannot make grants to individuals in response to personal needs. Travel and study awards are made only to Foundation-sponsored project staff directly involved in programme implementation and the sharing of lessons learned through such activities.
There are no formal application procedures. Before developing full proposals, enquiries should be made to the Foundation office in the country where the proposal originates or where the project would be executed. Please note that a precondition for funding is the existence of an office, in the same country, which can evaluate and monitor projects we fund.
The Foundation will only respond to serious requests that correspond to the concerns expressed in the AKDN website and propose activities that further the Foundation's understanding of development issues, problems and effective solutions. Unrelated solicitations will not be entertained.
Addresses of Aga Khan Foundation Country Offices
Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan)
House N° 1, Street N° 61,
Before contacting the AKDN, please read the information below. Addresses and contact information are available under Application Procedures. In case you are looking for information about scholarships for your further studies, this list of scholarship linksmay be helpful.
The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, when doctoral degrees are necessary for the career objectives of the student. Requests will also be considered for travel and study awards for PhD students doing their research in Third World countries on topics judged to be of interest to the Aga Khan Development Network. Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.
The Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies which can help with processing applications and interviewing applicants. At present, these are Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada.
The main criteria for selecting award winners are: l) excellent academic records, 2) genuine financial need, 3) admission to a reputable institution of higher learning and 4) thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans. Candidates are also evaluated on their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment. Applicants are expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest.
Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Applicants are requested to make every effort to obtain funding from other sources as well, so that the amount requested from the Foundation can be reduced to a minimum. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.
Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement. The payback period is five years, starting six months after the study period funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.
The application procedures of AKF's International Scholarship Programme are decentralised.
Students may obtain application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF officesor Aga KhanEducation Services / Boardsin their countries of current residence. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained, or to the address indicated on the front of the form. They should not be sent to Geneva. The deadline for submission of applications is March 31, although in certain countries internal deadlines may be earlier.
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans. Interview reports are sent with the applications to Geneva for the final selection.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.
12:Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
• Project types and Programmatic Approach•Who can apply?
• Templates and Guidelines
• Project Cycle
• GEF Projects Database
• Country Profiles
Project types and Programmatic Approach
GEF provides grants to various types of projects ranging from several thousand dollars to several million dollars. These are Full-Sized projects, Medium-Sized Projects, Programmatic Approaches and Enabling Activities, and are defined below.
Full-Sized (FSPs) and Medium-Sized Projects (MSPs)
FSPs - Over $1 million - Project concepts may be developed by governments, non-
governmental organizations, communities, the private sector, or other civil society entities, and must respond to both national priorities and GEF focal area /LDCF/SCCF strategies and objectives, and must satisfy eligibility requirements under the Conventions. Project proponents work closely with national GEF Operational Focal Points (who formally endorse project concepts) and the GEF Agency, to develop concepts and move through the project cycle. FSPs are subject to [link;node/1736 text=project review criteria;] and are approved by the GEF Council.
MSPs - Up to US $1 million - MSPs offer opportunities for a broad range of programming that is typically smaller in scale than full-sized projects and follow expedited procedures for their approval. Funding such projects increases GEF flexibility in allocating its resources and encourages a wide range of stakeholders to propose and develop project concepts. MSPs are limited to a maximum of $1 million in GEF and SCCF funds and $ 2 million in LDCF funds. Their approval is delegated by the Council to the CEO, and it is subject to Project Review Criteria, similar to FSPs. Following CEO approval, the project document will be approved by the Agency following its own procedures, followed by the start of project implementation.
• List of Full-Sized Project Proposals Circulated to Council Prior to CEO Endorsement
• List of Medium-Sized Projects Circulated to Council for Approval
• FSP/MSP Templates and Guidelines
Enabling Activities (EAs)
The GEF finances Enabling Activities related to the conventions on biodiversity, climate change, and persistent organic pollutants, to help countries prepare national inventories, strategies, action plans, and reports under these conventions (see Operational Guidance for Enabling Activities for operational guidance). They represent a basic building block of GEF assistance to countries. For additional guidance on the threshold limits guiding the processing of EAs, please refer to the note “Processing of Enabling Activities”. EAs that go beyond the threshold are considered non-expedited, and follow the procedures for processing full-sized projects.
• EAs Templates and Guidelines
Programmatic Approach (PA)
Programmatic Approaches represent a partnership between country/ies, the GEF and other interested stakeholders, such as the private sector, donors and/or the scientific community. This approach secures larger-scale and sustainable impact on the global environment, than a single FSP or MSP, through integrating global environmental objectives into national or regional strategies and plans using partnerships.
A program usually contains several projects that are linked through common objective/s of the program aimed to foster increased horizontal and vertical integration of global environmental issues into the country(ies) development agenda.
The project cycle paper submitted to Council in June 2010 outlined two approaches proposed for refining the programmatic approaches.
The first type of approach largely adopts the current programmatic approach processing methodology From Projects to Programs: Clarifying the Programmatic Approach in the GEFPortfoliowith minor modifications to introduce budget (in case of multi-agency programs) for the Program Coordination Agency.
The second type of approach, proposed for GEF Agencies that meet criteria for a delegation of authority to approve projects as outlined in Annex 1 [link:node 3225]
Refer to corresponding Joint Summaries for additional information on Council decisions in the respective meetings C38/Joint Summary of the Chairs/C33/Joint Summary of the Chairs:.
• PA Templates and Guidelines
Climate Change Adaptation Projects
Projects that fall under the area of Adaptation of the Climate Change focal area can apply for funds available:
1. Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)
2. Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)
3. Adaptation Fund
Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Up to $ 50,000 - Funded by GEF as a corporate programme, SGP is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)on behalf of the GEF partnership, and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The SGP supports non-governmental and community organizations, providing small grants for community-based projects in the GEF focal areas.
At present, 101 countries participate in SGP having ratified the conventions on biological diversity and climate change. There are 84 country offices, two regional offices, and two subregional offices with day-to-day management by SGP National Coordinators. To know more about SGP and how potential grantees can apply for a grant, visit the SGP website.
Who can apply? (http://www.thegef.org/gef/who_can_apply)
The GEF funds a broad array of project types that vary depending on the scale of GEF resources, the project needs and the issue addressed. In order to be approved, each project follows a specific project cycle.
Each GEF country member has designated an officer responsible for GEF activities, known as GEF Operational Focal Point , who plays a key role in assuring that GEF projects are aligned to meet the needs and priorities of the respective country.
Any eligible individual or group may propose a project. However, to be taken into consideration ,a project proposal has to fulfill the following criteria:
• It is undertaken in an eligible country. It is consistent with national priorities and programs.
• It addresses one or more of the GEF Focal Areas, improving the global environment or advance the prospect of reducing risks to it.
• It is consistent with the GEF operational strategy.
• It seeks GEF financing only for the agreed-on incremental costs on measures to achieve global environmental benefits
• It involves the public in project design and implementation.
• It is endorsed by the government(s) of the country/ies in which it will be implemented.
Templates and Guidelines for both the GEF Trust Fund and the LDCF/SCCF Projects
GEF provides grants to various types of projectsranging from several thousand dollars to several million dollars. These are Full-Sized projects, Medium-Sized Projects, Enabling Activities, Targeted Research, and Programmatic Approaches, templates for which can be found from the following link:
The Project Cycle:
The current policies and procedures governing the GEF project cycle and programmatic approaches are listed in the information document “GEF Project and Programmatic Approach Cycles” presented to the GEF Council in November 2010. The revised project cycle aims to further streamle the approval process. Major features of the revised project cycle included the following:
1. Final project documents will be posted on the GEF website upon CEO endorsement of an FSP or approval of an MSP.
2. MSP approval can take one of the two paths:
o single-step approval: Agencies submit a final MSP project document for CEO approval, afterwhich Agencies follow their own internal approval procedure and start implementation;
o two-step approval: if a PPG is required for the preparation of an MSP, a PIF should be submitted together with the PPG request and seek CEO approval of PIF and PPG; when the project is finally well prepared, Agencies submit the final MSP project document for CEO approval, afterwhich Agencies follow their own internal approval procedure and start implementation.
3. Target Elapsed time for FSP project preparation is 18 months, counting from the date the Council approves the work program to the date CEO endorses the final project documents for FSPs.
4. Elapsed time for MSPs requiring a PPG continues to be 12 months from the date CEO approves the PIF with PPG to the date CEO approves the final project document for the MSP.
5. Elapsed time for MSPs without a PIF will no longer be applicable since final MSP project document can be submitted for CEO approval on a rolling basis.
6. To provide further transparency, all project review sheets for the PIFs in the work program are posted on the web alongside the PIF documents and the STAP screening reports.
7. The approval of Program Framework Document for programmatic approaches (PAs) would follow different procedures depending on the type of GEF Agencies submitting the PAs. Two types of programmatic approaches are:
o Programs Accessible to all GEF Agencies, and o Programs Accessible to a GEF Agency with a Board that approves projects.
GEF Co-financing comprises the total of cash and in-kind resources committed by governments, other multilateral or bilateral sources, the private sector, NGOs, the project beneficiaries and the concerned GEF agency, all of which are essential for meeting the GEF project objectives
The GEF policy on cofinancing was approved by the GEF Council at its May 2003 meeting, based on a discussion of the paper on Co-financing (GEF/C.20/6/Rev.1).
The Council approved the policies and associated procedures described in the document, and directed the Secretariat and the GEF Agencies to: implement the policy in work programs and projects approved by CEO under expedited procedures and report to the Council through business plans on the overall progress in implementing the policy.
The secretariat is in the process of preparing a revised co-financing policy paper to present to Council. The paper will clearly spell out the implementation experience of co-financing since 2003 including the latest policies related to the revised project cycle.
Reference to the existing co-financing policy can be found in a note prepared for the GEF Operations Manual, which also provided clarification on the terms used in co-financing and project preparation (Co-Financing Policies and Operational Guidelines).
For co-financing data related to GEF operations please click here.
For co-financing Council Document click here.
• GEF Trust Fund Projects
• LDCF Trust Fund Projects
• SCCF Trust Fund Projects
13: Rockefeller Foundation
Grants & Grantees
Survey of the Rockefeller Foundation Grantees
To assist in better understanding how we can strengthen our work, the Foundation participated in the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) survey of grantees to gain insight and objective feedback to measure how we are working with our grantees and how to best continue our efforts. The Grantee Perception Report (GPR) is a confidential survey that covers a range of topics including grantees’ perceptions of their impact in the fields we support, the clarity and consistency of our communications, the grant application process, as well as grantees’ overall satisfaction with us as a funder. Summary of Findings: Survey of the Rockefeller Foundation Grantees details the results of that survey.
Applying for Rockefeller Foundation Funding
If you would like the Rockefeller Foundation to consider funding your project—which must fit within one or more of the Rockefeller Foundation initiatives—please complete the following application. This online application is the only way in which we receive and respond to unsolicited proposals from people and organizations who have access to the Internet, so we ask that you not send proposals by mail or email unless invited to do so. If we see a potential fit with any of our initiatives, based on your answers to the following questions, we will respond by asking you to submit a full proposal
We also invite you to visit our links to other philanthropic resources, where we hope you will find helpful information in your search for funding.
If your inquiry is related to a conference or residency at the Rockefeller Foundation BellagioCenter, please use the Bellagio application process
Rockefeller Foundation Funding Application
To submit your funding inquiry, please fill out the form below. Questions marked with asterisks (*) are required. Please limit your answers to questions 1-3 to 100 words. All submissions must be in English. Please note that once we receive your funding inquiry, we will send you a confirmation email.
1. Please describe the project and indicate the amount of support (in U.S. dollars) that you are seeking.*
2. What are the specific, measurable results you would seek to achieve in this effort? How will your project positively affect the lives of poor or vulnerable people? Please be as specific as you can about numbers and geography of people who will be reached. *
3. To which of the Foundation’s initiativesdoes this funding inquiry relate? Please be specific, and describe how you see a strategic fit with the Foundation’s ongoing work. *
4. Have you ever received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation? *
Other detailed information can be obtained from: http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/funding-requests/funding-request.aspx
14: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The Participation Programme
• © UNESCO/Niamh Burke
• School children in class
The Participation Programme functions as a vital complement to UNESCO’s regular activities by analysing, evaluating and facilitating the implementation of national, sub-regional, interregional and regional projects directly related to the activities of the Organization.
Furthermore, it serves as a means employed by UNESCO to strengthen the partnership between the Organization and its Member States as well as between the Organization and International Non-Governmental Organizations. Thus the Participation Programme enhances the inclusive and generous spirit of UNESCO’s noble mission.
Our website provides an overview of the Participation Programme's:
The Participation Programme in Action
How to participate
The Participation Programme
During his introduction of the 9 C/5, in 1957, the Director-General of UNESCO at the time,
Luther Evans, stated his belief that many of UNESCO’s initiatives in the field of special activities should “… cross over to the Participation Programme...” It was during the first Biennium of 1957-1958 that the term “Participation Programme” was used for the first time in UNESCO’s Programme and Budget.
The legal text
The basic legal, technical, administrative and financial text establishing the Participation
Programme is to be found in 10 C/Resolution 7.31 adopted by the General Conference at its11th session (14 November-15 December 1960), which was improved and expanded at its 12th session (9 November-12 December 1962, 12 C/Resolution 7.B.21). UNESCO’s membership then stood at 109. In the early 1960s, the accession to independence of a large number of former colonies may have been a factor in the establishment of this programme.
Resolution 12 C/7.21 had the merit of laying down in specific terms the basic principles of the Participation Programme together with the criteria, eligibility conditions and relevant procedure. This basic text adopted in 1962 was improved and expanded at subsequent sessions of the General Conference, in particular in 1976, 1980, 1997, 2003 and 2005.
A complementary Programme
The participation Programme is in no way a substitute for the regular programme; it is to be seen as rather complementing it by enabling Member States to carry out important projects, particularly in the organisation’s main areas of competence. Through this programme UNESCO aims to:
• Achieve its objectives by participating in the sub-regional, inter-regional and regional projects, lead by its Member States and directly related to the activities of the Organization;
• Strengthen the partnership between the Organization and its Member States as well as between the Organization and International Non-Governmental Organizations;
• Boost the actions of the National Commissions for UNESCO;
• Achieve better visibility of UNESCO’s action in its Member States
The Participation Programme has become an important part of the Programme and Budget.
The budget approved for the Participation Programme for 2012-2013 was US$17,917,800.
The 36th session of the General Conference, in October 2011, decided that for the 2012-2013 biennium the total value of the assistance provided for each request should not be in excess of:
• US$26,000 for a national project or activity
• US$35,000 for a subregional or interregional project or activity • US$46,000 for a regional project or activity.
The Participation Programme helps to invigorate the action of the National Commissions for UNESCO, release creative energies in a number of fields and mobilize efforts in pursuing and implementing projects of current interest.
How to participate
The projects or action plans submitted by the Member States under the Participation Programme must relate to the activities of the Organization, in particular to the major programmes, interdisciplinary projects, the activities on behalf of Africa, least developed countries, youth and women and the activities of the National Commissions for UNESCO.
Submitting a request
For each biennium, after the definite adoption of the programme and budget, a Circular Letter is issued and sent out by the Director General to Ministers responsible for relations with UNESCO, National Commissions and Permanent Delegations, inviting them to submit their written requests under the title of the Participation Programme.
Requests are submitted to the Director-General by the Member State, through the NationalCommissionfor UNESCO, or where there is no National Commission, through a designated government channel.
At the 36th session, the Conference decided that the limit should be set at 10 requests for Member States for the 2012-2013 biennium. The requests must be numbered in order of priority from 1 to 10. The order of priority may be changed only by an official letter from the National Commission and before the start of the evaluation process.
International Non-Governmental Organizations enjoying formal or operational relations with UNESCO, of which the list is established by the Executive Board, may submit up to 2 requests under the Participation Programme for projects with subregional, regional or interregional impact, provided that their request is supported by at least the Member State where the project will be implemented and another Member State concerned by the request. In the absence of supporting letters, none of these requests may be considered. These requests must be numbered in order of priority from 1 to 2.
The different types of assistance that can be requested under the Participation Programme are as follows:
• The services of specialists and consultants-Not including staff costs and administrative support • Study grants and fellowships
• Publications, periodicals, documentation, translation and reproduction
• Supplies and equipment (other than vehicles)
• Conferences, meetings, translation and interpretation services, participants' travel costs (not including those of UNESCO staff members)
• seminars and training courses
With the aim of strengthening regional cooperation, a new resolution was adopted by the General Conference at it 32nd session (resolution 32/C) for activities of regional character.
For activities of a regional character, each region (Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean) may submit three requests in amount not exceeding $46,000, each presented by one Member State.
These projects, exclusive to Member States, need the support of at least three Member States of the same region. The support of other Member States has no implication for requests submitted on their own behalf and they are not included in the quota (of 10 requests) submitted by each Member State.
The Participation Programme is open to all Member States and Associate Members or territories.
During the 2002-2003 period, the Director General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, made an appeal to the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD), and more particularly to those on its Development Assistance Committee (CAD), to refrain from submitting requests under the Participation Programme in order to increase the amount of resources available for allocations to least developed countries (LDCs).
This was an appeal heeded and renewed for the 2004-2005, 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 bienniums, enabling the intended increase.
International Non-Governmental Organizationsenjoying formal or operational relations with UNESCO, the list of which is established by the Executive Board, may also submit requests under the title of the Participation Programme.
15:National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.
Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.
A Unique Institution
NED is a unique institution. The Endowment’s nongovernmental character gives it a flexibility that makes it possible to work in some of the world’s most difficult circumstances, and to respond quickly when there is an opportunity for political change. NED is dedicated to fostering the growth of a wide range of democratic institutions abroad, including political parties, trade unions, free markets and business organizations, as well as the many elements of a vibrant civil society that ensure human rights, an independent media, and the rule of law.
For Grantseekers (http://www.ned.org/grantseekers)
About the Grants Program
Each year NED makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental groups abroad working to ensure human rights, an independent media, the rule of law and to advance other democratic goals.
We encourage applications for financial support from activist organizations in diverse situations, such as transitional countries where the goal is democratic consolidation, authoritarian countries where the goals are liberalization, and the protection of human rights.
NED Core Institutes
NED also makes grants to four American partners, commonly known as the “Core Institutes,” for work abroad to foster the growth of political parties, electoral processes and institutions, free trade unions, and free markets and business organizations.
• Solidarity Center:: VISIT
• Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE):: VISIT
• International Republican Institute (IRI):: VISIT
• National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI):: VISIT
How are funding decisions made?
Funding decisions are made on a quarterly basis by the NED Board of Directors. In addition to evaluating how a program fits within the Endowment's overall priorities, the Board considers factors such as the urgency of a program, its relevance to specific needs and conditions in a particular country, and the democratic commitment and experience of the applicant.
What types of programs is the Endowment interested in?
The Endowment is especially interested in proposals that originate with local democratic groups. It is also interested in nonpartisan programs seeking to strengthen democratic values. Note that the Endowment does not make grants to individuals.
All proposed projects must be consistent with the Endowment's general purposes as briefly outlined in the first paragraph of About Us.
How can my organization apply for a grant from the Endowment?
To apply for a NED grant, submit a proposal cover sheet, proposal and budget to email@example.com or to the appropriate regional Program contact person at the NED. The Endowment can only process incoming proposals if they are accompanied by a Proposal Cover Sheet.
Where can I find a Proposal Cover Sheet?
For your convenience, you can download a proposal cover sheet here:: PDF. It is also in the “pdf” file to the right of this text.
Where can I find NED’s proposal guidelines?
Proposal and budget guidelines are here:: PDFand in the “pdf” files to the right of this text.
What should I make sure to include in the proposal?
Please consult the attached proposal guidelines for guidance on proposal content.
National Endowment for Democracy:
Attn: Grant Proposals
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20004 USA Phone/Fax:
+1 202.378.9700 / 202.378.9407
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004 / (202) 378-9700 firstname.lastname@example.org
16:Fundsnet Online Services
Fundsnet Online Services is a privately owned Web site created in 1996 for the purpose of providing Nonprofit Organizations, Colleges and Universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet.
Fundsnet Services.com's purpose is to help spread the word about grants programs initiatives, fundraising programs, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations sources by posting related links on this site. We do not offer grants opportunities and we do not provide personal financial assistance but a lot foundations, organizations and private companies do, so we dedicate this site to post such resources on one place making such grants initiatives and resources easier to find for those 501(c)(3) organizations in need of a grant opportunity program to accomplish their philanthropic efforts and missions.
Animal & Wildlife GrantsArts & Culture Grants
Children Youth & Family GrantsCommunity & Economic Development
Community FoundationsComputers & Technology
Curriculum & Lesson PlansDisability Grants
Education & Literacy GrantsEnvironment & Conservation Grants
Foundation DirectoryFundraising Resources
Government FundingGrantwriting Resources
Health Wellness & ResearchHIV Aids Prevention
Human Services GrantsHunger & Homeless
International Grants & FundersLatino Grants
Public Society Benefit GrantsRegional Grants & Resource Sites
Religion GrantsScholarships Financial Aid
Social Justice & Society GrantsSports Grants
Statistics & ResearchWomen Grants
Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)
Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) is a global, independent, not-for-profit network that brings together over 140 associations and support organizations serving philanthropy in 54 countries around the world. The WINGS network:
• creates opportunities to learn from and support one another;
• develops modes of communication and collaboration among themselves; • contributes to the strengthening of philanthropy worldwide.
WINGS was created in January 2000 to provide a forum for grantmaker support organizations; to support them and provide a means for them to support each other in their often isolated work; and to represent and give them voice. Nowadays, WINGS serves as a meeting place for those engaged in building the institutional infrastructure to support philanthropy everywhere in the world.
Set up on a rotating basis, the WINGS secretariat has been located in Washington DC, Ottawa, Brussels and Manila. In 2011, in response to changing times and new challenges, it moved to a permanent home in São Paulo, Brazil.
Launched in 2010, GPLI seeks to improve, develop and grow the practice and impact of philanthropy in a global context. Specifically addressing the obstacles faced by funding and operating programmes across borders, GPLI envisages an online space modeled on social networking platforms in which foundation professionals, donors, non-profit/foundation law experts and others can share information and discuss issues.
Submitted studies should show clearly whether or not GPLI should develop the proposed platform, including
• Analysis of the market
• Viability and financial sustainability
• Possible business models
• Recommendations on conditions and resources required to take this initiative forward
Download the call for proposals from the following link:
Proposals should be submitted to Sevdalina Rukanova at the European Foundation Centre, email@example.com
17: Japan Foundation Center
Mission and Background
The Japan Foundation Center is a private foundation established by executives of private grantmaking foundations in Japan (1) to provide authoritative information on foundations in Japan that award grants,prizes,or scholarships and (2) to publicize the social role and significance of the activities of private grant-making foundations to encourage the practice of philanthropy in Japan's private sector.
In recent years,the grant-making activities of private foundations have increased in Japan,and these activities now attract public attention.The grant-making activities of private foundations have not yet gained wide public recognition,however,because of the lack of publicly available information on these activities.
The Japan Foundation Center therefore serves as a source of up-to-date information on grantmaking foundations and their grant programs and makes this information available to grant seekers,grant makers,and the public at large.
Because the encouragement of the practice of philanthropy by Japanese foundations is an important mission of the Japan Foundation Center,the Center publishes directories of grantmaking foundations in Japan and a bimonthly newsletter,coordinates joint grant programs conducted by foundations and other organizations,holds meetings for the exchange of information among foundations and with other organizations,and hosts seminars and symposiums to enhance understanding of the role of foundations and contribute to the development the practice of philanthropy in Japan.
The Center was established on November 20,1985,and was chartered as a foundation by the Prime Minister's Office on April 1,1988. The Center's endowment is \506 million(apprximately US$4.22million) as of March 1997.
An Outlook of Japanese Grant-Making Foundations
Definition of Grant-Making Foundations
Japan has no legally defined concept of grant-making foundations. Article 34 of the Civil Code refers to incorporated foundations (zaidan hojin), which include "grant-making foundations" whose major activity is to award grant funds, and "operating foundations" whose major activity is to conduct the foundation's own research projects or to operate art museums, social welfare facilities, and the like. A substantial number of incorporated foundations actually carry out two types of activities: giving grants and conducting their own projects.
The Japan Foundation Center defines incorporated foundations that engage in one or more of the following activities as being, functionally, grant-making foundations:
1. Awarding funds to research and projects carries out by groups and individuals
2. Awarding scholarships or fellowships to students and researchers
3. Presenting awards, including monetary prizes, for meritorious achievements by individual or groups
Foundations that specialize in one of the above three activities - grants, scholarships, and awards - are designated grant-making foundations, scholarship foundations, and award foundations, respectively. However, many Japanese grant-making foundations actually engage in more than one of these activities simultaneously; therefore, the Center regards all foundations that engage in any of the above activities as grant-making foundations. Some incorporated associations (shadan hojin) and social welfare corporations (shakai fukushi hojin) whose activities are equivalent to those of grant-making foundations are also included in this report, though legally they are not foundations.
Parameter of Study
According to data supplied by the Prime Minister's Office, the number of incorporated foundations in Japan was 12,586 as of October 2005. On this number, 3,131 were chartered by central government agencies, while *9,495 were chartered by local governments or their boards of education. Because each chartering agency oversees the foundations under its jurisdiction independently, however, it is difficult to obtain detailed statistics on the foundations as a whole. Moreover, since "grant-making foundation" is not an institutional concept, it is also difficult to identify "grant-making foundations" through these statistics.
For this reason, since 1987 the Center has conducted independent surveys of grant-making foundations. The data, analysis, and conclusions in this report are based on the results of all the surveys conducted since 1987. Specifically, two different groups have been subjected to analysis.
* Foundations chartered by jointly with central government are counted twice
Group A: The 1,134 foundations that have responded at least once to the survey since 1987. Their total assets, total expenditures, and total grant spending (total giving), as well as the content of their programs, are known. Section 2 and 3 of this report, which examine relatively stable categories, such as the date of establishment and chartering agencies, are based on the analysis of this group.
Group B: 644 foundations (also included in Group A) that provided up-to-date information in response to the survey conducted in August 2001. Section 4 and 5 of this report, which include statistical analysis of the size of assets, the size of programs, and those categories that vary from year to year, are based on the analysis of this group.
Summary of Findings
The findings of the surveys analyzed in sections 2 through 5 of this report are summarized below.
1. Trends in the establishment of grant-making foundations, their assets, and grant spending
Examination of trends in the establishment of grant-making foundations reveals a steady increase in the number of such foundations as a whole; however, it is obvious that the number of newly established grant-making foundations has been rapidly decreasing since1991, representing the recession in progress of Japanese economy.
Examination of trends in total assets and total annual grant spending of the 113 foundations that provided information for the past eighteen years reveals a steady increase of total assets during this period (but having shown a remarkable slow-down in an increase ratio since 1997); meanwhile, the total annual grant spending began to decrease in 1994. The total annual grant spending in 1995 was 12% less than that in 1994 and the total annual grant spending after 1996 reveals the continuous decrease of annual grant spending (see Figure 3 and 4).
2. Size of assets
The total assets of the 644 foundations in Group B amounted to about \1.52 trillion. However, 312 of these foundations, or 49%, have assets of less than \1 billion, whereas only 21 foundations, or 3%, have assets of \ 10 billion or more (see Table 1).
By comparison, the combined assets of the 20 largest foundations in the United States, a leading nation in private-sector philanthropy, amounted to about \16.2 15.4 trillion - about thirty one times the combined assets of Japan's 20 largest foundations, which amounted to about \ 498 billion (see Table 2 and 3).
3. Size of grant program and grant spending
The total expenditures for grant programs (grants, scholarships, and awards) of the 644 foundations in Group B amounted to \51.9 billion in fiscal 2005. The statistics for fiscal 2000 show that 472 foundations, or 76%, disbursed less than \50 million in grants, whereas only 14 foundations, or 2%, disbursed \500 million or more in grants (see Table 4).
By comparison, the combined grant spending of the 20 largest foundations in the United States amounted to \766 billion - about thirty times the combined grant spending of Japan's 20 largest foundations, which amounted to \25 billion (see Table 5 and 6).
4. Features of grant programs
Most of the grant-making foundations in Group B have two or more grant programs. The total number of grant programs undertaken by the 644 foundations in 2005 is 1,450.
Examination of the distribution of grant programs by type of grants reveals that by far the largest number of programs, 452, were given to research grants. This is followed by grants for the exchange of researchers and organizing conferences, program development and scholarships (see Figure 5).
Examination of the distribution of grant programs by field of grants reveals that the largest number of programs focus on the fields of science and technology, and education (see Figure 6).
Above analysis indicates that the most of grant programs of Japanese foundations currently focus on the encouragement of science and technology and human resources development.
Numbers of Grant Programs
Below we shall analyze grant programs undertaken by grant-making foundations in Japan, focusing on types and fields of grant programs proposed by 644 foundations in Group B for fiscal 2005.
In fiscal 2005, the 644 foundations proposed to undertake a total of 1,450 programs, an average of 2.2 programs per foundation.
Depending on a foundation's policy, programs range from foundation-administered programs, for which unsolicited applications are not accepted, to programs that place no restrictions on applications. At present not many foundations accept non-Japanese applicants overseas.
Generally speaking, the grant programs of Japanese foundations are rather small in size, and many foundations have various eligibility requirements for applicants, which sometime makes it difficult for applicants to gain easy access to grants.
Classification by Type and Field of Grants
Grant programs can be divided into three types: grant programs, scholarship programs and award programs. As shown in Table 7, the Center has further divided these three basic categories into fifteen types.
Figure 5 shows the number of programs for each of fifteen types. The total exceeds 1,450, the actual total number of grant programs, because some programs fall into more than one classification. For example, single program may include both travel grants for Japanese and invitation travel grants for non-Japanese.
It can be seen from this figure that research grant program which account for 452 of the total, are by far the most numerous type; the other programs are distributed over various types of grants.
Fields of grants are classified in Table 8, and Figure 6 shows the distribution of programs in eleven fields. Again, the total exceeds 1,450, the actual total number of grant programs, and for the same reason as in the analysis of grant programs by types, some programs fall into more than one classification.
Table 8. Fields of Grant Programs
Examination of the distribution of grant programs by field of grant reveals the largest numbers of programs focus on the field of science and technology. This field of science and technology is followed by the education. Above analysis thus means that the main stream of grant programs of Japanese foundations is to encourage science and technology as well as human resources development which are the vital potential for the development of the country.
18: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
The Office of Science and Technology (S&T) aims to transform USAID into the global leader in development by pioneering scientific, technological and research-motivated approaches to traditional development challenges. The Office of Science and Technology is part of the Bureau for Policy, Planning & Learning, and it is one of the pillars of the USAID Forwardreform agenda.
About the Office of Science and Technology
USAID has a proud history of transforming development through science and technology. The Office of Science and Technology, part of the Bureau for Policy. Planning & Learning, is headed by the Science and Technology Adviserto the Administrator. The office aims to strengthen the Agency’s use of S&T for development. It seeks to achieve this vision through four priorities:
• Leading the Agency in the launch of a set of Grand Challenges for Developmentand providing novel, creative
tools for their implementation
• Leveraging the resourcesof other federal science agencies and academic research institutions to support development and developing country S&T.
• Enhancing the Agency’s scientific and technical expertise
• Establishing a center for spatial analysisthat can be used for program planning and evaluations
S&T Office Org Chart
Grand Challenges for Development
USAID is defining Grand Challenges for Development to focus global attention on specific development outcomes based on transformational, scalable, and sustainable change. Grand Challenges for Development, housed in the Office of Science and Technology, focuses on removing critical barriers to development progress and facilitates innovative approaches, particularly those based in science and technology. It will encourage a wide array of solvers to focus their attention on developing sustainable, effective solutions and will build a community to support these solvers.
With this, USAID is articulating problem statements, not pre-determined solutions. This approach will inspire foundations, corporations, and individuals to engage in solving these challenges. USAID is likewise committing our resources to finding solutions and scaling them. The first Grand Challenge for Development, Saving Lives at Birth, was launched in March 2011 and focuses on interventions that can reach and benefit women and newborns in rural, lowresource settings around the time of birth. Innovators from non-governmental organizations, academic and medical research institutions, faith-based organizations, for-profit companies, medical associations, and foundations have submitted more than 600 proposals that have the potential to save lives.
Grand Challenges for Development in Education, Energy, and Agriculture are under development. Definition
A Grand Challenge for Development is a way to describe a large and solvable problem. It is not just a statement of a problem, but a definable and quantifiable goal that can be achieved over a specified time frame. The goal itself defines the outcomes by which we will measure success. Solving a Grand Challenge for Development does not necessarily require the creation of new inventions or tools. Rather, solutions may be developed with existing tools and processes in new configurations as well as the development of new knowledge, technologies, or adoption methodologies.
Solutions to Grand Challenges for Development will —
Achieve Scale "Moving the needle" in development requires solutions that can be scaled and the mechanisms
and incentives to achieve impact at scale. Solutions must start with the goal of reaching millions and then expand from there.
Are Adoptable The most important stakeholders of the Grand Challenges for Development are individuals,
families, and organizations within developing communities. Our approach to Grand Challenges for Development explicitly acknowledges that development is about meeting demand, not just increasing supply.
Are Sustainable Success requires that scaled solutions be sustainable. Broad-based economic growth depends
on productive collaboration among the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Sustainable development must create the conditions in which solutions eventually require no outside assistance.
Utilize 21th century infrastructure Solutions to Grand Challenges for Development will often not be achieved by
replicating developed-country models in developing countries. Rather, they will leverage leading edge technology and low-cost solutions suitable to the local environment.
The world’s current foreign assistance resources are insufficient to address the major global development problems we face. To achieve our development goals, we must leverage other resources within the public and private sector. The S&T Office seeks to leverage the resources of a wide range of federal science agencies.
Many of these agencies and institutions have technologies and knowledge that could benefit development, but remain an untapped resource. We hope to expand and develop partnerships that increase USAID’s technical capacity, identify areas where we may apply domestic scientific research and technologies to shared development problems, and identify shared challenges that affect us at home and abroad.
Some of our partnerships include:
National Science Foundation Partnership (NSF) USAID is working with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to build and strengthen science and technology capacity in developing countries through cooperative research grants, improved access to scientific knowledge, and higher education and training opportunities.
As a first step in this partnership, USAID announced a new program called Partnership forEnhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)on July 7, 2011. PEER will use USAID funding to directly support scientists in developing countries to work with U.S. scientists who are supported by NSF and are doing research in their country. The goal of the program is to build long-term relationships between developing country scientists and American scientists, and, in the process, provide funding to developing country scientists to build their labs, fund their students and research, and empower them to use science and technology to address local development problems.
Information on how to participate in the the PEER program will be available shortly.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Partnership (NASA) USAID and NASA signed an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2011 in which the agencies agreed to expand their already significant partnership and joint activities. The unparalleled engineering and technical expertise of NASA and USAID’s deep development expertise have combined to produce several activities of great value to both agencies and our constituents. To date, these have included two flagship partnerships:
SERVIR, a program in the bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, is an initiative that applies earth observations and predictive models to support decision-making by government officials, managers, scientists, researchers, students, and the public. Currently, SERVIR addresses eight of the societal benefit areas highlighted by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO): disasters, ecosystems, biodiversity, weather, water, climate, health, and agriculture. The program maintains regional nodes in Panama City, Panama, Nairobi, Kenya, and Khatmandu, Nepal.
LAUNCHis a unique government and private-sector partnership led by USAID and NASA. Its goal is to identify, support and help take to market creative technologies and other solutions that address global sustainability problems — especially those related to international development. Its first two “cycles” focused on water and health, while the third (currently in development) will focus on energy.
The agencies also agreed to explore potential new or expanded collaborations in several areas such as Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) Education.
Other partnerships the S&T Office is expanding or developing include those with the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National
Institutes of Health (NIH), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Smithsonian.
Internal S&T Capacity
Expanding and empowering the scientific and technical workforce at USAID will stimulate novel thinking for solutions in development and ensure that such thinking spreads and remains throughout the Agency.
Through a variety of programs, tools and mechanisms, we will enable multi-disciplinary, multisectoral and multi-generational approaches to development by enhancing the teams of experts that work on these challenges.
AAAS S&T Policy & Jefferson Science Fellowship Programs
USAID has been a long-time host of AAAS S&T Policy Fellows, a fellowship program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that offers PhD scientists and engineers an opportunity to work in Congress and federal agencies on policy issues. Fellows are placed in Washington for one year with the option to extend for a second. In 2011 the Agency re-established the Overseas AAAS Fellowship program, which offers former fellows a chance to work an additional 2 years in USAID Missions.
In conjunction with the State Department, USAID also hosts Jefferson Science Fellows, tenured faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who serve as advisors to the Agency for one year in Washington and remotely for a subsequent five years.
USAID has hosted one to two Fellows per year in the past and looks to expand the number of Jefferson fellows in the coming years.
Photo 2010-2011 Jefferson Science Fellows from USAID and State Department with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
The disciplines inherent in Futures Analysis - scenario planning, data-mining, forecasting, trends analysis, and other analytic, textural and visual tools – will enable USAID to become a more rational and evidence-based development agency. The work can serve as a central driver for supporting Agency policy development and assisting our program planning and project design.
We have recently established a Center for the Application of Geospatial Analysis for Development (GeoCenter) to improve the Agency's ability to use geospatial information technology for spatial analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects, and communicating results. The GeoCenter serves a coordinating role for the agency, providing guidance and technical assistance to missions and bureaus, as well as geospatial analytical services.
The S&T Office is leading this effort, in coordination with EGAT and the M/CIO.
U.S. Assistance to Pakistan –
The United States sees a prosperous, secure, and stable Pakistan as vital to regional peace and security. As part of its commitment to the Pakistani people, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided nearly $2 billion in assistance since 2009. U.S. support is helping strengthen Pakistan’s energy sector, increase the educational and economic opportunities available to Pakistan’s citizens, improve the provision of health care services, and meet critical infrastructure needs in remote mountain areas. USAID also provides substantial relief and recovery assistance, such as when floods devastated the country in 2010.
USAID programs in Pakistan are focused on five key areas: energy, economic growth, stabilization, education, and health. To ensure that programs are responsive to local needs and have a sustainable impact, USAID has adopted a government-to-government model, in which the majority of programs are implemented through national and provincial governments. USAID also works extensively with local contractors and other indigenous institutions—an approach that ensures programs are aligned with local priorities and build local capacity. Two cross-cutting themes—good governance and gender equity—inform all program design and serve as key measurements of success.
Energy is essential to economic growth and political stability. Efficient energy management facilitates trade, enhances agricultural and industrial production, supports job creation, and increases opportunities for citizens to benefit from economic growth. The U.S. Government, through USAID, is partnering with the Government of Pakistan, the private sector, and other donors to increase the Pakistan's energy supplies, improve energy use efficiency, modernize equipment, and provide needed technical support and training.
Economic development is a critical partner to long-term stability. Our Economic Growth Program seeks to secure a self-sustaining future for Pakistan by nurturing competitive enterprises, efficient market environments, effective government policies, and business opportunities for women. In particular, USAID works with governmental and other partners to strengthen Pakistan’s agricultural sector, so it can meet domestic food needs while generating export revenues. These initiatives are spurring broad-based economic growth and improving the earning power of people throughout the country.
Stable communities are less vulnerable to terrorism and other forms of extremism. USAID's stabilization efforts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkwa Province are critical to long-term regional stability and U.S. security interests. The program seeks to enhance the legitimacy and writ of the Government of Pakistan while improving the economic and social conditions in remote communities affected by conflict. In particular, the program is helping local authorities meet basic infrastructure needs in villages and to support rule-of-law activities.
Education is a top priority for families in Pakistan, but about 20 million school-age children do not receive a basic education. The U.S. Government, through USAID, is helping ensure that Pakistan's children have access to a quality basic education as well as generous opportunities for higher education. Current projects focus on supporting teacher education, expanding the use of technology in the classroom, providing training to administrators in budgeting and finance, providing scholarships, and rehabilitating and reconstructing schools.
Since 2003 USAID has worked closely with Pakistan's Ministry of Health, the private sector, and other institutions and donors to improve the health and well-being of the people of Pakistan. Our programs target the poorest and most vulnerable areas, where communities often lack access to comprehensive and reliable health service delivery systems. USAID's health programs help by increasing access to family planning services, improving maternal and child healthcare, controlling major infectious diseases, providing safe drinking water, and strengthening the capacity of key institutions.
CROSS-CUTTING THEMES: GOOD GOVERNANCE AND GENDER EQUITY
Accountable government and women's development are imperative for Pakistan’s future. For this reason, USAID incorporates a concern for good governance and gender equality into all of its programs and success indicators. In addition, several targeted programs foster democratic institutions and women's development. These include the Gender Equity Project, the Municipal Services Program, and the Political Parties Development Project.
CONTRACTS AND GRANTS
Contracts & Grants: How We Procure
How does USAID/Pakistan make its award and funding decisions?
With few exceptions, USAID/Pakistan awards are based on competition. Each competition includes a statement describing the services or assistance program that we are interested in, an explanation of our competition and evaluation procedures, and the evaluation factors upon which our award decision will be based.
How do I find out about competitions for grants and cooperative agreements?
Competitions for grants and cooperative agreements are posted on www.Grants.gov. To search that website for funding opportunities with the U.S. Government, go to that website and click on "Find Grants Opportunities" and select "Browse by Agency." Select US Agency for
International Development from the list and check whether there are any listings for Pakistan.
How do I find out about competitions for contracts?
There are two possible answers depending on the size of the procurement and other factors: Most large contract competitions will be posted on the following U.S. Government website: www.fedbizopps.gov
To search that website for contract opportunities with the U.S. Government, go to that website and sign on as a "vendor". To find a particular department or agency, enter the appropriate acronym in the Search box. For example, to find listings with the U.S. Agency for International Development, enter "AID" in the Search box. You will then find two rows, one for "Overseas Missions" and one for "Washington DC". To check whether there are any listings for Pakistan, go to Overseas Missions, select "Locations" and then look for "Pakistan".
Some contract competitions will be limited to business concerns or organizations operating in Pakistan (i.e. "local procurements"). Notice of these competitions may be advertised in English language newspapers in Pakistan in addition to, or instead of, being advertised on the fedbizopps website.
USAID-PAKISTAN RFA-391-11-000005: Improving the Quality of Reading Activity (IQRA)
Amendment 000001 to RFA-391-11-000005(http://www.usaid.gov/pk/docs/RFA-391-11-000005000001.pdf)
Amendment 000002 to RFA-391-11-000005
Advertisement for RFA-391-11-000005(http://www.usaid.gov/pk/docs/Ad_000001.pdf)
Gender Equity Program Funding Opportunitieshttp://www.usaid.gov/pk/docs/GEPInfo.pdf)
Small Grant Funding Opportunities(http://www.usaid.gov/pk/docs/smallgrantfunding.pd