SGCI is calling for project proposals to strengthen the capacities of science granting councils in gender and inclusivity.
The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) invites project proposals from organizations (including think tanks, institutes, universities, and agencies) with proven experience and track records to deepen ongoing work with councils that enhance gender, equality and inclusion (GEI).
The goal of the project on Gender Equality and Inclusivity, to be funded under this SGCI Call for Proposals 2022 by the new SGCI partnerships involving IDRC, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), is to reinforce the capacity of science granting councils to mainstream gender and inclusivity into science, technology and innovation.
The SGCI’s ongoing work on gender, equality and inclusion will be deepened and councils will be supported to implement the knowledge and lessons gained during the two phases of SGCI initiatives (SGCI-1 and SGCI-2). Achieving this goal could include work in three broad areas:
- Promoting the equality and status of women in research environments.
- Diversity and inclusivity beyond gender equality in research environments.
- The sex, gender and inclusivity dimension in research design and content.
Theme 1: Strengthening the ability of science granting councils in research management
Theme 2: Strengthening the capacity of science granting councils to use data and evidence in policy and decision-making
Theme 3: Supporting the ability of science granting councils to fund research and innovation
Theme 4: Supporting strategic communications, uptake of knowledge outputs and networking
Theme 5: Strengthening the capacities of science granting councils in GEI
The budget available for this project is approximately CAD $1,020,000 (all inclusive) over approximately 36 months.
- Applicants from: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
- SGCI invites project proposals from organizations (including think tanks, institutes, universities, and agencies) with proven experience and track records to deepen ongoing work with councils that enhances gender, equality and inclusion. The work, to be determined in consultation with the councils, may allow them to initiate and/or deepen various forms of strategies, activities, studies and additional mechanisms to implement cross-cutting work on gender and inclusivity.
Application procedure and submission
Proposals (25 pages or less, excluding annexes) should be submitted electronically to the SGCI secretariat (SGCSSA@idrc.ca) by August 5, 2022, at 5pm East Africa Time). Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be accepted. Please direct any enquiries about this call to the secretariat.
Proposals should be submitted in English and in Word format. They should be concise and include the following elements at a minimum:
- title, name, address and contacts of the project leader and name and address of the applicant organization;
- executive summary;
- project background and rationale;
- goal, specific objectives, key activities and links to other SGCI themes;
- approach to training and technical support;
- expected outputs and outcomes as well as project-level monitoring and evaluation;
- gender equality/inclusivity and ethical requirements (in submitting a proposal, any real, apparent or potential conflict of interest must be declared to IDRC);
- risks and potential mitigation measures (this information should be presented in a table listing the major potential risks associated with the project implementation, as well as their probability/impact and potential management measures);
- organizational profile(s) and key project personnel; and
- short biodata of the project’s key project team members (as an annex).
Project team requirements
The requirements for the project team members include the following:
- Knowledge of gender and inclusivity in the context of national science, technology and innovation systems in Africa including the key actors (organizations), policies and the roles of science granting councils in brokering, facilitating, funding and coordinating the interactions amongst the various actors.
- Expertise and experience (supported by relevant publications) in the use of gender and inclusivity approaches in the development/review of science, technology and innovation and related policies, as well as policy engagement approaches preferably within the context of sub-Saharan Africa.
- Experience in working with public sector science, technology and innovation organizations in Africa (especially science granting councils) in the context of capacity strengthening.
- Ability to work in both English and French is a requirement. Applications without both language capabilities will not be evaluated. Ability to work in Portuguese will be an added advantage. (Gender and equality inclusion opportunities)
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