SUMERNET 4 All Rapid Response Research Grant

Stockholm Environment Institute

Relevent Country: Thailand

Type of work: Research and Survey

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is accepting applications for its SUMERNET 4 All Rapid Response Research Grant that will fund research that will provide evidence that directly contributes to ongoing planning or decision-making processes at national or regional levels, which address challenges being faced and help reduce water insecurities for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region.

Priorities

The research priorities of this call are aligned with three research themes of SUMERNET 4 All below:

  • Water access, rights, and allocation in times of water insecurity.
  • Governance and management of water-related disaster risks.
  • Transboundary interactions with water systems.

Funding Information

  • In this round, funding support will not exceed 400,000 SEK (~US$ 45,000) per research project to be completed within 6-12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead Applicant (LA) needs to demonstrate that she/he has the skills, knowledge and support necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through its completion. The LA will need to show appropriate evidence of expertise and experience matched to the nature and context of research project. LA must be a formal SUMERNET network member.
  • If lead organization has prior experience in receiving the grant(s) from SUMERNET or other programmes of SEI, the application would be an advantage. However, they will need to demonstrate that their project team can perform the activities specified in the application, without impacting the work earlier committed with SUMERNET or related ongoing tasks in their organizations. Project team members could be the experts from SUMERNET network or other networks.

Criteria

Successful applications will have to fulfil the following aspects:

  • Addressing current challenges on water insecurity of significant importance for the Mekong Region, in line with at least one of the above research themes of SUMERNET 4 All.
  • Providing evidence that directly contributes to ongoing planning or decision-making processes at national or regional levels to help reduce water insecurities for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region.
  • Rapid response research covers the whole of the Mekong Region or at least two countries as the study area.
  • A multidisciplinary research approach that includes gender and social equality, human rights, conflict sensitivity, and governance and poverty reduction as key targets.
  • Engagement with a diverse group of team members in the project that represent diverse genders, ages, races and are at different stages in their research career is an advantage, especially if the project has a female lead.
  • End beneficiaries of this rapid response research are the marginalized and most vulnerable groups in the Mekong Region.
  • Lead agency and Team Leader have extensive experience and proven capacity to manage the grant that engages with interdisciplinary experts in water sector for the Mekong Region.
  • Project team has proven experience and expertise to carry out the proposed rapid research.
  • Including realistic activities that could be implemented and completed within the proposed project period even though the pandemic may continue in the region.
  • Providing letter of support or request from target user(s) of future research findings to certify that there is a real need for this research while not compulsory will certainly be an advantage.

Source: https://sei.submittable.com/submit