Caribbean research: a multi-disciplinary approach
Researchers can submit proposals for projects with relevance for the six Caribbean islands pertaining to the Kingdom of The Netherlands by addressing challenges related to environmental, economic, social, cultural and health issues.
The NWO Caribbean research program has been initiated to stimulate excellent scientific research on topics with societal relevance for the Caribbean islands pertaining to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and aims at:
- strengthening the scientific knowledge base on and about the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
- encouraging collaboration and partnerships between Dutch research institutions and Caribbean partner organizations;
- fostering sustainable development and innovation in the Caribbean region;
- contributing to regional capacity development by engaging regional individuals (e.g., scientists, students, professionals, citizens) and organizations in joint research projects.
Researchers are requested to address topics and questions relevent for one or more Caribbean Islands pertaining to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The collaboration with individuals and organizations within the region is a prerequisite. Capacity development and knowledge sharing are important elements in every proposal.
The research should be framed as much as possible within the context of "“Small Island Developing States” (SIDS) and sustainable development in the broad sense of the word. Although the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are not considered SIDS this concept is highly relevant for the whole insular Caribbean region characterized by specific challenges and vulnerabilities with respect to environmental, economic, socio-cultural and public health issues.
Who can apply
Researchers from a Dutch university or NWO recognized research institute can submit a research proposal as principle applicant on behalf of a project consortium. Consortia applying for funding must consist of at least two different partners that include the principle applicant and at least one partner from a not-for-profit organization based on a Caribbean island of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The involvement of additional partners or co-applicants is possible and encouraged. All consortium members have to be involved in the development of the proposal and in the execution of the research project.
What to apply for
For each project a maximum of k€ 600 can be requested for the financing of the appointment of temporary scientific personnel (PhD or postdoc) at a Dutch university or NWO recognized research institute, the salary of temporary scientific personnel (PhD or postdoc) at a knowledge institute based on a Caribbean island pertaining to the Kingdom of The Netherlands, the salary of other personnel at a not-for-profit organization based on a Caribbean island pertaining to the Kingdom of The Netherlands (minimal effort required), material costs (equipment and consumables), travel costs, capacity development and knowledge sharing.
When to apply
- Closing date for the submission of proposals was May 31, 2016, 14:00 hours (CET)
The applications will be evaluated according to two criteria:
I. Originality and scientific quality
- Originality and innovative aspects
- Scientific quality of the proposal;
- Scientific quality of the applying consortium.
II. Regional relevance and impact, capacity development
- Relevance for the region;
- Degree of urgency and appropriateness in terms of thematic context and aims of this call for proposals;
- Potential for knowledge utilization in the region;
- Degree and quality of collaboration;
- Quality and added value of the capacity development strategy;
- Quality and added value of the communication and outreach plan;
- Potential for long-term knowledge relations among consortium partners.
The evaluation procedure consists of three phases:
- Applications are sent to independent experts for peer review. At least two international referees are to issue an assessment report for each proposal, based on the applicable criteria;
- Applicants are given the opportunity to respond to the referees’ comments by means of a short, written rebuttal;
- The international assessment committee shall use the proposal content, the external referee reports and the rebuttals to make an independent assessment of each application and give a recommendation regarding the ranking of all applications.
The NWO Earth and Life Sciences Board takes a decision about granting based on the advice of the assessment committee.