Dutch Research Agenda - Theme: SDG Interactions and Policy Interventions in Developing Countries

This call for proposals calls upon knowledge institutions and other interested parties to participate in research projects focusing on SDG interactions and policy interventions in developing countries. The consortia to be formed will work in an inter- and transdisciplinary manner, internationally and across the entire knowledge chain.

Purpose

Inclusive global development is a ‘wicked problem’. Insecurities, opposing values, changing conditions and mutual dependencies may complicate the pursuit of coherent solutions; partial solutions in one sector may evoke new challenges elsewhere. The SDG goals therefore have to be addressed comprehensively. What is the impact of specific policy choices and interventions on sustainable development at large?

In the face of the complexity of global challenges and challenges for inclusive global development, new approaches are needed. The aim of this call for proposals is to generate new insights into the ways in which SDG goals interact - both positively and negatively - and about the impact on policy interventions and outcomes. This research programme aims to rigorously map, analyse and explain the complex interactions of SDGs to inform integrated and evidence-based SDG policies in the Netherlands and around the world. Evidence-based knowledge is needed to test and investigate the assumptions of the Netherlands BHOS policy. 

The main focus of this programme is on developing countries, in particular in the focus regions (Middle East and North Africa, Sahel and Horn of Africa) and in the focus countries (Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Research should be sensitive to the BHOS policy’s cross-cutting aspects of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and youth employment. It should also reflect on the opportunities and risks digitalisation presents in the context of inclusive and sustainable development.

Who can apply

Proposals must be submitted and carried out by a consortium of researchers and practitioners. For research partnerships to be effective, they have to be inclusive and fair. All consortium members have to be involved in the formulation of the research questions, in the development of the proposal and in the execution of the research project. Consortia, consisting of organisations from various disciplines and backgrounds from across the globe, may apply for funding under this call. The minimum requirements for an eligible consortium are:

  • One main applicant holding a senior position at a research organisation located in the Netherlands;
  • At least one applicant holding a senior position at a research organisation located in the developing country(ies) that is (are) targeted;
  • One practitioner organisation  (cooperation partner) located in the developing country(ies) that is (are) targeted.

Four categories of participants are differentiated within a consortium: 

  1. Main applicant 
  2. Applicant(s) 
  3. Co-funder(s)
  4. Cooperation partners

What to apply for

A total budget of 6.15 million euros is available for this call for proposals, of which a maximum of 150.000 euros is reserved for proposal elaboration workshop grants. The maximum budget for a single research project is 2 million euros. An additional programme budget of a maximum of 0.5 million euros will be invested in programme-wide activities (cross-cutting programme knowledge brokering initiative and joint programme group).

When to apply

  • Deadline for the submission of a preliminary application is 31 March 2020, 14:00.00 hrs CE(S)T
  • Deadline for the submission of a full application is 9 July 2020, 14:00.00 hrs CE(S)T

Only consortia that have submitted a preliminary proposal may be invited to apply for a full proposal. Main applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal have to organize a mandatory multi-stakeholder proposal elaboration workshop prior to submitting the full proposal. Only those applicants can apply for an additional workshop grant of maximum 15,000 euros from NWO. 

Assessment

Criteria

Preliminary proposals and full proposals will be assessed on the basis of the following three criteria:
I. Quality of the research proposal;
II. Quality of the consortium;
III. Potential scientific and/or societal breakthroughs.

The criteria are weighted equally, and each criterion counts for one third of the overall assessment.

Procedure

Preliminary proposals 

If eligible, preliminary proposals will be reviewed by an International Advisory Committee (IAC) on the basis of the
selection criteria for preliminary proposals. Applicants of a restricted number of high potential proposals will be invited to elaborate their proposal into a full proposal.

Main applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal have to organize a mandatory proposal elaboration workshop prior to submitting the full proposal. Only those applicants can apply for an additional workshop grant of a maximum of 15,000 euros from NWO. 

Full proposals 
If eligible, full proposals will be reviewed by the IAC on the basis of the selection criteria for full proposals.
Each consortium will be offered an opportunity to present and explain the proposal and to answer to questions and comments of the IAC. During a subsequent assessment meeting, the IAC will discuss all proposals and interview proceedings, will assess the overall quality of each proposal and subsequently will rank the proposals according to the three call themes. Based on the ranking, the IAC will present an advice on funding to the executive board of NWO. The IAC may also provide an advice to NWO regarding the feasibility of the planning and the value for money of the project proposal. 
The executive board of NWO will decide on funding of proposals, taking advice from the IAC into consideration and depending on the available call budget.
 

Details

Status

Open for preliminary proposals

Deadline

31 March 2020 14:00

Budget

6.15 million euros

Programme

Dutch Research Agenda

Partners

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Contact

Dr Nadine Herold Dr Nadine Herold +31 (0)70 3440910 nwa-sdg@nwo.nl