Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) - Jordan

The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research programme aims to generate insights in and a better understanding of processes that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights. The call solicits proposals for research to be carried out in Jordan by consortia of at least two partner organisations, of which at least one from Jordan. Engagement of research organisations with practitioner organisations in Jordan is strongly recommended. This call consists of a preproposal phase and a full proposal phase.


The SRHR research programme implements the research component of the Knowledge Platform for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Share-Net International, initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

This call focuses on Jordan. The research funded should yield new knowledge and insights and contribute to improving and innovating SRHR policies and practices. Potential fields of interest, are:

  • Improved understanding of young people’s realities, enabling factors and barriers to SRHR information and services;
  • Improved access to information, including awareness campaigns and sexual education, and quality health and social services, especially for women across the different age groups and vulnerable groups such as communities in remote areas, refugees and people with disabilities;
  • Informed choices and decision-making processes related to SRHR.

Projects preferably focus on young people and women.

Who can apply

Proposals with a multi-/inter-disciplinary approach should be submitted by international consortia consisting of at least two partner organisations of whom at least one partner from Jordan. There are two possibilities. The preferred consortium composition is:

  • A research institution from Jordan and;
  • A research institution from across the globe and preferably;
  • A practitioner organisation from Jordan, involved in the design and/or implementation of SRHR interventions, policies or applied research in Jordan and that will actively be involved in the project.

The alternative consortium composition option is:

  • A research institution from across the globe (not Jordan) , preferably one from countries in the Middle East and;
  • A practitioner organisation from Jordan, involved in the design and/or implementation of SRHR interventions, policies or applied research in Jordan and that will actively be involved in the project.

The main applicant, or consortium coordinator, and the co-applicant should have a senior position at the consortium member organisations.

Extending the consortium with other practitioner organisations, including international organisations or private parties, is welcomed.

What to apply

It is possible to apply for funding for research projects with different sizes and duration; notably 12, 18 or 24 months. The maximum grant sizes depend upon project duration and amount to 170,000 euros, 255,000 euros and 340,000 euros, respectively.

The proposal should comprise scientific research combined with adequate communication, knowledge exchange and capacity strengthening activities. It should demonstrate active engagement with relevant (external) stakeholders (practitioner organisations, target group representatives) throughout the project.

When to apply

  • A preproposal can be submitted in ISAAC until 13 October 2016, 14:00 noon CET.



Eligible preproposals are evaluated along the following criteria:


  • whether the topic of the preproposal fits with the aim, objectives and themes of the call;
  • whether the research question and proposed research approach show sufficient quality, clarity and promise for being further worked out;
  • whether the consortium composition appears adequate to successfully carry out the proposed research;
  • whether the plan for the proposal-elaboration workshop and the list of intended participants appears adequate.

Promising project proposals will be invited to elaborate their preliminary application into a full proposal. These projects will receive a budget to organise a workshop to elaborate their full proposal in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Full proposals are evaluated along the following three main criteria:

I. Scientific quality

  • Potential to generate new, evidence-based knowledge and insights that can enhance effectiveness of policy and practice related to improving SRHR in Jordan;
  • Adequacy of the research approach, including validity of the conceptual framework or experimental set-up:


  1. clear evidence-based problem statement;
  2. clarity and coherence of objectives, research questions and methods;


  • Suitability of proposed methodology and level of integration of the multi- or interdisciplinary or multilevel approach (incl. clarity and suitability of work plan and of proposed methods and analyses; clear description of methodology; extent of collaboration with target groups);
  • Feasibility of the research approach / work plan, including feasibility to deliver the expected results within the set timeframe (e.g. are facilitating and limiting factors considered in the project description; has involvement of parties / target groups been insured; are ethical issues dealt with adequately and is ethical clearance taken into account);
  • Proportionality of time and budget: is there a reasonable balance of funding requested and proposed duration of the project in relation to expected research results.


II.    Relevance for development

  • Extent to which the proposal aligns with the call’s foci and potential of the research to generate knowledge / insights that will contribute to the development issues at stake, thus to improved SRHR of people in Jordan, with a focus on women, young people and vulnerable populations (incl. potential of the research to result in informed advice for policymakers and practitioners);
  • Extent to which the proposal is rooted in the local stakeholder and target group needs/demands and priorities; quality of the approach for dialogue and knowledge sharing with stakeholders (outside the consortium) and target populations during the whole project;
  • Extent to which relevant stakeholders are involved in the elaboration of the full research proposal, including the communication plan, and during realisation of the research;
  • Probability of a wider application of the results beyond the context of the specific case/situation; in case of interventions the sustainability thereof and adequate consideration of scalability to national levels;
  • Contribution to strengthening research capacity in Jordan.


III.    Quality of collaboration

  • Quality and track record of the research team and organisation and embedding of the research (the researchers have demonstrable experience in areas relevant for the proposal; productivity in recent years can be demonstrated by e.g. relevant publications/reports/guidelines/grants acquired; the research institutions involved have a very good reputation in this area of research);
  • Strength of the partnership (e.g. prove of successful prior collaboration; quality, balance, level of integration of proposed contributions by all consortium partners);
  • Adequacy of the consortium composition (disciplines, practitioner organisations) and of the budget requested;
  • Contribution to strengthening international cooperation between Jordan researchers and practitioners and their international partners.


Eligible preproposals and full proposals are assessed for quality using the evaluation criteria indicated above. The results of assessment of preproposals by an International Advisory Committee (IAC) will determine whether an applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal. The IAC will assess and rank all full proposals based upon international peer review and the reply of the applicants to these. The Programme Committee will decide upon funding, based upon recommendations from the IAC. Policy considerations (such as availability of resources) may be taken into account. It is foreseen that decisions on funding will be made in June/July 2017. Projects should start within two months after approval of budgets.

More information

Please note the following.

Concerning the Jordan partner in the preferred consortium composition (section 3.1 in the call): ALL research institutions in Jordan that comply with the conditions listed in footnote 23 are eligible as research consortium partner. Eligibility is not limited to the Jordan institutions listed in Annex 6.9.




Closed for application


21 February 2017 14:00

Grant type



1,6 miljoen euro

Science area

WOTRO Science for Global Development


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)


Collaboration in themes (2011-2014) Theme: Healthy Living (2011-2014)


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Knowledge Platform SRHR: Share-Net International

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