The Netherlands - CGIAR Research Programme - Senior Expert Programme

This Call for Senior Experts candidates seeks to contribute to the mutual benefit of partnering between CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), CGIAR platforms and CGIAR Centers and Dutch knowledge institutes and stakeholders by supporting the participation of Dutch research organisations in CGIAR. The Senior Expert Programme (SEP) will fund part of the personnel costs of Senior Experts from a Dutch research organisation who participate within a CGIAR Research Programme or Platform with linkages to one or more of the three for this round selected priority knowledge domains of the NL-CGIAR strategic partnership. This Call is implemented in close collaboration with the CGIAR and with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (MoFA and LNV), as well as the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).

Purpose

One of the foci of the strategic partnership between CGIAR and the Government of the Netherlands is a better use of the strength and quality of Dutch agricultural research to the benefit of CGIAR and achievement of common objectives. Therefore the aim of this call for SEP candidates is to support the participation of Dutch research organisations in CGIAR.

Who can apply

Proposals can be submitted by a Senior Expert employed at a Dutch research organisation who participates within a CGIAR Research Program (CRP) or Platform with linkages to one or more of the three for this round selected priority knowledge domains of the strategic partnership between CGIAR and the Dutch Government. 

The Senior Expert should:

  • have at least a MSc/MA when in a senior management position in a CGIAR Research Program (CRP), Flagship or Platform; and have a PhD when involved in research;
  • have at least ten years of demonstrable relevant working experience (for senior experts involved in research this is required for the period after the PhD);
  • have a permanent position at a Dutch research organisation;
  • participate within a CGIAR Research Program (CRP) or Platform (preferably within a management position, although a scientific position is also allowed) with linkages to one or more of the three for this round selected priority knowledge domains.

What to apply for

For this Call, a maximum budget of 2,950,000 euros is available. A maximum of 200.000 euros for 2 years and for 0.5 fte can be requested.  

The applicants can budget only for costs that directly attribute to the costs for the (additional) time and/or replacement via this call. The following reimbursable cost categories are distinguished:
I. Salary costs
II. Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs 
III. Audit costs (if applicable)

When to apply

The call for SEP candidates is continuously open until Thursday 27 February 2020, 14:00 CET or earlier in case the remaining budget is not sufficient. The date of the fourth assessment round is extended till Thursday 21 November 2019, 14:00 CET. Please note: it is expected that this will be the last opportunity to submit a proposal.

Assessment

Criteria

The following evaluation criteria apply for applications: 

  • Appropriateness of the Senior Expert to the SEP;
  • Level of alignment to one of the three for this round selected priority knowledge domains; 
  • Added value of the (additional) time and tasks to the CRP or CGIAR Platform and to the Netherlands -
  • CGIAR partnership; 
  • Value for Money: relation between budget and tasks.

Procedure

Applications will first be assessed on the basis of formal eligibility criteria by the WOTRO secretariat. 

A small assessment committee will assess all eligible applications, using the evaluation criteria mentioned above. This committee will formulate an advice on funding for the Programme Committee (PC). 

The PC will spot check the assessment procedure and will take a final decision on which applications to fund, based on the advice from the assessment committee and depending on the available call budget. The PC is in the position to deviate from the advice of the assessment committee when prompted by the availability of resources and when this is deemed necessary to achieve a more balanced spread on the priority knowledge domains of the selected applications. It should be noted that the current version of the call states: The applications must focus on priority knowledge domains 2, 3 and/or 4 (sustainable agri-food value chains & sectors, genetic improvement and propagation materials, and/or climate smart agriculture knowledge domain). Furthermore, it is emphasized that there is a preference for applications that have linkages with the water-food nexus and/or the gender platform. In addition, longer-term assignments will be preferred above short-term ones (depending on available budget).  

More information

Did you know that

The focus on three of the four priority knowledge domains of the NL-CGIAR strategic partnership is an adjustment compared to the former assessment round.

Details

Status

Open for application

Deadline

Continuous application

Grant type

Cooperation and Exchange

Budget

2,95 miljoen euro

Science area

WOTRO Science for Global Development

Programme

The Netherlands - CGIAR research programme

Objective

Research (2019-2022)

Partners

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, CGIAR System Office, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Contact

Mw. drs. P.S. Griffioen Mw. drs. P.S. Griffioen +31 (0)70 3440976 NL-CGIAR-SEP@nwo.nl