Launch first call Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights research programme

13 November 2014

Today, NWO-WOTRO launched the first call for proposals for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research programme. This 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 has been developed in close collaboration with the Knowledge Platform Share-Net International and solicits proposals for research to be carried out in Bangladesh or Burundi. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is 5 January 2015.

The research programme strives to generate new knowledge and insights that contribute to improving and innovating SRHR policies and practices. Fields of interest of this call, with a specific focus on young people and some key populations, are:

  • Improved understanding of realities, enabling factors and barriers to SRHR information and services;
  • Improved access to information and quality health and social services;
  • Informed choices and decision-making processes related to SRHR.

The fund is open for applications by consortia consisting of at least two research institutions, one from Bangladesh or Burundi/Great Lakes Region and one from across the globe. Extending the consortium with practitioner organisations (e.g. governmental departments, NGOs, private enterprises, including international organisations) is warmly welcomed.

For this first call, a maximum budget of 4.1 million euros is available. The maximum available budget per project is 255,000 euros for a project duration of 18 months and 510,000 euros for a project with a maximum duration of 36 months. A Letter of Intent can be submitted till 5 January 2015. Only after submitting such a Letter of Intent, consortia can submit a proposal. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 3 February 2015.

About the SHRH research programme

SRHR is one of the priority policy areas of Dutch development cooperation. To strengthen the knowledge base of this policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has installed the Knowledge Platform for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Share-net International. This platform plays a central role in identifying and articulating knowledge demands, formulating research questions and promoting knowledge exchange.

The SRHR research programme implements the research component of the Knowledge Platform. NWO-WOTRO develops and manages the calls for research proposals and cooperates with Share-Net International on knowledge sharing activities related to the research programme and the projects funded. Research proposals will be assessed using independent peer review and an international advisory committee. Decisions on funding will be made by a programme committee with representatives of the funding partners.

NWO-WOTRO advocates and facilitates research funding for equitable development. Such research is needed to meet global challenges and to strengthen the contribution of science to global society. NWO-WOTRO is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


Source: NWO