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  • Friday, March 1, 2024

  • CUI

  • International Office

Request for proposal under agreement on Technical cooperation between Pakistan and Brazil

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  • Friday, April 14, 2023

  • Business

  • International Office

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has launched the Request for Proposals for landscape analysis of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) In the context of Nutrition-Sensitive social protection in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
GAIN is currently implementing a project on enhancing the potential of social protection interventions to positively influence nutrition behaviours through social and behaviour change communication (SBCC). This project is taking place in Bangladesh and Pakistan—countries representing case studies with very different institutional arrangements and histories of social protection. A detailed synthesis of existing global and country-level evidence is needed in order to effectively design SBCC interventions that are contextually appropriate, aligned with policy priorities, and well-suited to elicit sustained and meaningful nutrition outcomes.
This project is an academic endeavour with the potential to lead to one or more peer-reviewed publications; thus, the consultant is expected to uphold high standards of academic integrity and academic rigor in the execution of this landscape assessment.
  • GAIN plans to recruit a consultant to conduct a landscape analysis that
    • Describes the present and historical extent of SBCC application in nutrition-sensitive social protection programmes globally; and
    • Produces an objective assessment (including a ranking/prioritization based on certain criteria) of tractable entry-points for improving the nutrition impact of existing social protection programmes through SBCC in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Objectives & Tasks
The landscape assessment comprises two main objectives:
Objective1: Describe the present and historical extent of SBCC application in social protection programmes globally, and the potential of these approaches to impact nutrition
  • Much evidence has accumulated regarding the value of SBCC in nutrition-sensitive social protection, and leveraging social protection systems as a driver of behaviour change is often cited as a recommendation. Despite this evidence, there has been relatively little synthesis of the theories, tools, and relative impacts of different approaches to SBCC in social protection systems.

  • Conduct a systematic review of peer-reviewed and grey literature describing the range of approaches enabling policy environment characteristics, and intended/observed outcomes associated with embedding SBCC in social protection programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
  • Summarize the SBCC theories and conceptual frameworks applied in the included literature, including  the extent to which established frameworks are applied, the rationale for applying certain frameworks, and  the relative utility of some frameworks over others
  • Compile a database of publicly available/open-source tools, protocols, and policies related to embedding SBCC in social protection programmes
Objective 2: Produce an objective assessment (including a ranking/prioritization based on certain criteria) of tractable entry-points for improving the nutrition impact of existing social protection programmes through SBCC in Bangladesh and Pakistan
  • The range of appropriate approaches for integrating SBCC into social protection mechanisms is inherently context-specific, given the unique social and policy contexts that influence the social protection landscape at 4 national and sub-national levels. Bangladesh and Pakistan have established social protection systems, but have varying approaches to nutrition and contextualized nutrition and social protection priorities. In this assessment, they aim to achieve a clearer, evidence-based understanding of how, when, and where (i.e. “entrypoints”) SBCC concepts and actions could be leveraged to improve the nutrition impact of social protection systems for nutritionally vulnerable beneficiaries.
  • Develop an objective assessment protocol/tool that can be used for evaluating country-level entry points
  • Identify country-level (national and sub-national) social protection mechanisms with relevance for food and nutrition (including cash mechanism, so that SBCC can be designed how cash would be expensed for nutritious food by the SP receivers)
  • Use the objective assessment protocol to screen social protection mechanisms
  • Produce a report summarizing the results of the objective assessment, highlighting areas of particular strength and weakness for each social protection mechanism with respect to influencing positive nutrition behaviours
  • Produce a final table/spreadsheet of assessed social protection mechanisms for each country and their relative performance metrics
Evaluation Criteria:
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Selection Team. The following indicate a list of the significant criteria against which proposals will be assessed. This list is not exhaustive or 100% inclusive and is provided to enhance the applicants’ ability to respond with substance. Applicants are required to submit the following information, conforming to the guidelines given in this section:
  • Understanding of the scope of work:
  • Proposal shall demonstrate a clear understanding of the project objective and deliverables.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the technical requirements of this RFP:
  • Providing detailed technical documentation of the proposed strategy.
  • Evidence of experience delivering solutions using the proposed information technology platform.
  • The creative and methodological approaches required to implement each of the parts of the scope of work.
  • Comprehensiveness of work plan and reasonableness of proposed time frame:
    • Proposal shall include a feasible work plan to ensure successful completion of deliverables.
    • The work plan details how activities will be coordinated.
  • Detailed budget and cost-effectiveness of proposed approach:
    • Evidence of cost-effective approaches to undertaking the scope of work within the proposed budget.
    • Proposal shall identify possible challenges and include creative approaches to addressing them.
  • Management and personnel plan:
    • The team members working on this project shall have the relevant qualifications and overall experience required to successfully implement the project.
    • Roles and responsibilities of each team member shall be clearly defined. GAIN shall have one main contact person clearly identified in the proposal.
    • A duly completed offer of services.

  • Friday, June 24, 2022

  • CUI

  • International Office

OPPO Research Institute Calls for Proposal

Based on the brand value promise “Inspiration Ahead,” OPPO today unveiled the OPPO Research Institute Innovation Accelerator to encourage technology experts and entrepreneurs that inspiration matters to bring creative ideas to life and create a brighter future together. The OPPO Research Institute is hosting the Innovation Accelerator, with Microsoft for Startups as a key partner. The OPPO Call for Proposals with Grants Totaling $460,000 program’s goal is to inspire all technological innovators to tackle some of humanity’s most critical problems, especially in uncertain times.
OPPO is calling for solutions under two entry categories — Accessible Technology and Digital Health — centered on the topic of ‘Virtuous Innovation.’ Following a review of ideas submitted by participating teams or individuals, up to ten projects will be given grants of USD $46,000 each, as well as further chances for investment, technical assistance, research and commercial collaborations, and promotion at worldwide events.
OPPO Research Institute Calls for Proposals is open to any individual, group, organization, or institution engaged in work related to scientific or technological innovation, or those conducting research in areas related to accessible technology and digital health.
Grants and technical support aim to help promising entrepreneurs realize their visions!
The 2022 Innovation Accelerator will open online applications beginning May 8, 2022, and winners will be announced after three months of preliminary evaluations and Demo Day roadshows. OPPO will provide all winning teams or individuals with a financial grant, as well as support to help them further implement and promote their ideas. Each winning proposal will be entitled to the following incentives:
  • Approximately USD $46,000 (300,000 RMB) in grants
  • Partnership and funding opportunities
  •  Commercialization of the proposed via integration with OPPO products
  • Publicity and demo opportunities at global tech events
  • Support from OPPO’s R&D team including opportunities to meet and present ideas to industry professionals
For more information and how to apply, please visit:

  • Friday, April 2, 2021

  • CUI

  • International Office

Dear IO Focal Persons,
The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
Size of ERC Starting Grants
Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years. The maximum size of the grants is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration. (This does not apply to ongoing projects).
Additional funding up to EUR 1 000 000.can be requested in the proposal to cover the following eligible costs when these are necessary to carry out the proposed work: (a) "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities and/or (d) other major experimental and field work costs, excluding personnel costs.
Additional funding is not subject to pro rata temporis reduction for projects of shorter duration.
All funding requested is assessed during evaluation.
Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator
The Principal Investigators shall have been awarded their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January 2021. Cut-off dates: PhD awarded from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2018 (inclusive).
The eligibility period can be extended beyond 7 years in certain properly documented circumstances.
A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes, etc.
For more information about the topic, eligibility and How to apply, please visit: Click here

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • CUI

  • International Office

Call for Proposals: 2021-2022 Strengthening Feminist Movements (Due Date: 2 April 2021, 12 midnight, Sri Lanka time)

Women’s Fund Asia (WFA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2021-2022 Strengthening Feminist Movements (SFM) to support women, girls, trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks working on the local, subnational, and national levels.

The common threads that run through the grants under this programme are:

  • promoting feminist principles and a rights-based perspective in women, girls, trans, and intersex rights work in the region, the key components of which are decision making, agency, and voice;
  • strengthening the leadership of women, girls (ages 18-24), trans, and intersex people, especially second-line leadership; and
  • networking and collaborations among groups and activists working at local, subnational, and national levels.


WFA will prioritize supporting applications submitted by:

  • Those working towards strengthening movements to realise and sustain their rights
  • Those working in difficult contexts and/or have limited access to resources
  • Those using feminist, right-based, and intersectional approaches in their work
  • Those groups which are self-led; i.e., the leadership of the group is representative of the constituency which the group is working with

Funding Information

  • Organizational grants will range from USD 5,000 – USD 10,000.
  • For applicants who have not been supported by WFA previously, the maximum amount for an organizational grant is USD 7,000.
  • Individual grants will be up to USD 5,000.
  • Individuals and organizations can apply for a grant for either a period of 6 months or 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

The call is open to women, girls (ages 18-24), trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks working at the local, subnational, and national levels in the 17 Asian countries where they work:
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
  • East and Southeast Asia:Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam
  • Individuals and organizations are both eligible to apply for this grant.

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