External funding opportunities

Assistance for R&D Proposals’ Preparation
The UTEC Office of Research offers personalized assistance for the formulation of proposals to be presented in external funding opportunities. To request assistance, write to investigacion@utec.edu.pe at least 5 business days before the proposal submission deadline.
Office of Naval Research (ONR) and  Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Funding Opportunities

Office of Naval Research (ONR) and  Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Funding Opportunities

– Application Process –

  1. The applicant’s Institution must hold an active SAM.gov Registry, including a valid Unique Entity ID (formerly known as DUNS number) and an NCAGE number. Verify UTEC registration status with the Office of Research (investigacion@utec.edu.pe) .
  2. Applicants must check prioritized research topics in each agency’s “Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)” See AFOSR BAA, ONR BAA, ONR Sponsored Research Areas.
  3. Applicants must write a proposal, that addresses any current BAA, in a white paper format (see example here):

→The white-paper proposal format:

• Proposal title
• Your full contact information and position at your institution. Include mailing address, email, phone and fax numbers.
• Specify AFOSR’s or ONR’s BAA topic / name of Program Manager
• A brief project description, problem statement, objectives, and technical relevance.
• Approaches proposed to solve problem
• What resources, human and physical, are available.
• An approximate estimate of the cost (Overhead, Materials, Equipment, Salaries, Travel)

→White-paper should be no longer than 2-3 pages.

• May attach brief résumé scientific personnel involved
• May attach supporting papers/publications

4. Submit your white paper to UTEC Office of research writing to investigacion@utec.edu.pe, indicating “ONR/AFOSR proposal” in the subject line.

5. All white papers from UTEC will be sent to the Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development (SOARD) where they will be initially reviewed for relevance, academic merit and pertinence (how they match an ongoing agency research interest).

6. The corresponding Agency will contact researchers that pass the first filter to work on a full proposal, to submit to centralized offices for funding, matching UTEC applicants with researchers within ONR / AFOSR.

Request for Proposals: Freshwater Conservation

Request for Proposals: Freshwater Conservation

→International Grant 

Freshwater is essential to the functioning of our planet; it’s necessary to sustain healthy and biodiverse ecosystems, it’s inextricably linked to climate change, and humans depend on water to drink and grow crops and raise livestock. The World Water Map, which is part of the Society’s World Freshwater Initiative, visualizes areas of global water gaps. The global water gap Hotspots are regions where human demand for freshwater is outpacing renewable supplies. This leads to depletion of freshwater resources and the risk of water scarcity.

The goal of this RfP is to help highlight the real-life stories about water scarcity by funding on-the-ground, community-led conservation projects addressing freshwater scarcity challenges through impactful solutions.

Pre-applications are due by March 25, 2024, 11:59pm EDT.

Apply now.

Tesis de Pregrado y Postgrado en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica 2024

Tesis de Pregrado y Postgrado en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica 2024

→National Grant

General Objective: The Undergraduate and Postgraduate Thesis in Science, Technology and Technological Innovation competition seeks to promote research in Science, Technology and Technological Innovation in undergraduate and postgraduate students through the financing of theses, to obtain academic titles and degrees and integrating postgraduate thesis projects to CTI research groups.

Call priorities:

The proposals presented in this competition must be framed in one of the areas of OECD knowledge, and preferably related to one of the following thematic areas:

Thematic areas

1. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change

2. Valuation and sustainable use of biodiversity

3. Circular Economy

4. Health

5. Food safety

6. Renewable energies

7. Information and communication technologies ICTs

Applicant profile

Students, graduates or high school graduates from Peruvian universities licensed by SUNEDU on the closing date of the application, who must meet the following requirements:

  1. In the case of students, undergraduate or high school graduates.
    – Not be over 28 years of age (counted as of the closing date of the application).
    – Students must be enrolled in one of the last two years of studies.
    – In the case of undergraduate graduates, the graduation date must not be more than three years from the closing date of the application for this competition.
    – In the case of high school graduates, the date of the diploma must not be more than three years from the closing date of the application for this contest.
  2. In the case of students or postgraduate graduates
    – Not be over 45 years old (counted as of the closing date of the application).
    – Students enrolled from the first cycle of studies can apply.
    – In the case of Postgraduate graduates, the graduation date must not be more than five years from the closing date of the application for this contest.

Deadline: Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 13:00:00 local time UTC/GMT -5 hours

Read the contest rules in the official webpage.

Proyectos Especiales: Proyectos de Incorporación de Investigadores Postdoctorales en Instituciones Peruanas 2024

Proyectos Especiales: Proyectos de Incorporación de Investigadores Postdoctorales en Instituciones Peruanas 2024

→National Grant

Objective: The Special Projects: Projects for the Incorporation of Postdoctoral Researchers in Peruvian Institutions seek to incorporate young postdoctoral researchers who contribute significantly to generating new knowledge and finding solutions to problems of national interest, through the improvement of institutional capacities of I +D+i.

Priorities of the call: The proposals presented in this competition must be framed in one of the areas of OECD knowledge, and preferably related to one of the following thematic areas:

Thematic areas

1. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change

2. Valuation and sustainable use of biodiversity

3. Circular Economy

4. Health

5. Food safety

6. Renewable energies

7. Information and communication technologies ICTs

Target audiences:

The following Applicant Entities that carry out research or technological development in CTI may participate in this competition:

  • Universities that are licensed by SUNEDU on the closing date of the application.
  • Public Research Institutes (IPIs).
  • Non-profit public or private research and/or technological development and/or technological innovation centers.
  • Public or private Productive Innovation and Technology Transfer Centers (CITEs).
  • Peruvian companies in the productive or service sector that have registered an annual sale of more than 150 UIT in the year 2022.

Deadline: Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 13:00:00 local time UTC/GMT -5 hours

Read the guidelines in the official webpage.

Becas en programas de doctorado en alianzas interinstitucionales

Becas en programas de doctorado en alianzas interinstitucionales

→National Grant

Objective:  Promote the doctoral training of Peruvian researchers to contribute significantly to the generation of new knowledge in prioritized strategic areas Contest Priorities The doctoral research project proposal, or the name used by the alliance, that is presented must be related to one of the following prioritized strategic areas:

Strategic areas

1.Low carbon and climate resilient economy
to. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change
b. Valuation and sustainable use of biodiversity
c. Circular economy
d. Food safety
and. Renewable energy

2.Health

3.Digital economy and information and communication technologies (ICTs)

Target Audience: Peruvian citizen, who is interested in pursuing one of the eight (8) doctoral programs selected in the “Interinstitutional Alliances for Doctorate Programs” competition. He will be the one who assumes responsibility for achieving the expected results during the execution of the scholarship. If the applicant is selected, he or she will be called Intern and will sign the contract with PROCIENCIA.

Read the guidelines in the official webpage.

Pre-announcement: upcoming funding opportunity on climate change and health 

Pre-announcement: upcoming funding opportunity on climate change and health 

→International Grant 

The climate crisis disproportionately affects vulnerable communities, exacerbating health disparities and straining health-care systems globally. Building resilient health-care systems is vital in low-income countries with limited resources, where most health-care workers, mainly women, are inadequately supported to respond effectively to climate-induced health emergencies and disease outbreaks. Further, the significant health co-benefits from climate interventions need to be identified and integrated in climate mitigation and adaptation policies, thus providing critical opportunities to maximize health gains.

Given the breadth and overlap of climate-related risk factors and the complexities of measuring, mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis, the health-sector response needs to be based on evidence that is generated from multisectoral research findings that go hand in hand with the overall national, regional and global climate response. In addition, the health-sector response ought to be grounded in community-based responses that are co-created with local communities, grassroots organizations and civil society. These responses need to be intersectoral, integrated and evidence based. However, research and practice are still too siloed by discipline and organizational barriers. The gendered impact of climate change is enormous but understudied and not adequately integrated into countries’ national adaptation plans, nationally determined contributions and other climate-action policies. There is a pressing need for Global South research leadership to generate evidence that promotes greater inclusion and seeks to redress gender inequality in the context of climate change and health.

Approach 

To help address critical knowledge gaps at the intersection of climate change and health, this funding opportunity seeks to establish regional hubs on climate change and health — one each in West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. Each hub will be managed by a regionally based organization or consortium of organizations. The selected regional hub will be tasked with establishing, managing and supporting a cohort of research sub-grants in their respective region. The selected hubs will be expected to run one or more open competitive calls to identify and select research projects in their corresponding region. It is expected that the selected projects will represent linguistic, gender and geographic diversity across the respective region; diversity across thematic areas relevant to climate change and health; diversity based on different determinants and attributes of vulnerability; and diversity of involved stakeholders such as policymakers, civil society and private-sector representatives.

This anticipatory funding opportunity will be open to individual organizations or consortia headquartered in the respective regions (West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa), with preference given to organizations in low- and middle-income countries. The anticipatory funding opportunity will not be open to individuals or government ministries, and agencies or branches, offices and chapters of international organizations, but it is open to public research institutes, think tanks and universities.

Applicants must have independent legal status (or “legal personality”) and be capable of contracting in their own right and name, receiving and administering funds, and have the authority to direct proposed project activities.

The full list of eligibility requirements will be published along with the funding announcement in February 2024.

Availability of funds 

IDRC’s financial contributions are subject to availability of funds. Should IDRC’s funding levels not be available or decrease due to unforeseen circumstances, IDRC reserves the right to withdraw the anticipatory call for applications, reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants offered as a result of this funding opportunity.

The maximum amount available is anticipated to be up to CAD4 million per hub for up to five years. This amount may increase with additional partner funding pooled through IDRC. Note that IDRC is dedicated to identifying and developing collaborations with other funding organizations and stakeholders to enhance the availability of funding for this strategic initiative, and to create, where appropriate, opportunities for collaboration and knowledge mobilization related to the scope of this funding opportunity.

Application process  

This anticipatory funding opportunity will involve a two-stage process. In the first stage, interested applicants will be required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI stage is mandatory and will require applicants to complete an eligibility checklist and upload supporting documents. No technical proposal or concept note is required at the EOI stage. Only applicants whose EOIs are successful will be invited to submit a full technical proposal. Specific requirements for the application process, including the EOI phase, will be outlined in the anticipatory funding opportunity when it is formally announced.

Anticipated timelines

Please be advised that these dates are approximations and subject to change.

  • Funding opportunity launch: February 26, 2024
  • Virtual Q&A webinar (Open to all): March 7, 2024
  • EOI submission deadline: April 5, 2024  
  • Communication of results to applicants: April 30, 2024
  • Full proposal submission deadline: June 14, 2024  
  • Notice of decision: July 19, 2024
  • Funding start date: October 1, 2024

Visit the official webpage.

The 5th ‘Call for Proposals‘ of the IKI Small Grants

The 5th ‘Call for Proposals‘ of the IKI Small Grants

→International Grant 

The 5th ‘Call for Proposals‘ of the IKI Small Grants component ‘International Calls’ launches 17 January 2024, 00:01 CET. We look forward to receiving applicants’ proposals until the deadline 13 March 2024, 23:59 CET.

All project proposals must be submitted through the new IKI Small Grants application platform. The link to the platform is on the last slide of the following widget. Please use this tool to check if your organisation and project idea meet the eligibility criteria for funding before entering any data on the platform:

Eligibility criteria: You must be a not-for-profit organisation or pursue strictly non-profit objectives within the scope of the project.

We explicitly encourage projects which:

  • Support the implementation or increase the ambition of nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
  • Support action on the ground to contribute to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
  • Address the risks, challenges and opportunities of global megatrends (e.g. increasing demand for natural resources, rapid urbanization, digitalisation, pandemic) in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • Support a just transition of economies towards decarbonization including fair social change especially for vulnerable groups.
  • Strengthen networks, knowledge sharing and cooperation between organisations working on climate change and biodiversity related issues.
  • Develop and promote use of climate smart technologies.
  • Contribute to awareness building and education regarding climate change and biodiversity.
  • Engage in cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation and / or involve the local population.
  • Support implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework of the CBD.

Apply here.

Bio-Bridge Initiative Projects

Bio-Bridge Initiative Projects

→International Grant 

Current Call
The fifth call for proposals is currently open. The deadline to submit applications is 29 February 2024. For further information, please refer to Notification 2024-001.

Purpose
As part of its mandate to catalyze and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation, the Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) currently provides seed funding of up to USD $20,000 to incubate projects and partnerships that promote exemplary approaches, particularly through South-South and triangular cooperation, to address biodiversity-related issues and challenges, and showcase good practices and lessons learned.

Who Can Apply
The following institutions are eligible to apply for seed funding support:

  • Relevant governmental agencies, research and academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations in developing country
  • Parties and Parties with economies in transition;
  • Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities;
  • Eligible cooperation proposals must involve project partners and/or technical assistance providers from at least two or more countries.

For proposals submitted by multiple Parties or organizations, one contact person shall be nominated for any future correspondence before official submission to BBI. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their CBD National Focal Points prior to submitting their proposals to avoid multiple proposals on the same topic from the same country and to promote stronger collaboration and alignment with national priorities.

It is anticipated that funding will be provided directly to the entities providing the service(s) required to effectively respond to the need(s) articulated in the proposal.

Apply in the official webpage.

International Assistance Acting for World Heritage worldwide

International Assistance Acting for World Heritage worldwide

→International Grant 

International Assistance under the World Heritage Convention is a financial assistance granted to the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, in order to help them protect the cultural or natural heritage sites inscribed on the World Heritage List or on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Which projects can be funded?
Projects must be related to sites inscribed on the World Heritage List (for Emergency and Conservation & Management) or included in national Tentative Lists (for Preparatory Assistance).

Priority is given to the most threatened properties.

International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund can support projects falling under one of the following three categories: Emergency assistance, Conservation and Management, Preparatory Assistance.

How to apply?
International Assistance requests must be transmitted by a State Party National Commission for UNESCO or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry. Individuals who do not represent one of these bodies are therefore not entitled to submit requests for International Assistance.

For funding in 2025, the deadline for submission is 31 October 2024.

Apply here.

Call 2023: 19th Biodiversity Conservation Awards

Call 2023: 19th Biodiversity Conservation Awards

→International Grant 

The BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation purpose in issuing this call is to recognize and reward the work done by conservationist organizations, institutions and agencies in carrying forward environmental conservation policies and projects, and the efforts of professionals engaging in any type of communication activities who have contributed to the protection of our natural heritage.

The scheme comprises four award categories:

  • BBVA Foundation Award for Biodiversity Conservation in Spain
  • BBVA Foundation Award for Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America
  • BBVA Foundation Worldwide Award for Biodiversity Conservation
  • BBVA Foundation Awards for Knowledge Dissemination and Communication in Biodiversity Conservation in Spanish

For further information and enquiries: premios@fbbva.es

The BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation express the identity of the BBVA Foundation along with its commitment to the conservation of the environment.

Their goal is to publicly recognize the work done by conservationist organizations, institutions and agencies in carrying forward environmental conservation policies and projects, and the efforts of communication professionals who have contributed to the protection of our natural heritage.

Awards go to:

Projects, policies and/or activities based on the best available scientific knowledge that contribute outstandingly to the conservation and protection of habitats, species or ecosystems. Actions will focus respectively on Spain, Latin America and the rest of the world.
Spanish-language dissemination of environmental knowledge and raising of social awareness around the value of conserving the natural environment.

Submission Period: Until Friday, April 5, 2024 at 12 noon (Spanish standard time)

Apply here.