Applications Invited for Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Research Grant 2021

Applications Invited for Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Research Grant 2021

Organization: Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)

Apply By: 15 Sep 2020

Grant Amount: 200000 USD

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About the Organization:

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is the world’s largest network on research on violence against women and violence against children, providing a space where global role players in the field connect with one another, share and promote their research, work to influence policies and improve the lives of those who have experienced gender-based violence. They do this through funding research, strengthening research capacity, promoting partnerships and influencing change. The biennial SVRI Forum enables networking and collaboration to take place, being the face of SVRI, and in the eyes of many, irreplaceable.

SVRI Research Grant 2021

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is inviting applications for innovative research that will contribute to the prevention and response of violence against women (VAW), violence against children (VAC) and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle income countries.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for support under this award should:

  • Be affiliated with a recognised, legally constituted research institution or organisation with existing research or programming capacity on VAW and VAC. Grants will only be made to institutions and not to individuals.
  • Where appropriate, involve partnerships between multiple organisations, for example, a local NGO, practice based agency and an academic institution, or local government and an NGO or an academic institution. Preference will be given to academic/researcher – practitioner partnerships. The partnership arrangement must be clearly outlined and reflected in the proposal and budget allocation.
  • Preference will be given to proposals submitted and led by organisations based in LMICs.
  • Where appropriate, have as an objective strengthening the research capacity of the implementing agency.

Other eligibility considerations to note:

  • Organisations or consortiums can submit up to two proposals, but only one proposal will be funded.
  • Previous grantees will not be considered as principal applicants.
  • Institutions who have an active SVRI grant may not apply.
  • Grant applications that are proposing work on behalf of UN Agencies, the World Bank Group or other multi-lateral agencies will not be considered.
  • All projects under this call should focus on VAW and VAC prevention and/or response in LMICs.
  • If the funds are sought for scale up or dissemination activities, the application must provide sufficient information to enable the scientific quality of the original study to be assessed, as well as a description of the activities for which funds are requested.

Due to high levels of competition and limited funds available, the quality of the proposal submitted will determine success in receiving a grant.

Nature of Supported Projects:

Types of projects that may be supported under this grant include:

  • Research projects that are either standalone projects or a component of a larger project that will guide efforts to effectively address or prevent VAW and VAC.
  • Qualitative studies that explore the effectiveness and process of creating change with innovative VAW and VAC prevention interventions or the acceptability, impact, and process of change created by interventions that support and assist survivors of VAW and VAC.
  • Projects that seek to address VAW and VAC prevention and response together or simultaneously or in one intervention with distinct elements.
  • Projects that work to understand how to integrate VAW and/or VAC programming into other sectoral work, for instance, infrastructure development programmes.
  • Those that develop innovative methods and tools for VAW and/or VAC research.
  • Those that evaluate how to effectively expand tested VAW and VAC prevention and response interventions.
  • Secondary analysis of existing data that will provide insights into addressing VAW and VAC more effectively and sustainably.
  • Research on violence across diverse populations in situations of vulnerability, including persons with disabilities, people living with HIV, older persons, indigenous peoples, LGBTQI, refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants.
  • Research on the impact of Covid – 19 on VAW and the VAW / VAC intersections, including: conducting research and programming during times of widespread instability and anxiety; ethical and safe use of remote data collection; support services for survivors under restrictive regulatory environments.

What they like to see in proposals:

  • Research that will help advance the knowledge on VAW and VAC prevention and response in LMICs.
  • Consortium led research that, for example, involves researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.
  • South-south (LMICs) or southern led research partnerships with roles and responsibilities outlined.
  • Research guided by local project advisory boards.
  • Proposals that are informed by current evidence, a clear research question supported by sound methodology and that have policy potential.
  • Ethical issues thoughtfully considered and ethical approval has been or is being sought.
  • Clear research uptake plans with different products for different stakeholders.
  • Well-written, concise abstract that properly represents the research project.
  • Logical and clear budget accompanied with a sound budget justification.

Guiding Principles:

Projects supported by the SVRI should:

  • Apply feminist and women-centred principles and partnerships.
  • Be conceptualized within a human rights framework.
  • Adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines.
  • Strive for innovation in ideas, new methodologies and partnerships, while building on evidence.
  • Strive to be collaborative, cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary
  • Promote equitable participation and bring diverse voices from LMICs (researchers, survivors, marginalised groups) to the field.
  • Where relevant and appropriate, endeavor to engage the community where the research will take place.
  • Challenge the gender hierarchy that contributes to VAW and VAC in order to promote gender equality.
  • Inform policy, programs and services and serve to strengthen access to comprehensive care and support for survivors.

Grant Length and Duration:

  • Applicants can apply for grants between $40,000 to $200,000 no longer than 24months in length.
  • The common characteristic is the provision of funding for a limited period of time with clear measurable outcomes.

Important Dates

  • Closing date for applications: 15th September 2020
  • External review: 18th November - 10th December 2020
  • Communication of outcomes to the research committee: December 2020
  • Notification and acceptance of grants by awardees: January - February 2021

For further information, contact at svri@svri.org.

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