NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development recently launched a call for proposals on strengthening the scientific base for knowledge brokering activities and approaches in research programmes. The call is entitled SURe: Science for Using Research. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development is committed to strengthening the scientific basis of “knowledge brokering” activities. Knowledge brokering comprises all of the activities and processes that facilitate the sharing and use of knowledge as well as the co-creation that takes place between research, policy and practice. SURe provides grants for projects that focus on knowledge brokering approaches applied in research programmes under the five Knowledge Platforms installed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This call for proposals focuses on research programmes that are being carried out for the five Dutch Knowledge Platforms initiated and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These Knowledge Platforms, and the calls for proposals and research projects that stem from them, deal with themes such as “Water“, “Food and Business“, “Inclusive Development“, “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” and “Security and the Rule of Law“.

By means of this call, postdoctoral researchers will investigate the effectiveness of different forms of knowledge brokering currently employed by research projects, but also how the Knowledge Platforms link research with policy and practice. Each selected project is to start with a systematic review, followed by an empirical phase. Applicants are encouraged to develop project proposals together with researchers from Low or Middle Income Countries or representatives of Knowledge Platforms. Besides providing new, scientific insights about knowledge brokering, projects are also expected to translate those insights into ways to improve the brokering approaches currently taken by research projects, research programmes and knowledge platforms.

Who can apply
A research proposal can be submitted by an applicant who works as a professor, a (senior) university lecturer or a researcher at a comparable level at a Dutch university or a research institute that is recognised by NWO. Researchers from low or middle-income countries (LMIC) and representatives of any of the five Knowledge Platforms can be co-applicants. While involving such co-applicants is not mandatory, it is definitely preferable.

What to apply for
The maximum grant size is EUR 200,000 per project. The project should last at least 12 months but no more than 36 months.

Funding is to benefit the project directly and may be used for the following:
  • personnel costs: up to a maximum of EUR 140,000 for the appointment of one or more postdoc researchers
  • material costs: up to a maximum of EUR 25,000 per year in the case of full-time use for research and knowledge-sharing activities (e.g. equipment, consumables, hiring experts in specific areas, travel and accommodation expenses)
Application and more information
Applications can be submitted through 31 January 2017.

Please visit the NWO-WOTRO website for more information on the assessment criteria and procedure, and to download the full text of the call for proposals and the instructions for submitting an application.