Grants for collaborative research for policy and practice for Mekong Region researchers

The Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) announces a call for concept notes for its research grants for 2019. This phase of the programme (2019-2028) is titled SUMERNET 4 All,  focusing on water insecurity in the Mekong Region. The total fund available in this round is 12,000,000 SEK for 12 research projects with the budget not more than 1,000,000 SEK per project (approximately US$ 107,000 per project).

Submission deadline: 15th May 2019, 23:59 (Bangkok local time)

Be part of research for policy and practice that makes a difference to all

SUMERNET 4 All is a knowledge-based policy research programme. The programme wants to support research projects that focus on reducing water insecurity for all in particular for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region. Within this focus are three themes:

(1) water access, rights and allocation in times of water insecurity;

(2) governance and management of water-related disaster risks;

(3) transboundary interactions with water systems.

SUMERNET provides financial support and technical assistance to consortia of researchers and practitioners from the Mekong Region together with the possible involvement of other Southeast Asian country partners. Consortia will carry out policy-relevant research over 2.0-2.5 years (24-30 months) in one of the above research themes.

SUMERNET will fund collaborative research and other innovative approaches that directly address policy settings and issues to meet programme goals. SUMERNET 4 All has a mission to “improve the policies and practices in reducing water insecurity by conducting collaborative research, engaging in the policy process, and promoting scientifically sound research and innovation while considering gender and social equality, human rights, conflict sensitivity, environmental integrity and poverty reduction in the Mekong Region.”

Research granting process

The concept notes will be reviewed by SUMERNET advisors, SUMERNET Secretariat and other regional experts and approved by the SUMERNET Steering Committee.

Those consortia (about 12 teams) whose concept notes have been shortlisted will be invited to submit draft full proposals. Full proposals will be developed at the proposal development workshop (tentatively planned during August 2019 in Bangkok)


Please click the link below to find more details and apply for the call.

Application deadline is 15th May 2019, 23:59 (Bangkok local time).

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