[Closed] 2014 Call for Applications for Funding


Part One: Introduction

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Countries within the Asia-Pacific region support more than half of the world’s population and changes in the Earth’s bio-geophysical system are clearly impacting the societies and economies of these countries.

Recent research and supporting observations have provided new insights into some of these changes and their impacts but have, at the same time, opened up a number of new and challenging scientific issues and questions. APN seeks to identify these scientific issues to promote, as well as encourage, regional cooperative global change research.

The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is an inter-governmental network whose mission is to enable investigations of changes in the Earth’s life support systems and their implications for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The APN, therefore, supports investigations that will:

  1. Identify, explain and predict changes in the context of both natural and anthropogenic (human-induced) forcing;
  2. Assess potential regional and global vulnerability of natural and human systems; and
  3. Contribute, from the science perspective, to the development of policy options for appropriate responses to global change that will also contribute to sustainable development.

The core strategies of the APN are to:

  1. Promote and encourage research that can improve understanding of global change and its implications for the region and contribute to sound scientific basis for policy-formulation and decision-making; and
  2. Identify and help address, in consultation with policy-makers and other end-users, present and future needs and emerging challenges.

The APN defines Global Change Research as “research regarding global change (the set of natural and human-induced processes in the Earth’s physical, biological, and social systems that, when aggregated, are significant at a global scale) and its implications for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.”

APN’s activities promote research that improves understanding of the physical, biological and human dimensions of change in Earth system and science that informs adaptation and mitigation decision-making in the following specific areas: Climate Change and Climate Variability; Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Land Use; Changes in the Atmospheric, Terrestrial and Marine Domains; and Resources Utilisation and Pathways for Sustainable Development. These themes are interrelated and involve the interface of natural, social and political sciences. Thus, APN will also support research on crosscutting issues, science-policy linkages and the human dimensions of global change.

2014 General Information on Opportunities for Funding 

The APN is inviting applications from all member and approved countries under two separate calls, for funding FROM JUNE 2015, and is able to provide a limited amount of financial support for research and capacity development activities that fall within its areas of interest. The separate calls are outlined below:

  1. CORE PROGRAMMES

The CAPaBLE Programme for Scientific Capacity Development – capacity development proposals are welcomed. All of APN’s thematic areas are of interest.

  1. FRAMEWORKS

The APN’s Climate Adaptation Framework (CAF) – research and capacity development Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are welcomed. Refer to the separate call for focussed activities that will be accepted under this call.

SPECIAL INVITATION:
To researchers working in their respective home countries of Cambodia, Sri Lanka or Thailand


From time to time, one or more of APN’s member countries are able to provide direct financial support to researchers engaged in an APN project. Presently, the APN has received expressions of interest from governments and/or institutions based in Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka who are keen to see researchers from their respective countries submit proposals to the APN. Should such proposals be successful, opportunities may become available for direct financial support from one of the countries supporting this approach.

For this reason, this year, and in addition to welcoming proposals from all of APN’s member and approved countries, we are specifically requesting that CAMBODIAN, SRI-LANKAN or THAI researchers, presently working in their respective home countries, to apply to the APN. Please note the following:

  • Cambodian[1] and Sri Lankan[2] researchers are invited to submit under: 1. Core Programmes and 2. Frameworks.
  • Thai [3] researchers are invited to submit under: 2. Frameworks

While all applications received under this special invitation would be subject to the same standard review process as all applications, any applications from the three countries in the box above, that meets the criteria laid out by the APN, will be shared with the interested governments and/or other institutions of Cambodia Sri Lanka and Thailand, respectively, to determine whether the proposals are of interest and, therefore, eligible to qualify for additional direct support from their home countries.

It is hoped that this new mechanism will extend to more countries under the APN that have member or approved status.

Should the calls for proposals be of interest to you, please proceed to Part Two.


[1] Cambodian researchers: Additional funds may become available through partnership opportunities between APN and Ministry of Environment, Cambodia.

[2] Sri Lankan researchers: Additional funds may become available through partnership opportunities between APN and Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka and funding agencies in Sri Lanka.

[3] Thai Researchers: Additional funds may become available through partnership opportunities between APN and National Research Council of Thailand.

Part Two: Procedures for Submission

Part Two: General Information on Procedures for Application to the APN for Funding

ONLINE ADVISORY SERVICE (Voluntary)

A potential proponent can consult with the APN Secretariat via the APN’s online advisory service system. This web-based advisory service, which is available all year round and updated regularly, contains a comprehensive set of information that you will need to be able to apply to the APN for funding. Should you also choose to submit a query via our online service; the Secretariat will aim to provide a response via this service within six weeks.

SUBMISSION AND REVIEW PROCESS (Compulsory)

The submission and review process consists of 3 main stages:

  • Stage 1 – Submission and review of Summary Proposal (for CAPaBLE) or Expression of Interest (for CAF). Researchers can only submit applications to ONE call (not both).
  • Stage 2 – Submission and 3-step review process of a Full Proposal (this is by invitation only if you pass stage 1)
  • Stage 3 – Final Decision-Making

Stage 1 (compulsory)

Stage 1: Submission and Review (compulsory)

A proponent submits a Summary Proposal (CAPaBLE) or Expression of Interest (CAF) with a carbon copy to the nFP and to the SPG member from his/her country by Sunday, 3 August 2014. Applications will undergo a screening process performed by the APN’s Scientific Planning Group (SPG) who will select successful proponents that will proceed to the next stage. All proponents are notified of the results of the preliminary screening by the mid-September 2014. Proponents who pass this stage will be invited to submit a Full Proposal for further consideration by the SPG, external reviewers and APN stakeholders, as appropriate.

Stage 2 (compulsory and by invitation)

Stage 2: Submission and Review of Full Proposal (compulsory and by invitation)

This stage is by invitation only. Successful proponents from Stage 1 are invited to submit their Full Proposal to the APN Secretariat by Friday, 17 October 2014.

Three-Step Review process

Review by APN internal reviewers (SPG members) and external reviewers. Proponents above the set cut-off line respond to the questions and comments of the APN internal reviewers, and unsuccessful proponents are informed of the results of the first review (Step 1 Review: October–November 2014). Proponents respond to reviewer questions (Step 2: deadline 26 December 2014). SPG members submit revised ratings based on responses of the proponents at Step 2 (Step 3 Review: January 2015).

Stage 3

Stage 3: Final Decision-Making

The APN’s 20th Inter-governmental Meeting (IGM) approves which proposals to fund following recommendations from the SPG (late-March 2015). The Secretariat informs proponents of the final decision by mid-April 2015 and activities can commence usually between June and December of that year.

 

OUTLINE OF ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION

1. Activities of Interest to the APN for funding from 2015.

The APN is prepared to support activities in the area of global change as relevant to APN’s thematic areas and relating to:

APN Core Programmes:
CAPaBLE Programme
(see 2014 CAPaBLE Programme – Guide for Proponents)

  1. Scientific capacity development
  2. Science-policy interfacing
  3. Awareness raising activities
  4. Dissemination activities
APN Frameworks:
Climate Adaptation Framework
(see 2014 Climate Adaptation Framework – Guide for Proponents)

  1. New research addressing knowledge gaps in key areas
  2. Synthesis/analysis of existing research
  3. Research planning/scoping activities
  4. Development of policy products (integrated assessments, impact assessments, climate models, etc.)
  5. Scientific capacity development activities

 

2. Items Not Supported by the APN

The APN will not support:

  1. The running costs of institutions;
  2. The salaries of administration staff; the salaries of researchers who receive or are to receive full-time salary support;
  3. The salaries of consultants (project leaders and collaborators should have the expertise to conduct the activities);
  4. The maintenance of long-term observation and monitoring systems; or
  5. General purpose equipment such as personal computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or fixed office structure (desks, chairs, etc).

3. The APN Science Agenda

APN’s activities promote research that improves understanding of the physical, biological and human dimensions of change in the Earth system and science that informs adaptation and mitigation decision-making in the following specific areas:

  1. Climate Change and Climate Variability;
  2. Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Land Use;
  3. Changes in the Atmospheric, Terrestrial and Marine Domains; and
  4. Resources Utilisation and Pathways for Sustainable Development.

The above themes are interrelated and involve the interface of natural, social and political sciences. Thus, APN will also support research on crosscutting issues, science-policy linkages and the human dimensions of global change.

4. Deadlines

  • Advisory Service – year round
  • Stage 1. Submission of Summary Proposal or EOI (Compulsory, template for CAPaBLE; for CAF): Sunday, 3 August 2014, midnight (24:00) – Japanese Standard Time
  • Stage 2. Submission of Full Proposal (template for CAPaBLE; for CAF) by the Successful Stage 1 Proponents (Compulsory and by Invitation Only): Friday, 17 October 2014, midnight (24:00) – Japanese Standard Time

5. Formats of Summary Proposals (CAPaBLE) and Expressions of Interest (CAF)

Guidance on the format of applications for the independent CAPaBLE and CAF calls are set out in separate guidelines that are hyperlinked for your convenience:

2014 CAPaBLE Programme – Guide for Proponents

2014 Climate Adaptation Framework – Guide for Proponents

These guidelines provide detailed explanations of the two independent calls, and the criteria against which proposals/EOIs are judged.

Please be sure to use the APN’s third strategic plan and the new updated guide that reflects the APN’s Science Agenda for its Third Strategic Phase.

Important NOTICE:

THERE WILL BE NO CALL FOR PROPOSALS THIS YEAR UNDER THE APN’S CORE ARCP PROGRAMME

6. Additional Information

Any additional information needed can be found on the APN’s extensive Online Advisory Service. If you cannot find the information you are looking, please submit a query through this web-based service. Do not contact the Secretariat directly. The APN will aim to provide a response to any queries received through our service within six weeks.