SPECIAL CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR A FOCUSSED ACTIVITY
APN Low Carbon Initiatives (LCI) Programme
Parties to the UNFCCC adopted the Cancun Agreements at the 2010 COP16/CMP conferences in Cancun Mexico. They agreed to work towards identifying a global goal for substantially reducing global emissions by 2050 (para. 5 of UNFCCC Cancun report).
In order to achieve the global goal, both developed and developing countries agreed to enhance mitigation actions. In the case of developing country parties, parties agreed to take nationally mitigation actions in the context of sustainable development, supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity-building (para. 48), and encouraged developing countries to develop low-carbon development strategies or plans in the context of sustainable development (para.65). At 2011 COP17/CMP7 conferences in Durban South Africa, parties recalled the Cancun agreements and decided further on parties’ mitigation actions.
In order to promote low carbon development in Asia, the International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS−RNet) proposed, at the 10th ASEAN Plus Three Environment Ministers Meeting, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 19 October 2011, that a new network, Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet), be established. The LCS−RNet was established as a result of the 2008 G8 Environment Ministers meeting in Kobe Japan and is a global knowledge base platform for researchers associated with low carbon development. LoCARNet is expected to become a similar platform for knowledge sharing and capacity building of relevant researchers in Asia.
APN has supported more than sixty research projects related to climate change and variability; a major theme in the APN’s science agenda. APN has also supported workshops and training on GHG inventory compilation, sustainable technology transfer and measuring emissions from landscapes as well as a number of other initiatives to promote low carbon green growth and sustainable development. For this reason, the APN developed a Low Carbon Initiatives (LCI) and, through this programme, is providing limited funding for activities related to Low Carbon Initiatives.
2. Call for Expression of Interest
With the above background, the APN is inviting “Expressions of Interest” (EOIs) for a LIMITED amount of funding from January 2013. This limited financial support is available for activities that are undertaken in areas of LOW CARBON INITIATIVES particularly as outlined below:
1.1 Activities of interest are:
a) Promoting and strengthening interdisciplinary regional global change research, particularly addressing novel research, and/or identifying key gaps via synthesis and assessment work.
b) Encouraging initiatives from developing nations for place-based, integrative research activities.
c) Identifying and developing existing and/or new methodologies for capacity development, particularly in effective transfer of scientific know-how and technology to user communities, both science and non-science.
d) Strengthening interfaces between science and policy communities and society in general for effective low carbon pathways to sustainable development.
1.2 Thematic areas under the LCI Programme that are of particular interest:
a) regional-based research
- Advanced research to develop/deepen understanding of some components of integrated assessment models, focusing on land-use change, energy use, and regional economic integration;
- Regional comparative research of APN developing country low-carbon development pathways and scenarios;
- Research on cross-cutting issues, including traditional cultures and other behavioural/societal patterns;
- Basic research towards formulating low-carbon development path and scenarios; or
- Other research in line with developing and/or improving low carbon green growth that will lead to post Rio+20 Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region.
b) capacity development
- Develop and strengthening the capacity of APN developing member countries by providing training opportunities in, for example:
- Developing low carbon scenarios and pathways;
- Using integrated assessment models and localizing/customizing these models; or
- Developing educational tools for young researchers (by experienced leading researchers and not consultants);
- Undertake activities that may strengthen the Science-Policy interface in low carbon as well as strengthen the APN’s partnerships with the Global Change Community and other networks in the Low Carbon arena;
- Undertake dialogues between researchers and national/local policy-makers for helping and improving collaboration between them toward planning national low carbon development strategies; or
- Undertake targeted activities that promote South-South cooperation amongst APN member countries and disseminates messages to policy-makers.
The APN expects to award Grants as follows:
a) Average awards for scientific regional research (1.2a) are in the region of US$45,000 per year for up to 2 years.
b) Average awards for scientific capacity development and other relevant activities (1.2b) are in the region of US$30,000 per year for 1 to 2 years.
 Approximately US$260,000 is available for projects under this focussed activity. Funds for an additional year are subject to funding becoming available.
3. EOI and Eligibility Criteria
3. SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST & ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
All Expressions of Interest must satisfy the basic criteria for eligibility outline below:
- The proposed activity must focus on an area of interest and fully comply with the criteria for country participation (see separate Frequently Asked Questions: MS Word format; PDF format)
- Specifically, proposals for scientific regional research MUST include at least 3 member/approved APN countries, 2 of which MUST be developing.
- Specifically, proposals under for scientific capacity development and other related activities MUST involve at least one developing member/approved country.
- The proposed activity must have high potential to provide positive outcomes for developing countries that could also be used by the international community.
- The proponent’s institution must be based in a member or approved country of the APN (see separate Frequently Asked Questions: MS Word format; PDF format)
- The proponent must carbon copy his/her APN country nFP and SPG member (where one exists), when submitting the EOI. Contact details of APN nFP and SPG members are available at http://www.apn-gcr.org/apn-structure/igm-members/ and http://www.apn-gcr.org/about-apn/apn-structure/spg-scientific-planning-group respectively.
- The proposed activity must outline policy-relevant questions to be addressed and answered, organisational arrangements of the proposed activity and a publication and dissemination plan. In this respect, strong links with government units and/or agencies are expected.
- The proponent and/or collaborators must possess the skills necessary to conduct proposed activities outlined above (for example, no consultants can be engaged unless the funds are provided from a budget other than the APN’s).
- The proposed activity must focus on one of the four areas indicated above under (2.1.1) in developing nation(s) with outcomes that contribute to Low Carbon development in these developing nations.
4. Procedure & Schedule
4. REVIEW PROCEDURE, SCHEDULE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS
STEPS 1 TO 3
Step 1 – Submission and review of Expression of Intent (EOI) [compulsory]
Submission: Sunday 5th August 2012
Step 2 – Submission and Review of Proposal [by invitation]
Submission: Sunday 7th October
(subject to change depending on the number of EOIs received)
Step 3 – Response from Proponents to Reviewers Questions [compulsory]
STEPS 4 TO 6
Step 4 – Final grading and decision-making
End-November to Early December
Step 5 – Announcement of Results
Step 6 – Activities expected to start
APN’s Call for “Expressions of Interest” for
A Focused Activity in the area of
Low Carbon Development 2012
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The information provided below is intended to guide you when formulating an Expression of Interest (EOI) for submission to the APN for a “Focussed Activity”. If you cannot find the answer from the questions outlined, please submit your question to the APN Secretariat, Dr. Linda Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to answer your question in a timely manner.
1. Who is eligible to submit proposals to the APN for funding?
Members of non-profit making institutions based in APN member and/or approved countries can submit proposals to the APN.
2. What countries in the Asia-Pacific region are Member or Approved Countries?
Member countries are: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam and United States of America.
Approved Countries are: Pacific Island Countries and Singapore.
Note that Developed Countries are underlined.
3. How many calls for proposals does the APN launch each year?
In addition to the present “Call for Expressions of Interest for a Focussed Activity”, the APN has launched 2 other (annual) calls for proposals, one under the ARCP programme and one under the CAPaBLE programme.
4. When is the deadline for submitting a proposal to the APN?
The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is Sunday 5th August, midnight (24:00), Japanese Standard Time (JST) and is strictly adhered to.
5. If I miss the deadline, will the APN still accept my proposal?
No. The APN has a very rigorous review process, which is performed over a tight timeline, and deadline compliance is essential.
6. Where and to whom do I submit the proposal?
Proposals must be submitted to the APN Secretariat electronically to LCI2012@apn-gcr.org with a carbon copy to Linda Anne Stevenson email@example.com.
7. How much funding is available for individual projects?
Funding is expected to be, on average, US$45,000 for (a) regional scientific research activities; and US$30,000 for (b) scientific capacity development activities.
8. What is the duration of projects?
Duration is expected to be up to two years for (a) regional scientific research activities; and up to one year for (b) scientific capacity development activities.
9. Can I charge overhead costs in my proposal budget?
APN does not cover administrative overhead costs. Please refer to the APN’s financial regulations for more information.
10. If my proposal is successful, when can I receive funding?
Funding will be made available in January 2013. All funded projects are expected to begin their activities in January or February 2013.
11. Can I submit more than one proposal?
A proponent can only submit one proposal at any one time. An institution can submit more than one proposal providing that the proponents do not reside in the same department.
12. Can I submit a proposal if I am currently a project leader of an APN-funded project?
Project Leaders who are under a current Contract drawn with the APN cannot submit a proposal, as proponent, to the APN. Project Leaders should refer to their Terms of Agreement attached to their Contract. Nevertheless, the same Project Leaders may be among the collaborators of a new proposal for funding consideration by the APN or of another ongoing APN project.
13. What are the criteria for submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI)?
The eligibility criteria are available in the guidelines. A full set of criteria will be made available for those proponents who are invited to submit a proposal following successful review of their Expression of Interest.
14. Who reviews my proposal?
Members from the APN’s Scientific Planning Group, APN’s Capacity Development Committee and external reviewers drawn from the global change community provide expert reviews on proposals. The APN maintains the confidentiality of its reviewers for the sake of fair appraisal.
15. When is the decision on project funding made?
The decision on project funding will be made in December 2012.
16. Is APN able to provide salary support for project implementation?
The APN may be able to provide some salary support for time spent on a project, assuming that a full-time salary is not already being paid. More detailed information can be found in APN’s financial regulations.
17. Does the APN allow for consultants and/or consultant firms to be engaged in the project, at APN’s expense?
The APN will not pay salaries of consultants. As APN relies on expertise drawn from the APN global change community, any consultant fee would have to be sourced from a separate budget. Project leaders and collaborators should have the expertise to conduct project activities.
18. Is it necessary that proposals submitted for APN funding has co-funding from other sources?
Co-funding and/or in-kind contributions are strongly desired and will strengthen your proposal, however it is not compulsory.
20. Can members of developed countries submit proposals?
In general, yes. However, the following specific criteria must be applied:
(a) For regional scientific research activities, at least 3 member or approved countries must be involved, 2 of which must be developing countries.
(b) For scientific capacity development activities, the activities must be undertaken with the involvement of at least 1 member/approved developing country. Activities under (b) are ONLY for the capacity development of developing member/approved countries.
21. What is the difference between the 'Focused Activity' Call and the Annual Calls for Proposals under the ARCP and CAPaBLE programmes?
The main difference is that “Focused Activity” Calls are NOT launched on an annual basis. In addition, the topic is very specific compared with the more general thematic areas covered under the annual calls for proposals.