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CSO-CGIAR Competitive Grants Program

The CGIAR and the Centers it supports work to maintain effective partnerships with civil society organizations, governmental agencies and the private sector which are critical for knowledge-sharing and fostering development for impact.

The CGIAR has launched a new competitive grants program designed to cultivate stronger relationships between civil society organizations and the CGIAR in agricultural research for development. This initiative is part of the building blocks for further expanding engagement with CSOs and sharing knowledge for impact.

What are the objectives of this new competitive grants initiative?

  • Support innovative projects involving civil society partners and other stakeholders in agricultural research for development
  • Promote partnerships between the CGIAR and CSOs that apply novel approaches for working together better
  • Create new avenues by which a growing network of CSO and CGIAR partners can continue to learn one another through active knowledge sharing

Please click here for the CSO-CGIAR competitive grants guidelines which includes supported areas, eligibility criteria and conditions for participation (22 pages!)

Selection of projectes: Completed!

The first call for concept notes (CNs) for CSO-CGIAR competitive grants was a great success. In total the CGIAR has received 151 concept notes. After a first review for eligibility 58 concept notes were disqualified. Among the reasons are either no indication of CGIAR Center involvement or failing to meet the financial and /or template requirements in describing the project idea.

An external panel of four members reviewed the 93 eligible concept notes and assessed each concept note for the 5 criteria as described in the grant guidelines: Innovation, Sustainability, Envisaged Outcome and Poverty Impact, Relevance and Innovativeness of Partnership and Replicability. As a result of the assessment the panel identified 14 outstanding concept notes that were invited to develop a full proposal of their projects. Please click here to see the Top 14 concept notes.

As a next step 14 full project proposals were received and assessed by an external evaluation panel of three members using the same criteria as above. Given the fact that the total amount of funding available for all projects does not exceed US$1 million, only the top 4 full project proposals can be selected for funding. Please click here to see the project proposals selected for funding in this pilot phase.

For all selected full proposals, the project leader of the CSO partner institution as well as a Center representative are invited to attend a start-up workshop that will take place in Washington DC on October 10-11, 2007.

The objectives of the workshop are:

• Set the stage for project implementation and find a common ground for the projects within the framework of the CSO-CGIAR Competitive Grants Program.

• Share methodologies and tools for working effectively in partnership - Tips, tools and exercises on people, power, and networks

•Stimulate sharing of knowledge and experiences between projects throughout the duration of the program.

Timeline

Tentative Date

ACTIONS

Jan 30

Launch for call for concept notes

March 15

Deadline for submission of concept notes

May 10

Invitation for submission of full proposals

July 10

Deadline for submission of full proposals

September 15

Selection of projects

October 15

Signature of Grant agreement

Selected Project Proposals 

Title of Selected Concept note
Click on title to read the document
Name of CSO and other Partners
CGIAR Center Partner
Linking Thai Jasmine Rice farmers with markets using participatory action research for sustainability of rain-fed lowland rice-based system of Northeast Thailand Asian Institute of Technology IWMI
Mobilizing Innovation Platforms for Bringing More Quality Benefits to More People in Post-Conflict Central African Great Lakes Region PLATE-FORME DIOBASS au Kivu CIAT
Scaling up payments for watershed services: Designing regional compensation systems to safeguard water supplies for downstream agriculture Fundación Natura Bolivia CIFOR
Use of native cacao varieties to reduce poverty and conserve globally important biodiversity in Northern Ecuador Conservación y Desarrollo (CyD) Bioversity International

Selected Concept Notes 

Title of Selected Concept note
Click on title to read the document

Name of CSO and other Partners

CGIAR Center Partner

Common branding of Jepara teak wood furniture: a collective action for livelihood and environment in context of business competition

Jepara Furniture Multi-Stakeholder Forum, LMDH Tanggel, LMDH Gempol, LMDH Glandang, LMDH Surajaya

CIFOR

Framework for valuation of llama products and production systems, and improvement of farm incomes in the marginalized highlands of Bolivia and Argentina

Promotion and Research of Andean Products (PROINPA), Forage Research Center (CIF) and Forage Seed Company (SEFO), National Institute for Agricultural and livestock Technology of Argentina, Bariloche and Catamarca centers (INTA-Bariloche and INTA-Catamarca)

ICARDA

Groundwater Management in North Gujarat: Sustainable Agriculture Improving Rural Livelihoods and Hydrological Integrity of Groundwater

1. M. G. Patel Sarvodaya Trust, Amirgarh, Gujarat. 2. Cohesion Foundation, Ahmedabad. 3. Lokvikas, Sidhpur

IWMI

Hubs for intellectual property services to serve CSOs

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc, PIIPA

ICRISAT

Institutionalizing and Out Scaling of Food Safety Measures Related to Wastewater Irrigation Across the Rural-Urban Divide

RUAF Foundation

IWMI

Linking Thai Jasmine Rice farmers with markets using SRI principles for sustainability of rainfed lowland rice-based system of Northeast Thailand

Asian Institute of Technology AIT

IWMI

Mobilizing CGIAR Science to Enhance Civil Society Capacity: The Case of Linking Rootcrop Farmers With Markets in the Philippines

Philippine Rootcrop Research & Training Center (PhilRootcrops)

CIP

Mobilizing Innovation Platforms for Bringing More Quality Benefits to More People in Post-Conflict Central African Great Lakes Region

PLATE-FORME DIOBASS au Kivu

CIAT

Poverty impact for smallholder potato farmers in Kenya through concurrent market and technical innovation

Farm Concern International (FCI), DEEPA Industries, KARI Tigoni, Ministry of agriculture, dep. Horticulture, KENAPOFA, GTZ-PSDA

CIP

Scaling out the IWRM implementation in Nakambé basin in Burkina Faso through capacity building and institutionalization

BD Broederlijk Delen/Monaster St Benoit de Koubri

IWMI

Scaling up payments for watershed services: Designing regional compensation systems to safeguard water supplies for downstream agriculture

Fundación Natura Bolivia

CIFOR

Stimulating innovation through public private partnership responding to small-scale farmers needs

PROINPA Foundation

CIP

Strengthening Women's Land Rights: Implementation and Impact of Mozambique's Legal Reforms on Rural Women

Oxfam America

IFPRI

Use of native cacao varieties to reduce poverty and conserve globally important biodiversity in Northern Ecuador

Conservación y Desarrollo (CyD)

Bioversity International

DfID, Norway, USAID and the World Bank are funding this initiative.