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Call for Proposals: Research & Interventions for Prevention and Response of GBV in Low/Middle income Countries

SVRI and World Bank Development Marketplace for innovation on GBV prevention 2017

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) in partnership with the World Bank Group (WBG) have created the SVRI and the WBGs Development Marketplace for innovations on GBV prevention and response in low and middle income settings. We are seeking proposals for research and interventions or related activities that will contribute to the prevention and response of gender-based violence in low and middle income countries. 

What will be supported through this grant?

Types of projects that may be supported through this call for proposals include:

  • Piloting, adaptation, testing and/or scale up of new or promising interventions, including formative research that will contribute to the design of GBV prevention interventions, or projects on the creative uses of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), or multi-components social media campaigns to challenge social norms that promote and accept the use of violence against women and children.

  • Self-contained research projects that are either stand alone or fit within a larger project which will build on, or support prevention or response of GBV, including formative research studies, pilot or feasibility studies.

  • Costing studies on promising/effective GBV interventions to assess value for money.

  • Adding a new component/arm to an already funded intervention that can provide additional insight into the effectiveness of intervention components.

  • Projects to disseminate promising research findings including those with creative uses of ICT to advance the effective translation of research findings into policy and practice (increase research uptake and bridge the gap between researchers and program officers).

  • Secondary analysis of existing data

  • Studies to better understand the mechanisms and pathways of change of effective GBV prevention interventions

  • Studies to measure the ripple/spillover effects on GBV prevention of programming encouraging the economic or political participation of women

  • Research on the role of the private sector in GBV prevention and response

If the funds are sought for secondary analysis of data, scale up or dissemination activities, the application must provide sufficient information to enable the scientific quality of the original study to be assessed as well as a description of the activities for which funds are requested.

Award Length and Amount

Projects under this call should be for a maximum of up to 24 months duration. The grant is expected to cover all, or the majority of, the project costs.

The common characteristic of these grants is the provision of limited funding for a short period of time with a clear measurable outcome.

There are 6 awards available for up to USD100,000, of which three will fund a maximum of USD150,000. Any applications with requests exceeding USD150,000 will not be considered.

Awards will only be made to institutions and not to individuals.

Guiding Principles for Awards

Awards supported by the SVRI and the World Bank Group should:

  • Adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines

  • Focus on low and middle income-settings

  • Be conceptualized within a human rights framework

  • Strive to be cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary;

  • Where relevant and appropriate endeavour to engage the community that is being researched;

  • Challenge the gender hierarchy that contributes to GBV in order to promote gender equality.

  • Inform policy, programs and services and serve to strengthen access to comprehensive care and support for survivors

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 1st October 2016 at 11:59:59pm South African Standard Time (4:59:59pm EST). Late applications will not be accepted.

How to Apply

Applications for an SVRI and World Bank Group Development Marketplace for Innovation on GBV Prevention Award must be made online at:  To access this grant opportunity you must first create an account on proposalCENTRAL. Select Sexual Violence Research Initiative and World Bank Group as the Grant Maker in the drop down menu.  All information needed for proposal submission is available online in the SVRI and World Bank Group Development Marketplace for Innovation on GBV Prevention Award Application Guidelines. Available here in EnglishSpanish and French,

Award Information Summary

  • Level of award: 6 awards of $100,000USD with three awards of a maximum of $150,000USD

  • Period of award: up to 24 months.

  • Closing date for applications: 1st October 2016 at 11:59:59pm South African Standard Time (4:59:59pm EST).

  • Further information:

  • Language of application: Applications in English, French and Spanish will be accepted.

  • Method of application: Applications must be submitted online (Grant Maker Sexual Violence Research Initiative and World Bank Group).

Only proposals submitted online via the Proposal Central website before the given closing date and time will be considered.  Online applications can be complicated.  Please try and submit well before the deadline. The SAMRC, WBG and Proposal Central will not be held responsible for delays in internet connectivity or problems experienced with the online form.

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