Call for Proposals: Share-Net International Small Grants Fund 2016

Posted by Share-Net NL on May 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Closing date: 15 June 2016.

Share-Net International, the Knowledge Platform for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to ensure that knowledge relevant for achieving improved SRHR is identified, shared, generated and used to achieve international development goals.

Alongside a research programme, coordinated through NWO/WOTRO in three focus countries (Bangladesh, Burundi and Jordan), a smaller allocation of research funds has been made available through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This has partly been used to establish a small grants facility providing funding for knowledge generation, identification, translation and dissemination initiatives by member organisations of Share-Net International.

A call for proposals is released during each year of operation of Share-Net International. Work which is funded under this call needs to be completed within 12 months of starting.

Activities proposed by members must contribute to achieve the knowledge related aims of Share-Net International, as specified in the Programme Document: Knowledge Platform on SRHR:

“The Knowledge Platform will aim to ensure that knowledge relevant for achieving improved SRHR is identified, shared, generated and used to achieve international development goals. The Knowledge Platform aims to understand and facilitate the complex processes by which evidence informs policy, both in the Netherlands and in partner countries, and to facilitate learning and collaborative exchange among those participating.”

Activities should also increase learning related to the 4 core areas of Dutch policy regarding SRHR, namely;

 Better information and greater freedom of choice for young people about their sexuality

 Improved access to reproductive health commodities

 Better sexual and reproductive health care (during pregnancy and childbirth, including safe abortion)

 Greater respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of groups who are currently denied these rights.

Grants will be awarded for any of the following activities:

 Implementation of small research/evaluation projects, including operational research

 Knowledge translation and dissemination to policy makers, programme managers and practitioners

 Local capacity strengthening activities

 Literature reviews, scoping studies and mapping activities


Funding available

The total amount available for this call is 150,000 euros. The upper limit per grant is 25,000 euros. The amount available will be distributed as follows.

 50,000 euros for organisations based in The Netherlands, for activities in the interest of any lower and middle income countries (as specified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

 50,000 euros for organisations based in Bangladesh for activities in the interest of Bangladesh.

 50,000 euros for organisations based in Jordan for activities in the interest of Jordan.

A separate call will go out for Burundi later in the year. This will follow a proposed ‘Write Shop’ for Share-Net Burundi members which is scheduled to take place in June/July 2016.


Members of Share-Net International based in The Netherlands and Bangladesh are eligible to apply for this funding. As a formal membership structure is yet to be established in Jordan, applicants should state their intention to become an active member in the application form which will be reviewed by the Share-Net Jordan Knowledge Node, the Higher Population Council, for eligibility.

Non-members might be included in a member led proposal. Members have the final responsibility in terms of output delivery and monitoring.

Although members can apply for any number of projects, organisational and individual members can be awarded a maximum of 1 grant, as lead, per funding call. In addition, all members may be partners in other proposals.

Proposals which demonstrate strong local partnerships are encouraged and therefore non-member organisations can be involved, but not as lead.

Proposals that were submitted in previous rounds, but unsuccessful, may be resubmitted.


Thus, in sum, the applicant must:

1. Be submitted by a Share-Net member (see above re. Jordan).

2. Be relevant and contribute to the Share-Net International aims, as mentioned above.

3. Focus on one or more of the activities listed above.

4. Be in the interest of Bangladesh or Jordan, or in the case of organisations based in The Netherlands, any low or middle income country (as specified by the World Bank – ).

5. Be for any amount up to 25,000 euros. 6. Ensure that all activities are completed within 12 months from the date of starting or when the contract is signed.


1. Quality and feasibility

 Overall quality of proposal

 Quality of work plan and budget

 Feasibility of the project within given timeframe and budget

 Cost efficiency 2. Dissemination

 Relevance of the project for policy and practice.

 Potential in terms of lessons to be learned in relation to the aims of Share-Net International

 Quality of communication / dissemination plan

3. Innovative

 Use of innovative methods

 Presence of a new and original perspective.

4. Strength and benefits of proposed partnerships (either international, or locally; e.g. partnership with local universities, NGO’s or with ShareNet Bangladesh/Jordan.

 Clear and demonstrable added value in terms of partnerships)

 Capacity development opportunities for local organisation(s)

5. Track record / institutional capacity of the applicant organisation.

 Demonstrable evidence that the proposed project falls within the core business of the lead organization

 Institutional capacity

Award decisions will also take into account that projects be spread across themes, types of activities and countries/geographical areas.


All applications must be made using the accompanying form. The closing date for applications is 15th June 2016, 17.00. Completed application forms (see: link below) should be sent to the Share-Net secretariat:

For the sake of transparency and accountability, all correctly completed applications will be assessed based on the above criteria by a group of three, representing the Share-Net International Steering Committee, the Share-Net Netherlands Core group and the Secretariat of Share-Net International, respectively. Conflicts of interest will be identified and relevant people removed from specific discussions and decisions. The Share-Net teams in Bangladesh and Jordan will advise on decisions relating to their countries.

All applicants will be informed of the decision by the 15th of July with the aim of having contracts signed, and for work to begin, from1st September 2016.


Colin Dixon, Share-Net International Director –

Meike Stieglis, Share-Net Netherlands Coordinator –

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