CALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS: Transformative Solutions Grant

Author: Melanie Balinas
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Call for Grant Proposals: Transformative Solutions
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 30, 2015
The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (ConDev) is a development laboratory
of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded through its Higher Education
Solutions Network (HESN). ConDev seeks to improve the effectiveness of development solutions for fragile
and conflict-affected countries through transformative solutions (TS). Transformative Solutions are novel
research based ideas, or variations on existing ideas, that can cause a shift in thinking, inspire change, and
influence outcomes cost-effectively with the ultimate goal of scaling up across multiple countries and/or
disciplines.
ConDev is awarding grants up to $25,000. Cost sharing or leverage is not required but encouraged. All
Transformative Solutions proposals should not exceed two years in duration. All locations and ideas will be
considered. Applications from any university, organization, or researcher will be accepted.
ConDev arranged for the Office of Research Service to formally require accepting universities to NOT take
indirect costs (IDC) from the award. We will work with receiving universities to limit IDC of the recipient but
do not guarantee accepting universities will comply with ConDev requirements. ConDev is operating in
accordance with the Higher Education Solution Network guidelines. However, researchers are expected to
coordinate with their respective institutions to ensure IDC procedures are followed. We will work with
receiving universities to limit IDC of the recipient but do not guarantee accepting universities will comply
with ConDev requirements. Award recipients from non-university organizations will coordinate IDC with
ConDev to identify IDC requirements. ConDev reserves the right to terminate the proposal if financial
accountability is not in compliance with Texas A&M policy. ConDev will provide administrative assistance
throughout this process.
The ConDev HESN project supports research in four primary interest areas including:

How can workforce development and employment engage youth populations?

How can legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and influence cooperation dynamics?

How can natural resource management promote peace?

How can interventions that build upon local coping strategies incentivize food security and promote
resilience?1

Research is encouraged to address cross-cutting themes:
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que indica su habilidad para reaccionar y adaptarse sin perder calidad. minimum one publication. a working relationship with ConDev. ConDev will provide a liaison with the USAID Mission in each country. Accepted concepts notes will be invited to submit full proposals. Generate meaningful and actionable data and analysis that fills knowledge gaps  Integrate gender in methods and solutions  Identify and test innovative applications of information and communications technology  Include local research institutions as partners to generate solutions for and by the local population To apply: 1. Expected outcomes – Is this idea scalable? If so. Problem or question 2. a ConDev core member and in-country ConDev Working Group (WG) member will be assigned to the Transformative Solutions generator to facilitate in writing the fully developed proposal. If approved. and additional deliverables will be requested. Submit concept note to condevcenter@condevcenter. Budget estimation – Estimated total cost and possible leverages 6. additionally USAID representatives will provide input on the concept notes. o bien manejar el crecimiento continuo de trabajo de manera fluida . During the full proposal phase. how? 5. Method to measure success or impact of solution 4. Proposed solution – What impact do you believe your TS will have on the problem? What makes this idea transformative? 3. When possible. host country universities and researchers. ConDev will identify the accepted indirect-rate that recipients are able to charge. phone number. A full proposal invitation does not guarantee funding. regions. Concept notes will be evaluated based on the following criteria:  Strategic fit: Does the question fit into ConDev’s themes for reducing conflict or results of conflict?  Is the solution a transformative idea or a new variation of an existing idea? Will the solution cause a shift in thinking and/or inspire change? Is the solution scalable?2  Is the solution feasible? Is the solution cost effective?  Are cross-cutting themes addressed?  Could the solution be implemented in other areas. For each awardee. Contact information – Name. as well as the expertise and support of ConDev. ConDev reserves the right to reject proposals if the submitting party cannot secure indirect-rate waivers. 2 escalabilidad es la propiedad deseable de un sistema.org with the subject line “TS Submission” The plans should be less than two years in duration. una red o un proceso. Create concept note (four to five pages) based on ConDev template: 1. email. institution 2. or countries? ConDev staff and advisors will evaluate proposals.

as amended. .pdf.usaid. This mandate is codified in Federal Regulations (22 CFR 216) and in USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS)Parts 201.gov/policy/ads/200/).org. For more on Theory of Change: http://pdf.gov/pdf_docs/pnads460. These regulations require that the potential environmental impacts of USAID-financed activities are identified prior to a final decision to proceed and that appropriate environmental safeguards are adopted for all activities. In case of conflict between host country and USAID regulations.cdacollaborative. Section 117 requires that the impact of USAID’s funded activities should consider environmental sustainability in designing and carrying out its development programs. the TS recipient must comply with host country environmental regulations. The grantee shall be responsible for implementing all USAID environmental sustainability conditions pertaining to activities to be funded under this grant. Environmental Considerations – The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The activities and interventions undertaken as a part of the individual TS’s are expected to have no significant adverse effect on the environment in host countries.5 and 204 (http://www. The proposal and research design should contain a section on environmental regulations. (http://www. 2. which simply stated is: the solution plans to do X in order to accomplish Y and the results will be Z. the latter shall govern. please see CDA Collaborative Learning Projects.usaid. In addition. Any questions related to the Transformative Solutions grant may be directed to condevcenter@condevcenter. The detailed “theory of change” should enhance the livelihoods of the impoverished and victimized without negatively impacting the dynamics of the society by putting them in harm’s way.org/programs/do-no-harm/). Inc.The Theory of Change approach to problem solving is promoted within ConDev. If the recipient plans any new activities outside the scope of the approved proposal. Other Notes: 1. amended documentation must be prepared and approved by ConDev and potentially USAID before proceeding with project implementation. ConDev strictly adheres to this principle to be consistent with USAID’s code of ethics. For more details on do no harm. The Do No Harm principle states that interventions and pilot programs or their proposed policy recommendations must not put those living in violent contexts at greater risk than they would otherwise face without the intervention/proposed policy change.