Call for small grant proposals

Achieving the UN 2030 Agenda through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires, among other key considerations, the mobilisation of diverse knowledge, expertise, financial resources, and political will across scales - at the global, regional, national and local levels — to transform the economic, social, and environmental context towards a more sustainable future (United Nations, 2015).

 Conéctate A+ is calling for proposals for collaborative research activities that contribute to the elaboration of synthesis reports, case studies, or meta-analyses that explore the contemporary challenges for effective and equitable science-informed decision-making that contribute to the implementation of the SDGs in the Andes+ region (tropical Andean countries and Central America). Conéctate A+ will award small grants for two to three outstanding proposals that meet the eligibility criteria of this call.

High Priority Themes for Funding

This call seeks interdisciplinary collaborations that can critically conceptualise, analyse, and generate insights for how science and policy interact in practice across the domains of human health, ecosystems, and climate change, and their interactions, to contribute to a more coherent, effective, and equitable implementation of SDG-oriented policies in the Andes+ region.

We encourage proposals that can provide insights based on case studies, meta-analyses, or systematic reviews that address interactions for at least two of the three domains listed, with a regional focus. Applicants may consider the following as options for research collaborations (not limited to):

  • Multi-sector and multi-scale studies that provide conceptual and/or empirical insights to understand the challenges of SDG implementation and that account for trade-offs and synergies between and within the SDGs targets and indicators
  • The role of current governance models and arrangements, at the global, transboundary regional, national and/or local levels, that facilitate or hinder the implementation process and expected outcomes of the SDGs
  • Dynamics between science/knowledge systems, science advisory mechanisms, scientists and decision-makers at the global, national and local levels and their role in decision-making and solution-building, with emphasis on the links/relationships between climate change, human health, and ecosystems.

Selected proposals will receive funding of up to 12,000.00 USD to cover the following types of expenses: co-financing salaries of early career researchers and students involved in the project, travel and fieldwork costs, and workshops.

Application Details and Key Dates

Proposals of up 2,000 words must address the following:

  • Problem statement - the main key issues to be addressed for implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Andes+ region, considering linkages between climate change, ecosystems, and human health
  • Research question(s) - An overview of the research questions to be addressed in the synthesis report
  • Methodology - Research approach or proposed methods for generating the analysis and the synthesis report
  • Work plan and budget - An eight-month work plan and budget in which the proposed research initiatives and activities are specified. The work plan should elaborate on how the proposed activities will contribute to sustain an active collaboration between the institutions involved and the project team members. The budget should detail the amount requested to Conéctate A+ and other complementary institutional contributions. A template is available to use
  • In addition, a 2-page CV for each team member must be appended to the proposal

Submit your proposal by completing the PROPOSAL TEMPLATE and the BUDGET TEMPLATE provided and send them as PDFs by email to Gustavo Valdivia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the lead applicant's name and the title of the proposal and in the subject of the email. Submission deadline: 17:00 EST (-5 GMT), 3 April 2020.

Download the Official Call



  • Proposals due: Friday, 3 April 2020 (extended deadline)
  • Proposals review:  4 - 23 April 2020
  • Grant award notification: 24 April 2020
  • Synthesis report first draft:  16 October 2020
  • Synthesis report final draft: 15 January 2021



Any questions relating to this call may be addressed to Gustavo Valdivia at CONDESAN - Peru (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) T: +51 1 6189400

  Photo by Ajshalom Cliver Mejia

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