Call for Proposals: GODAN Action Training Mini-Grants 2018

Call for Proposals: GODAN Action Training Mini-Grants 2018

Deadline: May 7, 2018

GODAN Action Training Mini-Grants are open for applications. Proposals are invited from dynamic trainers with demonstrable experience, who would like to collaborate with the GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Action project to build the capacity and diversity of open data users and intermediaries, leading to increased understanding and the more effective use of open data in tackling key agriculture and nutrition challenges.

The GODAN Action project is a three-year project to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. GODAN Action supports data users, producers and intermediaries to effectively engage with open data and maximise its potential for impact in the agriculture and nutrition sectors.

The project works along three focal areas:

  • Standards – Enhancing data standards and promoting best practice in the management and sharing of data.
  • Research – Identifying and improving tools and methods for assessing the impact of open data use in the sector.
  • Capacity – Building the capacity and diversity of open data users, leading to more effective use of data by key stakeholders in tackling agriculture and nutrition challenges.

The activities undertaken in each of the focal areas will be connected through a shared focus on a series of three thematic topics. These themes will target distinct communities of stakeholders working actively in different areas of the wider agriculture and nutrition sector.

GODAN Action themes and use cases

  • Weather Data: Improving capacity of national governments to release weather data as open data.
  • Weather Data:  Improving the capabilities of intermediaries to work with available weather data and to collaborate with data providers.
  • Land dataImproving the capacity of organizations and institutions to publish land-related data and information as open data.
  • Land Data: Improving the capacity of individuals and organisations to effectively use open land-related data.
  • Nutrition Data: Improving the capacity of organizations and institutions to publish open data on malnutrition.
  • Nutrition Data: Improving the capacity of individuals and organisations to effectively use open malnutrition data.

Grants

The objective of this grant is to support the delivery of training activities to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. It responds to the strategic need to support more effective use of data by key stakeholders in tackling agriculture and nutrition challenges.

Successful applicants will receive financial support for the organisation of their proposed training workshops of up to GBP2,000 (eq. Euro 2262). The training workshops should incorporate and address issues of weather data, land data or nutrition data, as these are the themes for the GODAN Action project.

There are up to eight (8) grants each that can be used toward the expenses involved in organising a local training workshop (minimum 2 days) for a minimum of 20 participants.

Eligible workshop costs are:

  • venue hire;
  • catering
  • stationery
  • equipment hire; and
  • administration costs (inclusive of fees for service providers, logistics costs, etc.).

NB. The grant may not be enough to cover all the expenses, therefore the applicant may need to source additional funds from the hosting institution.

In addition to the grant, GODAN Action will support the grant beneficiaries with access to the GODAN Action Learning Repository, which is a collection of learning materials, which can assist in the training activities, as well as promoting the training workshops on the GODAN website and social media.

Eligibility

Applicants should / must be experienced trainers from private or public, national or regional organizations who:

  • Have relevant work experience in any of the following areas: agriculture/nutrition; open data; data science; data management; ICT4D; information science or statistics and/or work in the land sector or nutrition sector.
  • Have demonstrable experience as a trainer/educator.
  • Applicants who will deliver the workshop in any of the DFID priority countries below.

Countries

Activities must be conducted in DFID priority countries, notably: Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Burma | Caribbean | Democratic Republic of Congo | Ethiopia | Ghana | Iraq | Jordan | Kenya | Kyrgyzstan | Lebanon |Liberia | Malawi | Mozambique | Nepal | Nigeria | Occupied Palestinian Territories | Overseas Territories | Pakistan | Rwanda | Sierra Leone | Somalia |South Africa | South Sudan | Sudan | Syria | Tajikistan | Tanzania | Uganda |Yemen | Zambia | Zimbabwe

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria for a total of 100 points:

  • Extent of alignment of the proposal with the GODAN Action curriculum [20 points].
  • Likely impact of the workshop [20 points].
  • Extent of alignment of the proposal to the GODAN Action themes [15 points].
  • The relevance of the identified target audience to the GODAN Action project [15 points].
  • Ability to be completed within the budget provided and within three months of the contract signature date [15 points].
  • Demonstrated experience within the project team [15 points].

Application

GODAN Action Training Mini-Grants invites proposals from those interested in building the capacity of open data users in agriculture and nutrition.

The grant application form requires the following information:

  • Workshop rationale
  • Implementation plan
  • Project Timeline
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Project Team
  • Project budget for which grant financing is sought. NB. The total grant amount will not exceed GBP 2,000 (eq. Euro 2,262).

Proposals outside the application form will not be reviewed. Proposals must be submitted online by no later than 7 May 2018, 23:59 Central European Time (CET) through email to [email protected]. Late entries will not be accepted.

For more information, visit GODAN Action Training Mini-Grants.

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