The Cluster of Collaboration (CLOC) Conéctate A+ is launching a small grants call for collaborative research and a call for conference grants to encourage the research community to address pressing knowledge needs in science, policy, practice, and society. The calls focus on the areas of climate change, ecosystems, and health in the Tropical Andes and Central America region within the framework of sustainable development.

Submission deadline: 14 October 2022.

Background Conéctate A+ 

Conéctate A+ is a “Cluster of Cooperation (CLOC)” and research collaboration hub in the Tropical Andes and Central America region, supported by and part of the swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) programme.  Conéctate A+ has a broad membership that builds on the SUDAC’s Consortia for Education and Research (COFER) and existing networks coordinated and led by the MRI, CONDESAN and the University of Zürich, as well as combining existing and new partnerships in this region. The research activities promoted in Conéctate A+ are thematically focused on climate change, ecosystems, and health in view of sustainable development within the framework of the United Nations Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Conéctate A+ aims to strengthen the capacities needed to achieve the SDGs in the tropical Andes and Central America region by providing a platform that promotes knowledge exchange, generates information, and fosters academic collaboration opportunities among Swiss universities and other key actors that play an active role in formulating and implementing innovative sustainable development strategies and policies in the tropical Andes and Central America region.

Conéctate A+ promotes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research collaborations that actively integrate relevant knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as local knowledge and from stakeholders outside of academia, thereby integrating local voices, needs, knowledge, and common interests in policy processes.

Conéctate A+ is launching two funding calls:


I. Small Grants for Collaborative Research


Download the full call here. 

This small grants programme supports collaborative research, synthesis activities that generate outputs such as publications and kick-start integrative research initiatives, and projects focused on teaching, training, and capacity development across the thematic areas of focus of this call. This is based on the recognition that substantial knowledge gaps persist, especially on the interaction of social and environmental dynamics as they influence sustainability outcomes, including the challenges and opportunities that can ensue.

Conéctate A+ will be awarding small grants (up to 10.000 USD each) to 3- 4 outstanding proposals that meet the eligibility criteria of this call. 

High priority themes for funding

This call invites proposals for inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations that critically conceptualize, analyze, and substantiate how science and policy interact on topics relating to climate change, ecosystems, and health in the Tropical Andes and Central America region within the framework of sustainable development. We encourage proposals for projects that can provide original insights stemming from synthesis and comparative analyses of case studies, meta-analyses, or systematic reviews of the literature. Furthermore, we particularly encourage proposals that engage with, or include education and teaching on university level.

Proponents may consider (but are not limited to) the following areas of thematic interest:

  • Integrative research that links climate change, ecosystems, and health; identifies and/or addresses knowledge gaps in the region; and/or provides scenarios or future projections.
    For example, integrative disaster risk research that considers hazards such as  floods, landslides, or wildfires and their impacts on human health and/or ecosystems; or research on the impacts of climate change on human health in urban areas.
  • Projects focused on transferring, adapting or implementing measures that promote sustainable development in local contexts, especially targeting urban systems, megacities and settlements.
  • Projects focused on teaching, training, and capacity development across the thematic areas of focus of this call. 
    Examples can include: training material for educators to develop curricula and syllabus content and design, content for online educational modules, including virtual experiments for teaching risk assessment in the context of climate change.
  • Synthesis research and/or research partnerships related to the following priority themes: climate change and human health; disaster risk reduction; environmental governance; glacier loss and human health; land-use change and human health; water-related risks and adaptation; and food production, food security and nutrition.
  • Projects that explore links between climate change and human health, which build on the outcomes of previous efforts made under the COFERs KnowledgeForClimate (KfC) and One Health.

 

Eligibility, selection criteria, and evaluation

To be eligible to apply, consortia must:

  • Consist of researchers affiliated with at least one Conéctate A+ member institution in the Tropical Andes and Central America region1, AND at least one SUDAC member institution in Switzerland. There are no caps on the number of partners that can participate in a consortium. 
  • Present a proposal that is thematically focused on the triple nexus between climate change, ecosystems, and health across disciplinary, sectorial, and geographic boundaries in the Tropical Andes and Central America region, and within the framework of sustainable development.
  • Formulate research or guiding questions that address a specific knowledge gap(s) identified for the Tropical Andes and Central America region as part of the proposal.

 

Key dates 

  • Call opens: 19 August 2022
  • Proposals due: 14 October 2022 (midnight GMT-5)
  • Grant award notification: by 11 November 2022 
  • Synthesis report - first draft due: 28 February 2023
  • Synthesis report - second draft: 30 June  2023
  • Synthesis report discussion workshop: September-October  2023
  • Final deliverables due: 30 November 2023

The grant implementation period is expected to last up to 12 months from 1 December to 30 November 2023.

For  further proposal details refer to the full call document. 

A list of eligible Conéctate A+ and SUDAC member institutions can be found here.

Inquiries

For inquiries contact the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) Coordination Office: Michele Egger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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II. Conference Grants Supporting Participation in Conferences


Download the full call here.  

Conéctate A+ promotes collaborative and integrative research in the Tropical Andes and Central America region as well as strengthens links between the network partners in Switzerland and the Americas. To this end, participating in scientific meetings and conferences are an integral part of professional development and fostering research collaborations and the exchange of ideas. In recognition of this important aspect to research, Conéctate A+ is launching a funding call to support researchers' participation in conferences, especially targeting early career researchers.

Grant Objective 

The grant aims at supporting researchers, especially targeting early career researchers (ECRs), who are themselves Conéctate A+ members or have a primary affiliation in a Conéctate A+ member institution. The funding can be used to support travel and registration costs associated with attending in-person scientific conferences. Presentations and conferences need to be thematically linked to climate change, ecosystems and health in the Tropical Andes and Central America region.

Eligibility and selection criteria

To be eligible to receive support from Conéctate A+, applicants must:

  • Be a Conéctate A+ network member or have a primary affiliation in a Conéctate A+ member institution1
  • Preferably be an early career researcher (ECRs)
  • Make an active contribution at the conference (e.g. proof of abstract submission and confirmation of acceptance for an oral/poster presentation, when available)
  • Demonstrate how that the main topic(s) of the contribution are linked to the Conéctate A+ core thematic foci. 

To be eligible to receive support from Conéctate A+, the conference must:

  • Be thematically linked to climate change, ecosystems and/or health in the Tropical Andes and Central America region.
  • Take place in the period between December 2022 - September 2023.

Conference travel within the region of the applicant’s residency are considered for funding under this call. Transoceanic air travel is excluded from funding support. In the event of air travel needed within the region, the applicants need to designate part of their funds to compensate for CO2 emissions.

For a Conéctate A+ Conference Grant, all eligibility criteria specified here above must be met. Selection is solely based on the criteria mentioned in the application form, including the quality of the conference, the applicant’s planned contribution and relevance of this input to the objectives of the Conéctate A+ network. 

Selected applicants will be required to provide a short summary report after the conference, describing main outcomes, conclusions and new connections or knowledge acquired, as well as acknowledge and mention the support received from the Conéctate A+ Conference Grant as part of the conference presentation and related outputs.  

Financial support

Up to a maximum of 1000 USD can be claimed by the selected grantee for conference fees, travel costs, accommodation and meal expenses. 

Remark: The Conéctate A+ Conference Grant does not necessarily cover all expenses related to participating in a given conference. The grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected grantee.

Application details and deadline

Please submit your application via this online form. Application deadline is 14 October 2022. 

Inquiries

For inquiries contact the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) Coordination Office: Michele Egger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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1 A list of eligible Conéctate A+ and SUDAC member institutions can be found here or on the CLOC website


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