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Knowledge Management Fund (KMF) 2021 Grant Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Agencies,
Journalists, IHEs, and Individuals for Innovative Security-Related Projects

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Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law (KPSRL) - Knowledge Management Fund (KMF)

LOI Date:

03/12/21

Deadline Date:

04/19/21

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, private organizations, journalists, government agencies, IHEs, and researchers for innovative ideas and projects that enhance the field of security and law. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support events, research, and innovative programs that contribute to the field of Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) particularly in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS).

The Knowledge Management Fund is the Knowledge Platform’s instrument to financially support activities arising from its network. The small-scale grants awarded by the Fund offer a low barrier to entry for innovative, agile, and experimental proposals. The aim of proposals is to diversify thinking and evidence in the Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) field, particularly in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS).

The KMF is a €200,000 annual fund that awards grants for 9-month projects of up to €20,000 for events, research ideas and other initiatives that contribute to improving the quality of knowledge generated by the SRoL field, and its subsequent uptake. 

In 2021 The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law will be directing its instruments and attention toward aspects of asymmetry in Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) policies, programming, and partnerships. This is both in response to and support of our community’s growing focus on shifting power dynamics and how this historical moment calls for – and might enable – a re-balancing.

The KMF is made up of three strands to which you may apply: Events, Research, and Innovation. Each strand funds different kinds of activities and initiatives that, collectively, aim to produce original insights to help the Platform improve the quality and uptake of knowledge across its thematic areas. The thematic headline that gives direction to the KMF is described in the information document found in Supporting Documents, below, which has been updated as of February 18th, 2021.

Events: If your application involves only events, workshops etc. then your application should be submitted under the Events strand.

Research: For research projects, that is, pilot studies, proof of concept studies, methodology testing, literature reviews and other activities focused on collecting and analyzing data, we encourage you to apply for the Research strand. While research should be the primary focus, projects under this strand can include organizing subsequent and related activities such as organizing research dissemination and presentations and validation workshops. 

Innovation: If your idea is committed to experimentation to address potential for strengthening practice or policy within the SRoL field, or looking at fresh ways to present and disseminate research and knowledge or to stimulate learning, then the Innovation strand is best for you.

For more information on these strands, see: https://www.kpsrl.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/KMF%202021%20-%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf#page=2

The following subthemes may be used to further specify project aims:

  1. Change and Learning Processes
  2. Examining and Improving Policy
  3. Other ways to strengthen SRoL policies and programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188150

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fund will award grants of up to a maximum of €20,000. There is no minimum amount, however, the Secretariat will assess each grant’s level of impact against the administrative burden involved in allocating and managing it.

Term of Contract:

All projects will be expected to begin by May 15th, 2021 and close by February 15th, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are open to any consortium or individual with the ambition to improve policies, programs or knowledge in the field of security and rule of law in fragile and conflict affected countries. Thinktanks, (I)NGOs, academics, universities, private sector organizations, government institutions, journalists, independent researchers or innovators, and data specialists are all welcome to submit proposals.

Partnerships between individuals and organizations and across the range of sectors within our network are highly encouraged. In particular, the KMF welcomes partnerships that link people from different regions of the globe.

KMF proposals submitted by any of the Platform’s consortium partners (The Clingendael Institute, Saferworld and IDLO) are assessed through a separate procedure. Proposals are received by the Secretariat, which checks the proposal for eligibility. Those proposals that meet the eligibility requirements are sent on to the Platform’s Advisory Committee, whose members assess the proposals according to the stated Criteria.

The KMF will not fund overheads or indirect costs. The KMF will not cover any expenses not agreed in advance in the budget within the signed contract.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates:
- February 18th: Theme and guidelines released
- March 12th: Phase I - Expressions of Interest due
- April 1st: Phase II - Invitations for full proposals
- April 19th: Phase II - Full proposals due
- May 3rd: KMF recipients are awarded
- May 15th: KMF project start date (9 month duration)

Please note that there will be a second application window in Quarter III of 2021.

Based on the quality and thematic relevance of the Expressions of Interest, a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please note that budget proposals will only be accepted using the Foundation's budget template in Supporting Documents, below.

All applicants must commit to providing (in-kind) contributions amounting to at least 20% of the total award sought.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:https://www.kpsrl.org/expression-of-interest-submission-form

For any further questions, please contact the Platform via KMF@kpsrl.org.

Melissa Krassenstein
Communications Lead
m.krassenstein@kpsrl.org

Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law
Zeestraat 100
2518 AD The Hague
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)70 3141 962
E-mail: info@kpsrl.org

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