Deadline: 30 October 2013
Open to: institution located in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe with national researchers
Grant: up to US$25,000
The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) is accepting applications for policy window preparation grant under the Policy Window Two grants programme to conduct an impact evaluation of the contribution of the removal of user fees on universal health coverage in the eastern, central and southern Africa region.
This program is being implemented by East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC). The goal of this program is conduct one or more workshops for the relevant implementation questions and participating in impact evaluation design discussions, meeting agency officials and other stakeholders in order to build capacity for identifying programmes to be evaluated.
The proposed budget for the proposal preparation grant cannot exceed US$25,000. The policy window preparation grant (PWPG) covers costs associated with activities, such as travel to meet with the implementing agency, preliminary checking of administrative or secondary data, piloting surveys, site visits or researcher time necessary to develop one or more impact evaluation designs.
During the PWPG phase, the research team is also expected to conduct one or more workshops for the relevant implementing agency officials and other stakeholders in order to build capacity for identifying programmes to be evaluated, determining evaluation questions and participating in impact evaluation design discussions.
At the end of Phase 1, the PWPG grantee submits the proposed design, including a proposed budget, in the 3ie PW2 application form. The PW2 application form and the review form, which fully define the selection criteria, are available HERE. The proposed design is due within four months of the signing of the PWPG grant agreement.
In Phase 2, the proposed design is reviewed and scored by at least one internal and at least three external reviewers. It is 3ie’s intent, although not guarantee, to fund the proposed evaluation, conditional on the proposal receiving adequate scores on all criteria. 3ie may provide comments and request a resubmission of proposals that do not receive adequate scores. 3ie reserves the right not to award any follow-on research grant. If the proposal is accepted, 3ie will award the research team a grant to conduct the impact evaluation under 3ie’s standard terms and conditions.
Only institutions, not individuals, may apply. The lead institution making the application must be located in eastern, central or southern Africa (Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), with national researchers as the lead principal investigators.
The application may include other researchers, including from outside of the region, who are not employees of that institution. (Applicants are encouraged to include a researcher with a good international reputation in an advisory capacity).
Applications shall include five components:
- Completed organization information form, which can be found on the 3ie website website HERE.
- Curriculum vitae (not to exceed three pages each) of all proposed principal investigators (PIs), along with a signed letter from each indicating the share of working time during the three months of the preparation grant expected to be spent on the proposal preparation work and confirming availability for that expected share of working time. It is expected that these PIs will participate in the proposed impact evaluation.
- If applicable, curriculum vitae (not to exceed three pages each) of additional researchers who will be involved in conducting the impact evaluation if approved.
- Copies of up to three impact evaluation studies with proposed PIs as named authors.
- Proposed budget, not to exceed $25,000, for the proposal preparation costs.
The proposed budget must follow 3ie’s direct cost and indirect cost policies. The first three components should be submitted in a single Microsoft Word compatible file, with all font sizes greater than or equal to 11 point. The signed letters from the PIs and sample impact evaluation studies may be submitted as separate PDF files. The budget should be presented in 3ie budget format and follow 3ie budget guidelines. Any budget notes may be submitted as a separate Microsoft Word compatible file with all font sizes greater than or equal to 11 point.
Please submit all files in a single email message not to exceed 5MB to [email protected] no later than 23:59 GMT on 30 October 2013.
For more information, please see the official call HERE.