Call for Proposals

Abu Dhabi Dialogue Knowledge Forum

Small Grants Programme (ADDKF-SGP)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, is pleased to announce the call for proposals for funding under the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Knowledge Forum-Small Grants Programme (ADDKF-SGP). 


The Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group (ADD-G) is a partnership of senior members of government, academia and civil society from the seven countries that share the Rivers of the Greater Himalayas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The 10-year vision of the ADD-G is: “A cooperative and knowledge-based partnership of states (for) fairly managing and developing the Himalayan river systems to bring economic prosperity, peace and social harmony, and environmental sustainability from the source to the sea.”

Abu Dhabi Dialogue Knowledge Forum is one of the programs of the South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) of the World Bank supported by the donor partners of SAWI’s Multi Donor Trust Fund. Funds have been made available through the South Asia Water initiative (SAWI) to ICIMOD for the administration of the Small Grants Program (SGP). The objectives of SGP are to (i) to facilitate the quest to increase knowledge about water resources systems and their uses within the realm of the Greater Himalayas, particularly under stress from climate change and other drivers of change, including those arising from population and economic growth (ii) to facilitate collaboration among knowledge institutions from different countries sharing the rivers of the Greater Himalayas and (iii) to support them to work together in a collaborative manner. The outcome of the SGP is expected to: (a) initiate new knowledge generation, (b) expand current research activities across boundaries, and (c) disseminate knowledge within the region.

Priority research topics

The priority research topics of interest are:

  1. Vulnerability, adaptation and impacts of climate change; 
  2. Integrated ecosystem and river basin management, including benefit sharing;
  3. Upstream-downstream impacts of water storage projects, covering both natural and artificial water storage systems;
  4. Management of water for enhancing food security.


Institutions eligible for submission of a proposal can be academic, NGOs, or governmental institutions (in cases where they also play such a function) based in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, or Pakistan. There is a fixed upper limit of US$150,000 for each grant request, but it is recommended that financial proposals be in the range of US$50,000–100 000. The funded proposals: (a) must include two or more knowledge institutions from two or more ADD-G countries, (b) must have relevance for river basin management and benefit sharing in the region, and (c) must promote a spirit of regional cooperation and knowledge sharing. Preferably, the partnership would also combine a number of disciplinary interest and institutional experiences to work on a problem of mutual interest.

Submission details

Proposals should be received on or before 7 April 2011. The proposal submission guidelines set out in the Proposal Form must be followed strictly. 

The Proposal Form and the Budget Breakdown Table can be downloaded from the links below:

(Please click here to download the Proposal Form)

(Please click here to download the Project Operational Plan Table)

(Please click here to download the Budget Breakdown Table)


Programme Support Officer, Small Grants Programme
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tel 977-1-5003222/5003310 Ext 261
Fax 977-1-5003277