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CALL FOR RESEARCH CONCEPT NOTES
SANDEE invites concept notes in any area of environmental and resource economics relating to the development of South Asia and the HKH for summer 2021 grant cycle.
31 December 2020
SANDEE is an initiative of ICIMOD under its Regional Programme on MKAN. SANDEE is a research capacity-building network that provides research support to researchers and institutions from South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region interested in the connections between economic development, the environment, and the use of natural resources. ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge-sharing centre based in Kathmandu, Nepal, that works in its eight Regional Member Countries of the HKH region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Globalization and climate change increasingly threaten the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and livelihoods in mountain and downstream communities. ICIMOD aims to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities while addressing upstream–downstream issues. ICIMOD serves its Regional Member Countries through six regional programmes, with competencies in four thematic areas.
SANDEE invites concept notes in any area of environmental and resource economics relating to the development of South Asia and the HKH region. Of particular interest are concept notes that demonstrate a clear demand from policymakers for their underlying research, although any innovative research idea within the scope of SANDEE that has scientific merit will be considered. The landmark 2019 Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment report – coordinated by ICIMOD under its Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) – identifies several gaps in the evidence base to take actions to safeguard the mountain environment and improve the livelihoods of people living in the area and downstream. Accordingly, concept notes addressing relevant issues identified in the report will be of particular interest.
We encourage research on issues of interest to national, provincial, and local policymakers in the region, including environmental issues faced by people living in the plains, hills, and mountains in the aftermath of COVID-19 and how green recovery could be promoted to address the environmental issues and improve livelihoods. We will also consider proposals that critically examine the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that each country has submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the Paris Agreement. Other areas of interest are urban environmental issues and sustainability, energy access and efficiency, disaster resilience, and green jobs/growth.
Grants are likely to be in the range of USD 20,000–30,000 over a two-year period. The upper limit grants are aimed for the multidisciplinary teams involving two or more countries in the region, or focus on a transboundary issue.
Applications that do not meet the criteria mentioned in this call will not be considered. Candidates whose concept notes are shortlisted will be invited to submit full research proposals, which will be rigorously reviewed by multiple reviewers. Successfully revised proposals will be further reviewed, and a final shortlist will be formed. PIs of shortlisted proposals will be invited to a research and training workshop to be held in summer 2021, where they will present and defend their proposals for a SANDEE research grant competition.
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