Vol. 8, No. 4 October-December 2002
Applied Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction
ProVention Consortium is a global coalition of governments, international organizations, academic
institutions, the private sector, and civil society organizations aimed at
reducing disaster impacts in developing countries. The Consortium functions
as a network to share knowledge and to connect and leverage resources to
reduce disaster risk. It focuses on synergy and coordination so that
efforts, and benefits, are shared.
PROPOSAL THEMES & OBJECTIVES
Proposals can focus on the links between disasters, poverty
and the environment, and should fall into three general categories: (i)
hazard and risk identification, (ii) risk reduction, and (iii) risk
sharing/transfer. Field work is encouraged at all levelsócommunity to
regional to national. Proposals may also look at lessons learned from past
or ongoing activities.
Any effective strategy to manage disaster risk must begin with an identification of what the hazards are and what is vulnerable to them. Thus, proposals will be supported which explore how informed decisions can be made on where to invest, and how to design sustainable projects that will withstand the impacts of potential hazard events. A more complete understanding of the full economic, financial, and social impacts of disasters on a country can demonstrate the importance of including risk reduction measures in any development strategy.
2. Risk Reduction: Avoiding Hazards and Reducing Vulnerability
The risk of disaster can be reduced by reducing either the hazard or the vulnerability (or both). Strategies to avoid hazards (e.g., earthquake zones) include land use and development planning. Resistance strategies (e.g., building codes) ensure that safe structures are built that can withstand the effects of extreme events. Projects can address the need for scientific and technical knowledge. They can also consider how to overcome the socioeconomic, institutional and political barriers to the adoption of effective risk reduction strategies and measures in developing countries. Other possibilities include activities aimed at heightening the awareness of stakeholders to the threat of natural disasters and what can be done about it, and educational and training activities that increase the understanding of policy makers, decision makers and practitioners about disaster management.
3. Risk Sharing/Transfer: Protecting Investments and Sharing the Costs
The competition also welcomes proposals exploring possibilities for protecting investments and advancing disaster risk awareness. These mechanisms may include traditional insurance tools, or those that assist the very poor to more effectively manage disaster risk, such as safety nets, calamity funds, or informal insurance arrangements.
CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
Proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they conform with the following criteria:
1. Candidate is national of a developing country. Students who are citizens of developing countries but working in industrialized countries are also eligible.
2. Candidate is 35 years old or younger. Applicants may apply as a team, however, a team leader must be designated. All team members must be 35 years old or younger, and the team leader must be a national of a developing country.
3. Candidate is student or professional staff member of organization addressing disaster risk management. Applicants must be students pursuing either a bachelorís, masterís or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university OR a professional staff member of an organization working on disaster risk management registered in a developing country.. Each applicant is required to name a faculty advisor or professional mentor and provide an endorsement letter from that person and his/her administrative supervisor.
4. Project has a six month implementation timeframe. As the proposals are meant to be pilot activities to "test" an idea or approach, they must entail a time frame for implementation of no more than six months from the start of the project. The intent of the grants program is to encourage the next generation of researchers and practitioners by publicly recognizing their potential and providing them with the financial resources for the completion of projects that demonstrate potential solutions to disaster management problems.
5. Maximum grant award amount. Awards may vary in size based on the needs of the proposals that are selected. The maximum size of a ProVention Consortium grant award is US$5,000.
6. All applications and project documentation must be submitted in English.
Winning proposals will be those which best present ideas that address the ProVention Consortiumís priorities in reducing disaster impacts in developing countries in a sustainable way. In addressing these focus areas, proposals should seek to answer the following questions:
Proposals will be evaluated for their innovativeness, feasibility, project design, and utilization potential. Final decisions may also reflect the need for regional coverage and a desired mix of project types.
Your proposal outline should cover the following:
1. TITLE of your idea:
This will eventually become the project name.
2. APPLICANT information and contact details:
Include details on your nationality, date of birth, and a brief summary of your academic background and/or professional experience. If applying as part of a team, provide listed information on all team members and indicate who is the team leader. You must provide full contact information including email address if you have one.
3. GEOGRAPHICAL coverage
Indicate whether the project includes activities in a specific country, several countries (name them), a region or if they are global in scope.
4. FOCUS area
Please indicate one theme which is best addressed by your idea.
To facilitate future retrieval, please select a maximum of three (3) keywords that are most applicable to your idea.
6. DESCRIPTION of your idea (not to exceed 2 pages or 1000 words)
--Briefly describe the goals and objectives of the idea, as well as the methods and procedures to be used in the project.
--Consult the PROPOSAL OBJECTIVES, CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY and GUIDELINES to ensure that your idea lies within the three focus areas and addresses the relevant Design and Implementation questions.
--Provide a description of the major activities, the expected utility of the project, and its intended beneficiaries.
7. Project COST:
Provide a brief statement of the idea's need for funding in order to achieve the stated objectives. If the funds are to be leveraged with those from other sources, differentiate between funding requested from the ProVention Consortium and funds coming from others. The budget breakdown should cover these items:
8. ADVISOR or MENTOR
Each applicant is required to name a faculty advisor or professional mentor and provide an endorsement letter from that person and his/her administrative supervisor. There is no requirement that such work be part of a masterís thesis or Ph.D. dissertation project, although this is allowable. If the work is to be part of a thesis or dissertation project, please indicate that.
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIALS WITH YOUR PROPOSAL.
The ProVention Consortium prefers receiving proposals via
If you do not have access to e-mail or the internet and are applying by paper mail, you must allow for additional processing time, so your proposal must be received by 21 FEBRUARY 2003 at this address:
ProVention Consortium Risk Grants
Grant awards will be announced o/a 30 April 2003
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