Monday, December 10, 2012


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor in sub-Saharan Africa

The Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) research programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). UPGro is an international programme funding interdisciplinary research generating evidence and innovative tools to enable developing countries and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way for the ultimate benefit of the poor.

This call for UPGro 2012 Catalyst Grants provides an opportunity for the world’s best researchers to develop and test new innovative ideas for addressing the programme’s aim of enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor. It is also an opportunity to facilitate the development of new interdisciplinary teams that bring together developing and developed country scientists.

There will be a further call/s for larger, interdisciplinary consortia. There is no requirement for applicants to have applied for or received funding from these catalyst grants in order to participate in the second or other future calls within this programme.

Applications are invited for funding of up to £150,000 Full Economic Cost (FEC). This call has a total available budget of up to £1.5M. Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of one year with an expected start date prior to 31st July 2013.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 10, 2013

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