Global Minds Fund

Since 2017, the Federal Government allocates funds to Ghent University through the office of the VLIR-UOS to further develop and expand its University Development Cooperation (UDC) capacity. Global Minds Fund Ghent University provides funding for initiatives that enhance the university’s research and/or teaching capacity with respect to partnerships with the Global South. This call reaches out to all Ghent community members, to propose scientific or educational oriented initiatives.

New opportunities to build innovative responses to global and local challenges

The Commission for Development Cooperation (COS) issues a permanent call in 2021 for proposals for these types of intervention:

  1. University Development Cooperation Capacity Building (CB PC 2021):
    - Explorative mission to prepare a UDC project proposal
    - Funding for projects, students or researchers who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
  2. Sensitizing Events (SE PC 2021) and funding for adjusted events with the intention to limit the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak
Deadline proposals: 7 February/17 May/27 August/25 October 2021, 5:00pm (Belgian time)

1. UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION CAPACITY BUILDING (CB PC 2021)

  • Explorative mission to prepare a UDC project proposal
    GMF Ghent University provides funding for initiatives that enhance the university’s research and/or teaching capacity with respect to development cooperation. This call aims at qualitative proposals for UDC projects in research, education and/or service to society. It provides funding to organise an explorative mission to and/or from a South partner to prepare a project proposal for funding agencies (VLIR-UOS, EU, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or others) and to enhance future collaboration in UDC.
  • Funding for projects, students or researchers who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
    As the COVID-19 outbreak hindered collaboration with Southern partners due to travel bans, closure of labs, impossibility of data collection or field research … , the permanent GM call 2021 covers unforeseen costs due to the COVID-19 outbreak (e.g. due to delayed travel) or additional costs of activities and reorientations intended to limit the hurdles caused by the COVID-19 outbreak within a running PhD, research or education project

Proposals can be submitted up to €7,500.

The budget has to be spent between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 (retroactive costs possible).

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for CB PC 2021 and the Application Form for CB PC 2021.
Contact: Veerle.Devriendt@ugent.be

2. SENSITIZING EVENTS (SE PC 2021)

The Global Minds Fund of Ghent University provides

  • funding for events or actions that raise awareness among the Ghent University community (students, co-workers, other Ghent University stakeholders) about the challenges of the Global South in the wider context of global problems on the one hand and the approaches Ghent University is taking to tackle some of these problems on the other;
  • funding for adjusted events with the intention to limit the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the United Nations will be used as guidance for themes within this call.

Selected proposals will be granted a contribution up to a maximum of € 3,500.

The budget has to be spent between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 (retroactive costs possible).

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SE PC 2021 and the Application Form for SE PC 2021.
Contact: Veerle.Devriendt@ugent.be

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