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.

Opportunities to build innovative responses to global and local challenges

The Commission for Development Cooperation (COS) issues the last permanent call with deadline 6/11/2020: more information can be found below.

The Commission for Development Cooperation (COS) issues new calls for 4 types of projects in 2021: Operational Grants, Capacity Building, Short Research Stays, Sensitizing Events.

Deadline proposals to start these new projects in 2021: 15 December 2020 5:00 pm (Belgian time)

1. OPERATIONAL GRANTS

Ghent University wishes to provide funding to PhD students as well as young postdoctoral fellows to either support and expand their ongoing research on development-related research issues or to promote the inclusion of a development cooperation dimension in their ongoing research as well as initiate university development cooperation research within their department.

The maximum amount of the grant is € 12,500.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for OPG (2021) and the Application form for OPG (2021).
Contact: Nancy.Terryn@ugent.be

 

2. CAPACITY BUILDING

Ghent University provides funding for initiatives that enhance the university’s research and/or teaching capacity with respect to development cooperation. This call reaches out to all Ghent community members, academic and non-academic staff and students, to propose scientific or educational oriented initiatives.

Proposals can be submitted for one of the following budget categories:

  1. Category A up to €7,500 (e.g. explorative missions, guest lectures, staff training, …)
  2. Category B up to €15,000 (e.g. conference) for which the co-financing of minimum €7.500 is required

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for CB (2021) and the Application form for CB (2021).
Contact: Nancy.Terryn@ugent.be

 

3. SHORT RESEARCH STAYS

Ghent University wishes to provide funding to junior and senior researchers from one of the 31 VLIR-UOS countries who wish to spend a short research stay (SRS) at Ghent University to support and expand their ongoing research on development-related research issues. The short research stay can last for minimum 1 month and up to 90 days at most.

Per selected candidate, a short term allowance will be awarded for the period of one stay, following the VLIR-UOS Allowances and Guidelines, as well as insurance. The Global Minds Fund does not provide the airline return ticket.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SRS (2021) and the Application form for SRS (2021).

Contact: Nancy.Terryn@ugent.be

 

4. SENSITIZING EVENTS

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 developing countries in the wider context of global problems on the one hand, and on the approaches Ghent University is taking to tackle some of these problems on the other.

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

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SE (2021) and the Application form for SE (2021).
Contact: Nancy.Terryn@ugent.be

 

Enlargement of the permanent GM 2020 calls CB and SE due to COVID-19: deadline proposals: 6 November 2020 5:00pm (Belgian time)

Because the COVID-19 outbreak made contacts with Southern partners more difficult due to travel bans or caused delays in PhD research or projects because of the closure of labs, impossibility of data collection or field research and so on, the permanent GM call is enlarged towards a call for funding projects, students or researchers who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.   

This implies that under the permanent call proposals can also be submitted limited to 7,500 euro for CB or 3.500 for SE to cover extra costs of activities with the intention to limit the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak within a running PhD or research project. Eligible partner countries are:

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
  • Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Vietnam.
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru.

Because Global Minds is a fund of VLIR-UOS with as goal to increase the capacity of Flemish universities to create interaction with Southern partners, the proposal needs to show it is in the interest of capacity building of Ghent University to cover these extra costs.

Possibilities are (but not limited to these):

  • CB: funding of an extra or a prolonged stay of PhD students or researchers to finish their intended research. This can only be requested in the case their own scholarship financer is not funding an extra or prolonged stay (this implies that most VLIR-UOS projects (IUS, NW, TEAM, SI, …)  itself are not-eligible since VLIR-UOS has offered extra flexibility to extend stays and move project budgets to 2021 for stays that have been postponed).
  • CB: extra costs linked to local data collection or research in the South for students or researchers who are unable to travel to the South for their project but need these data.
  • CB: costs for the development of learning materials or cooperative learning initiatives with institutes in VLIR-UOS countries
  • SE: costs related to webinars or virtual lectures on development cooperation, SDG’s, sensitization and so on.

University Development Cooperation Capacity Building (CB PC 2020):

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.

The third call for Capacity Building also aims to fund extra costs of activities with the intention to limit the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak within a running PhD or research project.

Proposals can be submitted up to €7,500.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for CB (PC 2020) and the Application Form for CB (PC 2020).
Contact: Nancy.Terryn@ugent.be

Sensitizing Events (SE PC 2020)

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 developing countries 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.

The third call for Sensitizing Events is enlarged towards a call for funding adjusted events with the intention to limit the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.  

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

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SE (PC 2020) and the Application Form for SE (PC 2020).
Contact: Nancy.Terryn@ugent.be

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