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 development cooperation. 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.

These are the Global Minds calls for activities in 2020:

Deadline proposals: 1 October 2019

1. Operational Grants for doctoral and postdoctoral fellows (OPG) 2020

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, promote the inclusion of a development cooperation dimension in their ongoing research or initiate university development cooperation research within their department.
The amount of the grant is € 12,500 and has to be spent between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for OPG 2020 and the Application Form for OPG 2020 .
Contact: Nancy.Terryn@UGent.be

2. University Development Cooperation Capacity Building (CB) 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 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 two budget categories:
Category A up to €7,500 (e.g. explorative missions, guest lectures, staff training, …)
Category B up to €15,000 (e.g. conference)
The budget has to be spent between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for CB 2020 the Application Form for CB 2020 .
Contact: Veerle.Devriendt@UGent.be

3. Short Research Stays (SRS) 2020
GMF Ghent University provides 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.
Visitors will receive a monthly allowance for a stay between 1 month and 90 days (€1400/month). This grant does not provide the airline ticket.
The budget has to be spent between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SRS 2020 and the Application Form for SRS 2020 .
Contact: Veerle.Devriendt@UGent.be

4. Sensitizing Events (SE) 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 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 per SE.
The budget has to be spent between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SE 2020 and the Application Form for SE 2020 .
Contact: Liesbeth.Vandepitte@UGent.be

 

Moreover the Commission for Development Cooperation (COS) issued a permanent call in 2019 for proposals for these types of intervention:

1. University Development Cooperation Capacity Building: Explorative mission to prepare a UDC project proposal (CB PC 2019).
2. Sensitizing Events (SE PC 2019)

Deadline proposals: 30 August/8 November 2019 5:00pm (Belgian time)
 
1. University Development Cooperation Capacity Building (CB PC 2019): 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.

Proposals can be submitted up to €7,500.

The budget has to be spent between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. Except for proposals for the last submission deadline 8 November 2019, also expenditures/activities in 2020 will be eligible.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for CB (PC 2019) and the Application Form for CB (PC 2019).
Contact: Veerle.Devriendt@UGent.be

2. Sensitizing Events (SE PC 2019)

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 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 per SE.

The budget has to be spent between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. Except for proposals for the last submission deadline 8 November 2019, also expenditures/activities in 2020 will be eligible.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SE (PC 2019) and the Application Form for SE (PC 2019).
Contact: Liesbeth.Vandepitte@UGent.be

 

EXTRA:

Global Minds VLIR-UOS Call (Definition & objectives: page 7-11)

Global Minds List of countries

List of selected projects Global Minds Fund Ghent University 2017

List of selected projects Global Minds Fund Ghent University 2018

List of selected projects Global Minds Fund Ghent University 2019

Financial Guidelines

 
CLOSED GLOBAL MINDS FUND CALLS:

Call Operational Grants (OPG) 2019

Call Capacity Building (CB) 2019

Call Sensitizing Events (SE) 2019

Call Short Research Stays (SRS) 2019