Call for Project Proposals Strengthening the Capacities of Science Granting Councils in Gender and Inclusivity - Questions & Answers

This summarises responses to questions received regarding the Call for Proposals to strengthen capacities of Science Granting Councils in Gender and Inclusivity. The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa is abbreviated as SGCI, and Science Granting Councils (SGCs) referred to simply as 'Councils' in this document.

1. Is a grants program included in the proposal for the Councils or will they have their own budgets to implement a gender related grants program?

The Collaborating Technical Agency (CTA) will be expected to directly fund the activities outlined in the proposal which could include funds for research/studies, which could be carried out in collaboration with Councils. But the Councils are not expected to manage any of the funds in this project. The CTA will be expected to provide technical support and guidance to Councils to mainstream gender dimensions in research projects that Councils are funding separately.

2. The project requires one to be responsive to the needs/priorities of individual Councils, which makes it difficult to be too prescriptive in the proposal as flexibility is required. Will this be taken into account in project design?

The SGCI is implemented in a manner that ensures flexibility in relation to responding to the needs of councils, and this is an important consideration in selecting a CTA. Although this is taken into consideration, applicants should provide as much information and details on the proposed interventions. 

3. Is it possible to have more insight as to how the SGCI will enable interaction with other key players, such as the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) consultant, the Gender Working Group (GWG) and the intersectionality consultant?

The SGCI Initiative Management Team (IMT) and particularly IDRC's responsible Program Officer will support the CTA to interact with the other key players including the MEL consultant.

4. Is the project expected to have an in-house MEL expert, or will it work with the SGCI MEL expert on collecting indicators?
You can suggest an approach to MEL for the project with indicators and ways to collect data. The details will be finalized in consultation with the SGCI MEL expert and IDRC's responsible Program Officer. Implementation of the MEL function will be coordinated as part of the overall MEL work of the SGCI MEL expert. It will not be the responsibility of the SGCI MEL expert to take the lead on MEL for this project. 

5. Is it appropriate to include background references in the proposal or do they serve as a distraction?
Background references can be included in the proposal. 

6. Will the CTA be required to obtain country clearance for each of the 15 countries or is this already covered by the SGCI?
IDRC, which will issue the grant agreement to the CTA, requires clearance in keeping with its agreements with many of the 15 countries where the CTA will be working. In most cases clearance is not required for training activities, but it is required for research; in many cases the agency providing clearance will be the Councils with whom the CTA will be working.

 7. Will translation of these materials be necessary?
Yes. French and Portuguese translations will be required when working with specific SGCs. 

 8. Will ethics approval be required for this work?
Whether ethics approval is required will depend on whether the project proposes to involve research. In many of the 15 countries the Councils will be able to facilitate approval of ethics.