The Alliance has developed a clearly defined competitive grants process to ensure that the Alliance funds high quality proposals selected from a range of potential applicants. In addition, with the exception of a limited set of ‘sole source’, pilot, or small-grant activities, Secretariat-funded projects will include a competitive peer reviewed selection process. Please note that the Secretariat’s goal is to fund as many projects as possible and appropriate through a competitive process.
Request for Proposals Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers
This Request for Proposals (RFP) is part of the Alliance’s strategy to strengthen the cookstove sector’s ability to evaluate, communicate, and improve performance of cookstoves and fuels and thus improve adoption. The activities supported in this RFP will address major gaps in global testing capacity and immediate steps needed to implement interim and future international standards. Support for multiple testing centers will also enhance the network of experts that collaborate globally on testing and cookstove development and that also catalyze regional activities.
Through this RFP, the Alliance will be supporting the development of multiple “Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers” (RTKCs) that can provide testing, cookstove development, and capacity building services. Applicants may propose activities based on the center’s current capacity and needs, including but not limited to equipment purchases, staff support, staff training, establishing a sustainable business plan, and developing training or other activities to catalyze regional cookstoves activities. Applicants must identify the highest priority goals for their center and provide justification for how each proposed activity addresses these goals. This RFP may include support for existing testing centers and the establishment of additional centers.
Under RFP 12-3, at least $1,300,000 will be available to support RTKC activities. The Alliance expects to fund 6 - 8 centers for activities over two years, up to $215,000 per center, dependent on the scope and scale of the proposals. The Alliance may fund additional centers based on the quality of proposals and availability of additional funding. Opportunities for cost sharing and leveraging funds are actively encouraged.
The deadline for submission of letters of intent is July 29, 2012 11:59 pm EDT. The deadline for submission of full proposals is August 22, 2012 11:59 pm EDT.
Request for Proposals Multiscale Geospatial Mapping of Non-renewable Fuel Harvesting for Biomass Fuels
Over the next three years, the Alliance will support a small, strategic portfolio of targeted research needed to strengthen the evidence base necessary to precisely quantify the benefits of clean cookstoves. For climate research, the initial focus will be on filling gaps in the sector’s understanding of the impact that fuel collection for cooking has on environmental degradation, including deforestation, soil erosion, and other natural resource impacts. More spatially resolved information on the specific areas where collection of firewood could contribute to environmental degradation would help identify areas where scaling clean cookstoves and fuels could provide the greatest environmental benefits. Global mapping of non-renewable fuel collection would be especially useful in identifying the areas of greatest potential environmental impact.
The main objective of this RFP is to develop geospatial estimates of the fraction of non-renewable biomass (fNRB) at national and sub-national levels for Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, thus enabling clean cookstove and fuel programs to incorporate environmental concerns, including sustainability of fuelwood and potential carbon offsets, into their planning processes.
As much as $500,000 will be available for RFP 12-2.
Apply here The deadline for submission of proposals is July 30, 2012.
Request for Proposals Case Studies and Best Practice Research on Empowering Women through Clean Cookstoves Projects in Bangladesh
It is commonly believed that incorporating women along the improved cookstoves value chain will both increase sales, adoption, and sustained use of clean cookstoves and benefit women in multiple ways, including by providing a new source of employment and income for women as producers, distributors, installers, marketers, entrepreneurs and salespeople.
The UN Foundation is seeking a qualified research consultant to conduct an exploratory study documenting the benefits of incorporating women in the clean cookstoves value chain. The commissioned research will be a joint product for UN Foundation’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
The expected budget for this project is $20,000-$30,000.
The work plan should be submitted to Rebecca Furst-Nichols at email@example.com no later than July 27. The announcement of the selected candidate will be sent to all applicants no later than August 3.
Request for Application Cookstoves and Child Survival
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) is seeking qualified teams of researchers to fill key gaps in the existing evidence on the use of traditional cookstoves and open fires as they relate to child survival, with a focus on the following:
Of particular interest are studies that 1) address health outcomes responsible for a major proportion of infant and child mortality on a global scale, and 2) are based in potential Alliance priority countries/regions. Potential countries/regions include the Alliance’s potential focus countries [East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda), Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam], and active countries (Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Peru), as well as India and China, where a wealth of cookstove-related research and implementation efforts have taken place.
As much as $800,000 will be available for studies funded under RFA 12-1. The Alliance expects to fund up to two studies of roughly two years duration, at $100,000 to $200,000 per year, dependent on the scope and the scale of the proposals. Opportunities for cost sharing and leveraging funds are actively encouraged. This request is now closed.
Request for Proposals Program in support of the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER)
Completed applications should be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov or grantsolutions.gov. Please follow all RFA instructions carefully and start early to ensure you have time to collect all of the required information. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 9, 2012. OES will email applicants to acknowledge receipt of their application. It is each applicant’s responsibility to monitor for confirmation of receipt from OES. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Request for Proposals Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development
The United States Government, represented by the Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) is seeking comment from industry and other interested parties around the world on the attached program initiative outlined in the attached document entitled "Powering Agriculture Pre-Solicitation Notice". All comments (including questions and clarifications) must be submitted to PoweringAg@usaid.gov no later than July 12, 2012 2:00 P.M. (EST). This pre-solicitation notice is a request for comments only and applications or proposals will not be accepted or responded to. USAID has not finalized all aspects of the new initiative and needs meaningful and substantive comment from the broader community of interest. Apply here.
Alliance Requests for Applications and Proposals (RFAs and RFPs) are developed in consultation with external peer review panels whose members possess the relevant expertise to clearly define the research agenda. To ensure widespread dissemination, funding opportunities will be publicized on the Alliance website and other related websites, listserves, household energy networks, development networks, and environment networks. Funding opportunities will also be circulated to Alliance partners and Steering Group members.
Responses will be reviewed by the Alliance’s program staff and the external peer review panels prior to seeking final funding approval by the Alliance’s board. The Alliance will convene expert review panels for each funding announcement to evaluate and rank proposals. These panels will be selected by the Alliance programmatic staff in consultation with the Executive Director, Steering Committee co- chairs, and other relevant stakeholders. Submissions may be screened internally to flag non-responsive or non-competitive applications.
The Alliance will develop a standardized response template to facilitate direct comparisons among proposals during the evaluations process. Panel recommendations will inform final funding decisions made by the Alliance’s board. Given the interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral nature of the Alliance and its goals, final funding decisions will be made on the basis of technical merit as well as the relevance for scale up of interventions with demonstrated effectiveness in the field. Priority of geographic areas will also be given consideration as appropriate.
In the event that only one entity possesses the necessary expertise or infrastructure to implement an activity prioritized by the Alliance, sole sourcing will eliminate the need to develop a competitive Request for Applications. Proposed activities may still be subject to external peer review and approval from the Alliance’s advisory board, however. As mentioned above, the Alliance’s goal is to fund as many projects as possible and appropriate through a competitive process.
In select cases, the Alliance may choose to fund smaller scale discrete projects (e.g., scoping studies, targeted monitoring, support services, institutional capability, funding for technical assistance, etc.) without seeking feedback from external peer reviewers. These activities must first be approved by the Alliance programmatic staff, and select members of Steering Committees as relevant.
All parties involved in development of an RFA, and, where relevant, close colleagues at the same institution, will be ineligible to respond to that RFA. All experts invited to serve on ad hoc panels will be required to declare any potential conflicts of interest prior to being confirmed as members, and will provide a written recusal and refrain from participation in discussion of proposals where a conflict has been identified.
Progress on funded projects and activities will be periodically reviewed by a combination of Alliance staff and expert review panel members. Projects with multi-year funding must be current on their reporting requirements and should demonstrate progress in order to ensure subsequent year funding.
Final technical reports should be submitted within sixty days from the end of the grant term. These reports should include a brief summary of the study methods and results. Final reports will be reviewed by Alliance staff and expert review panel members, along with external peer reviewers, to assess the strengths and limitations of the studies.
In addition, reviewers will evaluate whether reported results / conclusions are adequately supported by the available evidence. Investigators may be asked to make revisions to their final reports within a reasonable time frame.
The Alliance also requires an annual or final report within 60 days from the end of the funding term. This report needs to:
Studies Involving Human Subjects: Protecting the rights of human subjects is the responsibility of grantees. For all studies involving human subjects, applicants must submit written assurance for compliance with the guidelines established by the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent concerning the protection of human subjects. The Grantee/Contractor will cooperate with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, on behalf of the United Nations Foundation, in supplying any information or complying with any procedures which might be required by any governmental agency in order for the United Nations Foundation to establish the fact that it has observed all requirements of the law with respect to the grant.
Site Visits: Site visits may also be required to ensure compliance with Alliance goals and objectives. The Alliance, on behalf of the United Nations Foundation, may monitor and conduct formal evaluations of operations under the grant/contract, which may include a visit from Alliance personnel to observe projects and programs and to review financial and other records and materials connected with activities supported by the grant/contract. The Grantee/Contractor agrees to keep accurate and complete books and records of receipts and expenditures using funds for at least four (4) years after the completion of use of the project, and will make these books and records available to the Alliance and the United Nations Foundation for inspection as reasonably required from the time of the Grantee’s/ Contractor’s acceptance.
The Alliance reserves the right to request access to any data collected as part of Alliance-funded activities as needed in order to ensure data quality.
The Alliance is committed to ensuring that results will inform the sector, as well as advance the adoption of cleaner, more efficient cooking technologies. The Alliance will work with funded investigators to ensure that studies and results are widely disseminated. The Alliance reserves the right to ensure that study results are communicated in a timely and transparent manner, while ensuring intellectual property rights of investigators, as well as subject and manufacturer confidentiality as required.