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Research Opportunities & ToRs

WRC Call for Proposals for Projects Commencing on 1st April 2019

The WRC hereby announces its annual call for proposals for the financial year commencing on 1 April 2019. The WRC's financial year extends from 1 April to 31 March. All annual project budgets will be required to coincide with this financial year period although start and end dates of contracts are flexible within a financial year. Proposals in response to the Open Call can be submitted on‐line from 1 May 2018. Proposals in response to the Directed Call and associated terms of reference will be opened on the web as they become available. The on‐line submission system for Directed projects will open on 1 June 2018. For more information click here.

 

DIRECTED CALL 

·         Key Strategic Area KSA 1&2: Water Resource Management and Ecosystems

Thrust                     1              : Governance and Institutional Arrangement

Programme           1              : Gender and equity
Project Title                          : Development of a farmer information pack and Web App  

ToR ID                                    : 1009699

Open Date : 16 July 2018                 Deadline has been extended : 27 July 2018
Click here to access the Terms of Reference
Contact Person : Ms Penny Jaca email: pennyj@wrc.org.za

·         Key Strategic Area KSA 13: SASTEP

Project Title                          : Review and assessment of user acceptance of the Earth Auger Sanitation technology - IDA Community, Eastern Cape

ToR ID                                    : 1009698

Open Date : 09 July 2018                 Deadline : 09 August 2018
Click here to access the Terms of Reference
Project coordinator : Ms Charmaine Khanyile email: charmainek@wrc.org.za

 

·         Key Strategic Area KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management

Thrust                     3              : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation

Programme           1              : Emerging treatment technologies – Preparing for the future
Project Title                          : Sanitation at the Workplace – Evaluating Existing Sanitation Infrastructure at Public, Commercial, Mining and Industrial Workplaces  

ToR ID                                    : 1009465

Open Date : 16 May 2018                 Deadline : 09 August 2018
Click here to access the Terms of Reference
Contact Person : Dr. Sudhir Pillay email: sudhirp@wrc.org.za

 

·         Key Strategic Area KSA 11: Sanitation Research Fund for Africa

Thrust                     3              : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation

Programme           1              : Wastewater sludge and faecal sludge management
Project Title                          : Lesson series from the sanitation research fund for Africa (SRFA) programme  

ToR ID                                    : 1009462

Open Date : 16 May 2018                 Deadline : 09 August 2018
Click here to access the Terms of Reference
Contact Person : Dr. Sudhir Pillay email: sudhirp@wrc.org.za

 

·         Key Strategic Area KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management

Thrust                     4              : Sustainable and Integrated Industrial Water Management

Programme           3              : Quantification, prediction and minimization of water use and waste production
Project Title                          : Natsur 18: Water and wastewater management in the pelagic fishing and fish processing industry (Edition 1)  

ToR ID                                    : 1009484

Open Date : 05 June 2018                 Deadline : 29 June 2018
Click here to access the Terms of Reference
Project coordinator : Mr Nkateko Kubayi email: nkatekok@wrc.org.za

 

·         Key Strategic Area KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management

Thrust                     5              : Mine Water Treatment and Management

Programme           2              : Minimizing waste production
Project Title                          : Guidance for attaining regulatory approval of irrigation as a large scale, sustaninable use of mine water  

ToR ID                                    : 1009485

Open Date : 05 June 2018                 Deadline : 29 June 2018
Click here to access the Terms of Reference
Project coordinator : Mr Nkateko Kubayi email: nkatekok@wrc.org.za

·         Key Strategic Area KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management

Thrust                     1              : Water services

Programme           1              : Cost recovery in water services
Project Title                          : A high-level study into building a strategy for water security and efficiency in the Tourism Industry  

ToR ID                                    : 1009457

Open Date : 16 May 2018                 Deadline : 09 August 2018
Click here to access the Terms of Reference
Contact Person : Ms Charmaine Khanyile email: charmainek@wrc.org.za

 

LOOK OUT FOR A SADC-WIDE RESEARCH FUNDING CALL!

BIG DATA AND TRANSBOUNDRY WATER COLLABORATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

 

Queries can be directed to:

Ms Shanna Nienaber

Manager: Water RDI Roadmap

Email: shannan@wrc.org.za

  INTERNATIONAL CALLS

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the following two prizes (closing date 20 August 2018):

 Call for Nominations: TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize 2018- Water and Sanitation

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contribution to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of water and sanitation-related activities and programmes in the developing world. This includes water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials. It can also cover protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems, wastewater treatment, recycling and reusing technologies. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The deadline is 20 August 2018

Call for Nominations: TWAS Regional Prize 2018- Science Diplomacy

TWAS-SAREP seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has collaborated on trans-boundary research projects contributing to, or made possible by, good international relations in the developing world. The ideal candidate must have made significant contributions to the application of diplomacy in Science and Technology to industry or to human well-being in the developing world. Awareness creation of 'Science Diplomacy' in the research and diplomatic communities is of critical importance in Africa. Steady Intergovernmental relations contribute and can be viewed as a guarantor of successful research collaborations. This builds trust amongst diverse and various stakeholders in developing countries. The deadline is 20 August 2018.

All completed attached nomination forms must be forwarded to twasrossa@assaf.org.za before the closing date, quoting the name of the prize in the subject line e.g Nomination for Dr David Smith- TWAS Regional Prize 2018

TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists Prize Nomination Form 2018

TWAS Regional Prize Nomination Form 2018

Call for Proposals - Climate Change in the Indian Ocean

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) announces support to convene researchers from any field whose work engages climate change in the Indian Ocean, a region extending from Durban and Mombasa to Karachi and Surabaya. The SSRC will offer funding to convene up to 12 scholars and practitioners to chart existing research on climate change adaptation and mitigation, to identify gaps in research agendas across the Indian Ocean region, and to propose activities that can build research communities and strengthen research capabilities in the region.

The SSRC looks to build on this convening in order to incubate new programming in support of regional capacity development on a topic that has enormous regional and global importance. While researchers have used the site of the Indian Ocean to expose key forgotten connections in order to recast our assessment of global history, the issue of climate change has received comparatively little attention in social science research addressing the region. This is especially concerning as temperatures in the Indian Ocean are rising at faster rates than in other oceans, and the effects of climate change are felt across the region more immediately than in many other littoral regions.

To apply, please send the following as a single Word document or PDF to scholarlyborderlands@ssrc.org:

1.    A two-page statement of commitment to this process, which includes a succinct description of your research on this topic, the networks that you currently engage, and your vision for building local research capacity in the Indian Ocean region.

2.    A current CV.

We particularly encourage applications from early career scholars and those who would otherwise have barriers to participation, including location (e.g., small island nation-states), lack of funding resources, and membership in groups typically underrepresented in scholarly research institutions.

Deadline: June 21, 2018.

Approximate notification date: the week of July 2, 2018

The meeting will take place on September 20–21, 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as part of a broader Indian Ocean Initiative launched by the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, and as part of an international conference titled “Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge.”

 

1. Second call for AfriAlliance Action Groups, closing date 11 May 2018

Do you have an idea or a solution to address the water and climate challenges in Africa? Then we invite you to create an AfriAlliance Action Group. An Action Group (also commonly referred to as a working group or a Community of Practice) will provide seed-money (enough to initiate connections, but funds need to be leveraged) to bring together relevant stakeholders (both African and European), experts, decision makers, local entities (public and private) to jointly engage in project development, knowledge creation and sharing on one specific issue within the following settings:

  • Human development capacity
  • Institutional capacity building need
  • Rural and agricultural setting 
  • Urban, industrial and city setting
  • Coastal areas
  • Transversal issues

You can review the first set of Action Groups here https://afrialliance.org/action-groups/ to get an idea of what an Action Group is and how it has initiated its activities.

Call open date: 16 March 2018

Closing date for applications: 11th of May 2018 17h00 (Central European Time).

For more information on the call visit: https://afrialliance.org/news/apply-to-form-an-afrialliance-action-group/

2. The Water Joint Programming Initiative (Water JPI) photo competition, closing date 28 May 2018

WaterJPI invites all research communities to submit photographs illustrating the following Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) thematic areas:

How to enter the Competition:

  • Entry is free of charge. To participate is need to sign via the online application where is possible to submit the photographs according to the Technical requirements;
  • Applicants must accept the Terms & Conditions for the use of the photographs submitted;
  • After the online registration and to upload the photographs uploaded, the applicants must post the photographs on Instagram Water JPI profile;
  • The deadline for submitting photos is on 28 May 2018!

All the submitted photographs will be displayed during the 2018 Water JPI Conference on "Emerging pollutants in freshwater ecosystems" to be held on the 6-7 June 2018 in Helsinki, Finland, where all conference attendees can vote for the three best photographs trough Instagram. The TOP 3 photographs will be awarded on 6th June 2018 during the poster session.

More details about the competition, including Terms & Conditions and how to participate are available on the Water JPI website. If you have any questions about the competition, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at: Waterjpisecretariat@agencerecherche.fr

http://www.waterjpi.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=668:waterjpi-photo-competition&catid=14:sample-data-articles

For further information on the International Calls please contact:
Dr Mamohloding Tlhagale
Head of International Cooperation and Partnerships
Water Research Commission
 
E-mail
: Mamohlodingt@wrc.org.za

 
 
 
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