Human Rights Prize of the French Republic: Call For Aplication

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Dear Sir/Madam,

The 2011 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’, to be
presented by the Prime Minister of the French government, is now open to applications.
This prize, created in 1988, is awarded for individual or collective action on the ground, irrespective
of nationality or borders, undertaken in France or abroad, with respect to one of two themes.
1 – Non-governmental organisations, irrespective of nationality or borders, should present a field mission or
project undertaken in France or abroad, concerning one of the two themes for 2011.
Theme 1: the fight against human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender
More than 80 states throughout the world still prohibit sexual relations between adults of the same sex, with
some countries even going as far as applying the death penalty. The criminalisation of homosexuality goes
hand in hand with discriminatory laws and attacks on individual freedom and privacy, cruel or degrading
treatment, arbitrary detention and extrajudicial executions. In addition to repressive legislation, homophobic
behaviour and practices are rife, despite the primary responsibility of the state to respect and enforce human
rights without discrimination. The situation for NGOs active in the fight against human rights violations on
the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is also worrying, whether it be a matter of freedom of
association or peaceful assembly, sometimes even in EU Member States.
Following the ‘Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’ of December 2008, France made a
commitment by creating a fund within the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs intended to finance the
information and awareness-raising initiatives of local, national and regional authorities, and also initiatives
concerning defence, protection and legal access for LGBT people. France continues to actively promote this
theme within the UN agencies and worked on the drafting of the Joint statement on ending acts of violence
and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, delivered on 22 March
2011, on behalf of 85 signatory states, at the 16th session of the Human Rights Council.
The projects awarded with the Human Rights Prize can be related to actions intended to combat the
criminalisation of homosexuality, human rights violations linked to sexual orientation and gender identity,
and prejudices – whether they be at legal or social level – and to ensure and promote real respect for human
rights for all: civil, political, economic, social and cultural.
Theme 2: combating violence against women
Combating violence against women has for several years been a clear priority of French policy on human
rights advocacy, whether it be at national, regional or international level. Therefore, in the same year as
combating violence against women was declared a national grande cause, the law of 9 July 2010 concerning
violence specifically against women, violence within couples and the impact of the latter on children was
passed, promoting preventive measures and the protection of women. Changes in domestic legislation go
hand in hand with unwavering support for intergovernmental initiatives, whether they be the European
Union guidelines on violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against
them, or the very recent Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against
women and domestic violence.
This Convention states that violence against women is a human rights violation and a form of discrimination
against women, and it includes in this definition all acts of violence that lead to, or could lead to, damage or
suffering of a physical, sexual, psychological or economic nature for women due to the very fact that they
are women – including the threat of being subjected to such acts, coercion or the arbitrary deprivation of
freedom, be it in public or private life.
Whether they relate to violent acts committed in times of peace or war, the projects awarded the prize could
be linked to initiatives to prevent such violence, to protect and support victims, to promote gender equality
and to combat discrimination and the impunity of perpetrators.
2 - Five prize winners will share a total award of €75,000 granted by the Prime Minister.
A special mention will be conferred on the five runners-up. Applications must comply with the prize
The prize regulations are available upon request, and can also be found online at
3. The application form in French must include:
a) an application letter presented and signed by the president or legal representative of the operating
b) an application stating in detail the aim and description of the work undertaken or project submitted. It
must include a precise budget (with an equivalent sum shown, preferably in euros);
c) a presentation of the operating NGO (status, work conducted, etc.); and
d) the address and bank details of the NGO.
Applicants must send their complete application, without fail, before the deadline of 16 September
2011, to the Secrétariat général de la Commission (35, rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 75007, France)
or by email to: AND
4 - The jury will announce the winner on 9 November 2011. The 2011 prize will be presented by the Prime
Minister in a formal ceremony in Paris around 10 December 2011.
I would be grateful if you would widely circulate this call for applications.

Yours faithfully,


The Polio Research Committee’s seeks research proposals to support the implementation and evaluation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative Source

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How to apply


1. Complete the research proposal form

The standard research proposal form should be used for all proposals. If you have any queries, please contact polioresearch@who.intDownload the standard research proposal form [MS Word file]. 

2. Submit the form electronically or by post

Please submit your completed proposal before the application deadline.
E-mail:, with "PRC research proposal" in the subject line.

Mailing address:

Research and Product Development team
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27

Any additional documents may be submitted as appendices to this form (e.g. CVs, institutional letter of support).

3. Procedure for submission of proposals:
All research proposals should include the following information:

  • Research question/objectives (e.g., research questions, reference to published literature and cutting-edge science, description of how the results will be utilized).
  • Qualification of investigators and collaborators (e.g., track record of researchers, capability of laboratory, necessary contractual arrangements).
  • Budget request (e.g., appropriate for work anticipated).
  • Study design and methodology (e.g., detailed activities, timelines, deliverables, availability of necessary capacities, feasibility of methods, plans for ethical and government approvals).

Researchers are invited to submit proposals by 31 July 2011 to the Research and Product Development team, GPEI, WHO Geneva, by email to

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DFID: Call for new research proposals now open

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DFID and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are calling for new and innovative research proposals in the field of international development.
The latest call is part of an ongoing drive to fund high quality research that helps us to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Both funders are committed to commissioning world class research and ensuring the results are available for policy makers and development workers worldwide.
This third call keeps an overall 'poverty alleviation' theme from previous rounds and applications under this heading are still eligible. However, the ESRC and DFID have identified three areas for this call where work will be of particular interest. These are:
  • Measuring development
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) and development
  • Resource scarcity, growth and poverty reduction

Apply now

Applications are invited for projects with a Full Economic Cost value of between £100,000 and £500,000.
The scheme is open to UK and non-UK researchers based in higher education institutions, research organisations and organisations with a credible research capacity.
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Call for applicants for the Japan Water Forum Fund 2011

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The Japan Water Forum is pleased to invite grass-roots organizations in developing countries to apply for the Japan Water Forum Fund (JWF Fund) 2011. We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

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United States Institute Of Peace: 2011 Annual Grant Competition

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The Grant Program increases the breadth and depth of the Institute's work by supporting peacebuilding projects managed by non-profit organizations including educational institutions, research institutions, and civil society organizations.
In over twenty years of grantmaking, the Grant Program's Annual Grant Competition and Priority Grant Competition have received nearly 10,000 applications and awarded more than 2,000 grants. The Institute has provided funding to grantees located in more than 46 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and in 81 foreign countries.

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Joint Global Health Trials scheme - launch of second call for proposals

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The purpose of the scheme is to provide funding for the best proposals to generate new knowledge about interventions that will contribute to the improvement of health in low and middle income countries. The scheme is aimed at funding randomised controlled trials (RCTs), although it encourages other types of methodologies to be used alongside the RCT to explore implementation and operational issues. The scope of the scheme encompasses interventions of all kinds, including, but not limited to, behavioural interventions, complex interventions, disease management, drugs, vaccines, hygiene and diagnostic strategies.
You can find out more about the scheme and how to apply here.
Closing date for expressions of interest is 12 September 2011.
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UNPFII: Call For Proposal

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The Trust Fund for the Second Decade was established to promote, support and implement the objectives of the Decade. The Fund will give priority to projects concerning the main areas of the Second Decade: culture, education, health, human Rights, the environment and social and economic development. The Advisory Group for the Trust Fund for the Second Decade consists of members of the Permanent Forum’s Bureau.
Indigenous organizations or organizations working for indigenous peoples can apply for small grants from the Trust Fund. Guidelines to applicants for the Fund will be available when the call opens every year.
It is expected that the Fund will mainly be used for small grants projects with a budget for up to 10,000 US$ covering one year’s expenses.

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European Commission Call for proposals for Enhancing respect for Human Rights and Fundamental freedoms where they are most at Risk and Supporting Human Rights Defenders

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Apply now for IHEU 2011 grants programme

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The International Humanist and Ethical Union is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the IHEU-HIVOS Humanist Network and Development programme for 2011. A total of 75,000  Euros is available for grants, with Euro 10,000 per year as the maximum annual funding for any single project. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2011 (but there is an August 1 pre-qualification deadline for groups that are not IHEU member organizations). Detailed information on the programme and the grant application procedures, plus application forms, can be found below.

Grant criteria
The project should achieve specified goals in one or more of the following areas: promoting Humanism, secularism, human rights or scientific method, or building competence and capacity of the organization itself.
  • Promoting Humanism: The project is promoting Humanism as a life-stance to politicians, media or the general public. The activities of such a project could include public meetings, seminars, advertizing, media coverage, publishing, articles in printed media, etc. The project will have to include an assessment of the effect of the activities on the target audience.
  • Promoting secularism: The project is promoting separation of state and religion and/or equal treatment of secular and religious life-stances to politicians, media or the general public. The activities of such a project could include public meetings, seminars, advertizing, media coverage, publishing, articles in printed media, etc. The project will have to include an assessment of the effect of the activities on the target audience.
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  • Promoting scientific method: The project is promoting critical thinking and scientific method as opposed to pseudo-science, superstition and alternative religions. The activities of such a project could include means to popularize science, propagating scientific method, producing information material, skeptical activities towards witchcraft, sorcery, astrology, etc.
  • Building organizational capacity: The project is strengthening the organization’s ability to reach out to new potential members, to grow and prosper. The activities of such a project could include training of staff, elected officers and other volunteers, sending representatives to meetings or conferences organized by IHEU or one of its Member Organizations, improving fundraising capabilities, or improving gender equality or youth participation in the organization.

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2011 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition

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The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN, with generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has awarded roughly US$ 2.2 million in research and travel grants to finalists and winners. Winners are chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s Annual Global Development Conference; an event attended by over 500 practitioners in the field of development to whom the finalists present their proposals/papers.

The competition is held in three categories. Currently, GDN is accepting applications only for the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP).

Category 1: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP): The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is a competitive grant program that provides development practitioners the opportunity to compete for grants worth US$ 30,000 to help scale up their innovative project*. The grants are awarded to projects and/or organizations that are carrying out original and path-breaking work in the development field and meet certain set criteria (see below). These projects are not theme based. However, the projects need to contribute to sustainable development.

First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 5,000

*The first prize winner is also eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 for their work.

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Development Cooperation FLOW: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women

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FLOW is a new fund initiated by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and girls worldwide. Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen has reserved 70 million Euros for this fund.
FLOW will focus on three priorities: security (including violence against women and UN Resolution 1325), economic empowerment (with an emphasis on food security, land, water and economic rights) and political participation. In these three priorities female leadership is seen as an important instrument.
NGOs that meet the criteria as specified in the application documents are welcome to apply for a FLOW grant.
FLOW is a successor to the successful MDG3 Fund which started in 2008. The video below shows examples of the results of the MDG3 Fund.

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King Hassan II Great World Water Prize

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The King Hassan II Great World Water Prize is an international award jointly established by the Government of Morocco and the World Water Council, in memory of his Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco's distinguished leadership and encouragement of cooperation and sound management of water resources.

The award was created in March 2000, with the aim of having a political tool at the disposal of both institutions to stimulate awareness and reflection.

The Prize is awarded to an institution, organization, individual or group of individuals in honor of outstanding achievements in any aspects of water resources such as scientific, economic, technical, environmental, social, institutional, cultural or political.

The award is presented every three years in conjunction with the World Water Forum, during a special ceremony. The award winner receives a prize sum of US$ 100,000, a trophy and a certificate.

The theme for the Prize is "Cooperation and solidarity in the fields of management and development in water resources."

The 4th edition of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize will be held in Marseille in March 2012 during the 6th World Water Forum.

Outcomes of the prize:
The 2009 "King Hassan II Great World Water Prize" was awarded to Abdulatif Yousef Al-Hamad, Director General of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, for his outstanding contributions to advancing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at the global scale. 

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Deadline: August 31,2011

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Access to Learning Award

Dateline: September 2011

Given each year by the foundation's Global Libraries initiative, the Access to Learning Award (ATLA) recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet.

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