Call for Proposals - FAPESP and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC): Innovations for marginalized youth economic inclusion
Call at IDRC publish at www.idrc.ca/en/news/call-proposals-innovations-economic-inclusion-marginalized-youth
Important Information for Proponents: proponents must follow the guidelines of the Public Policies Program (Políticas Públicas) and previously check the eligibility of their proposal with FAPESP and IDRC respectively by e-mail. Projects may last up to 24 months.
Eligibility Check Deadline Date: April 30, 2018
Proposal Deadline: June 15, 2018
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the São Paolo Research Foundation (FAPESP) are pleased to announce the competitive Call for Proposals on “Innovations for marginalized youth economic inclusion”
1. Funding Partners and Background
The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), is a public foundation with the mission to support research projects in higher education and research institutions, in all fields of knowledge, including basic and applied research in universities, research institutes, and small businesses. Further information can be found at www.fapesp.br.
IDRC is a Canadian Crown Corporation with a mandate to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research on challenges facing developing regions of the world and investigate means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions. IDRC supports research globally to ensure youth employment is part of growth strategies throughout the developing world in order to provide opportunity to this large demographic. More information can be found at www.idrc.ca.
FAPESP and IDRC signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on December 20th 2017, which aims to implement scientific and technological cooperation, through the funding of joint research projects. Under the referred Agreement, as a first action to promote this collaboration, FAPESP and IDRC are launching this Call for Proposals on marginalized youth and economic opportunities, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth and invites submissions of proposals by researchers affiliated to higher education and research institutes in the State of São Paulo (HERI-SP) in partnership with researchers affiliated to institutions of higher education and research from other regions of Brazil (excluding São Paulo), or any other Latin American and Caribbean country (HERI-LAC).
This joint call fosters partnerships or alliances between public or private research institutions and “implementing” agencies such as governmental institutions, cooperatives, foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or State-owned enterprises.
2. Fields of knowledge
This Call invites research proposals focussed on Marginalized Youth and Economic Opportunities, as specified in the Appendix 1 of this call.
3. Call objectives
The objective of this Call is to support the generation and systematization of knowledge, innovation and evidence to foster economic inclusion for marginalized youth in Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries. The call will identify promising innovations and support piloting, learning and evaluation. It will also identify innovations that are being implemented and that can be scaled up. The proposal must build a strong learning and evaluation agenda, both for projects piloting new ideas as well as those which propose scaling-up promising interventions. The learning and evidence generated is expected to inform policy debates on what works best to foster the economic inclusion of the most marginalized youth in São Paulo and beyond.
Grants funded by the IDRC-FAPESP partnership are expected to respond to the following specific objectives:
1. Support social innovation, out-of-the-box policies and grassroots practice to foster the economic inclusion of the most disadvantaged youth;
2. Generate evidence on what works to foster vulnerable youth economic inclusion;
3. Foster collaboration between researchers and implementing agencies so that practice and policies are informed by evidence;
4. Contribute to policy debates on national and subnational policies and efforts to address economic exclusion among the most disadvantaged youth;
5. Promote knowledge to foster the implementation of public policies of social relevance, when feasible.
4. Projects Duration
The maximum project length is 24 months.
5. Funding conditions
5.1 IDRC and FAPESP will jointly support up to USD 200,000 per project selected under this call, for the duration of the grant. IDRC will support each selected project with up to USD 100,000 and FAPESP will support each selected project with the equivalent up to USD 100,000.
5.2 FAPESP and IDRC expect to fund up to 3 collaborative proposals selected in this call. FAPESP will support the researchers affiliated to the HERI- SP and IDRC will support the researchers affiliated to the HERI-LAC.
5.3 The projects must be developed under the responsibility of a Principal Investigator, associated with a HERI-SP in partnership with a PI affiliated to a HERI-LAC.
5.4 This call for proposals supports projects which aim to inform public policies of social relevance with their research results. For this reason, each project must include the participation of an implementing agency located in São Paulo State. The participation of implementing agencies from outside the State of Sao Paulo is also encouraged. Applicants must demonstrate and provide proof of partnership (Technical Cooperation Agreement) between the PI’s HERI and the implementing agency. Please consult here for more information www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas#5135 (Requisitos da Instituição Parceira).
5.5 The PIs associated with the HERI-LAC must develop the budget for their portion of the project following IDRC administrative and funding criteria. IDRC will negotiate funding agreements with these research intuitions involved directly.
5.6 The proposal must be prepared and submitted as established in Item 9 of this call - “Proposal characteristics: how to prepare and submit a proposal”.
5.7 Applicants are encouraged to mobilize additional/complementary funding from other sources, including contributions from the applying research institution (for the IDRC budget portion of the budget).
5.8 Although research teams will present one single proposal, separate budgets are required (for the research expenses in the State of Sao Paulo that will be funded by FAPESP and for the research activities outside the State of Sao Paulo that will be funded by IDRC). More information on presenting a proposal budget to IDRC.
5.9 The PIs will be responsible, in all cases, for the relationship with their funding agencies, for the execution of the project approved, and for the reports presented to their funding agency. More information about the scientific reports to be presented to FAPESP is available at www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas#5140. More information about the funding report for FAPESP is available at www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas#5141. Information on IDRC’s reporting requirements is available here.
5.10 Both FAPESP and IDRC expect winning proposals to adopt an open attitude towards research collaboration and exchange among selected projects. At the start of the granting period, IDRC will support an initial workshop to be attended by all winning grantees in order to discuss and share experiences and methodologies and to explore the potential for short or long term collaboration. Upon completion of the grants, a final workshop will once again bring together grantees, policymakers and other key stakeholders in order to assess and promote the use of results. This final workshop may also be jointly coordinated with other events focused on youth economic opportunities in order to maximize outreach to other actors in this field and in order to contribute to the broader understanding of what works, what does not and why. The dates of these workshops will be announced 3 months in advance, and travel expenses will be covered by IDRC.
Call for proposals announced
March 15, 2018
Closing date for sending Eligibility Check
April 30, 2018
Closing date for Submission of Proposals
June 15, 2018
Closing date to submit by SAGe System, the Technical Cooperation Agreement between the HERI-SP and the implementing agency in SP
September 03, 2018
Successful proposals notified after
FAPESP and IDRC develop project grants
Projects begin (approximately)
Project completion (approximately)
Learning Lab and Conference
7. Eligibility check
7.1 Researchers interested in submitting proposals, must consult FAPESP and IDRC respectively, regarding their proposal’s eligibility before beginning the joint project formulation. This procedure aims to avoid unnecessary efforts on the part of researchers who ultimately would not be able to participate in this Call.
7.2 Proposals submitted without the Letters of Eligibility will not be considered.
7.3 Consultations regarding eligibility will be answered within 20 days of the date of the email. Please note the eligibility check deadline in the timeline of this call.
7.4 Eligibility consultations should be sent as instructions below:
7.5 Researchers from Sao Paulo - Only the proponents that meet the requirements set forth in Section 5 of the modality rules will be considered eligible by FAPESP to submit a proposal in this Call (See requirements at www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas#5134). The Sao Paulo PI must send his eligibility consultations only to the email: chamada_IDRC@fapesp.br, as established in the timeline, containing the information below – please identify the message with the subject: “FAPESP-IDRC call - Eligibility Check”:
a. Names of PI from HERI-SP and partner PI from HERI-LAC, and respective institutions;
b. Summary CV of both applicant PIs (in English, according to the template available at www.fapesp.br/en/6351);
c. Title and summary of the proposal;
d. Estimated budget request to FAPESP and to the partner separately, including fellowships and overheads costs;
e. Duration of the project and an estimation of the weekly hours to be devoted to the project by both applicant PIs;
f. Name and short description of implementing agency in Sao Paulo (obligatory) and possible implementing agencies from other Brazilian States or LAC involved in the project.
7.5.1 Researchers Associated with a HERI-LAC must send their eligibility consultations only to IDRC at the following email address: email@example.com. This must be done by the deadline established in the timeline with the subject “FAPESP-IDRC Call Eligibility Check”, and contain the information below:
a. Name of the PI from the HERI- LAC, and partner PI from HERI-SP, and of their respective institutions;
b. Summary CVs of both applicant PIs (in English, according to the template available at www.fapesp.br/en/6351);
c. Title and summary of the proposal;
d. Estimated budget request and that of the partner in Sao Paulo separately, including fellowships and overheads costs;
e. Duration of the project and an estimation of the weekly hours to be devoted to the project by both applicant PIs;
f. Name and short description of the implementing agency in Sao Paulo (obligatory) and any additional implementing agencies from other Brazilian States or LAC.
7.6 Queries sent April 30, 2018 will not be considered.
7.7 Only proposals considered eligible in this step will be invited to submit a full proposal.
7.8 The Letters of Eligibility received from FAPESP and IDRC must be included when submitting the full proposal.
8. Grant Modality
8.1 The grant modality selected in this call is the FAPESP Public Policies Program. More information and the requirements are available at www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas.
8.2 The Public Policies Program aims to support research on concrete social demands, in partnerships among universities and an implementing agency such as governmental institutions, cooperatives, foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or State-owned enterprises.
8.3 The basic premise of the Public Policies Program is a partnership that ensures the use of research results in the implementation of socially relevant public policies. The implementing agency is also responsible for the effective implementation of the project results.
8.4 The proposals must have an applied research profile and a clear institutional counterpart for the research development. Technicians and agents of the implementing agency should be incorporated into the research as part of the training activities.
8.5 FAPESP funding can support the application of innovations to improve the economic inclusion of marginalized youth only on a pilot scale. Any subsequent phases dedicated to the implementation and scaling-up of successful experiences, fall under the responsibility of the implementing agency.
8.6 Research proposals submitted to the Public Policies Program should be organized as follows:
a. Research and piloting phase: duration of 24 months maximum, to research and test implementation on a pilot scale, if necessary; this phase will receive funding from FAPESP and IDRC.
b. Application phase: application and dissemination of the results achieved in the previous phase. This phase is the responsibility of the implementing agency and will not receive financial support from FAPESP or IDRC. Even if it is not financed by the partners, a plan for the Application Phase must be included in the proposal.
9. Proposal characteristics: how to prepare and submit a proposal
9.1 Preparing a proposal
a. The proposal must be prepared as established in the Public Policies Program FAPESP’s page, available at www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas.
b. Each proposal must have a PI affiliated to higher education and research institutions in São Paulo State (HERI-SP) and a PI from a higher education or research institution from outside of São Paulo State (HERI-LAC).
c. Each proposal should be composed of a Research Project and the documents required.
d. The Research project must be written jointly by the Principal Investigator associated with a HERI-SP and the Principal Investigator associated with a HERI-LAC. The Research Project must be written in English and follows the instructions at www.fapesp.br/10446 (Roteiro Sugerido para Formatação do Projeto de Pesquisa - Políticas Públicas).
- All documents and forms required in the SAGe platform for this Public Policy call. Details for the submission in the SAGe Platform could be found in the Appendix II. Important - Prior to submission, please refer to the required documents at the Public Policy Program FAPESP’s webpage (www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas, item 8.1); even not listed at the Public Policy Program webpage, the following documents must be provided for this call submission, by Sage:
- Letters of eligibility from FAPESP and from IDRC, as detailed in Item 7 of this call.
- IDRC Budget document, including the funding requested by the team located outside of Sao Paulo State.
- A Technical Cooperation Agreement between the HERI-SP and the implementing agency in SP must be submitted in the SAGe system by September 03, 2018 (www.fapesp.br/politicaspublicas items 2.1 and 6).
9.2 Submitting a proposal
a. The proposal must be submitted by the deadline to FAPESP by the Principal Investigator from the State of São and include all information and documents required by the call.
b. No proposal will be accepted after the closing date for submissions, nor will any addendum or explanation be accepted, except those explicitly and formally requested by FAPESP or IDRC.
c. Proposals must be submitted to FAPESP through a customized path of the SAGe system (for additional guidelines regarding the online submission please consult Annex I,) by the applicant before the deadline announced in Section 6 of this Call.
d. Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted. Late submissions will be returned.
10. Intellectual Property
In the case of successful collaborative proposals, a Letter of Agreement must be signed between the HERI-SP and the HERI-LAC. This document establishes how intellectual property rights, confidentiality and publications will be jointly treated, in observance of the policies of each funding agency and research institutions. It is expected that the costs related to the management of intellectual property will be agreed between the research institutions before the start of the research. The Letter of Agreement is not mandatory for the submission of proposals, but no approved project will be contracted before the presentation of a copy of the signed Agreement.
11. Contact information
The questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to:
FAPESP: Dra. Vera Viviane Schmidt. E- mail: chamada_IDRC@fapesp.br
IDRC: Lucy Gray-Donald. E- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth and Employment: In order to respond to the youth employment challenge and lack of economic opportunities, a series of policies and interventions have been developed in Latin America. Despite an increasing number of initiatives targeted at youth, there is little evidence about what works in addressing these challenges, in specific contexts. However, the few impact evaluations available suggest that there is a clear need to achieve greater impact for the most vulnerable youth groups.
Are youth entrepreneurship support programs a realistic policy response for the most disadvantaged youth? Public and private institutions in the region have been developing similar initiatives without enough or sometimes even unfavourable evidence about their effects. The sustainability of the effects of self-employment and start-up programs for at risk youth or marginalized youth in the region are unknown, while international evidence points to the barriers faced by vulnerable youth when accessing these programs. There is also a surge of social and private sector innovations however little is known about their impacts and in promising interventions the scale is too small.
Given that evidence reveals that current policies and interventions work better for the “better off”, what should interventions for the most vulnerable look like?
What interventions can have a positive effect on those young people who are “farthest” from the labour market or economic opportunities because of poor skills, geographic location, or other barriers such as violence? How can interventions be extended to reach the most vulnerable groups, in particular young women who face additional challenges? What are we learning from business and social innovations that are trying to address this challenge? If effective interventions and solutions are being developed, how could these be scaled up to reach more youth?
Marginalized youth & economic inclusion: testing innovations
More than half of the youth population is affected by poverty. While the overall unemployment rate in 2015 was less than 7%, amongst the youth this figure goes up to almost 16%. Of every three young workers, two are employed in precarious jobs. More than 20 million, 1 in every 5 youth, are "Not in Education, Employment, or Training" - also known as NEET. Poor groups and young women are particularly affected: in Mexico, where 2 in every 5 youth are NEET, 80% of them are women.
To respond to the youth employment challenge and lack of economic opportunities, a series of policies and interventions have been developed. However, the few impact evaluations available suggest that there is a clear need to achieve greater impact for the most vulnerable youth groups. Are youth entrepreneurship support programs a realistic policy response for the most disadvantaged youth? The region has been developing similar initiatives without enough or sometimes even unfavourable evidence about their effects. The sustainability of the effects of self-employment and start-up programs for youth in the region are unknown, while international evidence points to the barriers faced by vulnerable youth when accessing these programs.
Given that evidence reveals that current policies work better for the “better off”, what should interventions for the most vulnerable look like? What interventions can have a positive effect on those young people who are “farthest” from the labour market because of poor skills, geographic location, or other barriers? These disadvantaged youth should be a priority in all countries but can be particularly difficult to reach. How can interventions be extended to reach the most vulnerable groups?
Innovative solutions: youth, violence and economic opportunities
In the context of an acute youth employment challenge and the lack of opportunities, there is a common perception that a lack of opportunity can lead to different forms of violence, with varied motivations, including gang violence, petty crime, organized crime, and gender violence. In turn, these are likely to reduce young people’s economic opportunities and well-being, creating a vicious cycle. Nonetheless, we know surprisingly little about the connection between these economic and social-political challenges and the relationships between labour market participation, institutions and violence.
The call would generate evidence to understand the relationships between youth labor market participation, economic opportunities and violence to develop adequate solutions. The studies under the call would seek to understand and unpack the role of employment and economic opportunities -including training- to prevent and help in the disaffiliation of youth (victims and perpetrators) from organized forms of crime, specifically in the Latin American context of informal economies and illicit economic activities. The project would have a specific focus on economic opportunities that may help prevent women and girls from exposition to violence.
Appendix II: Instructions for SAGe System (Guidelines for proposals submission on SAGe)
1. The Principle Investigator by FAPESP and BY IDRC must be registered in the SAGe system:
(I) Researchers who do not have a SAGe registration should initially do so by accessing the SAGe page at www.fapesp.br/sage, clicking on “Sem cadastro?” and fill in the requested data. It is not enough to just register as a user, it is necessary to complete the cadastral data;
(II) Researchers from the State of São Paulo, already registered, must log into SAGe with the usual identification and password to access the system homepage.
2. The proposal must be submitted by the Principal Investigator from SP. On the home page, select from the menu options “Acesso rápido – Atividades do Pesquisador”, the link “Nova Proposta Inicial”.
3. In the Current Calls section, select and click the link for this Call for Proposals.
4. The system will display the menu "Incluir proposta" on the following page to confirm the selected Call.
5. Click the “Incluir” button to start preparing your proposal.
6. Include the requested data in all the tabs, including the list of documents to be attached.
7. Attention to the obligation to fill all items marked with “*”. You must submit the project at the end of the form. Saved project does not mean submitted project.
8. Proposals will not be received on this call without the acceptance of the IDRC Responsible Researcher's in the Sage system. After being registered, the Researcher Responsible by IDRC must access in the menu: “Processos” à “Propostas em que participo” à Select the proposal, an them to confirm his or her participation at “Confirmar participação”.
9. If you have any doubts, you can use the Manuals link on the SAGe home page and, in the Manuals page, search for explanations in the “Manuais de Apoio aos Pesquisadores”.
10. IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended to periodically check the pending proposals using the “Validar” option. This can be repeatedly as the proposal is built, allowing the necessary arrangements for submission to be made in time. When selecting the option “Validar”, the SAGe system will present the impediments pending to submit the proposal considering the items that were already inserted. In case of doubts about the use of SAGE system, in addition to the Manuals, FAPESP also provides assistance at the Information Sector (11 3838-4000).