For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
DEADLINE: 30 AUGUST 2020
11:59 PM USA Eastern Standard Time
SUBMIT FULL PROPOSAL VIA: https://mrr.piestar-rfx.com/opportunities
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
20 August 2020, 4 PM EAT
We are inviting you all to the Question and Answer Session on August 20th. This question and answer session will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent out prior to the call, via email, to all applicants. The call will be recorded and the questions and answered will be transcribed into a document. Both the recording and the transcription will be shared shortly after the session. All those developing full proposal will be required to join the session
KEY COMPONENTS OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL NARRATIVE
The two underlying key components of research proposal narratives that are essential for successful proposals are:
- presentations of the problem and compelling justifications of the need for research, and;
- clear and logical description and discussion of the practical ways in which the proposed research will be conducted and how the data will be analyzed.
For many successful proposals in the past, research proposal narratives have included discussions of the following:
- Clear Description of Problem Under Research or Intervention Being Researched/Evaluated
- Clearly Identified Research Questions and/or Objectives of Research
- Research Approach and Methodology
- Outcomes of Interest
- Policy Relevance of the Research
- Anticipated Outputs and outcome
- Anticipated Impacts
LINKS TO EXAMPLES OF STRONG RESEARCH PROPOSALS
To help give an idea of what a strong research proposal looks like, we provide here a couple links to successful research proposals that the MRR Innovation Lab has funded in the past.
- Building Resilience and Assets for Food Security in Bangladesh
- Evaluating the Effect of Site-Specific Soil Information on Farmer Input Choice and the Relationship between Poverty and Soil Quality in Tanzania
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: DOCUMENTATION
Outlined below is a brief review of the full proposal document requirements as described in original solicitation.
- Proposal Narrative (PDF)
- Budget (Excel spreadsheet)
- Spreadsheet must show formulas, not just numbers put in); see original solicitation for guidance on what must be included and limitations related to the budget
- If you are using a federally-negotiated NICRA rate for indirect cost recovery, please include documentation of this rate.
- Combined CVs of PI and Collaborators (PDF)
- Brief Letter of Commitment from US-University Affiliated Mentor
- Brief letter of commitment from management of project/s or intervention/s being researched or evaluated
CRITERIA FOR PROPOSAL REVIEW
The following criteria will be used to evaluate each research proposal. If you have any questions about the criteria or would like any clarification on any of the points, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We hope this will help you in approaching the different sections of your research proposal.
|Technical Merit of Proposal||30 Points|
|Broader Applicability and Synthesis in Broader Literature and Research on this Subject||10 Points|
|Anticipated Impacts on Capacity of Both the Researcher and Host Institution (and students, if applicable)||10 Points|
|Policy Integration and Outreach||20 Points|
|Contribution to Feed the Future Objectives and Initiatives||15 Points|
|Potential for Development Impact||15 Points|
CONNECTING WITH MENTORS
We understand that many indicated in EOIs that they already have mentors, some indicated that they would like assistance getting connected to specific mentors and provided specific suggestions/requests and that others would like help identifying mentors and being connected to them. Please note that we have taken all of these into account and are working on moving forward accordingly now.
We will follow up with those who requested assistance connecting with mentors as soon as possible.