[Svrilist] SVRI Special Update: What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Jun 26 16:29:20 SAST 2014

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Dear SVRI List Members

Please find to follow a special update on the new What Works to Prevent Violence project:
Call for applications: What Works to Prevent Violence - Innovation Grants


What Works to Prevent Violence is a global programme administered by a consortium led by the Medical Research Council of South Africa, in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UNDP and Social Development Direct, on behalf of DFID.  Its aim is to build knowledge on what works to prevent VAWG[1]. This spans knowledge on (i) primary prevention strategies and programmes[2], (ii) interventions to strengthen women's and girls' resilience to violence, and (iii) specific response mechanisms that seek to prevent VAWG.

We will be making innovation grants to support 10-14 national organisations or international non-profit organisations working in DFID priority countries to fund innovative approaches to preventing violence.  The grants will support intervention development and implementation and also strengthen the capacity of organisations to conduct formative and evaluation research on VAWG interventions. We request applications for an innovation grant.

This announcement is a formal call for Innovation Grant applications. All Innovation Grant applications must be submitted via the Proposal Central website irrespective of any previous submissions at the pre-announcement stage. Applications are made at https://proposalcentral.altum.com and is listed under the Grant Maker South African Medical Research Council and the Program What Works to Prevent Violence. Applications will only be considered that have been submitted via the Proposal Central website before the given closing date and time.

Organizations that submitted a pre-application exclusively for Impact Evaluation or Operations Research of their programme (ie. not for programming) are NOT required to submit a second application at this stage. Your pre-application will go directly to the next stage of shortlisting and you can expect to hear from What Works in early August.

What will be supported?
Innovation grants will range between £ 300 000 and £ 1 million. We will make 10-14 awards in late 2014 for up to three years. The grants will cover the development and implementation of the intervention, as well as the formative research, monitoring, evaluation, and capacity development of staff from the in-country lead organization and the final report. About half of the projects supported may be selected for rigorous impact evaluation, if early research suggests that the intervention is promising, and these are the interventions that will be allocated the larger grants. In addition to funding, the What Works consortium will provide technical support for research and evaluation but will not directly implement these components. Therefore we encourage applicants to partner with research organizations where possible.

All interventions must aim to prevent violence against women and girls as defined in the footnote. We encourage interventions, or combinations of interventions that:

i)  have a clear theory of change

ii) address multiple risk factors, or work across settings

iii) address our intervention/research  priorities (see Evidence Summary and Research Agenda<http://www.svri.org/WhatWorksEvidenceSummary.pdf>)

iv) have potential for scale up

v) are proposed by consortia that include implementing organisations and researchers (from outside the MRC's consortium) or policy makers

vi) may work with socially excluded or marginalised  groups or strengthen understanding of how social exclusion affects risk of violence and effectiveness of interventions

How to submit an application:
All applications must be submitted via the ProposalCentral<https://proposalcentral.altum.com/> website. This call is listed under Grant Maker - South African Medical Research Council and Program - What Works to Prevent Violence.
Download the full announcement<full%20announcement> and application guidelines<http://www.svri.org/CompletionGuidance.doc> or access these at: http://www.svri.org/funding.htm.

Closing date:
This application will close on 10 July 2014 at midnight (South Africa Standard Time).
Contact details:
For more information on this call, please contact: whatworks at mrc.ac.za<mailto:whatworks at mrc.ac.za>.


Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses.

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[1] Definition: There are many forms of violence against women and girls but we focus on intimate partner violence (emotional, economic, physical, sexual), non-partner sexual violence, and child abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)

[2] These are strategies to prevent violence from ever occurring - stopping violence before it starts.
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