Call for Proposals for EU-funded small grants focused on Research Projects on Public Policy and Democratic processes in Armenia
Within the framework of “Participatory Democracy in Action” project funded by the European Union, Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC) invites civil society organizations (CSOs), civic initiatives, individual experts, researchers and students to consider this opportunity and submit research project proposals in the areas of public policy and democratic processes.
Topics of Research/Monitoring proposals
The proposals should cover one or more of the following topics:
1. Parliamentary Oversight Issues in the Context of Good Governance;
2. Models of State Governance Efficiency Assessment;
3. Issues Related to Improvement of Public Service Attractiveness;
4. Issues of Renumeration and Material Incentives in the Public Sector;
5. Issues Related to Employment Flexibility (including having another job, flexible working hours), as well as Horizontal and Vertical Mobility in the State Sector;
6. Performance Assessment Models in the State Sector;
7. Public Participation Models in Policy Development and Public Accountability Processes;
8. Availability and Accessibility of Public Information, as well as Monitoring, Oversight and Referral Mechanisms.
1. Level of assurance, fundamental issues, causes and means of solution of human rights and democratic values in state universities with a main focus on following topic(s):
a. Dignity, physical and psychological immunity,
b. Gender equality,
c. National, religious and other minorities etc.;
2. Civil society engagement in the state foreign policy;
3. Inclusion of minorities and vulnerable groups in decision making processes,
4. Promotion of transparency and accountability of state and local government authorities and political parties
5. Promoting free and fair electoral processes
All research projects should include references to international experiences and best practice and include feasible and practical recommendations on to issues and challenges identified in the selected sectors.
Proposals should provide explicit justification and description of the topic(s) and research methodologies selected, as well as how the offered study methods and tools would allow to uncover issues and challenges of the research topic, conduct thorough analysis of data collected and develop actionable and feasible recommendations.
Research grant budget: maximum EUR 8,000
Project duration: maximum 6 months
Expected start of projects: May 1, 2022
Deadline for submission of project proposals: March 25, 2022
Proposal assessment criteria
Submitted proposals will undergo an initial review to exclude application that do not meet the requirements of the call. Subsequent assessment of proposals will be done by an appointed selection committee according to the following criteria:
I. Organizational / individual experience
· Mission and goals of the organization;
· Experience of the organization/individual applicant in the specified sector:
· Experience of the proposed project staff and project team in case of individual applicant (if available).
II. Description of the proposal
· Presentation of the issue and justification of needs;
· relevance of the proposed research;
· Justification of the research methodology;
· Feasibility of expected outcomes;
· Feasibility of the action plan.
III. Sustainability of outcomes
· Potential for use of project outcomes in further improvement of public policy and democratic processes;
· innovative aspects and uniqueness of research proposals
· Feasibility and justification of proposed costs.
All research projects should include include a gender analysis and consider inclusion and exclusion issues related to the selected research topic.
In case of non-compliance to the requirements of this call and impossibility to select project proposals as a result of assessment a new round of call for project proposals will be announced.
Project proposal submission procedures
To participate in the call, organizations and individuals should submit proposal package, including:
Project proposal according to the attached form
· Action Plan (Annex 1);
· Proposal budget and narratives according to the attached form (Annex 2);
· Brief bios of the project staff/team;
· Publications and/or links to publications on the selected sector developed by organization/individual.
Project proposals should be submitted in Armenian or English languages not later than March 25 end of the business day to [email protected] stating “Research proposals” in the subject line. In case of questions please write to the above-mentioned e-mail.
Transparency International Anticorruption Center was established in 2000, acting as the accredited national chapter of Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption movement in Armenia. The organization’s mission is to promote good governance in Armenia through reducing corruption and strengthening democracy. Its goals include the support to effective anticorruption policy and transparent and accountable governance, promotion of free and fair elections and reasonable, transparent and accountable management of public resources.