|Based on the interest generated from Phase 1 research (2004-2008), CPWF designed a Research into Use (RiU) program. The purpose of the RiU program is to explore opportunities to generate impacts from high-potential Phase 1 projects which were not carried over to Phase 2. Projects were not carried over because they were outside the focus of the Phase 2 basin development challenge programs.
The objectives of this RiU program are to:
- Facilitate adoption of innovations – scaling out and scaling up
- Capture and characterize high potential innovations, mechanisms and approaches
- Test with development partners the relevance and acceptability of research results
- Further develop innovations: technologies, policies, institutions, and infrastructure
- Further synthesize learning from CPWF Phase 1 experience
Selection and contracting process
We looked at all the 68 Phase 1 projects, out of which we expect to finally select and contract between four to seven along the following criteria:
- Potential for substantial scaling out and up of an innovation – high impact potential
- Presence of a strong “next-user partner” exerting demand pull for the research to go into use
- Evidence of policy interest
- Clear added value of further CPWF involvement
- Research partnerships and leadership available
- Good project performance in Phase 1 evaluations
We contacted potential candidates to see if they were available and their ideas towards ensuring that lessons learnt on innovative technical outputs as well as project management will be widely available from their Phase 1 projects. Candidates were invited to put a team together and submit a full proposal, which was internally and externally reviewed and improved during an inception – review /peer assist workshop that was held in Bangkok, 25-28th Oct., 2011. See for documentation. The set of successful RIU projects starts operating by January 1st, 2012.
Research into Use Projects
In the CPWF Handbook you will find documents, including invitations and templates, sent out to prospective candidates.
If you have any questions please contact Tonya Schuetz or Larry Harrington.