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The CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food announced the awardees of the 1st call of the CPWF Innovation Fund.  A total of eight projects were provisionally awarded grants totaling more than US$ 165,000. Grants were made to projects from five of the six basins that CPWF works in: Ganges, Limpopo, Mekong, Nile and Volta.

The fund was established to spur innovation and catalyze change in CPWF research for development projects. The funds will be used to reinforce efforts behind research breakthroughs that show particular promise in the field, build capacity, address a critical issue whose importance was only recently recognized, and/ or exploit new opportunities that have arisen since the CPWF Phase 2 projects began in 2010.

Awards are provisional on addressing reviewers’ concerns and signing contracts.  Applications focused on capacity building, documentation, testing group models for water management, farmer innovation and policy exchanges. Awards were granted for US$ 20,000 or less for one year.

As Boru Douthwaite, CPWF Innovation and Impact Director said, “These applications are an indicator of the opportunity and energy for change that exists to tackle our Basin Development Challenges and by this measure we are doing very well.  Though small, these grants can potentially achieve great things because they are well targeted.  I am excited to see what happens, and look forward to the next round of applications.”

The grants are managed by the Steering Committee of the Learning to Innovate (L2i) Topic Working Group.  Grantees are expected to share what they learn with the L2i community.

The projects that did not receive a grant in this round were encouraged to present a modified proposal in the next round. We also wish to encourage other CPWF projects to present their ideas for funding.

The next call for grants will be in early 2012.

List of Current Grants

The grants and the corresponding funds awarded provisionally for 2011 include:

  1. Mainstreaming gender in the CPWF: Benchmarking and addressing immediate needs (global proposal) US$20,000
  2. Application of an ICT-based decision support system for effective management of small reservoirs in Limpopo basin and SWI-AGRIWATER data management system:  A tool to inventory and monitoring of small water infrastructure (SWI) the two proposals are being asked to combine or a total of US$ 30,000
  3. Volta Storylines and Scenarios: A mouthpiece for interventions to enhance livelihoods US$ 7,600
  4. The wheels of innovation: local challenge funds for rainwater management interventions (US$ 18,000)
  5. Participatory video: a novel mechanism for sharing community perceptions with decision makers (US 19,905)
  6. Building Provincial Capacity to Understand the Water Demand Implications of Socio-Economic Development Plans in Central Viet Nam (US$19,600)
  7. Sharing Lessons on Hydropower Development Processes and Stakeholder Engagement between Cambodia and Lao PDR (US$ 19,780)
  8. Implementing community level water management in coastal Bangladesh (US$20,000)

For more information contact:
Michael Victor, CPWF Communication Coordinator

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