CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research: Call for Proposals

Purpose of the call

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is calling for CGIAR research proposals on gender relations vis a vis technological and institutional innovation, with a specific focus on gender dynamics in seed systems. We take a broad understanding of seed systems that includes vegetative material as well as inputs for agroforestry or fish agro-food systems. The proposed research should analyze gender dynamics in seed systems: how gender relations affect varietal development or adoption; how technical and institutional innovations related to seed systems impact household and community gender relations; and/or, how attention to gender in seed system innovations affects outcomes. Up to 4-8 projects will be selected.

Selection criteria

Proposals of the following nature are eligible:

  • analysis and interpretation of appropriate gender data that has already been collected (drawing out gender dimensions),
  • adding additional fieldwork to an ongoing qualitative or quantitative study to strengthen the potential for gender analysis,
  • developing a new study.

Proposals with the following characteristics will be considered of particular interest for this call:

  • Uses new methodological approaches
  • Conceptualizes gender relations broadly
  • Articulates a direct impact on CGIAR technological and institutional research
  • Uses mixed methods
  • Goes beyond gender to include intersectionality (age, ethnicity, socio-economics etc.)
  • Takes context into consideration

The selection will be based on the quality of the proposed research and its potential to contribute to the development of the research agenda for the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, and the clarity of the proposal.

  • Principal Investigators will be expected to attend the Platform’s 2017 scientific conference and capacity development workshop (December 5-8, Amsterdam), where draft papers will be discussed. Principal investigator(s) should be CGIAR staff..
  • A maximum amount of $40,000 USD per project will be allocated by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) through the Gender Platform. Minimum 50% co-investment should be provided by another CRP.

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel of gender experts

Process and timeline

  • Q & A about this call at SPIA/PIM conference in Nairobi July 8th– ICRAF campus
  • Call for proposals circulated July 12th 2017
  • Proposal submission deadline Friday August 18 2017
  • Decisions by Friday August 25 2017
  • Principal Investigators will attend the Gender Platform Scientific Conference and Capacity Development workshop December 5-8, Amsterdam
  • Projects will be carried out over an 18-month period from September 1 2017-February 28 2019

What should be included in the proposals

Proposal should be a maximum of 3 pages long. They should include:

  • Title
  • Principal Investigator, core team and partners
  • Background (include whether this research is tied to previous or ongoing studies, the countries where the study will be carried out and, the CRP that is co-investing in the study)
  • Justification – how does this research contribute to the theme of the call and to the development of a cross-CRP gender agenda?
  • Main research questions and methods
  • Partners
  • Budget, including break down of costs and funding
  • Research work plan with timeline

Proposals should be submitted before the close of business (CET) on August 18th, 2017 to Rhiannon Pyburn (, Coordinator of CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research.