open calls

South Initiatives (SI)

Small-scale projects with a limited budget

Open call

Once a year

Target group

Flemish academics and researchers, in cooperation with colleagues from universities/university colleges or research institutions in one of the partner countries

Duration

A maximum of 2 years

Budget

Max EUR 70 000 per project

Need more information?

Contact the ICOS at the Flemish institution of your choice.

What is an SI?

South Initiatives (SI) are short-term projects with a limited budget, initiated by academics/lecturers at a university, university college or a (national) non-profit research institute in a developing country in collaboration with academics/ lecturers in Flanders. Other civil society actors in the South can be involved as well, but only as a supporting partner and not as an applicant or a formal co-promoter. We distinguish 'seed funding' for new partnerships and 'harvest funding' to enhance the impact of earlier projects.

SI can also be particularly interesting for young academics to get acquainted with higher education cooperation for development.

What is the goal?

South Initiative projects potentially aim at:

  1. improving research and/or, 
  2. improving educational practices in a partner institution(s) in the South and/or,
  3. generating and exchanging (guaranteeing the uptake of) knowledge through research,

in order to contribute to the fight against poverty in the concerned region/country and in the end, to generate  development change (impact) (mostly after the intervention).

What is the application procedure?

Each year, we launch a call for SI project proposals, which are assessed by an independent commission of experts based on six criteria: scientific quality, relevance, impact, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.

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Documents

Guidelines and forms

Guidelines and forms for managing an ongoing intervention or scholarship

Guidelines and forms which are useful or mandatory when managing an ongoing intervention or scholarship.

TEAM, South Initiatives and JOINT

Guidelines and forms for managing an ongoing TEAM project, South Initiative or JOINT project.

TEAM-SI-JOINT - Financial guidelines for TEAM-SI-JOINT (2017 and onward) TEAM-SI-JOINT - Annex to the Financial guidelines: Overview of VLIR-UOS partner countries with local per diem regulations TEAM-SI - Financial guidelines for TEAM-SI started in 2013-2016 TEAM-SI - Financial guidelines for TEAM-SI in DR Congo started in 2014-2016 TEAM-SI-JOINT - Allowances and guidelines for scholarships (from 01/09/2018) TEAM-SI-JOINT - Allowances and guidelines for scholarships (up to 31/08/2018) TEAM-SI-JOINT - Format for Annual Progress Report (APR) (2017 and onward) TEAM-SI-JOINT - Annex 1: Format for Logical Framework Matrix (LFM), Operational Plan (OP) and Risk Matrix (RM) TEAM-SI-JOINT - Annex 2: Format for Standard indicators TEAM-SI - Format for Activity Report (AR) TEAM and South Initiatives started between 2013 and 2016 TEAM-SI - Format for Rapport d'Activités (RA) TEAM and South Initiatives DR Congo started between 2014 and 2016 TEAM-SI - Format for Annual Financial Report (AFR) for TEAM and South Initiatives started between 2013 and 2016 TEAM-SI - Manual for Annual Financial Report (AFR) for TEAM and South Initiatives started between 2013 and 2016 TEAM-SI - Format for Financial control report for TEAM and South Initiatives started between 2013 and 2016 TEAM-SI-JOINT - Control protocol for reporting (EN-NL-FR) TEAM-SI - Format for Rapport Financier Annuel (RFA) for TEAM and South Initiatives in DR Congo started between 2014 and 2016 TEAM-SI - Manual for Rapport Financier Annuel (RFA) for TEAM and South Initiatives in DR Congo started between 2014 and 2016 SI - Format for Financial control report for South Initiatives in DR Congo started in 2016 TEAM-SI - Control protocol for reporting (EN-NL-FR) (DR Congo) TEAM-SI-JOINT - Mobility form TEAM-SI-JOINT - Per diem, transport and scholarships allowances in Uganda TEAM-SI-JOINT - Per diem allowances in DR Congo