Request for Proposals

Request for proposals for global grants for university campus-based violence prevention research

Sexual Violence Research Initiative Conference in Cape Town in Oct 2019

The Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment Center of Expertise, which is part of the University of California Global Health Institute, is seeking pro​posals from global university partners to conduct research to strengthen their campus’ prevention and response to sexual assault, harassment, stalking, dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence. Applications are due on Tuesday 31 March 2020 (5:00PM Pacific Standard Time). We anticipate funding 3-4 awards for projects with budgets up to $50,000 USD.

UC Global Health Institute

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is a UC-wide initiative that stimulates, nurtures, and promotes global health research, education, and collaboration. UCGHI is composed of two multi-campus Centers of Expertise (COEs), focused on Planetary Health and Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment. Both COEs lead UC-wide education programs and develop targeted multi-campus research endeavors and sustained partnerships for implementing programs and interventions.

UCGHI Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment COE

The UCGHI Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment COE (WHGE-COE) has a vision of a world in which equitable gender norms among all people lead to healthy and empowered women and girls. The WHGE-COE conducts innovative research, training, and community engagement both globally and locally to reduce gender and health inequities and promote public health and well-being.

A call for action to prevent campus-based violence

Sexual violence, harassment, and stalking, dating violence and other forms of gender-based abuse and discrimination are pervasive human rights violations that women and girls experience, globally, on a daily basis and at higher rates than men and boys. Members of the WHGE-COE are deeply concerned about the prevalence and impact these forms of violence are having on undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and their communities across the globe.

In 2018, the WHGE-COE launched a pilot grant program to fund investigators in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct research on campus-based sexual violence prevention. Four university partners, from Kenya, South Africa and Zambia were funded. To expand on this program and work towards establishing a global network of campuses committed to ending gender-based violence, the WHGE-COE seeks to fund 3-4 additional campus-based violence prevention research projects.

The funding opportunity

Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to LMIC university and college partners, worldwide. US-based researchers collaborating with LMIC university partners are eligible to apply but funding must go primarily to the LMIC institution. Funding is to be used for institutions, not individuals, and can support faculty, staff and/or students to conduct partnered research.

While all applications are welcome for submission, because all our previous grantees have been based in sub-Saharan Africa, priority will be placed on funding strong proposals from universities in: Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Early career applicants must note in their proposals a senior academic/research mentor (i.e., Associate Professor level or higher) with whom they have an established relationship at their institution or at one of the 10 UC campuses.

Scope of work: Funds are intended to support global universities in their work to 1) assess scope, determinants and consequences of campus-based sexual assault, harassment, stalking, dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence, and 2) design, improve and evaluate policies, programs, and resources to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and harassment. All awardees will be matched with a WHGE-COE faculty member who will provide ongoing technical assistance (TA).

The funding cycle, reporting and other requirements

The funding cycle will span 1.5 years, starting 1 June 2020 and ending 31 December 2021.

Reporting: Awardees will be required to submit a comprehensive written report at the conclusion of their research project.

Required communication and project presentation: Awardees will be expected to have monthly TA calls with their WHGE-COE mentor. Awardees will be required to:

  • Have at least one team member participate in quarterly Zoom meetings with WHGE-COE leadership. These meetings might take place outside of regular working hours to accommodate for different time zones of all participants.
  • Attend and present at a satellite workshop at the 2021 Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum (location to be determined). 

Application Process Page

Deadline Extended: Tuesday March 31 2020 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST)

HOW TO APPLY: Application Process Page

Global Campus Prevention Initiative Report: July 2019
Partnering with African universities to prevent campus-based sexual assault and intimate partner violence