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Knowledge Management Fund (KMF) 2020 Grant Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Individuals for Innovative Security-Related Projects

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Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law (KPSRL) - Knowledge Management Fund (KMF)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and individual researchers for innovative ideas and projects that enhance the field of security and law. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support events, research, and innovative programs that contribute to the field of Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) particularly in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS).

The Knowledge Management Fund (KMF) is the Knowledge Platform’s fund to support activities arising from its network. The small-scale grants awarded by the Fund offer a low barrier to entry for pioneering, agile and experimental proposals. The aim of the Fund is to strengthen policies and programs, particularly in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS), by diversifying thinking and evidence in the Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) field.

The KMF is a €300,000 annual fund that awards grants of up to €15,000 for events, research ideas and innovative projects that contribute to high-quality knowledge and learning in the SRoL field, and the subsequent use of that knowledge and learning in programming and policy.

The 2020 KMF Thematic Headline is Harnessing Potential, with subthemes focused on Change & Learning Processes and Examining & Improving Policy. The Thematic Headline and the subthemes are provided to help KMF applicants frame their proposals and focus on outcomes. They also reflect the specific added value of the KMF: addressing emerging priority areas, seizing opportunities to strengthen SRoL policy and practice, and feeding research outcomes and original ideas into the SRoL sector. They are purposefully broad to leave as much scope as possible for applicants to generate knowledge in their specialist thematic and geographic areas.

The KMF is divided into three strands: Events, Research, and Innovation. This helps applicants maintain focus on the method by which they try to achieve their aim of seizing opportunities, harnessing potential, and producing original insights to improve the quality and use of knowledge in SRoL programming and policy.

Harnessing Potential:

Applicants’ submissions will be assessed on their alignment with the above headline. Applicants may freely choose their topical focus within the Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) field: (inter alia) human security, justice & security sector reform, security governance, conflict & climate change, informal justice, political governance, access to justice, violence prevention, transitional justice, peacekeeping, peace processes and political representation. 

For more information on the above focus area, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 188150

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fund will award grants of up to a maximum of €15,000. There is no minimum amount, however, the Secretariat will assess each grant’s level of impact against the administrative burden involved in allocating and managing it.

Term of Contract:

Projects must commence by May 1. The projects may not extend beyond November 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are open to any consortium or individual with the ambition to improve policies, programs or knowledge in the field of security and rule of law in fragile and conflict affected countries. Thinktanks, (I)NGOs, academics, universities, private sector organizations, government institutions, journalists, independent researchers or innovators, and data specialists are all welcome to submit proposals.

Partnerships between individuals and organizations and across the range of sectors within our network are highly encouraged. In particular, the KMF welcomes partnerships that link people from different regions of the globe.

The KMF will not fund overheads or indirect costs. The KMF will not cover any expenses not agreed in advance in the budget within the signed contract.

Pre-Application Information:

- Phase I: Expressions of Interest Due: March 13, 2020
- Phase II: Full Proposal Invitations Sent: March 26, 2020
- Phase III: Full Proposals Due: April 9, 2020
- KMF Recipients Awarded: April 22, 2020
- KMF Projects Start: May 1, 2020

This year's application process only consists of one window, with two phases: Phase I) an initial call for brief Expressions of Interest; and Phase II) an invitation-only call for Full Proposals. Based on the quality and thematic relevance of the Expressions of Interest, a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

For those projects that are invited to submit a full proposal (March 26th), the application form and criteria scorecard template will be shared to help prepare those submissions. Invited applicants will have two weeks (between March 26th and April 9th) to submit their Full Proposals.

All applicants must commit to providing (in-kind) contributions amounting to at least 20% of the total award sought.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information on the Knowledge Management Fund, please visit the website or contact for any questions or concerns.

Melissa Krassenstein

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