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Apply Now for The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Research Grant 2025 🚨

Apply Now for The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Research Grant 2025 🚨

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is now inviting applications for innovative research and interventions aimed at preventing and responding to violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC), along with other forms of gender inequality-driven violence in low- and middle-income countries.

Purpose of the SVRI Research Grant

The SVRI is dedicated to fostering research and practice partnerships that are diverse, inclusive, and primarily led by researchers and practitioners from low- and middle-income countries. The goal is to advance knowledge on improving responses to and preventing VAW and VAC.

Commitment to Feminist Principles

SVRI’s grant-making process is rooted in feminist principles, addressing power imbalances between donors and researchers, and promoting equitable research partnerships. The SVRI seeks research that is priority-driven and impactful, fostering leadership among researchers from low- and middle-income countries.

Since its inception in 2012, SVRI has supported various research initiatives. Notably, from 2013, the SVRI Grant was formally launched, and between 2015-2020, SVRI collaborated with the World Bank Group and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund to co-fund the SVRI WBG Development Marketplace Awards. In 2021, partnerships with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund led to the establishment of the SVRI Research Grant: Knowledge for Action to End Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children.

Eligibility and Research Focus

Research supported by SVRI must:

  • Adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines.
  • Engage the relevant community.
  • Focus on low- and middle-income settings.
  • Challenge gender hierarchies and promote gender equity.
  • Be conceptualized within a human rights framework.
  • Inform policies, programs, services, research methods, and tools.
  • Strive to be cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary.
  • Strengthen prevention efforts and provide comprehensive care for survivors.

What SVRI Looks for in Grant Applications

SVRI prioritizes research that:

  • Advances knowledge on VAW and VAC.
  • Is led by organizations based in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Is guided by local project advisory boards.
  • Is multidisciplinary, multisectoral, and consortium-led.

Grant applications should include:

  • A concise and well-written abstract.
  • Justification for the study with reference to current evidence.
  • Description of ethical considerations and confirmation of ethical approval.
  • Clear research uptake plans.
  • A logical and clear budget with justification.
  • Detailed descriptions of project team members, their roles, and their experience in VAW and/or VAC research.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via the Proposal Central online system at Proposal Central. First-time users need to register before proceeding with the application. Detailed information for proposal submission is available in the SVRI Research Grant Guidelines.

For further information on the Grant, click HERE

Important Dates and Details

  • Closing Date for Applications: Midnight (South African time), 9th July 2024. Only applications submitted via the online system before the deadline will be considered.
  • Level of Award: $40,000 to $150,000
  • Period of Award: 12-18 months
  • Method of Application: Online submission through Proposal Central (Select Award Maker: Sexual Violence Research Initiative).
  • Languages Accepted: English, French, and Spanish

For any further information, please contact SVRI at svri@svri.org. Ensure your application is submitted well before the deadline to avoid any issues with internet connectivity or the online form.

Join us in making a significant impact on the fight against violence driven by gender inequality. Apply now and contribute to a safer, more equitable world.