Frequently asked questions

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  1. What is the REDAA programme?
  2. What work will REDAA fund?
  3. When will applications open?
  4. What size grants will be available?
  5. Who is eligible for REDAA funding?
  6. How can I apply for a grant?
  7. Where can REDAA initiatives take place?
  8. How can I find out more information?

 

What is the REDAA programme?

Reversing Environmental Degradation in Africa and Asia (REDAA) is a programme that catalyses research, innovation and action in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia, through a series of competitive grant calls. 

It is funded by UK International Development from the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and managed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).       

There will be several grant calls over the course of the programme, aiming to fund research that fills gaps identified through consultations in each region. Each grant call will make clear what kind of grants are available and what kind of projects the call is seeking to fund. 

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What work will REDAA fund?

REDAA will fund work that is locally led and helps both people and nature to thrive together. This work could be focused on improving evidence, using new tools or strengthening governance systems to support actions that are nature positive, strengthen local livelihoods and tackle the impacts of climate change.

Applicants to competitive grant calls will need to demonstrate how their initiatives positively address gender equality and social inclusion, climate resilience and action for nature. They should also address one or more of the following thematic priorities:

  • Local research and capability for research
  • Resource and land use assessments
  • Business models
  • Financing mechanisms, or
  • Inclusive governance systems

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When will applications open?

The first grant call will open on 14 June 2023. 

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What size grants will be available?

For the first grant call (opening 14 June 2023), grants of £200,000-£500,000 will be available for research-to-action initiatives lasting two to four years. Successful proposals will receive 'Project Grants'. These are medium-scale grants in REDAA terms. Following this first call, it is expected that up to 21 Project Grants will be awarded.

Subsequent grant calls may offer opportunities for smaller and larger value grants.

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Who is eligible for REDAA funding?

REDAA aims to support organisations that have proven effective systems for supporting the actions of local communities and Indigenous Peoples. Lead organisations should be able to show they are non-profit, and may be non-governmental organisations, research institutions or community-based organisations. 

Private sector organisations may be included as project partners and be sub-contracted. Government, inter-governmental and UN agencies can be included as non-funded partners.

REDAA will prioritise applications that are led by organisations based in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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How can I apply for a grant?

Applications will be made through IIED’s Flexigrant system. Guidance on how to use the FlexiGrant system will be included in the Guidance for Applicants document which will be available when the first grant call opens on 14 June 2023. The main contact point for support with applications will be enquiries@redaa.org.     

Grants will be awarded via a two-stage proposal process: Stage 1 for Concept Notes; followed by Stage 2 for Full Proposals. 

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Where can REDAA initiatives take place?

Research-to-action initiatives supported by REDAA grants must take place within one or more eligible countries in a REDAA focal region (either Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or Southeast Asia). Information on eligible countries will be detailed in the Guidance for Applicants document, which will be available when the first grant call opens on 14 June 2023. 

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How can I find out more information?

On 20 June, 9.30-10.30am BST, REDAA will be hosting a webinar for potential grant applicants. This webinar will provide more information on what kind of research-to-action initiatives the programme will be funding, who is eligible to apply and the process for putting in an application. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to put their questions to the REDAA team.    

Potential grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this event. 

Sign up for the webinar here

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