Questions & Answers institutional collaboration projects - Orange Knowledge Programme

We will answer questions about open calls until the date stated in the time schedule of each call. New questions and answers will be published here every Wednesday and Friday.

Questions and answers are posted in chronological order per call. General questions and answers are also in chronological order. The latest questions are at the top.

General questions and answers

These questions and answers are applicable to all calls.

Question

Could you please clarify if the proposals for the Institutional Cooperation calls have to be submitted in ONE pdf only, including all annexes (apart from the budget in excel), or that we may submit the annexes (CVs, statements, letters) separately in different pdf’s?

Answer

We prefer the proposals for the Institutional Cooperation calls to be submitted in separate annexes (Proposal, CVs, statements, letters) and the budget also separately in Excel. However, there is no objection to submitting the proposals for the Institutional Cooperation calls in ONE pdf only, including all annexes (apart from the budget in excel).

Question

Concerning Management team of the Country A consortium: is it obligatory that the project coordinator is employed with the lead partner of Country A? Or could it also be a person employed with Country A consortium member, or even a person not employed with any Country A partner?

Answer

Our rules and regulations do not specify whether the project coordinator has to be employed with the lead partner, or indeed by any of the partners. This means that you are free to take a different approach.

However, in practice most lead partners choose to nominate a project coordinator employed by the organisation. This facilitates the practical implementation of the project as this person also decides on organisational and financial matters. The role of the project coordinator is crucial for the successful implementation of the project and we often see that this person continues to be a highly valuable asset within the organisation even after the project has ended (capacity building of the lead organisation through professional experience gained). Therefore, we encourage you to carefully consider the strategic choice of the project coordinator and provide solid arguments for the composition of the management teams on both sides (Dutch partner and Country A partner), in case you decide to deviate from the most common practice.

Question

Can a non-educational institute be GRANT applicant?

Answer

Institutional collaboration projects are aimed at strengthening national and/or local knowledge institutions and organisations in developing countries (knowledge institutions and, if desirable, also ministries, national commissions and non-governmental organisations) that contribute to capacity building in the area of higher and vocational education within the local priorities as set out in the CPIs. This relates to knowledge institutions and organisations in Category A countries (see the Country List Annex).

Question

Can a non-educational institute (like Deltares) be NL lead applicant? Or should it be eg VHL?

Answer

The Dutch organisation must be a Dutch institution for secondary and higher vocational or academic education. This means that the institution has to be registered as an educational institution at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) either in the CROHO (Centraal Register Opleidingen Hoger Onderwijs) or the Crebo (Centraal Register Beroepsopleidingen) or has to provide an educational programme at master's level which is registered in CROHO.

In the last case the institution must comply with the following criteria (proof has to be provided with the COCA):

  1. admission, enrolment and financial administration of the students is handled by the educational institution providing the education, and;
  2. more than 50% teaching staff of the educational programme registered in CROHO is employed by the educational institution, and;
  3. assessment of interim and final examinations in the educational programme registered in CROHO is coordinated by and (predominantly) performed by the educational institution providing the education.

In addition the Dutch organisation must have signed the Code of Conduct International Students in Dutch Higher Education or Vocational Education and Training.

Question

The amount for investments is supposed to be ‘20% of maximum project budget as published on front’. Does this mean that the 20% will be calculated from the maximum grant applicable for, or 20% from the proposed grant amount, or 20% of the total amount proposed for the project (so grant amount plus co-finance)?

Answer

A maximum of 20% of the grant budget or the specific amount mentioned in the call for grant applications is eligible for costs of equipment, infrastructure and other investments.

Question

Is it allowed to submit a budget with more than 20% investments, for instance as part of co-finance?

Answer

Yes, through co-funding the amount for investment can go over the 20% of grant budget. However, eligible for Nuffic funding remains 20% of grant total or the specific amount mentioned in the call for grant.

Question

Is it allowed to submit a budget with less than 20% investments? (For instance when partner A don’t feel the need for investments)

Answer

Yes, it is allowed to submit a budget with less than 20% investments.

Question

May the prescribed 20% of investments be covered partially by co-fincance?

Answer

Yes, this is possible. Nuffic does not prescribe on which cost category the co-financing has to be used.

Question

Private companies can be consortium partners in the proposal. Do the same rules in terms of eligible costs apply to these partners as those applying to other partners? E.g. in terms of fees payable to staff of the private company in accordance with the table on pp 17-18 of the OK Grant obligations and conditions document?

Answer

Yes, the same rules in term of eligible costs also apply to consortium partners which are private companies. Please use the list of fees as presented under 5.2.10.

Question

Can we use products and knowledge of previous projects as co-funding?

Answer

Yes, products can be used as co-funding if these are products which otherwise would have been charged to or bought by the project. For knowledge the question is how you can define the value of knowledge in euros. Knowledge through services by (external) experts is eligible for co-funding. All costs made for the project, including co-funding, have to be included in the audit of the project.

Question

Can we use existing projects (with guaranteed funding) as co-funding?

Answer

If the project is not funded by the Dutch government this is allowed as co-funding. If the project is funded by the Dutch Government and is complementary for the proposed Orange Knowledge project it is very advisable to connect these projects, but it will not be considered as co-funding.

Question

Which Dutch organisations are eligible, on their own or as lead of a consortium, either or not as grant applicant?

Answer

Please refer to the legal policy framework for OKP (subsidiebeleidskader):
Translation legal policy framework Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (195.7 kB)

see section 4:

The Dutch organisation must be a Dutch institution for secondary and higher vocational or academic education. This means that the institution has to be registered as an educational institution at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) either in the CROHO (Centraal Register Opleidingen Hoger Onderwijs) or the Crebo (Centraal Register Beroepsopleidingen) or has to provide an educational programme at masters level which is registered in CROHO.

In the last case the institution must comply with the following criteria (proof has to be provided with the COCA):

  1. admission, enrolment and financial administration of the students is handled by the educational institution providing the education, and;
  2. more than 50% teaching staff of the educational programme registered in CROHO is employed by the educational institution, and;
  3. assessment of interim and final examinations in the educational programme registered in CROHO is coordinated by and (predominantly) performed by the educational institution providing the education.

In addition the Dutch organisation must have signed the Code of Conduct International Students in Dutch Higher Education or Vocational Education and Training.

Question

How is co-funding visualised in the Orange Knowledge budget and declaration forms?

Answer

The project partners are invited to develop their budget in accordance with the grant application and including and specifying grant and co-funding. In annex 8 to the application the proof of funding is specified and substantiated, duly signed by the co-funder. In case the applicant is awarded a grant, the grant award letter will explicitly mention the amounts stemming from the Orange Knowledge grant and the amounts stemming from the co-funding.

This relation (e.g. total budget = 100% of which the grant is 95% and the co-funding = 5%) will be applied to the final calculation at the end of the project on the basis of all audited and approved cost declarations (of a declaration of EUR 2.000,000, Nuffic will then transfer EUR 1.900,000) with a maximum of the grant amount.

Question

In view of the end date for ICP: 31 December 2021, how do we go about with PhD candidates?

Answer

Please refer to the Grant Obligations and Conditions:
Orange Knowledge grant obligations and conditions institutional collaboration projects‌ (396.5 kB)

See page 21:

5.5 Cost Category D: PhD/master’s and other training in the Netherlands/Europe:

  • To ensure all long-term staff training can be completed within the grant period or shortly thereafter:
  • PhD and BSc students must have started the programme before 1 January 2020.
  • MSc students must have started the programme before 1 January 2021.

and page 22:
Long-term staff training continuing after the end of the grant period:
10.The grant recipient can request a budget-neutral extension specifically for long-term staff training allowing the PhD, BSc and/or Master’s student(s) to complete their studies. The request must contain a personalised budget per calendar year for the remaining period still required by the PhD/BSc/Master’s student to complete, and an overview of the expenditures made for the individual PhD/BSc/Master’s student until that moment. You can find the prescribed format on our website.

Question

In the call for grant applications it is not clear if the duration is 4 years or less. Could you please clarify? And what does ´established´ mean exactly in this context?

Answer

In accordance with the legal policy framework‌ (195.7 kB) for OKP (subsidiebeleidskader), joint collaboration projects may last a maximum of four years. However, the Orange Knowledge Programme must be completed and reported upon before 1 July 2022. Therefore the final date for projects is 31 December 2021, which limits the maximum duration of projects with a starting date of for example 1 July 2019 to 2,5 years. Projects that start later will have an even shorter duration.

Established means that the project should be finished and all deliverables should be ready by 31 December 2021. The first months of 2022 may only be used for reporting and administrative closure of the project.

Question

The terms 'graduates' and 'alumni': do these 2 terms refer to the same or are they used consciously to refer to two different categories? In the second part of the M&E framework the terms seem to refer to alumni of the OKP capacity building activities whereas in the first part discussion impact they seem to refer to students graduated from the universities who have benefitted from better education given by university staff that were trained in OKP and apply their improved education in their jobs? If the term indeed refers to these student graduates, with what term does the M&E framework refer to the staff of the collaborating universities that receive training through the various activities of the project?

Answer

Please note that ‘alumni’ have benefitted from Orange Knowledge capacity building, so this means they are either ex-scholarship holders or staff of a country A organisation that benefitted from staff training in the framework of an institutional collaboration project. ‘Graduates’ refers to students who graduated from the organisations that were strengthened through the OKP. Graduates therefore have benefitted indirectly from better education through OKP and apply their improved knowledge and skills in their jobs.

Question

Employers: parallel to the above confusion: in a few places the term 'employers' seems to refer to those organisations employing students who graduated from the universities who have benefitted from better education given by university staff that were trained through the OKP. In the second part of the framework employers seem to be the universities employing the staff being trained through the OKP. How do we have to interpret this term?

Answer

Please note that the M&E framework is developed for the Orange Knowledge Programme as a whole and applies to institutional collaboration projects, individual scholarships and group trainings. Employers may be either employers of alumni (ex-scholarship holders) or employers of graduates (indirect beneficiaries).

Please refer to page 3 of the M&E framework, which visualises the Theory of Change of the Orange Knowledge Programme and note that the five blue blocks, representing the medium-term impacts and the outcomes, correspond with the capacity development-related indicators on the pages 15-19 (I, II III, A and B).

Medium impact III: Organisations key to (sectoral) inclusive development of partner countries are strengthened by inflow of enhanced workforce responds to alumni of individual and group training (scholarships) and to the inflow of graduates from enhanced education institutions. In the case of an Institutional Collaboration Project it would correspond to employers of graduates of strengthened education.

Question

For listing outputs per year the log frame format has only three columns, year 1, 2 and 3. Why not a column for year 4?

Answer

As the project has to be completed before 31 December 2021, there is no need for a fourth column.

Question

Could you inform us a bit more about the review process? Will the proposals also be reviewed by reviewers from academic or governmental institutions?

Answer

Please refer to the grant application assessment explanation‌ (163.8 kB). The assessment committee will consist of an independent chair, if possible a representative of the respective Dutch embassy and a Nuffic country programme manager as secretary. The independent chair may come from any organisation from any country and is selected on the basis of his/her expertise, relevant for the call.

Question

In your Nuffic OKP conditions you state the following: “The following costs will not be reimbursed under any circumstances: Salaries, stipends, incentives, fees, allowances or any other rewards paid or to be paid for the time which staff members of the ‘Country A Partner(s)’ spend on the project. The only exception is a limited compensation for the time spent on project management and administration”.

Does this refer to all country A partners or only to the Country A partners who are main beneficiaries of the project? How does this compare with the statement that compensations can be given: “Time/input by regional/local staff and experts “? And “Remuneration is based on the time spent by the expert and the consulting fee paid to the expert or the organisation employing the expert.”? And “If an external expert is an employee (part-time) of the Country A Partner or Country A Consortium Partner(s), the costs for his or her services is not eligible for funding”? We envisage a major role for local experts in the capacity building of the benefitting universities. These experts are mostly based at other universities. How can we expect these support universities to play this key role in the project if staff time spent is not compensated? The above rules seem to suggest we should not try to involve other universities institutionally (even though this would be essential for longer term sustainability) but rather hire key staff for specific services so that they can be compensated. In other words can we include salaries, stipends, allowances, etc for Indonesian experts not related to the beneficiary universities?

Answer

Please note that organisations that would benefit from the project would be part of the country A consortium and organisations and/or experts that contribute to the capacity building of these country A organisations would be part of or hired by the Dutch consortium, even if they are from or in country A.

Question

What is the figure used for the alliance between the organisations and what minimum commitments should be acquired between the parties?

Answer

In the call checklist it is stated: Annex 1 Letter of intent for a consortium agreement signed by all partners (Country A lead partner including consortium members and Dutch lead partner including consortium members) including organisational diagram of the project. No consortium agreement is required (yet) during the application, only one or two letters stating the intent to sign a consortium agreement, signed by all consortium members. In case the applicant is awarded a grant, the grant recipient must agree and sign a Consortium Agreement with all consortium partners including Country A and Dutch consortium members.

The grant recipient must submit the Consortium Agreement together with the first report (report 0 or report 1).

With each progress report the project implementers need to attach a declaration from both organisations on their satisfaction with the progress on achieving the proposed outputs within the scope of the grant award, referring to the Consortium agreement.

The consortium agreement must include:

  1. a plan on how the project is to be carried out, and:
  2. a specification on how responsibilities for project output(s) are to be assigned among the consortium members, and:
  3. a code of conduct for the cooperation between the grant recipient and the consortium partners for the duration of the project.


Question

Can the lead partner of country A be an international organisation?

Answer

We refer to the legal policy framework‌ (195.7 kB) for OKP (subsidiebeleidskader), section 4: Institutional collaboration projects are aimed at strengthening national and/or local knowledge institutions and organisations in developing countries (knowledge institutions and, if desirable, also ministries, national commissions and non-governmental organisations) that contribute to capacity building in the area of higher and vocational education within the local priorities as set out in the CPIs.

International organisations are not considered national nor local knowledge institutions. They may participate in a consortium, but may not take the lead.

Question

Are there special requirements/conditions regarding eligibility for (i) consortium members (ii) subcontractors?

Answer

No, any organisation that can have added value to a consortium can participate. Orange Knowledge Programme treats subcontractors and consortium members likewise (refer to the glossary in the Grant Obligations and Conditions).

Question

Do the same conditions that apply to lead applicants (e.g. submission of COCA template) also apply to all consortium members?

Answer

No. Only the grant applicant (either the lead of the country A or the Dutch consortium) has to submit the COCA. The grant recipient will be responsible to Nuffic for the implementation of the project. All country A consortium members have to submit the organisational assessment and the 5C visualisation that is part of it (Annex 7). All (Dutch and country A) consortium members have to submit Annex 5 Overview of relevant experience in capacity development.

Question

We want to know how to find a Dutch partner to include in our proposal writing.

Answer

Nuffic is not allowed to refer to specific potential Dutch partner organisations in view of a level playing field. On the Study in Holland website you can see which organisations are already participating in the Orange Knowledge Programme. Or post a request on social media with #OrangeKnowledge so we can share it via our Twitter and Facebook channels. Tell us what kind of organisation you are - please include your website's url - and in which country you are based. Let us know what you are looking for (what kind of partner? which expertise? which priority theme (Water, FNS, etc.)? which call? in which country? et cetera).

Question

Are overhead costs allowed to be included in the proposal budget? Is there a policy for a maximum percentage of indirect costs allowed?

Answer

We refer to the Orange Knowledge Grant Obligations and Conditions‌ (396.5 kB), chapter 5 Eligibility of costs. Overhead and indirect costs are allowed in accordance with these obligations and conditions. We refer explicitly to articles 5.2.6 and 5.8.

Question

Is there an estimated percentage for co-sharing funds in order to increase the possibility of my proposal to be selected?

Answer

Please refer to the respective call, which indicates whether co-funding is mandatory (including the requested percentage) or encouraged.

Question

Is it possible for one organisation to submit more than one application for the same call?

Answer

We refer to article 9 in paragraph 3.1. (eligibility criteria) in the call document. The grant applicant (lead partner of a consortium (Country A or Dutch consortium)) can only submit or be involved in one application for this call (‘one applicant, one application’ rule). A consortium member (Country A or Dutch consortium) can participate in various proposals for the same call. The lead partner of the consortium that is not the applicant can also be involved in various applications for the same call.

Bangladesh OKP-BGD-10042


Question

According to the grant obligations (2. Sub 8.) “The grant applicant and/or grant recipient must comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

Is the requirement to comply with GDPR only applicable to companies established in the EU? Will adherence to the GDPR be required from non-EU parties?

Answer

Nuffic would like to confirm that grant applicants, grant recipients and all project partners of the consortium must comply with this regulation; this will also be the case for non-EU partners.

Question

The logical framework (Annex 3) suggests that for the medium-term impact, indicators should be provided at baseline, 1 year after the end of the project, 3 years after the end of the project and 5 years after the end of the project. Would this mean that for the SRHR call OKP-BGD-10042, in case the project would cover a 2.5 year period and it would start in mid-2019, that we would need to indicate the situation in 2022, 2024 and 2026? If this is indeed the case, what would be expected in terms of measurement and reporting on this? We see that some funding (max EUR 5,000) can be included in the proposal for this, but this would not allow for substantial and comprehensive measurement of these indicators.

Answer

It is correct that, with regard to the provision of indicators for the medium-term impact 1, 3 and 5 years after the end of the project, in case of this specific project this would need to be done in 2022, 2024 and 2026. Please note that since the project would start mid-2019, it would end at the end of 2021 and therefore the measurement of the indicators in the years after the project would need to be done at the end of those years (end of 2022, 2024 and 2026). Measurement and reporting of the indicators will be done by a new online reporting tool, AkvoRSR, which makes reporting simple and fast and does not require a large investment in time, effort and budget. Project winners will be informed about this reporting tool once this is applicable.

Benin OKP-BEN-10033 (French)


Question

Est-ce qu’il existe une certaine priorité par rapport aux zones géographiques du pays, par exemple le nord ou le sud du pays ? Ou est-ce que vous préférez un projet qui couvre la totalité du pays?

Réponse

Non! il n’y a pas de priorité géographique. Les projets tenant compte des établissements situés dans des zones enclavées comme celle du Nord sont beaucoup encouragés. Un projet couvrant la totalité du Pays est imaginable. Il permettrait des échanges enrichissants de connaissances entre des établissements situés dans des contextes différents.

Question

En lisant le document d'appel, j'ai compris que l'appel cible prioritairement les lycées et collèges d'enseignement technique et professionnel du Bénin. Je voudrais demander :

  1. Si les écoles et facultés des universités nationales opérant dans le domaine de l'agriculture au Bénin peuvent aussi postuler à l'appel avec des partenaires universitaires néerlandais avec une thématique éligible à l'appel,
  2. Ces écoles et facultés doivent ils associer des lycées et collèges d'enseignement technique et professionnel du Bénin avant de postuler.

Réponse

Cet appel à projet cible principalement les lycées et collèges secondaires d’enseignement technique et professionnel agricoles. Le présent appel à projet vise leur renforcement de capacités.

Les écoles et facultés des universités du Benin opérant dans le domaine de l'agriculture peuvent postuler à l'appel avec des partenaires universitaires néerlandais à condition qu’ils forment des consortia dans lesquels les lycées et collèges agricoles (cibles principales) sont membres. Il est également recommandé d’explorer des partenariats avec des acteurs des secteurs publics et privés, puis avec l’acteur de la société civile dont les missions sont en rapport avec la thématique de l’appel.

Question

Nous avons quelques inquiétudes à soumettre à ton appréciation.

Projet Collaboration Institutionnelle (PCI) -OKP-BEN-10033

Sur le site du Nuffic, il est précisé que les projects doivent renforcer les capacités organisationnelles et institutionnelles des établissements des sous-secteurs de l’enseignement secondaire technique et professionnel, travaillant dans le secteur de la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle (y compris de l’eau pour l’agriculture).

Projet TMT PLUS : Renforcer les capacités des unités de formation en sciences infirmières et obstétricales afin qu’elles puissent concevoir et offrir des formations permettant la mise à niveau des infirmiers diplômés d’Etat, des infirmiers brevetés et des sages-femmes formés, avant l’introduction du système LMD (Licence-Master-Doctorat) aux standards du corps de métier actuellement en cours en République du Bénin

Nous aimerions demander si cela signifie qu'on ne peut pas proposer des projets :

- a- TMT PLUS en Sécurité alimentaire ;

- b- PCI dans le domaine de la santé de reproduction ?

Réponse

Il est recommandé de faire des propositions fidèles aux objectifs des appels à projets. Des propositions ayant des objectifs autres que ceux de l’appel seront disqualifiées ; Une proposition portant sur la santé de reproduction alors que l’appel porte sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle ne sera donc pas éligible. Il en est de même pour les autres instruments de Nuffic tels que les TMT Plus.

Question

Enfin, à l'heure actuelle, nous sommes toujours à la recherche de partenaires néerlandais et j'aimerais solliciter sans vouloir te demander de trop de bien vouloir dans la limite de tes possibilités de bien vouloir nous aider dans ce sens. Aussi, voudrais t'informer que les Lycées de Kika et d'Ina sont aussi pied d'oeuvre pour soumettre des projets et sont aussi confrontés à la question des partenaires.

Réponse

Veuillez trouver ici un lien qui vous donne un aperçu des institutions universitaires et grandes écoles Néerlandaises que vous pourriez contacter afin de nouer de potentiels partenariats : https://www.studyinholland.nl/study/dutch-institutions ;

Vous pouvez aussi envoyer une demande sur les médias sociaux avec #OrangeKnowledge afin que nous puissions la partager via nos canaux Twitter et Facebook. Dites-nous quel type d’organisation vous êtes - veuillez inclure l’URL de votre site Web - et dans quel pays vous êtes basé. Faites-nous savoir ce que vous recherchez (quel type de partenaire? Quelle expertise? Quel thème prioritaire (Eau, SAN, etc.)? Quel appel? Dans quel pays? Et cetera).

Question

Upon a careful reading of the eligibility criteria, especially at 3.1, Nr. 1, it seems a potential consortium does NOT have to include an institution from the Netherlands, is this the correct position, and if so, can a consortium therefore be constituted by only institutions from Benin?

Answer

A country A consortium ( Benin)may be made exclusively by institutions from Benin. However, as OKP aims at strengthening the partnership between Dutch and Beninese (Post) secondary educational institutions, the Beninese consortium should therefore collaborate with at one Dutch organisation/ consortium

Burundi OKP-BDI-10041


Question

We are going to apply for the call for proposals with reference number OKP-BDI-10041. We also applied for the OKP-BDI-10013. All formats are now in French. Could I use some of the English formats from the last call, instead of the French ones? Particularly for annex 7 organisational assessment, it would be a lot of work to fill in the formats in French, as we did everything in English last time.

Answer

In this exceptional case it is allowed to make use of some of the formats in English. However, please note that the application form should be written in French.

Indonesia OKP-IDN-10029


Question

The grant application should be submitted by "a Dutch institution for secundary and higher vocational or academic education; or a national or local knowledge institution or organisation (knowledge institution, ministries, national commissions or non-governmental organisations) that contributes to capacity development in the area of higher and vocational education within the local priorities as set out in the country plan of implementation." We would like to know if a Dutch institution is preferred over an Indonesian institution as grant applicant.

Answer

Either the Dutch partner/consortium lead or the Indonesian partner/ consortium lead may submit the application. Nuffic has no preference. Please note that to be eligible, the applicant must comply with certain conditions. We refer to the Grant Obligations and Conditions, and to the Checklist Organisational Capacity Assessment.

Mali - OKP-MLI-10027


Question

On the Nuffic website the deadline for the Mali tender Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – OKP-MLI-10072 is 24 April 2019 whereas in the call for proposal is says 23 April 2019. Could you please let us know which is the correct date?

Answer

The deadline in the call – 23 April 2019 – is the correct deadline. We have corrected the date on the website to this date.

Question

May we submit the application in English?

Answer

No. As Mali is a Francophone country, it is advisable to write the project in a language that is understood and mastered by the project partners in order to enable their best involvement, from the design to the implementation of the project.

Question

Can an institution in the South which is currently still a recipient of a NICHE grant be a recipient of an OKP grant (TMT/ institutional collaboration)?

Answer

There are no formal restrictions that prevent organisations/institutions in the South with projects still under implementation from initiating new ones. It would only be necessary for them to have enough human resources able to successfully manage these projects. The commutation of functions (NICHE and OKP) of the management team (paragraph 3.2 of the grant application form institutional collaboration‌ (127.5 kB)) is not advisable.

Question

Is there flexibility to implement the project in other areas of Mali to ensure that activities can take place without endangering the lives of people employed via local consortium partners?

Answer

Yes! Projects can be implemented in regions other than those indicated in the call.

Question

If the security in Mali is red (OKP-ICP-10027), such is the case in Mopti and Gao, no Dutch staff-member can travel to these areas. How does Nuffic foresee to handle this kind of situation?

Answer

Organisations applying for OKP grants are responsible for the security of their employees. Nuffic recommends organisations/institutions implementing projects in risk areas to take necessary security measures like the following:

  • To contact the Embassy of the Netherlands in Mali about the measures to be taken before, during and after the trip of their employees;
  • To develop a security policy within their own organisations and inform / instruct their employees about this policy;
  • To train their employees on security before travelling;
  • To relocate, whenever possible, interventions such as trainings to lower risk areas.

Question

The current request for proposal (OKP 10027) concerns the topic of training improvement on comprehensive Adolescent sexual and reproductive health education and information and safe abortion in Mali. Does Nuffic take the latest political developments into consideration, i.e. an increasingly negative environment towards these topics and therefor possible repercussions during implementation and the effects on achievable outcomes?

Answer

Nuffic expects that the organisations applying for OKP grants consider the latest developments in the sector. Nuffic recommends that the risk like the one mentioned in the question as any other risk that could prevent the good progress of the project are well documented and that the project partners propose solutions to mitigate the risks. The logical framework‌ (120.4 kB) (see page 7) gives a good opportunity to document those risks and other assumptions in relation to the project.

Tanzania OKP-TZA-10035


Question

In the call document (page 5) is stated: “The proposed intervention must focus on one of the mentioned sub-sectors.” To what sub-sectors is Nuffic referring in this context? Do you mean: horticulture or potatoes or aquaculture? Or, as mentioned in the CPI (page 7-8) “Edible horticulture – potatoes” and “aquaculture”. In addition, if the proposed intervention should focus on one sub-sector, does this mean that it cannot focus both on horticulture and potatoes?

Answer

We refer to the call document: organisations must choose ONE of the mentioned themes: so either horticulture OR potatoes OR aquaculture. A combination is not accepted. We expect to award one application with the maximum budget of EUR 1 million.

South Africa OKP-SAF-10023


Question

Could you be so kind to share with me the TACATI report on the education landscape in South Africa?

Answer

The report was published online by Wageningen University:
Transformation through institutional peering - Agricultural Training Institutes learning from each other.

Uganda OKP-UGA-10021


Question

Do “horticulture value chains” include potato? In other words, would a proposal focussed (mainly) on potato be welcomed / considered?

Answer

‘Potato’ indeed is one of the priorities mentioned in the CPI.

Question

Another call related to FNS is still expected. Will this include TMT or focus on institutional strengthening?

Answer

There is a regional call for institutional collaboration in FNS expected for the second quarter of 2019, including Uganda. No other calls are planned for Uganda as yet.

NRF and Nuffic call for South African PhD candidates

1 April 2019
The National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and Nuffic have launched the second call for applications for PhD candidates from South Africa. The deadline is 7 June 2019.