Knowledge Management Fund

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

The KMF is a €300,000 annual fund that awards grants for 6-month projects of up to €15,000 for events, research ideas and other initiatives that contribute to improving the quality of knowledge generated by the SRoL field, and its subsequent uptake. 

Updates on the 2020 application window have been announced below, under "When can I apply?". Please keep an eye out for our newsletters and website for information on the KMF 2020. Updated theme and guidelines have been posted at the bottom of this page. 
 

KMF 2020 Thematic Headline: "Harnessing Potential"

This year's Thematic Headline is "Harnessing Potential". Please read the explanation of the headline in the Thematic Headline document carefully, as well as the subthemes found below. Each are instructive for how submissions will be assessed. Not every topic within the security and rule of law field will automatically be considered relevant. Each applicant will need to justify their topical focus, their approach, and how these demonstrate “Harnessing Potential” for strengthening SRoL programs and policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please check the FAQ. For any further questions, please contact the Platform via KMF@kpsrl.org.

KMF 2020 Subthemes

Change and Learning Processes
Examining and Improving Policy

When can I apply?

The Knowledge Platform will be transitioning this year towards a new iteration. As such, we have changed the KMF application process for 2020. The most important thing to take note of is that there is only one application window in 2020. 

The KMF 2020 application window for Expressions of Interest (EoI) is now closed. We thank all of those who submitted an EoI, and are grateful to have garnered interest from all over the world - from countries like Tunisia, Samoa, Malawi, Indonesia, Peru and more.

Based on the quality and thematic relevance of the Expressions of Interest, we are now deliberating and will invite a select number of applicants to submit a full proposal by March 26th.

KMF 2020 Timeline:

  • February 7th: Theme and guidelines released
  • March 13th: Expressions of Interest due
  • March 26th: Invitations for full proposals
  • April 9th: Full proposals due
  • April 22nd: KMF recipients are awarded
  • May 1st: KMF project start date

How to apply

Interested parties will be asked to submit a brief Expression of Interest form by clicking "Submit Expression of Interest" in the yellow tab above. 

For those projects that are invited to submit a full proposal (March 26th), the process and application forms will be generally similar to years past. Updated guidelines, formats, updated budget template and theme have been posted at the bottom of this page. Please note that there is a new budget template as of 2020. Earlier versions of the budget template will not be accepted as they do not comply with the 2020 financial requirements. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at KMF@kpsrl.org.

Once a full project is approved, the Secretariat will contact the grantee to discuss deliverables, budgets, and the division of labor between the Secretariat and the applicant(s) in more detail. What is agreed upon will be drawn up in a contract and signed by the Secretariat and the applicant(s). All projects will be expected to begin by May 1st, and close by November 1st. 

 

Avoiding conflicts of interest

KMF proposals submitted by any of the Platform’s consortium partners (The Clingendael Institute, Saferworld and IDLO) are assessed through a separate procedure. Proposals are received by the Secretariat, which checks the proposal for eligibility. Those proposals that meet the eligibility requirements are sent on to the Platform’s Advisory Committee, whose members assess the proposals according to the stated Criteria.

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More information

The KMF is made up of three strands to which you may apply: Events, Research, and Innovation. Each strand funds different kinds of activities and initiatives that, collectively, aim to produce original insights to help the Platform improve the quality and uptake of knowledge across its thematic areas. The thematic headline that gives direction to the KMF is described in the information document found in the "Documents" section below, which has been updated as of February 7th, 2020.

FAQ

  • 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. Think-tanks, (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.

     

  • There will only be one application window in 2020. 

    This year's application process will entail an initial call for brief Expressions of Interest. Based on the quality and thematic relevance of the Expressions of Interest, we will then invite a select number of applicants to submit a full proposal.

    KMF 2020 Timeline:

    • February 7th: Theme and guidelines released
    • March 13th: Expressions of Interest due
    • March 26th: Invitations for full proposals
    • April 9th: Full proposals due
    • April 22nd: KMF recipients are awarded
    • May 1st: KMF project start date

     

    To remain informed, sign up for our newsletter, or contact us at kmf@kpsrl.org.

     

  • No. In 2020, the KMF will only award grants to projects that frame their Expression of Interest around this year's thematic headline, Harnessing Potential. 

    The following subthemes may be used to further specify project aims:

    1. Change and Learning Processes
    2. Examining and Improving Policy
    3. Other ways to strengthen SRoL policies and programs.
       

    The thematic headline and subthemes reflect the Fund’s specific value added in addressing emerging priority areas and feeding research outcomes and original ideas into programing and policies. They are purposefully broad and try to leave as much scope as possible for applicants to engage the Platform on their specialist thematic and geographic areas.

  • There must be some public presentation of the results of the project in order to ensure that the entire community can benefit, as detailed in the assessment criteria. One of the preferred ways of doing this is to host a session at the Annual Conference in October 2020, though this cannot be guaranteed.

  • In order to help (potential) applicants to the KMF, the Secretariat has developed guidance on what it understands by 'knowledge uptake', available here.