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 €200,000 annual fund that awards grants for 9-month projects of up to €20,000 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 2021 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 2021. Updated theme and guidelines will be posted at the bottom of this page. 

KMF 2021 Thematic Headline: Asymmetric Power & Partnerships

The world turned upside down. Depending on your vantage point, this may be a troubling description of current times – the unraveling of norms, standards, and institutions previously relied upon. Or it may be a hopeful aspiration for the future – the opportunity for transformation after a series of unexpected global shake-ups. In either case, it points to a moment of imbalance, of both risk and possibility.

In 2021 The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law will be directing its instruments and attention toward aspects of asymmetry in Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) policies, programming, and partnerships. This is both in response to and support of our community’s growing focus on shifting power dynamics and how this historical moment calls for – and might enable – a re-balancing.

Read a more robust exploration of the Thematic Headline here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

When can I apply?

The second Knowledge Management Fund 2021 application window has now closed. Please note that as we have transitioned this year into a new iteration, we have changed a few aspects of the KMF. The most important thing to take note of is that grants are slightly larger (€20.000) and projects run slightly longer (9 months), however there will be fewer grants awarded. KMF'21 Window II is consistent with the same Thematic Headline as Window I, and all resource documents below are still applicable.

Dates to be aware of:

  • August 10th: Expressions of Interest Portal Opens (submissions can be received)
  • September 6th: Expressions of Interest Portal Closes (deadline on the 6th at 23:59 CEST)
  • September 28th: Invitation of Full Proposals
  • October 22nd: Full Proposal Deadline
  • November 16th: Grant Decisions Announced

Please click here to read more about the KMF Accessibility Plan of Action. 

How to apply

For those KMF'21 Window II projects that are invited to submit a full proposal (September 28th), the process and application forms are identical to Window I. Updated guidelines, formats, updated budget template and theme have been posted at the bottom of this page. Please note that budget proposals will only be accepted using this budget template. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at

Once a full project is approved, the Secretariat will contact the grantee to discuss deliverables, budgets, timelines, contingency planning and the division of labor between the Secretariat and the applicant(s) in more detail. What is agreed upon will be drawn up in an award letter and signed by the Secretariat and the applicant(s). 


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. Please click here to download the full Conflict of Interest Policy.

Melissa Krassenstein

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 18th, 2021.


  • 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.


  • The second Knowledge Management Fund 2021 application window is opening soon. Please note that as we have transitioned this year into a new iteration, we have changed a few aspects of the KMF. The most important thing to take note of is that grants are slightly larger (€20.000) and projects run slightly longer (9 months), however there will be fewer grants awarded.

    On August 10th, the submission portal for brief Expressions of Interest will be opened until the September 6th deadline. 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.

    Dates to be aware of:

    • Aug. 10th – EoI Portal Open (submissions can be received)
    • Sept. 6th – EoI Portal Closes (deadline)
    • Sept. 28th – Invitation of Full Proposals
    • Oct. 22nd  – Full Proposal Deadline
    • Nov. 16th – Grant Decisions Announced


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  • No. In 2021, the KMF will only award grants to projects that frame their Expression of Interest around this year's thematic headline, Asymmetric Power & Partnerships. 

    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 2022, 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.