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 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.

The 2019 KMF opens on 15 March 2019. For more information please see the KMF Information & Application Criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

KMF Thematic Headlines 2019

Change and Learning Processes
Examining and Improving Policy

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis between the opening date (15 March) and the final deadline for applications (15 November). Applications submitted before the “Deadline for Applications” shown below will be accepted or rejected by the corresponding “Decision Announcement” date.



Round I

Round II

Round III

Round IV

Deadline for Applications

26 April 2019

21 June 2019

13 September 2019

15 November 2019

Decision Announcement

13 May 2019

8 July 2019

30 September 2019

2 December 2019

How to apply

Interested parties are asked to complete the submission form by clicking "Apply Now" above. The budget template can be found at the bottom of this page and attached to the form. Please note that there is a new budget template for 2019. Earlier versions of the budget template will not be accepted as they do not comply with the 2019 financial requirements. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at

Once received, the Secretariat will assess proposals based on the criteria outlined above. If the proposal meets the eligibility criteria, the Secretariat will provide the applicant with feedback on their proposal along with its funding decision.

If approved, the Secretariat will contact you to discuss deliverables, budgets, and the division of labor between the Secretariat and the applicant(s) in more detail. What is agreed will be drawn up in a contract 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.

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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 headlines that give direction to the KMF are described in the information document found by clicking the link below.

Information on Headlines, Application Criteria and More


  • The grant is 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, data specialists, learning experts, and PhD candidates are all welcome to submit proposals.

    Partnerships between individuals and organizations are highly encouraged, particularly partnerships that link people from different global regions.

  • In 2019, the KMF application process open on 15 March 2019. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from 15 March until 15 November 2019. There are four decision dates throughout the year, with corresponding submission deadlines. Applications submitted before a submission deadline will be given a decision no later than the next decision date. Any applications submitted after the submission deadline will be assessed and given a decision on the decision date - i.e. an application submitted on 21 June will be given a decision on 8 July. The dates are listed below:


    1. Submission Deadline: 26 April / Decision Date: 13 May
    2. Submission Deadline: 21 June / Decision Date: 8 July
    3. Submission Deadline: 13 September / Decision Date: 30 September
    4. Submission Deadline: 15 November / Decision Date: 2 December


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  • No. In 2019, the KMF will only award grants to projects that fall within one of the thematic headline areas:


    1. Change and Learning Processes
    2. Examining and Improving Policy


    These themes have been decided following consultation with Platform members, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and NWO-WOTRO and 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, 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.