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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check the FAQ for any questions. If you have any other questions, please contact the Platform via

KMF Application form

Under which Thematic Headline does your project fall?
To which fund are you applying?
In under 200 words, please outline what you propose to do and why.
In under 1000 words, please describe your project. Make reference to how it meets the assessment criteria, who the intended audience is, how the intended audience will use the results, and how the project fits into a further trajectory.
List in under 300 words the proposed activities of your project and the approximate timeline or planning for their completion.
List in under 300 words the proposed deliverables of your project.
Do you foresee publicly showcasing your project?
If you plan to publicly showcase your project, please make sure associated costs for presentation are reflected in your proposed budget.
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KMF Thematic Headlines 2017 - 18

Addressing Inequality as Prevention
Moving the Needle on Goal 16.3 of the SDGs
Change and Learning Processes


When can I apply?

We will announce the opening of the application windows and corresponding submission deadlines and decision dates in the coming weeks. Reach out to us at for more information.

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. 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. The Secretariat will provide the applicant with feedback on their proposal along with its funding decision. KMF grants will be awarded according to the following weighting: 40% for General; 25% for Innovation; and 35% for Research.

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: General, 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 three thematic headlines that given direction to the KMF are described in the information document found by click 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 2018, the KMF application process will open on 1 March 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from 1 March until 16 November 2018. 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 15 April will be given a decision on 2 July. The dates are listed below:

    1. Submission Deadline: 13 April / Decision Date: 1 May
    2. Submission Deadline: 15 June / Decision Date: 2 July
    3. Submission Deadline: 14 September / Decision Date: 1 October
    4. Submission Deadline: 16 November / Decision Date: 3 December

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  • No. In 2018, the KMF will only award grants to projects that fall within one of the thematic headline areas:


    1. Addressing Inequality as Prevention
    2. Moving the Needle on Goal 16.3 of the SDGs
    3. Change and Learning Processes



    These themes have been decided following extensive consultation with Platform members, the Dutch government, and NWO/WOTRO and reflect people’s most pressing and emerging priority areas. 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. One of the preferred ways of doing this is to host a session at the Annual Conference. If you are unable to present at the Conference in September 2018 then please do state this in your application, and suggest an alternative for presenting results to the Platform community.