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 updated thematic headlines and application guidelines due to be shared on February 7th. 
 

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 Thematic Headlines 2019 (Updated info. for 2020 call announced Feb. 7)

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 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

How to apply

Interested parties will be asked to submit a brief Expression of Interest form by clicking "Apply Now", which will appear after the updated thematic headlines and application guidelines have been released (February 7th). 

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 and Criteria Scorecards will be posted February 7th. 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 as of 2019. Earlier versions of the budget template will not be accepted as they do not comply with the 2019-2020 financial requirements. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at KMF@kpsrl.org.

Once a 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.

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 headlines that give direction to the KMF are described in the information document found in the "Documents" section below, but will be updated for the 2020 call on February 7th.

FAQ

  • 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.

  • 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 fall within one of the thematic headline areas (though this will be updated on February 7th, 2020):

     

    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.