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 the KMF 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 2022 application have been announced below, under "When can I apply?". Please keep an eye out for our newsletters and website for information on the KMF 2022. Updated theme and guidelines have been posted at the bottom of this page.
KMF 2022 Thematic Headline: Reimagining Social Contracts
The growing authoritarianism and halting results for Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) are indications of the many Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) challenges today: trust between people and towards institutions is missing, many are concerned that space for political participation is consistently limited, and significant impact still remains to be felt despite efforts to decolonise development.
Under the Thematic Headline of 2021 ‘Asymmetric Power & Partnerships’ our community scrutinised the power structures underlying the sector and tested different ideas for rebalancing. Building on this momentum, the Thematic Headline of 2022 ‘Reimagining Social Contracts’ aims to contribute to a new vision for Security and Rule of Law. This theme invites exploring the plurality of social contracts and how societies with fractured or contested social contracts may move towards a more inclusive, legitimate and sustainable arrangement. It encourages questioning what societies might find acceptable, our assumptions of what an ideal social contract looks like and how they can come to exist.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I apply?
The first Knowledge Management Fund 2022 application window is now closed. The review team will soon be in the process of reviewing Full Proposals, thus Expressions of Interest are no longer being accepted. Please note that as we have transitioned last year into a new iteration, we also 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) than they were in 2020, however there will be fewer grants awarded. Please follow this page and stay tuned for announcements about the KMF'22: Window II opening later this year.
Call Opened: now closed
Expressions of Interest Deadline: now closed
Full Proposal Invitations: April 15
Full Proposal Due Date: May 8
Announce Grantees: May 31
Start Date: June 15
Please click here to read more about the KMF Accessibility Plan of Action, which is a work-in-progress that we hope to continue inviting our community to contribute to.
How to apply
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. You can watch this budget proposal tutorial if you require any guidance. If you have any further 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, 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).
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.
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 March 3rd, 2022.
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 first Knowledge Management Fund 2021 application window is now open (click here to submit an Expression of Interest). Please note that as we have transitioned last year into a new iteration, we also 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) than they were in 2020, however there will be fewer grants awarded.
- Call Opened: March 3
- Expressions of Interest Deadline: March 27 (23:59 CET)
- Full Proposal Invitations: April 15
- Full Proposal Due Date: May 8
- Announce Grantees: May 31
- Start Date: June 15
To remain informed, sign up for our newsletter, or please contact the Platform via KMF@kpsrl.org.
No. In 2022, the KMF will only award grants to projects that frame their Expression of Interest around this year's thematic headline, Reimagining Social Contracts.
The following subthemes may be used to further specify project aims:
- Change and Learning Processes
- Examining and Improving Policy
- 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 2023, 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.
- KMF 2022 - Final Thematic Headline
- KMF 2022 - Information, Application Process and FAQs
- KMF 2022 Window I - EoI Form Summary
- KMF 2022 - Full Proposal Application Form Outline
- KMF 2022 - Criteria Scorecard - Public
- KMF 2022 - Knowledge Uptake Guidance
- KMF 2022 - Frequently Asked Questions
- KMF 2022 - Budget Proposal and Reporting Template