Cultivate Africa's Future - Phase 2

Frequently asked questions

1. Can Applicants from the listed eligible countries in Africa partner with institutions based outside eligible Eastern and Southern Africa countries?

Yes. Institutions in Europe, North America, South America and/or Asia can participate in projects as third party organisations. (Please see question 3 for definition of third party organisation)

2. What is the maximum indirect cost allowable and how is it calculated?

The maximum indirect cost is 13 per cent. It is inclusive of equipment and the indirect costs of third party institutions. It also includes administrative costs not directly related to the research. Please refer to the following link for more information on indirect costs.

3. What is your definition of “third-party organisations” in a CultiAF application?

A third party organisation is an institution that will participate directly in the conduct of the research but will not receive funds directly from IDRC. The applicant institution is responsible for the disbursement of funds to third party organisations and ensuring the research is conducted as per the agreement.

Please note that third-party organisations are not required to be located in the eligible countries. The guideline for total third-party participation in a project is a maximum of 30% of the budget.

4. Does the Principle Investigator (PI) have to be an employee of an applicant institution?

Yes, the PI has to be an existing member of the applicant institution. In addition, the PI cannot be a member of a third party institution.

5. Is there any limit to the number of applications an organisation can be involved in?

There is no limit as to how many applications an organisation can be involved in. But, individual researchers are only eligible to be included on a maximum of two concept notes – a researcher can apply as a Principal Investigator (PI) on one project and be on the research team of one additional project. Or, a researcher can be on the research team of two projects. Researchers cannot apply to be the PI on two projects. If a researcher MUST apply as a PI for one project and be on the research team of another project, they must demonstrate that they are prepared to dedicate sufficient time to project management and be committed to seeing the project through to conclusion.

6. Does an international organisation headquartered outside eligible countries but legally registered to operate in an eligible country qualify as an eligible applicant? Or must an eligible organisation have its corporate headquarters in an eligible country?

An International Organisation that is legally registered to operate in an eligible country can apply as an applicant organisation provided that the research team is based in the eligible countries, and the administration and management of the project, and contracting is done by the team that is based in the eligible country.

7. Would the Fund accept a proposal from a private sector company to conduct research in one of the focus areas specified in the call for concepts? Or must the lead partner in a proposal be a research entity?

Private sector organisations and civil society institutions are encouraged to apply provided they can demonstrate that they have the capacity to conduct high-quality applied research.

8. How will the Fund contract with organisations that submit a proposal jointly?

IDRC will issue separate individual contracts to each applicant organisation.

9. Why does the CultiAF fund not cover the rest of Africa?

Decisions on the eligible countries were taken by senior managers from both ACIAR and IDRC.  Many factors are taken into account (e.g., meeting IDRC and ACIAR priorities, ensuring the efficient and effective use of available funds, and meeting key food security challenges).  Eligible countries are also those in which programs within the two institutions currently have other projects running. Both ACIAR and IDRC support work in other regions of Africa through other means.

10. Is the fund looking for single country projects or can the projects have multi-country involvement?

The project can be conducted in an eligible country or in multiple eligible countries.

11. Is this a one-off call or will it continue thereafter?

This is a five year fund and the projects for this call are expected to run for a maximum of 42 months. At this time no other calls are planned.

12. Are projects required to partner with Canadian or Australian organisations to qualify?

No, this is not a requirement. Australian and Canadian organisations cannot apply directly to the fund but can partner with institutions in eligible countries as third party organisations.

13. What is the selection process?

Concept notes will be reviewed by an external peer-review body and technical staff from ACIAR and IDRC. In May 2018, a subset of concept note teams will be invited to submit full proposals. Concept note teams proceeding to full proposal stage will be eligible for up to CA$ 5000 in travel grants to support meetings and prepare full proposals.  Developing a full proposal will not guarantee funding as full proposals will again be reviewed by an external peer-review body and technical staff from ACIAR and IDRC.  Funding decisions will be announced in September 2018, with selected projects to start in January 2019.

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