The Asia Foundation will select a number of local organizations each round to receive Emerging Research Fund to conduct discrete pieces of quality research with policy relevance either at local or national level. There will be three rounds of fund throughout the Ponlok Chomnes Program.

The Emerging Research Fund competition aims to support any organizations doing action research or working on diverse development issues that impact policy, particularly, nascent, traditionally under-represented, and/or smaller organizations. This effort will give visibility and voice to a broad and diverse pool of potential recipients to propose innovative research and are ultimately able to produce quality research, particularly on issues that may not be areas of focus for larger, more established organizations.

During the Expression of Interest (EOI) for Emerging Research Fund (ROUND ONE), four institutions have been identified. They include:


The Call: Expression of Interest (EOI) for Emerging Research Fund (Round Two)

for Local Organizations to Conduct Action Research on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Vulnerable Groups or Marginalized Communities in Cambodia

The Second Round of Emerging Research Fund competition aims at supporting organizations doing action research or working on specific policy issues focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups or marginalized communities in Cambodia. This impact could range from economic issues, to human rights, social issues and health. We encourage nascent, traditionally under-represented, and/or smaller organizations in particular to apply. This effort will give visibility and voice to a broad and diverse pool of potential recipients who can propose and produce innovative research, particularly on issues that may not be areas of focus for larger, more established organizations.

This call is open to any organizations except for Ponlok Chomnes’ Core Partners. The funding support for each research project is between USD12,000 and USD15,000.

DECIDING WHETHER TO APPLY

To apply, organizations must meet ALL of the following basic eligibility criteria. Applications by organizations that do not meet ALL of these criteria WILL NOT be considered.

  • Your organization must be a Cambodian, non-partisan, non-profit organization or public university-based research institution;
  • Research focuses on policy issues related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups or marginalized communities
  • Entities that are registered with the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Organizations that meet at least one of these additional criteria will be highly considered.

  • Community Based Organizations, grassroots organizations, indigenous organizations, or traditionally under-represented and non-profit organizations, etc.;
  • Organization that has experience in doing action research
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) concept is incorporated into the proposed research;
  • Organizations that have leadership and/or staff from traditionally under-represented groups (e.g. women, the disabled, marginalized communities, etc.).

HOW TO APPLY?

Please refer to The Application Form

For detail Expression of Interest for Emerging Research Fund (Round Two), please click this link.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for funding, interested organizations will need to first assess their eligibility. Organizations will then submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) should they meet the abovementioned basic criteria. Please see indicative timeline below.