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  • published datePublish Date: 2018-04-24
  • submission dateForm Submission Final Date: 2018-05-31
  • Grant TypeGrant Type: Seed/Seedling Grants

Focus Areas

The proposal should address one question listed in Annex 3, focusing on one of the river basins — Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna, and Salween. Areas of interests are:

  • How do water resource management infrastructure or interventions (e.g., embankments, dams, hydropower projects, bridges, dredging work, ports, etc.) affect communities (including gender dimensions) and other ecosystem functions (such as the nature of erosion/flooding, water quality, and biodiversity, etc.)?  
  • What kinds of transboundary water information systems (relating to floods and other riverine hazards, water quality, sediment, etc.) can be effective in influencing timely, informed, and gender-inclusive community-led actions and improved decision making on water-related issues? 
  • How can governments, civil societies, the private sector, academia, media, and other stakeholders meaningfully engage through multi-stakeholder platforms or other suitable mechanisms to make transboundary water cooperation initiatives and decisions more inclusive and equitable? 

Proposals concerning and addressing gender issues will be given priority. Proposals adopting action research or research-into-use and critical pedagogy approaches, engaging civil society, and community-based organizations and stakeholders as co-producers of knowledge, are strongly encouraged.

Who Can Apply?

Universities and research institutions based in the HKH region that are current members of HUC or have applied for membership in four countries — Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal (Annex 2) are eligible to apply. HUC members from China are strongly encouraged to join or lead the proposals on a cost-sharing basis.

The implementing team must include principal investigators from all partnering institutions. Women are strongly encouraged to serve as principal investigators and/or project leads. Partnerships with and/or involvement of civil society and community-based organizations, including women-/youth- led organizations, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Budget Framework and Guidelines

The budget must not exceed USD 30,000 for 18 months, covering all partner institutions involved in the proposed project, and may in fact be lower than USD 30,000, depending on the size of the partnership and project duration.

A detailed budget should be included in the application. The budget may include the following categories: research, education, capacity building and curricula development programmes;  expenditures, including accommodation and daily allowances, for travelling within South and Southeast Asia; other costs (to be specified). The budget for each partner institution to which the lead partner will transfer funds must be specified. No institutional overhead, or incremental office costs, can be charged by the lead or participating partners.

The project leads, and/or principal investigators nominated by each partnership, will be expected to attend TROSA annual meetings and other relevant events in the region. Travel costs will be covered by TROSA.

Application Procedure

If there are any queries, please send them to the huc@icimod.org  

The deadline for submission is 31 May 2018. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Selection Criteria and Process

Applications will be selected based on the following criteria:


  • Collaboration in the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna, and Salween river basins
  • Transboundary water resources management practices and policies, including gender issues, in one of these basins
  • Transdisciplinary and policy-/practice- relevant approaches addressing the TROSA objectives and approaches


  • Design, time frame, and content of the funding project
  • Feasibility of plans and budget
  • Partnership arrangements and implementation capacity

An independent technical committee consisting of subject specialists and HUC and TROSA representatives will assess the applications.


HUC will enter into a bilateral contract with the lead partner institution when the grant is approved. The lead partner will be responsible for transferring the allocated amount to other partner institutions. These disbursements will be based on written agreements between the cooperating partners.


The lead institutions are responsible for submitting bi-annual and final narrative and financial reports to HUC,  who will provide relevant reporting templates. There is zero tolerance for corruption for all funds under the HUC budget. Contracted institutions are responsible for all funds disbursed to them. Any amount misused or incorrectly reported will be forfeited. All HUC grants shall be used for the purposes for which they are allocated and shall be reported in a correct and timely manner. In cases where project outlines, implementation plans, or budgets change after the grants have been disbursed, HUC shall approve these changes upon receiving written requests before the proposed changed grant activities begin.