Call for Proposals


2020 Women’s Land Rights Research Consortium Research Grant on the Effectiveness of Interventions to improve Women’s Land Tenure Security

The Research Consortium on Women’s Land Rights is a community of learning and practice that works to increase the quantity and strengthen the quality of research on interventions to advance women’s land and resource rights. With this RFP, the Research Consortium seeks to address gaps in knowledge and evidence on what works and what does not work to improve land and resource rights for women in practice.


The objectives of the research grants are to:

  1. Contribute to the body of knowledge on gender-differentiated results of interventions that seek to reform land and resource tenure in a given context.
  2. Understand the attributes of interventions, policies, and reforms that make them better or worse for women.
  3. Understand the context in which these interventions take place and how that influences their outcomes.
  4. Develop and disseminate best practices for research and programming that seeks to reduce poverty, ensure better resource management, or improve gender equity through land and resource tenure related reforms.
  5. Build or strengthen capacity to do research on gender and land rights in a way that helps to shift and shape policy and practice.

Types of projects that will be eligible for research grants

Grants will be awarded for research projects that address one or more of the following topics:

  • On interventions that address all the dimensions of tenure security for women: completeness, durability, and robustness. See here for explanation of these terms.
  • On the value to women of documenting land and property rights in tenure systems other than private, individual tenure (e.g. collectively held lands).
  • On interventions that improve women’s participation in governance bodies of collectively held lands and an examination of under what conditions inclusion on governance bodies improves outcomes for women.
  • On the intra-household effects of land rights reforms, especially for women in male-headed households.
  • On the sustainability of interventions or outcomes once donors are no longer involved.
  • On the potential for scaling specific interventions and positive and negative outcomes of doing so.
  • On land tenure interventions appropriate to the experience of women in different stages of life or with diverse life experiences, e.g., never married, widowed, disabled, economically poor, rural, urban.
  • On how to effectively foster and support social norm change to the benefit of both women and men.

Eligibility criteria

  • Grantees must be based in low- and middle-income countries
  • Grant funded research must be undertaken in low- and middle-income countries
  • Applicants must have a proven history and background on similar research
  • Applicants may be organizations or individuals.
  • Must be able to be completed by the key deadlines provided below.
  • More than one entry per applicant is acceptable
  • Applications must clearly state a research question that aligns with the eligible topics above.
  • Applications and reports must be submitted in English
  • Grant proposals can build on other research and can use existing data if available.

Key Dates

  • The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January 2020 (AEDT-GMT/UTC +11)
  • Grants awarded by Friday 7th February 2020 (AEDT-GMT/UTC +11)
  • First draft of reports will must be completed by Friday 6th March 2020 (AEDT-GMT/UTC +11)
  • All times and dates are based on Australian Eastern Daylight Time -Melbourne Australia (AEDT-GMT/UTC +11)

Total grant amount

The total budget for grant proposals must not exceed $20,000 USD.

How to apply

  • Applications for the 2020 Women’s Land Rights Research Consortium Research Grant on the Effectiveness of Interventions to improve Women’s Land Tenure Security must be submitted using the form in ANNEX ONE GRANT APPLICATION.
  • Instructions on the form, including word length and process, must be followed to be eligible.
  • Email applications to by 6pm Friday 31st of January 2020

Webinar Recording

  • On January 22, we held an informational webinar on the grant-making application process. A recording of the webinar is available via link below (this link will take you to youtube).

Frequently Asked Questions

The application asks for an analytical framework, where can I find something like this?     

The Research Consortium’s Women’s Land Rights  Conceptual Framework may be helpful. A link is available in the application materials, however here is a direct link if you are having trouble finding it:    

Or you can find a summary version of the Conceptual framework here

How do I send my application?                                                                                                                 

Send your application to by 6 pm Jan 31st 2020 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time +UTC 11 Melbourne/Australia).  Please note the time zone and ensure that your application is submitted in time.

How many Grants are on offer?

The number of grants on offer depends on the budget requested by successful applicants. Please note that the maximum grant request is $20,000 USD

Since the final research report is required to be in English, can we include translation costs into our budget?                                                                                                                                             

Yes, you are welcome to include translation costs in your budget.

Can an individual or organization apply for the grant?

Yes, both an individual or an organization may apply for the grant.  We ask that you nominate one lead author to be the key contact on the project.

How is the grant paid?                                                                                                                               

The grant is paid via a wire transfer to your nominated bank account unless other arrangements are made.

Can you include a local dissemination workshop in the budget?                                                   

Yes, you can put a local level dissemination workshop in your budget.

I am not sure how to do the budget and narrative, can you explain this?                                     

The budget can be a simple spreadsheet or word document that outlines the costs that will be incurred to complete your research paper project. The costs that are included must be reasonable to deliver on the proposed research project.  Budget can include labor, transportation, and other associated direct costs for the research paper project. It can also include reasonable overhead costs.

For example

Jane Doe- $200 per day Research x 10 days                $2000

Ben Slo assistant- $200 per day research x 5 days    $1000

Car hire for field research x 5 days                               $200

Local dissemination workshop                                     $500

Research costs                                                                   $3,700 USD

Overhead contribution @10%                                         $370

Total Grant Request                                                         $4070 USD

The budget narrative describes the rationale used to come up with the project costs. It helps show that the budget is reasonable and justified to deliver the proposed research project. You can use the budget narrative to substantiate rates that are used, and also to substantiate other factors that influence the total budget request, such as level of effort. Please note that the budget should be completed in the equivalent of USD.

Is the deadline for the first draft (March 6th 2020) flexible?                                                               

We will work with the nominated grantees on the timeline. However, applicants should expect that there is limited flexibility to the timeline and if you are concerned about the deadlines you should address this in your proposal.

(last update to Call information Jan 23rd, 2020)

The Deadline for this Opportunity has Passed