Cooperation Development Research · 3. Call

KoEF · 3. Call for Projects now open!

The 3rd Call is open from 1 September 2022 until 30 November 2022.

Complete project applications must be submitted to kooperation-entwicklungsforschung@oead.at.

Learn more about past and current KoEF projects here: www.oead.at/koef

Application Process FAQ | 1 September 2022 – 30 November 2022

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    • Any application must be submitted by the project coordinator within the deadline.
    • Application templates and documents can be downloaded from the call's website: https://oead.at/koef/call
    • Completed application documents – 1. Project proposal (word), 2. Project proposal (pdf), 3. Budget sheet (excel), 4. Appendix including Letters of Intent and CVs (pdf) – must be sent via email to kooperation-entwicklungsforschung@oead.at
  • Eligible as project coordinators and co-coordinator is any researcher with a minimum qualification of a PhD/doctorate affiliated with an eligible institution.

    An eligible institution is any public university or research performing institution located in Austria or any state-accredited university or research performing institution in any country of the Global South classified as “least developed countries”, “other low income countries” and “lower middle income countries and territories” excl. India in the DAC-list of the OECD 2022/2023. Regional restrictions may apply.

  • Eligible as a project participant is any researcher enrolled in a PhD/doctoral programme or with a higher academic qualification, who is affiliated with an eligible institution.

    An eligible institution is any public university or research performing institution located in Austria or any state-accredited university or research performing institution in any country of the Global South classified as “least developed countries”, “other low income countries” and “lower middle income countries and territories” excl. India in the DAC-list of the OECD 2022/2023. Additional regional restrictions may apply.

  • Funding can be only be provided for mobility costs, i.e. travel expenses and subsistence and accommodation costs during project-related travels.

    Exception: Equipment and material (consumables) specifically relevant for the project can be covered up to a maximum amount of EUR 3.000,00 for the entire project duration.

    For more detailed information, please consult the guidelines stipulated in KoEF Funding Framework and Eligible Costs (PDF).

  • Depending on the duration of the project the maximum funding amounts are as follows:

    • 1-year projects: up to EUR 20.000
    • 2-year projects: up to EUR 35.000
    • 3-year projects: up to EUR 50.000

    During the project implementation the budget cannot be reallocated except in response to a changed project environment (e.g. travel restrictions due to COVID-19). Any budget reallocation is subject to approval by OeAD.

  • All projects must submit a final scientific report and a final financial report.

    Additionally, projects with a duration of 2 or 3 years must a mid-term scientific report and mid-term financial report. For details, please refer to the Guidelines for Reporting and Financial Reporting. Detailed reporting schedules and requirements will be stipulated in the contract. 

  • Depening on the project duration the funding will be transferred in two or three instalments. The second and (if applicable) third instalments will only be transferred, if the mid-term and/or final reports have been submitted correctly.

Reviewing and Selection | December 2022 - April 2023

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  • The KoEF-Office at OeAD will check whether the formal requirements have been met:

    • Application was submitted within the deadline by the project coordinator.
    • Complete application, including signatures
    • Eligibility of institutions
    • Eligibility of project coordinator, co-coordinator(s) and participants
    • Compliance with financial regulations.
    • All documents must be in English
  • Formally correct proposals will be evaluated by a minimum of two independent reviewers for each proposal. They will assess the project proposals individually and convey their reviews to the KoEF Office. The reviews will include of a scoring matrix (max. 100 points) and narrative assessments.

    Evaluation criteria will be:

    • Project design, quality of the project proposal and the partnership, contribution to the formation of the network (max. 50 points) | Sections 2-4, CVs, Letters of Intent, Budget Sheet
    • Contribution to the SDGs, integration of gender and diversity perspective (max. 20 points) 
    • Sustainability and application of results (max. 20 points)
    • Risk management and cost-effectiveness (max. 10 points)

    Ranking based on the average score of the reviews. If necessary, the OeAD appoints an advisory board made up of 5 experts for project selection. The list of selected projects has to be approved by the BMBWF.

  • After approval by the BMBWF the contract will be signed. Earliest possible project start is 1 June 2023.

About KoEF · CDR

With the programme Cooperation Development Research – CDR (Kooperation Entwicklungsforschung – KoEF) the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) has created an instrument to foster research on the two main principles of excellency and cooperation in development research. KoEF intends to contribute to creating an environment which fosters international cooperation between researchers and institutions extending beyond individual project durations. It's projects currently involve over 150 researchers and scientists around the globe.

It aims to support application-oriented cooperation projects between Austrian higher education institutions/research institutions and institutions in countries of the Global South and therewith to contribute to analysing and solving local challenges and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

The OeAD-GmbH – Agency for Education and Internationalisation – in short OeAD – implements Cooperation Research Development (CDR/KoEF) in accordance with the special directive “Maßnahmen zur Internationalisierung” (GZ 41.906/0001-V/7/2019) of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF).