Green Fund opens R34m Research and Policy Development Window

The Green Fund in South Africa, which was established to support green initiatives and assist South Africa’s transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and climate resilient development path, is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for research and policy development projects on themes that advance green economy policy objectives in South Africa. Under the overarching theme of Research and Policy Development to Advance the Green Economy in South Africa, the call for proposals seeks to strengthen the science-policy interface in the green economy sector.

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Through this request for proposals, the Green Fund will be engaging the research community in building an evidence and knowledge base for the expansion of the green economy.

The Director-General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Chair of the Green Fund Management Committee, Ms Nosipho Ngcaba, commenting on the opening of the window, said that “Strategic policy goals for transitioning South Africa to a green economy are expressed in South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Policy. Applicants to this Request for Proposals will be required to demonstrate, through applied policy research, how their research projects will advance the green agenda.” She added that officials from the Department of Science and Technology had assisted the Fund in developing the thinking for this initiative.

The Research and Policy Development RFP opens at noon on 1 February 2013 and closes at noon on 28 March 2013. Applicants must consult the online guidelines and submit research proposals that support the implementation of green economy policy objectives. The application process is detailed on the Green Fund’s website. 

The Green Fund provides support for selected initiatives which would not have been implemented without its support, through three funding Windows. The focus areas and eligibility criteria for each window is different and informed by key national policies. These funding windows include Green Cities and TownsLow Carbon Economy and Environmental and Natural Resource Management. The Fund is also considering research projects which explore innovative technological, institutional or financial products, instruments and/or frameworks that will advance policy objectives in the green economy sector – this includes legislative, policy and planning approaches.

The Green Fund is a national environmental finance initiative administered by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs. It has been set up to facilitate South Africa’s transition to a green economy. In 2012, the Green Fund received 590 project development applications when it made a call for funding applications. This research call builds upon the earlier process and aims to expand the learning required for transitioning to a Green Economy in South Africa.

DBSA’s Group Executive for Financing Operations, Mr Michael Hillary said that the Green Fund had set aside up to R34m for this particular call for proposals; “We are hoping that this will contribute to the research community playing a catalytic role in building the knowledge economy required to shift South Africa towards a resource-efficient, low carbon and pro-employment growth path.”


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