The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) in partnership with the World Bank Group (WBG) have created the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and the World Bank Group’s Development Marketplace for Innovation in the prevention and response of gender-based violence in low and middle income settings. 

The SVRI and the WBG are requesting proposals for innovative research and interventions or related activities that will contribute to the prevention and response of gender-based violence in low and middle income countries.

Due to high levels of competition and limited funds available, the quality of the proposal submitted will determine success in your funding application. Applications from legally constituted institutions and organizations that have existing capacity, with high quality proposals are most likely to be successful in this category.


Eligibility of Applications

Applications for support under this award should be affiliated with a recognized, legally constituted research institution or non-government organization with existing research or programming capacity.

A maximum of two proposals will be considered for funding per applicant. Only one award through this mechanism may be held by an applicant until the project has been completed. Award applications that are proposing work on behalf of UN Agencies will not be considered. Previous award winners will not be considered as principal applicants.

Nature of Supported Projects

All projects under this call should focus on the prevention and response of GBV in low and middle income countries.

Types of projects that may be supported through this call for proposals include:

1. Piloting, adaptation, testing and/or scale up of new or promising interventions, including formative research that will contribute to the design of GBV prevention interventions, or projects on the creative uses of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), or multi-components social media campaigns to challenge social norms that promote and accept the use of violence against women and children. 

2. Self-contained research projects that are either stand alone or fit within a larger project which will build on, or support prevention or response of GBV, including formative research studies, pilot or feasibility studies. 

3. Costing studies on promising/effective GBV interventions to assess value for money. 

4. Adding a new component/arm to an already funded intervention that can provide additional insight into the effectiveness of intervention components. 

5. Projects to disseminate promising research findings including those with creative uses of ICT to advance the effective translation of research findings into policy and practice (increase research uptake and bridge the gap between researchers and program officers). 

6. Secondary analysis of existing data 

7. Studies to better understand the mechanisms and pathways of change of effective GBV prevention interventions 

8. Studies to measure ripple/spillover effects of women’s economic empowerment or political participation programming on GBV. 

9. Research on the role of the private sector in GBV prevention and response

If the funds are sought for scale up or dissemination activities, the application must provide sufficient information to enable the scientific quality of the original study to be assessed as well as a description of the activities for which funds are requested.

How to Apply

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Application process: The SVRI and the World Bank will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting colleagues to apply for funding. Applicants should submit an application after they have considered the above requirements and assessed whether their proposal is suitable for support under this call.

All applications must be submitted via the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Awards online system, and reach us by midnight (South African time) on the 6th of October 2017.

Only applications submitted via the online system before the given closing date and time will be considered.

Please try and submit well before the deadline. The SVRI, World Bank Group, SAMRC and Proposal Central cannot be held responsible for delays and problems with internet connectivity.

Registering your institution: If you are a first time user of proposalCENTRAL you must first register, before you can proceed with your application. To do so you must: 

Go to Proposal Central

Select “First Time Users – Register” 

Complete the registration page. 

Create your own Username, password and challenge question for your user account. 

Click “SAVE” when done.

The registration confirmation screen will confirm your new account has been created. For security purposes, you will receive a confirmation number by e-mail which you must enter when you log in the first time.

Contact Proposal Central at if you experience any difficulties with this process.