Joint SUMERNET-CDKN call for proposals

The joint SUMERNET-CDKN programme has issued a call for teams of Southeast Asia country researchers to apply for its 2011 research grants with a total value of up to US$75,000 each on two themes: (i) Energy, urbanization & climate compatible development and (ii) Food security & the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.

DEADLINE: April 7th, 2011

1. SUMERNET Programme Overview

Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) is a programme intended to build a long-term research network that informs and influences policy development on sustainable development issues in the Mekong Region. Launched in 2005 with support from the Swedish government, SUMERNET grew to include 14 member institutes in the first phase and has successfully catalyzed research on a number of critical development challenges in the Mekong Region. The Goal of Sumernet is to achieve sustainable development in the Mekong Region catalyzed by strengthening knowledge-based policy processes. SUMERNET Phase 2 will continue to contribute to this long-term goal of the region in its new phase of 3 years (2010-2012) by putting knowledge-based policy engagement at the heart of its activities.

Building on the research collaboration established in Phase 1, the network will constructively engage with policy processes to understand how researchers can provide policy-relevant knowledge that is available to and understood by policy makers in the region. SUMERNET research will help to build this network as a knowledge-based policy engagement platform; both benefiting and being contributed to the research partners. SUMERNET expects to achieve long-term innovative partnerships among research institutions, knowledge users and policy makers at different levels and in different sectors by catalyzing the formation of a regional think tank to support policies of sustainability of the region. For more information about the SUMERNET, please visit SUMERNET’s website at:

2. CDKN Programme Overview

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is a 5 year (2010-2015) programme funded by the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) to support developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Research under the CDKN is designed to link closely with the wider goals of CDKN in assisting developing country governments with expanding understanding and achieving policy changes needed for Climate Compatible Development. Initial discussions with policy makers have revealed that robust, high quality evidence on climate and development is often unavailable in the right format and detail when needed. Through CDKN we aim to address some of the bigger research gaps, listening closely to demands and interests of those who are most in need of this assistance. The CDKN Research Output’s guiding principles are therefore to design high quality research on climate and development, ensuring that it is ‘demand-led’ and considered a priority by developing country policy makers.

For more information on CDKN’s research principles and projects, please visit the CDKN’s website at:

In addition to this joint SUMERNET-CDKN South East Asia Research Call, the CDKN has recently launched a pilot International Research Call on Climate Compatible Development. The CDKN International Research Call was launched on January 31st 2011 and the deadline for applications is 31 March 2011. 

Further information is available at:

3. Joint SUMERNET-CDKN Research Call

One objective common to SUMERNET and CDKN is the delivery of credible research. CDKN aims to produce high quality demand-led applied research on climate change and development. SUMERNET has adopted a similar objective of promoting and supporting high quality research that contributes to scientific understanding and decision making for meeting the challenges to regional sustainability.

Shared research focus: Strategically the CDKN research output aims at fostering ‘Climate Compatible Development’, while SUMERNET has recognized ‘Energy and Climate Change’ as a key challenge for sustainable development in the Southeast Asia region. Given the commonalities and the complementarities between these research aims and objectives, the CDKN and SUMERNET have chosen to collaborate in launching this research call, requesting concept notes from teams of Southeast Asia country researchers studying climate and development issues. The research projects will be commissioned through and managed by the SUMERNET Secretariat, similarly to the research projects granted in SUMERNET’s previous calls, whilst the specific content of the research will reflect both SUMERNET and CDKN research priorities and criteria.

This joint SUMERNET- CDKN Call for Concept Notes includes research under two themes: (i) Energy, urbanization and climate compatible development, and (ii) Food security and the livelihoods of smallscale farmers. Concept notes are expected to demonstrate how the research will address at least one of the sub-questions under one of these research themes:

For more details, please download the documents HERE