Bridging the Gaps Call for Research Grants: Sex workers know best!

Deadline: 1 March 2018

Applications are open for the Bridging the Gaps sex work project that aims to support sex worker-led, civil society organisations and networks with a track record in human rights and/or health programmes for sex workers.

The earliest start-date for research and development projects is 1 June 2018 and the projects are expected to start during 2018.



This call for proposals directly contributes to the three long term goals:

  • Strengthened civil society that holds governments to account;
  • Increased fulfilment of human rights of sex workers;
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health and rights and fewer HIV infections


Grant Information

  • The minimum budget is € 5.000 and the maximum budget per proposal is €25.000.
  • Funding may be applied for a maximum of two years (24 months).
  • Applicants are allowed to submit a maximum of one project proposal per year.
  • Grants for research may be used to fund salaries for researchers, students and technical staff.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Current Bridging the Gaps partners (that have a current funding relationship with either Aidsfonds, NSWP, ITPC and GNP+) with support from the regional networks in the following countries and regions are eligible to apply for a research budget: Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine), East and Southern Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique) and South East Asia (Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam).
  • Population: female, male and transgender sex workers including sex workers living with HIV
  • Note: The call is not limited to country research. Grants can be used to study cross-countries or on a regional level, especially if a certain best practice model used in one country is effective/applicable in another country.


How to Apply

Documents to be included when submitting the proposal

  1. A research proposal (maximal 5 pages), including a detailed plan outlining research questions and methodology, proposed tools and approaches for analysis of data and if needed a clear proposal for a research partnership. Timeline and brief research description (including relevance, objectives and summary of scientific literature).
  2. Motivation letter (1/2 page). Please use the attached application form.
  3. A strategy of future implementation (1/2 page), including a proposed strategy how research findings will be used in future programming.
  4. Financial proposal (Maximum 1 page). Detailed financial proposal, including number of days, salaries of staff involved, daily rate, capacity building activities (if needed), travel costs, and clearly state total amount (incl/excl VAT) with a maximum amount of 25.000 euro.
  5. If applicable, CV’s of research/academic partners to be involved, including past experience in similar research projects including two references (max 3 pages).

Proposals must include all documents requested. Proposals that do not meet the requirements will be rejected. Please use the application form (for required document 1-3) and budget template (for required document 4).


Eligible Countries:

  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine)
  • East and Southern Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique)
  • South East Asia (Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam).


For more information, please visit Call for Research Grants.

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1 thought on “Bridging the Gaps Call for Research Grants: Sex workers know best!

    Noddy Chimuna

    (January 11, 2018 - 2:39 am)

    Are you working with anyone here in Zambia

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