Call for Research Proposals

29 Aug

Call for Proposal/Call for Interest

Call for Research Proposals

Call for Research Proposal

 Research topic: ‘Explosive Ordnance (EO) Victim Assistance Inclusive Services in Cambodia’

Background

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was established by the ASEAN leaders during the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh in 2012. The Permanent Secretariat (PS) of ARMAC is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. ARMAC which is guided by the ASEAN Charter and ASEAN Political Security Blueprint 2025, aims to serve as a Center of Excellence in mine action/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) with the following mandate and functions:

  1. Enhance awareness programs on the dangers of ERW among affected communities;
  2. Facilitate appropriate medical and rehabilitation assistance for victims of ERW, upon request from the affected ASEAN Member States; and
  3. Assist interested ASEAN Member States in research and knowledge sharing on the effects of ERW and efforts to address them, including through writing proposals for technical assistance projects and funding, at their specific and individual

ARMAC has received the funding support from the Government of the Republic of Korea through ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF), to implement the project “Enhance Victim Assistance Programmes in the ASEAN Member States”. One out of five objectives is to conduct academic research in Cambodia on the aforementioned topic.  Therefore, ARMAC is inviting interested applicants of any nationals/research institution to submit the Research Proposal:

Research Question: What has been the understanding of victim assistance inclusive services? and

How should this concept be standardized and implemented in the aspect of physical rehabilitation, socio-economic inclusion and psychosocial support in Cambodia?

Target Group and Location: Explosive Ordnance-EO/Explosive Remnants of War-ERW affected victims/communities and relevant stakeholder in Cambodia

  • At least three EO affected communities in Banteay Meanchey, Battambang and Pailin;
  • Representatives from related government and non-government stakeholders (ministries/mine action authorities/UN agencies/INGOs/NGOs/service providers/academic institutions).

Period:  October 2022 to January 2023.

Goal: The central goal of the research is to explore the concept of ‘victim assistance inclusive services’ and assess situation of VA inclusion at community level in order to highlight good practices. It is also expected to demonstrate how the concept addresses the needs and identify services gaps of EO affected victims/communities, especially EO survivors and their dependents as well as provide intervention recommendations.

Who can apply, and what type of proposals may be presented:

This invitation is opened to all AMS and non-AMS researcher/s or research institutions. The research is expecting to be an academic research that data and evidence based are needed. This is to ensure that mine action approaches have considered bring on board the diverse groups within EO affected communities especially EO survivors and their dependents.  The study will be used:

  • as a reference for an assessment on how each activity of mine action is being prioritized;
  • as a reference for an assessment of the needs of the EO victims and the project’s upcoming program/s;
  • to disseminate to relevant stakeholders including communities, service providers, mine action related organizations/institutions; and
  • to share in ARMAC’s digital media for those who are interested in its findings.

Key Deliverables

The institution/research team will be responsible to produce the following deliverables:

  • Submit raw data (in Excel file format);
  • Research study English language (in Words file format).

Available Budget

The appropriateness of budget requirements for the study in both countries should be proposed. Applicants should take into consideration this amount when planning their budget. The budget shall cover the cost which includes:

  1. Preparation process including administration and logistics arrangement (domestic and international);
  2. Salaries and consultancy fees;
  3. Conducting field visits/studies at the target community;
  4. Traveling cost for international and national researchers and team members to/from focal countries and the selected communities for the field research/interview;
  5. Associated interpretation, translation and transcribing of the interview/field work, analysis and reports;
  6. Data analysis, compilation of the research report & publication in English.

Application Process

The research proposal should be submitted to info@aseanmineaction.org and cc chanthana@aseanmineaction.org.  Applicants are required to submit a proposal in English containing the following information:

  • A cover page with title, authors, addresses, emails and phone numbers;
  • A short abstract of no more than one page demonstrating an understanding of the research aims and objectives;
  • A statement of research objectives.
  • Proposed methodology a clear and detailed description of the research method and the expected form of the results, together with a discussion of the practical recommendations;
  • A list of potential field study sites (province, district) and rationale for selection;
  • An itemised budget including a daily rate for work, travel expenses, accommodation, translation and transcribing, material if needed;
  • A Resume/CV for all researchers to be involved;
  • Sample of written works and/or journal from a previous research study is required, especially paper works related to Mine Action and Victim Assistance.

Evaluation Criteria

Research proposals will be assessed against the following evaluation criteria.

Evaluation Criteria Weighting
Abstract 15
Research Objectives 15
Research Design 40
Qualifications of staff 20
Quality and Relevance of Previous Research 10
Total 100

Workplan and Timeframe

The workplan and timeframe of this research is up to four months maximum. The execution of this research project is expected to start in October and finish in January 2023. It is not envisaged that the research will be full time during these four months.

Application Deadline

A proposal in accordance with the requirements above should be submitted to ARMAC by 30 September 2022. The selection process is expected to complete by October 2022.

Contact

ARMAC Permanent Secretariat:

#29, Street 115, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara

Phnom Penh, 120307, Cambodia

Tel.: +855 23 221 354 / 23 221 364 | Email: info@aseanmineaction.org

Officers in-Charge of the project:

Ms. Chanthana Sengthong (chanthana@aseanmineaction.org)

Research Proposal Template

I. Project Title

II. Name of the Researcher(s) (Include institutional affiliation and contact information.)

III. Project Timeline (Include projected stating and completion date.)

IV. General and Specific Objectives and Goal

  1. Provide supporting rationale for the general and specific objectives of the study.
  2. State the research question(s) being asked or the hypothesis(es) being tested.

V. Areas of Inquiry

  1. Describe the focus group and areas;
  2. Develop the study questions

VI. Scope of the Study

  1. Indicate the number of the target groups and areas and describe the selection criteria

VII. Methodology and Approach

  1. Interviewees/participants (Describe sampling procedures, sample size, participant characteristics, and how interviewees/participants will be selected for the interview)
  2. Data Collection Procedures (Describe where and how data will be collected including what interviewees will be expected to do)
  3. Data Analysis Procedures (Provide explanation of statistical design)
  4. Data Handling Procedures (Describe how confidentiality will be maintained, where data will be stored, who will have access to it, and how it will be secured.)

VIII. Expected outcomes/results

Indicate and describe expected results of this study.

IX. Assumptions, Risks and Benefits

  1. Identify all potential assumptions and risks that can discomfort communities/participants and describe how participants are protected from possible risks and assumptions such as sensitivity, embarrassment or invasion of privacy.
  2. Provide an explanation of all expected or potential benefits to related stakeholders (communities especially EO victims, government and non-government bodies).

X. Team Composition

  1. Provide a total number of all team members including key personnel and members;
  2. Provide roles and responsibilities of each personnel;

XI. Budget

The appropriateness of budget requirements for the study in both countries should be proposed. Four main categories are recommended:

  1. Personnel (team leader/s or researcher/s,
  2. Travel/Accommodation (international/domestic airfare, ground travel, per-diem…)
  3. Administration (field trip equipment, stationary, photocopy, refreshment of research team and/or interviewees and etc.
  4. Miscellaneous

XII. Time to completion and chronogram, stating deadlines for both a mid-term and a final report (max two pages each).

XIII. Attached Appendices

  1. Informed Consent Documents
  2. Survey Instruments* and/or Interview (Focus Group) Questions
  3. Curriculum Vitae of Primary Researcher(s) (and abbreviated vitas of other researchers)
  4. Sample of written works and/or journal from a previous research study is required, especially paper works related to Mine Action and Victim Assistance.

*If using any instruments or scales, you must demonstrate that you have permission to use the instrument.

For each instrument or scale listed, provide a copy of your permission to use the instrument or indicate if the instrument is in the public domain. If you purchased the instrument or scale, provide proof of purchase.

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