ALIGN funding window is open for application

Posted by Maria Codina on December 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

The ALIGN Flexible Research Fund will be used to identify innovative research, interventions and knowledge, to make it possible to understand and address discriminatory gender norms that affect the lives of adolescents and young adults. The fund is intended to respond to knowledge gaps and enable knowledge generation and the translation of research and knowledge on gender norms to inform policy and practice outputs.

They particularly invite applications from Southern organisations and from organisations working on implementation or evaluations of policy and programmes related to norm change, empowerment, gender equality and equity and sustainability of change processes.

The first round of funding is now open for applications for small projects of up to £15,000. Interested parties should download the Terms of Reference document (see below) which contains information of eligibility, the application process and evaluation criteria. Applicants should fill in both the Fund Application Form and Application Budget to be considered.

Applicants are invited to apply to produce the following types of synthesis, primary research and analysis of existing rese arch:

  1. Translate innovative research on gender norm change for policy or practice, including sharing rigorous evaluations of programmes and policies and developing further analysis of existing data to reveal norm change processes.
  2. Develop and share new tools on measuring and monitoring norm change.
  3. Develop and share knowledge on the sustainability of gender change processes.
  4. Share knowledge on experience of regressive policy or action undermining sustainable change.
  5. Develop and share innovation regarding learning from qualitative, quantitative or mixed – methods research on norm change, including the scalability of lessons learnt.
  6. Develop understanding of the effect of wider political and economic change processes on norm change.
  7. Share knowledge of programme failure and key learning.

Applications close on January 15th after which they will be reviewed by an independent panel. Successful applicants will be notified by 28 February 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel George at


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