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Research Grant for Innovative Projects on “Water and Sanitation in Urban Context”"

These guidelines shall provide assistance for the preparation and submission of proposals for obtaining research grant under the project “Water and Sanitation in Urban Settings” of the Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies, TERI University.

Introduction

India, as other South Asian Countries, is heading towards a freshwater crisis mainly due to improper management and use of water resources and environmental degradation. Depletion and over exploitation of fresh water resources is threatening the very existence of life on earth. There is an urgent need to make society responsible partners in solving the problems related to water – with youth and teachers in the young countries of South Asia being an extremely important constituency for this movement.

The stress on human populations and ecosystems from this depleting water situation is further aggravated by a rapidly declining quality – in particular in urban areas. While the challenges on better water management remain huge, the situation on sanitation is much worse. Considering the costs of providing proper sanitation facilities, the state of public finances in most governments and the lack of skill sets available do not allow states to do justice to the sector of sanitation. Further, for protecting valuable drinking water from contamination, one of the key steps is to break the vicious cycle of inadequate water supply and concentrated water pollution through proper collection, treatment and hygienic disposal of sewage. If sewage is eliminated, bacteriological contamination would end and so would water borne diseases, subsequently risk to health may be reduced. Therefore, these two aims- water supply and sanitation- need to be synchronized by planners at policy formulation as well as at operational levels.

These critical issues have been highly debated in various forums and a unanimous understanding among policy makers, designers and implementers is the need for an inclusive approach towards addressing the problem. Thus, in this context, the Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies with the support of USAID is inviting applications for offering scholarships to final year graduate and post graduate students who are interested in showcasing their ingenuity in the field of managing water and sanitation.

Objective

The call for this proposal is to achieve the WASH objectives in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene in urban areas so that youth from across the nation can showcase their ingenuity in the field of water and sanitation.

Thematic Areas

  • Health and hygiene in informal settlements-establishment of sanitation-health risk nexus, development of Mobile Apps for WASH determinable, risk identification, development of water borne disease surveillance system, especially in known disease hubs
  • Compendium of toilet designs
  • Sludge management of decentralised toilets, social acceptability, attitude on public, shared and private toilets
  • Groundwater management interventions -focus on sub-surface hydrology
  • Restructuring urban water hydrology towards alternative management of rain water and reduction in water logging
  • Sanitation plan for smart cities, study of water contamination episodes in unplanned urban settlements - devising of response plans to deal with contamination

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The proposal should meet the following criteria to qualify for consideration under the project “Water and Sanitation in Urban Settings”.
  • Well defined problem statement
  • Clear identification of research gaps
  • Scope and objectives –emerging from the identified research gaps
  • Proposed methodology to achieve each objective should be mentioned in the same order as objectives. This should specifically highlight the novelty in terms of suggested solution
  • Expected verifiable outcomes linked to solutions to WASH challenges

Who can apply?

The project proposals can be submitted for grant by final year graduate and postgraduate students from the following disciplines:
  • Engineering/Architecture/Urban Planning
  • Physics/Chemistry/ Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Mathematics/Zoology/Botany
  • Economics/Anthropology/Geography/Statistics

Terms and Conditions

  • The student shall be awarded a research grant amount of maximum upto one lakh for a period of one academic semester (January-June, 2017).
  • Student’s fellowship amount shall not exceed 75% of the research grant and the remaining grant amount shall be used for collection of field data, consumables etc. The disbursement of grant shall be in phased manner, progress reports shall be submitted, and interim milestones will be submitted and evaluated, based on which further grant shall be released.
  • No fund shall be allotted for purchase of non-consumable items (infrastructure items, college laboratory is expected to have these facilities). Commensurate contribution in-kind must be made by the college to which the student is affiliated with.
  • The student has to identify a supervisor from his/her institution. The student’s proposal shall be vetted by the identified faculty member from the student’s parent department who shall continue to mentor the student throughout the duration of the project. The supervisor shall be responsible to ensure that the objectives of the project are carried out in a scientific manner.
  • The funds shall be transferred to the institution to which the student is affiliated with. The college/institution shall sign an undertaking that the funds will be disbursed as per the budget head as proposed in the student’s work plan and the utilization certificate shall be submitted to TERI University, in the prescribed format (as provided in annexure).
  • The student shall be required to submit interim progress reports in the given format during the entire duration of the Project. Download the Progress report format

Submission of Proposals

The last date of proposal submission is December 31, 2016 in Microsoft Word in the prescribed format along with a covering letter expressing interest in the proposed area of work and forwarded through a faculty member at their respective university who has agreed to be the supervisor and mentor to the applicant.

The chosen students shall be awarded fellowship from 1 February, 2017 onwards.

The proposal should be submitted in electronic copy by the deadline to:
Ranjana Ray Chaudhuri
Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies
TERI University
10 Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Communication on selected proposals

Communication will be sent only to the successful candidates who will make a presentation to the Fellowship Committee/ respond to clarification, queries or suggestions. Students will resubmit the revised proposal after incorporating the comments/ suggestions (if any) received after the evaluation process.

Important Deadlines for submission and implementation

20 Oct 2016: Opening date of application
31 Dec 2016: Closing date of application
01 Feb 2017: Release of first installment of the fellowship to the grantee against submission of payment invoice

Disbursement of Fellowship

The grant approved by the fellowship committee will be released to the winning proposals in four installments:
First installment: First installment: 25% of the approved grant will be released on signing of the letter of acceptance and the terms and conditions by the student.Remaining installments shall be released as per the submitted budget, work plan and on reaching of interim milestones (the budget cash flow will be linked to interim milestones) and submission of interim reports.

The final installment shall be released after submission of the final report and its acceptance by the departmental committee and submission of fund utilization certificate duly signed by the student and the internal supervisor (format provided in annexure).

Disbursal of research grant can cease if performance of students is not found satisfactory at any stage of the research project.

The final report submitted by the students will be compiled and an annual report shall be submitted to the USAID. The Awardees will make a presentation at a seminar/workshop organized subsequently.

Application Proforma | Annexures

Hemendra Kothari Fellowship

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FROM III Semester M.Sc ESRM, CSP, PBT and Geo Science 2017

TERI University with support from Hemendra Kothari Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai provides merit fellowship to MSc students of Environmental Studies and Resource Management (ESRM), Climate Science and Policy(CSP), Geo-informatics(GEO), Plant Biotechnology (PBT) for initiating projects /research ideas that synergizes with the work areas of Hemendra Kothari Foundation and TERI University. The foundation extensively works for Wildlife Protection in India (www.wildlifeconservationtrust.org).

Eligibility

MSc III semester students of ESRM, CSP, PBT and Geo Science are eligible to apply for the Hemendra Kothari Fellowship .

Submission of proposals

Eligible students of Msc III semester shall submit a proposal in Microsoft Word in the format suggested in the Annexure along with a covering letter expressing interest in the proposed area of work and forwarded through a faculty at TERI University who has agreed to be the supervisor and mentor to the applicant. The proposal not more than five A4 size pages in both hard and electronic copy will have to be submitted by the deadline to:Dr. Sudipta Chatterjee, (Convener) Hemendra Kothari Fellowship), TERI University Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Criteria for selection

Following shall be the criteria for selection of the proposals.

  • Clarity in aim and objectives, proposal quality and feasibility of implementation.
  • Proposal that contributes to the priority ‘Areas of Work’ of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation (see www.wildlifeconservationtrust.org) and research presently being undertaken at TERI University.
  • A proposal that addresses an emergent issue in the aforementioned areas of work and opens up future scope of research at the University
  • Clear articulation of tangible and verifiable output/outcomes.
  • The proposal does not exceed the budgetary limit of Rs 60,000 and provides justification of the expenditure against the budget heads.

Communication on selected proposals

Communication will be sent only to the successful proponents who will make a presentation to the Fellowship Committee/ respond to clarification, queries or suggestions. Students will resubmit the revised proposal after incorporating the comments/ suggestions (if any) received after the evaluation process.

Important Deadlines for submission and implementation

25 Nov 2016 - Submission of the proposal
10 Dec 2016 - Communication to the winning applicants
15 Jan 2017 - Release of the first installment of the fellowship to the grantee
25 Mar 2017 - Submission of the first interim report to the fellowship committe
15 Apr 2017 - Release of the second installment to the grantee
30 May 2017 - Submission of the Final Report to Fellowship Committee
To be Announced - Presentation by the grantee

Disbursement of the Fellowship

The grant approved by the fellowship committee will be released to the winning proposals in three installments:

  • First installment: 50% of the approved grant will be released on signing of the letter of acceptance and the terms and conditions by the student.
  • Second installment: 40 % of the project budget after two months of submission of an interim report to the satisfaction of the fellowship committee duly forwarded by the supervisor.
  • 10 % of the balance fellowship after submission of the final report and its acceptance by the fellowship committee.

Submission of Annual Report to Hemendra Kothari Foundation

The final report submitted by the students will be compiled and an annual report will be submitted to the Hemendra Kothari Foundation. The Awardees will make a presentation at a Seminar Organized by the Fellowship Committee.

Annexure

Civil Society Leadership Awards

This year TERI University is offering fellowships to international candidates to study any one of the following 3 programmes at TERI University:

  • Master of Arts in Sustainable Development Practice
  • Master of Science in Climate Science and Policy
  • Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Economics

Scholarship details:
These fellowships are supported by "The Civil Society Leadership Awards" (CSLA). Under the CSLA, fully funded master's level scholarships would be available to students from the following countries:
- Azerbaijan
- Belarus
- Cambodia
- Egypt
- Ethiopia
- Laos
- South Sudan
- Sudan
- Syria
- Turkmenistan
- Uzbekistan
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Eritrea
- Libya
- Republic of Congo

Application Process

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Interested candidates can follow the link https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/civil-society-leadership-award-20160708

Last date of receipt of application: to be announced.

Maneesh Manjunath Scholarship

TERI University announces Maneesh Manjunath Scholarship for the Fourth semester students. The scholarship is in the memory of T.U. alumnus Maneesh Manjunath (M.A SDP 2010-12) with support from Kaushal Rastogi (M.Tech 2010-12) and Pankaj Singh (M.Tech 2009-11). Proposals are invited for projects/ideas which aim towards sustainable development of the society. One scholarship of INR 30,000 will be awarded to winning project proposal for implementation in a time frame of six months.

Eligibility

Third semester students of all the streams are eligible to apply for the Maneesh Manjunath Scholarship. (for projects in fourth semester).

Submission of proposals

Students can submit the project proposal individually or as a group  by 31st October, 2016. We encourage submission of research proposals as well as proposals for a projects to develop innovative and practical solutions to overcome any developmental and/or environmental challenges.

The proposal should be submitted  in Microsoft Word in the format suggested in the Annexure along with a covering letter expressing interest in the proposed area of work and forwarded through a faculty at TERI University who has agreed to be the supervisor and mentor to the applicant.

The proposal not more than five A4 size pages in both hard and electronic copy will have to be submitted by the deadline to:

Dr Seema Sangita
Assistant Professor,
Department of Policy Studies
(Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Criteria for selection

Following shall be the criteria for selection of the proposals.

  1. Clarity in aim and objectives, proposal quality and feasibility of implementation.
  2. Proposal that contributes towards sustainable development of the society (see http://maneeshmanjunath.weebly.com/about.html) and/or research projects presently being undertaken at TERI University.
  3. A proposal that addresses an emergent issue in the aforementioned areas of work and opens up future scope of research at the University
  4. Clear articulation of tangible and verifiable output/outcomes.
  5. The proposal does not exceed the budgetary limit of Rs 30,000 and provides justification of the expenditure against the budget heads.
  6. Priority will be given to candidates with no other internal or external source of funding.

Communication on selected proposals

Communication will be sent only to the successful proponents who will make a presentation to the Fellowship Committee. Students will resubmit the revised proposal after incorporating the comments/ suggestions (if any) received after the evaluation process.

Important Deadlines for submission and implementation

31st October 2016: (Time: Noon): Submission of the proposal
30th November 2016: Communication to the winning applicant/s
20 December 2016: Release of the first installment of the fellowship
10 February 2017: Submission of the interim report to the fellowship committee
15 February 2017: Release of the second installment to the student, subject to satisfactory progress.
20 June 2017: Submission of the final report to Fellowship Committee
30 June 2017: Completion of the evaluation and release of balance fellowship to the Student
31 July 2017: Submission of Annual Report to Committee

Disbursement of the Fellowship

The grant approved by the fellowship committee will be released to the winning proposals in three installments:

  1. First installment: INR 15,000 grant will be released on signing of the letter of acceptance and the terms and conditions by the student.
  2. Second installment: INR 10,000 grant will be released after two months of submission of an interim report duly forwarded by the supervisor.
  3. INR 5,000 of the balance fellowship after submission of the final report and its acceptance by the fellowship committee.

Submission of Annual Report to Committee

The final report submitted by the students will be compiled and an annual report will be submitted to Committee. The Awardee will make a presentation at a Seminar Organized by the Scholarship Committee.

Annexure

 

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