IIED Project Grants for Research-to-action Initiatives

IIED Project Grants for Research-to-action Initiatives


REDAA catalyses research, innovation and action in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, through a series of competitive grant calls, provision of technical support and development of a community of practice.

REDAA grants could be focused on improving evidence, using new tools or strengthening governance systems to support actions that are nature positive, strengthen local livelihoods and tackle the impacts of climate change.

During the first funding round (opened 14 June 2023), project grants of between £200,000 and £500,000 will be available for initiatives lasting 2 to 4 years. Refer to the REDAA website for more details.

What the fund will achieve

REDAA will fund projects in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia that are interdisciplinary, locally led, and focused on solutions for ecosystem restoration, enabling people and nature to thrive together in times of climate, resource and fiscal insecurity.

REDAA will support locally-led initiatives (organisations with effective systems supporting Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ work) to improve their evidence, tools, civic space and governance powers.

All REDAA-supported initiatives should demonstrate how they positively address integrated action for nature and climate, and gender equality and social inclusion. Each of them should focus on one or more of the thematic priorities.

Such locally-led initiatives will be designed to achieve objectives specific to the context in which the non-profit organisations leading them operate. They will address one or more of the following thematic priorities:

  • Local research and capability for research

  • Resource and land use assessments

  • Business models

  • Financing mechanisms

  • Inclusive governance systems

    Countries, landscapes and ecosystems

    The REDAA programme will support initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. See REDAA Strategy for a full list of eligible countries. Initiatives might operate in more than one country, including initiatives that seek to tackle transboundary drivers of environmental degradation.

    REDAA encourages action in certain ecologies and landscape types (see REDAA Strategy) to protect, conserve, restore and/or manage sustainably terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems.

    But REDAA does not prescribe a list of specific landscapes in which it aims to support initiatives. Rather it encourages potential grantees to demonstrate in their proposals the rationale for their choice of location and scale of their operation.


  • Lead
    organisations of REDAA-supported initiatives will be non-profit organisations which may subcontract other eligible partners. The majority of lead organisations will be based in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

  • A minority of lead organisations, based outside of these regions, may be selected for REDAA support where they demonstrate strong partnerships with locally-led organisations.

    Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead Organisations

  • Concept Notes must name one Lead Organisation. This will be the organisation that will make an agreement with the REDAA programme and receive a grant, if the proposal is successful, and will be ultimately responsible for delivery and management of the project, including management of any partners and sub-grantees.

  • Lead Organisations based within one of the three focal regions (sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or Southeast Asia) will be prioritised for funding. A minority of projects with lead organisations based outside the region or country of focus may be considered for funding if the proposals demonstrate strong partnerships with locally led organisations.

    Lead Organisations must be able to demonstrate that they are:

  • Non-profit organisations, which may be non-governmental organisations, research institutions or community-based organisations that are legally registered in the countries in which they operate

  • Experienced in the kind of work they propose to undertake

  • Financially sound

  • Staffed with the appropriate technical and financial capacity and expertise to manage and implement projects successfully and deliver technical and financial reporting.

    Partner Organisations which may also be eligible sub-grantees include:

  • Other non-profit organisations, which may be non-governmental organisations, research institutions or community-based organisations

  • Private sector organisations, businesses or business associations, which may be subcontracted to undertake specific planned actions for the project, provided this partnership can demonstrate value for money in its costs and benefits to the project

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; IIED Project Grants for Research-to-action Initiatives

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