Request for Applications

Eligible Countries: Indonesia

Date of issue of Request for Applications:                              17 June 2014

Deadline for Submission of Applications:                                25 July 2014

The World Cocoa Foundation is seeking applications for the Indonesia Applied Research & Extension Grants Program.

Grant Program Objectives

  • Improve the quality of life for cocoa-farming families and the quality of their cocoa production.
  • Advance the transfer of technology/research from the laboratory to the cocoa farm through participatory field trials with the active involvement of farmers and the development of extension materials and training approaches.
  • Further the development of innovative technologies and training approaches that are locally appropriate.

Grant Application Requirements

Who is eligible: Research institutes, universities, and non-governmental organizations in Indonesia. Priority will be given to those with national reach or those that are located in major cocoa-growing regions of Indonesia. Although institutes can be located anywhere in Indonesia, projects must focus on Eastern Indonesia.

(NB: Individuals, international organizations, institutes and universities from any other country outside of Indonesia are NOT eligible.)

Grant Duration:  The program will award one grant of USD 60,000 (USD 30,000 per year for two years).

Technical Areas of Focus

The Indonesia Applied Research & Extension Program will provide funding for field trials, development of new technology, and extension materials/approaches.  The program has four priority areas of focus:

Managing Diseases and Pests (focusing on cocoa pod borer, black pod, and vascular streak dieback)including topics such as: 

a.)   Testing of integrated pest/disease management techniques – including biocontrol.

b.)   Consolidation, adoption and application of good agricultural practices for pest/disease control (propose easy, massive and cost effective ways of disseminating information and replicating practices).

c.)   Use of information technology (text messaging, kiosks, radio, television, farmer-to-farmer exchanges, printed materials, DVDs, VCDs, etc.) as mechanisms for broad dissemination of knowledge and skills related to pest/disease control.

d.)   Input supply systems related to inputs required for pest/disease control.

e.)   Rational, safe use of pesticides and fungicides.

Accessing Planting Material including topics such as:

a.)   Training approaches/materials on plant propagation techniques.

b.)   Development/testing of models for more effective distribution of planting material.

c.)   Training approaches/materials for farmers on benefits of using improved planting material.

Improving Cocoa Quality including topics such as:

a.)   Extension materials on national quality standards and their determination.

b.)   Training approaches/materials on the importance of separating normal beans from disease/insect-damaged beans, pod waste and trash as well as ensuring that beans are not clumped together.

c.)   Fermentation and drying models.

Rehabilitating farms and managing soil fertility including topics such as:

a.)   Testing of farm rehabilitation or soil fertility management techniques.

b.)   Consolidation, adoption and application of good agricultural practices for rehabilitating farms and managing soil fertility (propose easy, massive and cost effective ways of disseminating information and replicating practices).

c.)   Use of information technology (text messaging, kiosks, radio, television, farmer-to-farmer exchanges, printed materials, DVDs, VCDs, etc.) as mechanisms for broad dissemination of knowledge and skills related to farm rehabilitation and soil fertility management.

d.)   Input supply systems related to inputs required for soil fertility management (such as fertilizers) and farm rehabilitation (such as planting material).

The Indonesia Applied Research & Extension Program will give preference to projects that involve farmers as active participants, involve both male and female participants, engage youth in cocoa-growing communities, and demonstrate collaboration with other institutions/organizations in Indonesia.

Language: All communications and grant applications must be submitted in English. 

Evaluation Criteria

Expressions of interest will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Fit of the proposed project with the priority areas listed above and those of the major cocoa-growing regions of Indonesia. Although institutes can be located anywhere in Indonesia, projects must focus on Eastern Indonesia.
  • Equitable participation of men and woman.
  • Involvement of farmers as active participants or beneficiaries of the project.
  • Potential for meaningful benefits within the project term.
  • Qualifications of applicant and ability to share information on a national scale.

Submission Requirements

Eligible applicants are invited to submit their completed application (in English) via electronic mail only.  All submissions must include the following documentation and arrive no later than 25 July 2014:

Application Form (required, see below)

Applications

All grant application materials may be submitted by e-mail only to wcf@worldcocoa.org. Please include the phrase “Indonesia Grant Application 2014” in the subject line.  All application materials must be submitted within one e-mail message.  The applicant will be notified electronically of the receipt of the grant application.

NB: The World Cocoa Foundation will not accept more than three applications from the same institute, university, farmer group or non-governmental organization.  Additionally, any duplicate applications, including those with the only difference being a change in the community name will be disqualified.

Provisions

Issuance of this request for expressions of interest does not constitute a grant award commitment on the part of the World Cocoa Foundation. The World Cocoa Foundation will not pay for any expenses incurred in the preparation and submission of the grant application.  Final award of any resultant grant will not be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated and committed.  The World Cocoa Foundation offers no commitment to respondents other than the promise to keep all responses confidential in their entirety.

Application Materials:

  1. WCF RFA – Indonesia 2014
  2. WCF Application for Funding – Indonesia 2013-2014
  3. WCF Application for Funding – Appendix A Gantt Chart