Since 2016, SVRI has successfully managed its funding programs on ProposalCentral. SVRI is a global, feminist, women-led NGO that works with researchers, partners and institutions all over the world. The disparity in access to technology and computing among its constituents can be significant, and therefore SVRI requires a platform that is equitable, fair and easy for anyone to use.
SVRI runs a very selective grant competition. They receive around 300 applications per year and make approximately 7 or 8 grants.
The process begins when SVRI issues a call for proposals from research teams in low- and middle-income countries. SVRI does not accept applications from individual researchers and requires that all applications come from countries classified as low- and middle-income countries by the World Bank.
The value of the system, said Angelica Pino, Grants Manager at SVRI, “is that, besides the equal access, we can count on the ProposalCentral staff to provide timely and efficient support to all applicants in relation to the technical aspects of the platform.”
By encouraging and requiring team submissions, “we guarantee there’s impact beyond the single individual,” said Ms. Pino. And by limiting submissions to research teams in low- and middle-income countries, SVRI can address the research needs in their target geographic regions. SVRI accommodates proposals in three languages – English, French and Spanish – to provide an approach based on language justice to their international audience.