Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Call for Proposals to Support the Organization of Training Courses/Workshops: RE-ADVERTISED!

Call for Proposals to Support the Organization of Training Courses/Workshops: RE-ADVERTISED!

WIOMSA is pleased to announce again a call for proposals to support organizations of training courses/workshops. In the first call issued early this year, fewer than expected proposals were successful.

The deadline for submitting full proposals at WIOMSA is Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Please note that proposals should be submitted online at http://proposals.wiomsa.org/masma-proposals/.

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Background

A principal component of the Marine and Coastal Science for Management (MASMA)
Programme is a competitive grants programme, which is the only competitive research grant
mechanism that provides funding and technical support for coastal and marine research,
training and communications on a regional basis in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO).
Through these grants, WIOMSA has encouraged and supported natural or social scientists
(individually or as part of multi-disciplinary teams) to conduct research on priority regional
coastal and marine issues. In addition, the Programme has supported the organization of
training courses and workshops for strengthening research and management capacity, and the
printing of publications. Furthermore, MASMA has promoted regional collaboration in
research amongst experts from the different countries in the WIO, and partnerships between
regional scientists and those from elsewhere.

The Programme has supported research capacity development through the competitive
research grants to conduct research, organization of training courses and workshops. Support
for the organization of training courses and workshops, is considered a key mechanism for
building and strengthening scientific and management capacity. Priority is given to proposals
submitted by institutions from the region, and to those that show high potential to contribute
to positive behavioural and social/environmental changes. Proposals that will be supported
should are those that put research into practice through demonstrating “proof of concept”, by
these we mean pilot testing, or setting up demonstration projects as well as influencing or
contributing to changes in regulatory frameworks at different levels.

The programme adopts a holistic definition of capacity development, encompassing much
more than training, and includes: different levels (individual, institutional, enabling
environment), and all phases of the knowledge generation and knowledge translation
cycle (from setting the research agenda and research design through to research use and
communication). Regional scientific capacity is still inadequate in several disciplines. For
example, the skills to utilize existing information to develop predictive ecological or climate
models are very limited in the region. In view of the vulnerabilities that exist in the region’s
coastal areas this is an aspect that needs to be prioritized.

 

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