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E-Cubed Frequently Asked Questions

Dubai Cares and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) partnered to officially launch the Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) Research Envelope. With a yearly call for proposals 2017-2021, E-Cubed aims to fund research ranging from robust randomized controlled trials to evaluations, assessments and gap analyses geared to inform the policies and practices of international and national decision makers, implementing agencies and other local stakeholders involved in education in emergencies. 

Find out more on the E-Cubed webpage. 

 

Research Envelope & Budget

  1. What is the minimum and maximum grant size per proposal?
  2. Does the total grant need to be used in a year? How will budgets be allocated for multi-year projects?
  3. In what currency should budgets be submitted? 
  4. Who will transfer the E-Cubed funding awards?
  5. Will E-Cubed fund indirect costs?
  6. Are grants fixed-price or cost reimbursable? 
  7. What are the budget constraints for reporting compensation costs?

Eligibility

  1. Will E-Cubed fund multi-year projects? If so, what are the reporting parameters?
  2. Will E-Cubed fund scholarships, family needs, or individuals?
  3. Will E-Cubed only fund research costs associated with an RCT? Or, will it also cover the program costs necessary to test an intervention?

Qualifications 

  1. What qualifications are required of applicants and research teams?
  2. Should principle investigators be a part of the applying organization or can they be independent contractors/consultants? 

E-Cubed Priorities 

  1. Is there an ideal project size?
  2. Are there regional priority areas?
  3. Will E-Cubed prioritize specific research methodologies?
  4. Will E-Cubed prioritize applications with partnerships?
  5. Are there preferred partnerships?
  6. What is the preferred financial breakdown for partnerships?
  7. Will organizations who submit multiple applications in partnerships be less likely to receive funding?
  8. What do you mean by “Global Public Goods?”

Application & Formatting

  1. Will priority be given to earlier applications?   
  2. How detailed should my budget be? Can it be submitted as an annex?
  3. What do you mean by identifying information? 
  4. Will there be additional information required of finalists?
  5. How will proposals be reviewed?
  6. Is legal documentation required from each partner organization? 

If my proposal is funded

  1. What is the reporting process?
  2. How quickly will funds be allocated once funding announcements have been made? 
     

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Research Envelope & Budget

1. What is the minimum and maximum grant size per proposal?
The minimum grant per proposal is roughly US$ 100K and the maximum is US$ 1M, however proposal budgets are considered on a case by case basis. The total envelope budget per year is roughly US$ 2M. Dubai Cares will consider proposals up to US$ 2M for projects such as robust randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

2. Does the total grant need to be used in a year? How will budgets be allocated for multi-year projects?
No, the grant can be dispersed as needed over the 5 years that E-Cubed will run. Dubai Cares allocates funding on a quarterly cycle. Each phase of funding can be dispersed on this quarterly cycle once 70% of the previous allocation has been used. Grantees will coordinate with Dubai Cares to agree on multi-year fund allocation.

3. In what currency should budgets be submitted? 
Budgets should be submitted in the currency that will be used for the majority of research. In the budget template, there will be a tab where you can convert these costs to USD. If research is taking place in multiple contexts use either the majority currency in which most paymenst will be made or convert all to USD. We encourage using xe.com for currency conversion.

4. Who will transfer the E-Cubed funding awards?
Dubai Cares transfers the E-Cubed awards.

5. Does E-Cubed fund indirect costs?
E-Cubed funds up to 15% of indirect costs. Indirect costs are defined as general overhead and administrative operational costs. 

The following would be considered indirect costs: 

  • Salaries of general leadership such as executive management (CEO, COO, CFO, etc.) and of central operational positions (Accounting, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, etc.).
  • Salaries of technical and support staff whose deliverables are not directly linked to the proposed research. 
  • Costs of rent, facilities, equiptment, maintenence, telecommunications, and/or utilities that are not directly linked to proposed research activities  

For more information on budgeting, see Dubai Cares’ budget template and guidelines.

6. Are grants fixed-price or cost reimbursable?
Grants are fixed-price not cost reimbursable. Dubai Cares will disperse the funds as needed over the timeline of the grant. Each phase of funding can be dispersed on a schedule that will be agreed upon between Dubai Cares and the research entit(ies), and once 70% of the previous allocation has been used. Dubai Cares will usually distribute funds annually or semi-annually, but this is dependent on what works best for the specific project.

7. What are the budget constraints for reporting compensation costs?
For more information on budget and reporting, please see Dubai Cares’ budget template and guidelines including:

  • In what currency should I submit my budget?
  • How should wages and/or travel costs be reported?
  • Should labor be reported by month, by day, by hour?
  • How should compensation be reported? 

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Eligibility

1. Does E-Cubed fund multi-year projects? If so, what are the reporting parameters?
Yes, E-Cubed funds multi-year projects. Grantees are required to submit financial reports every six months.

2. Does E-Cubed fund scholarships, family needs, or individuals?
E-Cubed does not fund scholarships, family needs, or individuals.

3. Does E-Cubed only fund research costs associated with a randomized controlled trial (RCT)? Or will it also cover the program costs necessary to test an intervention?
E-Cubed can only fund research costs associated with an RCT and will not cover program implementation costs. Dubai Cares encourages seeking co-funding opportunities with other donors to cover these costs.

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Qualifications 

1. What qualifications are required of applicants and research teams?
This fund aims to support quality research and evidence. It therefore requires applicants or research teams to have extensive demonstrated experience in the research and analysis methodologies proposed. 


2. Should principle investigators be a part of the applying organization or can they be independent contractors/consultants? 
Principle investigators may be a part of the applying organization or may be independent contractors/consultants, both are acceptable. 

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E-Cubed Priorities  

1. Is there an ideal project size?
There is no ideal project size. 

2. Are there regional priority areas?
There are no regional priority areas.

3. Does E-Cubed prioritize specific research methodologies?
E-Cubed does not prioritize specific research methodologies. See eligibility guidelines for more information.

4. Does E-Cubed prioritize applications with partnerships?
No, partnerships are not required.

5. Are there preferred partnerships?
Partnerships should strengthen partner capacity and should be relevant to the research proposed. Applicants from the Global North are encouraged to partner with applicants from the Global South in a partnership that increases local capacity. 

6. What is the preferred financial breakdown for partnerships?
There is no preferred financial breakdown for partnerships. 

7. Will organizations who submit multiple applications in partnerships be less likely to receive funding?
No, all proposals are considered against the same criteria and eligibility requirements.

8. What do you mean by “Global Public Goods?”
As noted in the E-Cubed Criteria, research proposals should support the production of "Global Public Goods". All products of E-Cubed research are open source and will be shared through the INEE website.

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Application & Formatting

1. Is priority given to earlier applications?   
Priority is not given to earlier applications. Applications are not processed until the application deadline. 

2. How detailed should my budget be? Can it be submitted as an annex?
Please see Dubai Cares’ budget template and guidelines.

3. What do you mean by identifying information? 
Identifying information includes institutional or personal names that would identify the organization or partners applying to conduct the research. We as that you remove this information from all sections of the application (including the budget) except for the qualifications section and where asked for this information. We do this to ensure that all proposals are evaluated on their merit and not be the reputation of the institution or researchers.

4. Is additional information required of finalists?
Once selected, grantees are required to submit an in depth research framework, complete with a full description of methodology and budget.
*Dubai Cares reserves the right to make final funding decisions after receiving full research frameworks.   

5. How are proposals reviewed?
Proposals are reviewed to ensure they follow eligibility requirements and criteria, they are then assessed in a double blind process by the E-Cubed Advisory Panel coordinated by INEE. Advisory Panelists focus on the following four areas:

  • Research Relevance & Rationale: The proposed research is relevant to the particular needs and issues of the context on which it focuses. The proposed research is well justified and indicates how it fills a clear gap in the evidence-base of what works in EiE.
  • Research Design & Methodology: The proposed research clearly outlines and justifies the forms of data that will be collected and analysed, with clear links to the research question(s) and with concern for rigour and validity/reliability (as appropriate to the methodology). The work plan appears to be feasible with proposed tasks and research objectives likely to be met in the specified timeframe.
  • Research Approach: The proposed research demonstrates a clear commitment to partnerships and/or engagement of a range of actors/institutions and/or to building local capacity. The proposed research takes into consideration issues of ethics and cultural dimensions of the work.
  • Research Outcomes: The proposed research makes a clear contribution to the EiE evidence base. The proposal outlines a commitment to producing work that will be widely disseminated and shared, and to ensuring that the findings of the work function as a “Global Public Good.”

Promising proposals are forwarded to Dubai Cares for final funding decisions.
*Dubai Cares makes all funding decisions.

6. Is legal documentation required from each partner organization? 
Yes, in your application please upload or attach legal documentation of each partner organization. 

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If my proposal is funded

1. What is the reporting process?
Dubai Cares will arrange a reporting process and schedule with the grantee. Please see Dubai Cares’ budget template and guidelines for further information.

2. How quickly will funds be allocated once funding announcements have been made? 
Once a complete research framework has been approved, Dubai Cares will arrange a funding agreement with the grantee and will allocate funds based on this agreement.

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Find out more on the E-Cubed webpage.