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ECOP Programme Call for financial support for capacity development fees

IOC-UNESCO, 02.11.2021

The objective of the present Call of the ECOP Programme is to provide financial support for early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) from Africa, Pacific SIDS and Caribbean SIDS, to cover their expenses for participation fees in capacity development events that are directly relevant to the Ocean Decade vision, mission and challenges. This will include, but is not limited to online or in-person conferences, workshops, webinars, summer and winter schools, trainings, that concern ocean science, ocean governance and ocean sustainability. Maximum support is set at 900 USD.

Who may participate?

For this round of funding, only early career ocean professionals from Africa, Pacific SIDS and Caribbean SIDS are invited to apply. Travel, accommodation, and living expenses are not covered by this grant to avoid uncertainty given COVID-related restrictions. One applicant can apply to one event only. Applications shall include a CV and a motivation letter. The motivation letter of one page shall explain why this event is relevant to their career, what they hope to gain from this event, as well as include a link to the website page of this event containing a clear indication of the participation fee.

The deadline for applications for this call is 23.59h CET November 15, 2021. Notifications regarding the outcome of the application will be sent to the applicants by November 26, 2021. Applications shall be sent to ecop.oceandecade@gmail.com.

ECOP Programme Call for financial support for organizations providing capacity development events for ECOPs

The objective of the present Call is to provide financial support for legal entities (various types of organizations) to organize online or in-person short capacity development programs or courses that address ocean science, ocean governance and ocean sustainability with direct relevance to the Ocean Decade vision, mission and challenges. Targeted participants shall be early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) from Africa, Pacific SIDS, or Caribbean SIDS, and the content of such trainings shall be of high relevance to these regions. Participation shall be made free for ECOPs. Maximum support is set at 6,000 USD depending on the duration and scope of the programme. Capacity development programmes or courses need to be completed by March 31, 2022.

Who may participate?

For this round of funding, we shall provide financial support only for capacity development programmes or courses (either online or in-person) with direct relevance to the ocean-related issues in Africa, Pacific SIDS or Caribbean SIDS, or overarching topics which could be important for the development of the career of ECOPs in those regions. An application should include:

1) a general background about the applying organization and its experience in providing such capacity development activities including a description of the legal status of this organization (max 1 page);

2) a proposal with a tentative programme including planned topics, duration, number of participants, lecturers (if applicable), and a clear explanation of how this programme addresses the Ocean Decade and its 10 Challenges (1-2 pages);

3) a breakdown of the budget (in Euros or USD) and its justification (1-2 pages).

Applications shall be sent to ecop.oceandecade@gmail.com. Decision shall be made by the Selection Committee (which shall include representatives of the IOC-UNESCO, ECOP Programme, and any external experts as deemed essential) taking into account the relevance of the proposed capacity development programme or course to the Ocean Decade, its benefits to participants from Africa, Pacific SIDS, or Caribbean SIDS, and the feasibility to execute the programme by March 31, 2022.

Timeframe

The deadline for applications for this call is 23.59h CET November 14, 2021. Notifications regarding the outcome of the application will be sent out by November 21, 2021.

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