Request for Research Proposals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Research Awards (Type 1)


The Water for Women Fund Coordinator, GHD, has today announced a request for proposals from eligible Research Organisations (ROs) to implement WASH Research Awards (Research Type 1) through the Water for Women Fund.

The WASH Research Awards is a $10.6 million Research Component associated with the wider Water for Women Fund, which supports civil society organisations (CSOs) to implement gender and socially inclusive WASH projects in Asia and the Pacific. It will provide funds for high-quality, policy-relevant research that is available, accessible and communicated to the policy development and program design community in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the global WASH sector.

This Call for Proposals is for WASH Research Awards (Type 1). Type 1 Awards are aimed at
WASH sector research that addresses key knowledge gaps, and contributes to the Water for Women Fund end of program outcome of “strengthened use of new evidence, innovation and practice in sustainable gender and inclusive WASH by other CSOs, national and international WASH sector actors”.

This type of research will comprise future-looking research answering broad sector questions or examining emerging challenges and trends in the sector. It includes research that can serve the needs of various WASH actors in the region, including end-users such as partner governments at national or subnational level, DFAT and other donors, CSOs or other international agencies and sector stakeholders.

The WASH Research Awards will award funding for research under five priority themes. All proposals should include considerations of gender and social inclusion.

ROs are expected to submit a separate application for each proposal. A WASH Research Awards Guidelines document is available below. It includes guidance on process and eligibility.

Key Information

The contact person for this research grants process will be the Water for Women Fund Knowledge & Learning Manager, Mr Bill Pennington. Email:

The Water for Women Fund Coordinator will hold one applicant briefing for interested organisations on the 13 November, 2018. Please notify the Contact person if you are attending, further details will be shared with confirmed attendees. RSVP for attendance at this briefing is due via email by COB Friday 9 November 2018.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 17:00 (Canberra time), 20 December 2018.

Proposals must be submitted online at:

The deadline for submission of questions is 8 December 2018. Questions should be submitted to the Contact Person as soon as possible in writing.


About Water for Women

The Water for Women Fund commenced on 14 December 2017. It is a flagship program in Australia’s engagement in WASH and is part of Australia's commitment to the High Level Panel on Water. The Fund will invest AUD $110.6 million over five years to December 2022 to improve the health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable WASH projects.

Research is an important element of Water for Women. Research is a key pathway for development innovation and to inform policy-making and program delivery. Investments in research facilitate access to diverse partnerships and networks, contributing to Australia's aid policy and wider diplomatic engagement in partner countries. Providing access to high-quality research and analysis that addresses key water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector gaps assists partner governments, private sector and civil society to improve access to these essential services.


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