General Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must adhere to the guidelines in the corresponding Call for Proposals or Concept Notes.
  • All proponents must submit proposals online through the Submittable. Mailed, emailed, or faxed proposals will not be accepted or acknowledged.
  • The deadline set by system's time is based on Bangkok/Hanoi/Jakarta time (GMT +7) and the system set that it does not allow for entries or changes to entries after the deadline date and time.
  • To ensure that you receive messages about  the status of your proposal, please use a valid email address and ensure that the email from Submittable is in your spam whitelist.
  • After successfully submitting the proposal, the proponent will receive an email message confirming receipt of the submission. The message will contain your proposal ID number for future reference. Please include this number on all correspondence concerning your proposal.

The research ideas, concept notes, proposals or projects that are developed by at least one SUMERNET partner institute for the work in the Mekong region but funded outside of SUMERNET's programme are eligible to apply to consider as the SUMERNET projects. However, the endorsement entails no financial support for the project, although the project may benefit from exposure within the network and SUMERNET regional activities and events.

Criteria/conditions for endorsement by SUMERNET 

  1. Research project endorsed by SUMERNET should address significant issues under the SUMERNET themes.
  2. The project needs to provide the following outputs: 
  • 1-page summary of the project for the website and SUMERNET project profile booklet
  • 1-page summary for annual progress report and 2-page summary for final completion report
  • Acknowledging SUMERNET as one of supporters in all project outputs such as peer review papers, book chapers, policy briefs, press release, article for newspapers, TV news, film and other communications products.

Application process 

  1. SUMERNET partner who participates in the project submits a letter of interest to endorse their research concept notes, proposals or projects as the SUMERNET projects together with required (non-funding) supports from SUMERNER to the Secretariat. 
  2. The Secretariat reviews the application and submits the Secretariat’s comments and recommendations together with all supporting documents to the SC for consideration (within 2 weeks)
  3. The Secretariat informs the results of SC decision to the applicant (within 1 week). 
  4. If the project is endorsed as the SUMERNET project, a MOU will be signed between the SUMERNET Secretariat and partners to implement the above SUMERNET supports and partner responsibilities.
  5. After the MOU signed, the Secretariat will coordinate with the project team in making the announcement of new SUMERNET project on SUMERNET mailing list and website as appropriate. 

This online form is facilitating collection relevant information of the project proposed for endorsement. This information will be considered by SUMERNET SC and Secretariat on the endorsement decision.

This grant aims to support SUMERNET members in conducting various smaller-scale activities that improve the influence of SUMERNET research as listed below.

Total funds available in this round is 500,000 SEK (~US$ 55,000). The budget for each grant is between 30,000 SEK and 50,000 (~3,300-5,500 US$/grant). Depending on the quality of applications and their proposed budgets, up to 10-17 applications can be granted in this round. Individuals as well as organizations are eligible to apply. Funds need to be spent within a period of six months.
Recipients of previous or current SUMERNET grants are eligible to apply if proposed activities are not already covered by other grants of SUMERNET and they demonstrate the capacity to perform the activities specified in the application, without impacting earlier committed work with SUMERNET.

Detailed call document and templates can be found at: SUMERNET 4 All Small Grants: Call for Proposals.


  1. The small grants can support the following types of activities:
  2. Hosting events for policy engagement, transdisciplinary dialogues, and knowledge-based policy development
  3. Participating in relevant academic, policy, media, or capacity building events to communicate research results
  4. Engaging in events, consultations and activities with key stakeholders such as policy makers, members of marginalized groups and/or women’s associations
  5. Exchange visits with other projects or teams for enhancing collaboration
  6. Activities or events to support proposal development with participation of different organizations, individuals or countries
  7. Support the production of academic or non-academic communications materials based on past or ongoing research, studies or assessments to influence regional policy and practice or raise public awareness on water insecurity topics
  8. Monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of past projects funded by SUMERNET in previous phases

Selection Criteria

Successful applications must fulfill the following criteria:


  • Focus on reducing water insecurity for all, in particular, for poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region
  • Proposed activities are in line with the scope of small grants
  • Consider gender and social equality, conflict sensitivity, pro-poor and rights-based approaches are mainstreamed into the design and implementation of the proposed activity
  • Have significant potential to lead to bigger impact in the future (e.g., impact on policy, practice, public awareness, additional funding could be secured, demonstrate the changes from past research inspire other network members or researchers, expanded partnership, increased cooperation)
  • Plan for realistic activities that could be implemented even though the pandemic may continue in the region
  • Ability to manage the project and complete the activities within six months
  • The Lead Applicant must be a SUMERNET member from the Mekong Region. Applicants can apply to become a member, either before or on the date of proposal submission by filling in this online form
  • Young professionals (professionals with age under 35) are also eligible to be the Lead Applicant or Co-lead Applicant. However, if they are under 25 years old, they need to have one or more experienced expert(s) to serve as their Co-lead Applicant or mentor to support the implementation of small grant activities. Their application will be assessed separately.


  • Applications led/co-led by women and involving female team members, young professionals and boundary partners are strongly encouraged.


All activities and reports must be completed within 6 months.

Application instructions

Interested applicants must submit an Activity Proposal along with CV of Lead Applicant and team members in this platform.  Email submissions will not be accepted. More detailed call is available at SUMERNET 4 All Small Grants: Call for Proposals while template of EOI is downloadable at this link

If Lead Applicant or Co-lead Applicant are young professionals with age under 25 years, the CV of more senior expert(s) as Co-lead Applicant or mentor should be provided.

Required Documents

  • Completed small grant activity proposal form
  • 2-page CV of Lead Applicant
  • 2-page CVs of Team Members
  • 2-page CVs of Senior co-lead if lead applicant is a young professional under 25 years old
  • Other supporting documents (if relevant)

Important Dates

  • 15 August 2022: deadline for submission
  • 16 - 26 August 2022: proposal review
  • 29 August - 2 September 2022: SUMERNET SC endorsement
  • 12 - 14 September 2022: announcement of results
  • 15 September - 14 October 2022: Contracting and onboarding
  • Around 15 October 2022: activity starting date

To initiate application, please complete the submission form.

SUMERNET 4 All Rapid Response Research Grant

This grant will fund research that will provide evidence that directly contributes to ongoing planning or decision-making processes at national or regional levels, which address challenges being faced and help reduce water insecurities for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region. 

The research priorities of this call are aligned with three research themes of SUMERNET 4 All below:
1. Water access, rights, and allocation in times of water insecurity.
2. Governance and management of water-related disaster risks.
3. Transboundary interactions with water systems. 

Expedited timelines apply throughout the process to ensure delivery meets rapid response needs. It is expected that contracting and start-up of successful project is equally expedited. The research project leader and team members are required to treat the award(s) arising from the call with urgency.
In this round, funding support will not exceed 400,000 SEK (~US$ 45,000) per research project to be completed within 6-12 months. For this round of call, not more than two grants will be awarded in 2022.

Detailed call document and templates can be found at:

Details of this call

The format of applications is based on a shortened version of the well-established SUMERNET 4 All collaborative research funding instrument. We emphasize that applications with involvement of policymakers and planners, practitioners and marginalized women and men are particularly welcome, as are those lead or co-lead by women.

Successful applications will have to fulfil the following aspects:

  1. Address current challenges on water insecurity of significant importance for the Mekong Region, in line with at least one of the above research themes of SUMERNET 4 All.
  2. Address the water insecurity challenge exacerbated by Covid-19, which impacts vulnerable and marginalized communities, water policies and budgetary priorities and how current systems of governance address the challenge, including any best practices adopted that would inform better preparedness to tackle future emergencies that impact/disrupt clean water sources and supplies.
  3. Provide evidence that directly contributes to ongoing planning or decision-making processes at sub-national, national or regional levels to help reduce water insecurities for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region.
  4. Provide a multidisciplinary research approach that includes gender and social equality, human rights, conflict sensitivity, governance and poverty reduction as key targets.
  5. Engage with a diverse group of team members in the project that represent diverse gender, age, race and are at various stages in their research career is an advantage, especially if the project has a female lead. 
  6. Lead agency and Team Leader have extensive experience and proven capacity to manage the grant that engages with interdisciplinary experts in the water sector for the Mekong Region.

If applicant can provide a letter of support or request from target user(s) of future research findings to certify that there is a real need/demand for this research, while not compulsory, will certainly be an advantage.

Who can apply?

Lead Applicant (LA) needs to demonstrate that she/he has the skills, knowledge and support necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through its completion. The LA will need to show appropriate evidence of expertise and experience matched to the nature and context of research project. LA must be a formal SUMERNET network member. (You can apply to be a SUMERNET network member if you have not registered as network member yet using this link: 

If lead organization has prior experience in receiving the grant(s) from SUMERNET or other programmes of SEI, the application would be an advantage. However, they will need to demonstrate that their project team can perform the activities specified in the application, without impacting the work earlier committed with SUMERNET or related ongoing tasks in their organizations. Project team members could be the experts from SUMERNET network or other networks.

How to apply?

The Expression of Interest (EoI) template and annexes (available at this link) must be completed to ensure eligibility. Reference is made in the form to SUMERNET website where information on the programme’s goal, objectives and priority themes, as well as operating approach, boundary partners, capacity development etc. is made. Please refer to this when submitting the EoI.

All applications must submit an Expression of Interest and supporting documents using this online submission platform. Email submissions will not be accepted.

Documents to be prepared for online submission:

  • Completed Expression of Interest form
  • CV of Project Leader
  • CV of Project team members (all key members)
  • Annexes of activities, outputs and budget (templates available)
  • Letter of support from target users of this research findings or boundary partners, while not compulsory, will certainly be an advantage. (optional)

Important dates

  • EoI submission deadline: 28 August 2022
  • EoI Review: 29 August – 12 September 2022
  • SUMERNET SC endorsement: 13 – 15 September 2022
  • Announcement of results:  16 – 19 September 2022
  • Contracting and onboarding: 19 September – 18 October 2022
  • Project starting date: at earliest 18 October 2022

To submit, please complete the following online submission form.

Dear Applicants,

“SUMERNET 4 All” (S4A), the ongoing phase of SUMERNET (2019-2023), focusing on water insecurity in the Mekong Region is providing a 12-month fellowship hosted at the SUMERNET Secretariat in Bangkok, Thailand.

The fellowships are intended for young and early-career (not older than 35 years) Mekong Region citizens with researcher and/or practitioner backgrounds from the countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

One of the focuses of SUMERNET 4 All interventions is to improve capacity of young and early career professionals in the fields relevant to SUMERNET areas of work: multistakeholder engagement, research, communications and project management (including monitoring & evaluation). This fellowship call seeks applicants interested to work under Component 1: Multistakeholder engagement and/or Component 2: Research for Policy and Practice.  This call is looking to recruit two fellows who will closely work with the Coordinator for Component 1 and Component 2.


  1. To strengthen knowledge, capacity and skill of young Mekong citizen researchers, development practitioners, those interested in communications and media work, and graduate students.
  2. To help deliver credible, gender inclusive, human rights-based, conflict-sensitive, and poverty-reducing research, practice and communications related to water insecurity in the Mekong Region.
  3. To strengthen the partnership and networking opportunities between their institutions of origin with the SUMERNET Steering Committee, SUMERNET Secretariat and other SUMERNET member institutes. Young professionals or graduate students from the member institutes of SUMERNET will be given higher priority for this grant.
  4. To enhance a sense of ownership for the early career researchers, development practitioners, communication or media people, or graduate students towards SUMERNET as a regional research network.


The SUMERNET 4 All Fellow will receive a monthly allowance of SEK 7,500 (approximately US$ 750) to cover basic living costs and accommodation while residing in Bangkok, Thailand plus standard/economic level Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) costs, basic health/travel insurance, and relevant direct costs (return flight and transit accommodations) plus internet/communication costs. For the duration of their fellowship, SEI will arrange a Thailand visa and work permit fees to enable the fellow to legally live and work in Thailand.


The duration of this grant is 12 months. There is a possibility to extend the fellowship for another term of 6-12 months dependent on the evaluation of the candidate’s work and with the agreement of all parties concerned (SUMERNET fellow, SUMERNET Steering Committee, SUMERNET Secretariat, and also if relevant, the candidate’s home institution).



  • Candidate is a citizen of one of the Mekong Region countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam) and is not older than 35 years at the start of the fellowship.
  • Holds at least a bachelor’s degree and/or is in the process of obtaining Master’s or PhD degree in the subjects relevant to the S4A programme of work.
  • At least 2 years of work experience in a field related to the S4A programme of work.
  • Available to commit to a 12-month full-time period of stay in Thailand based with the SUMERNET Secretariat in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Proficiency in English language along with their native language in the Mekong Region.


  • Candidates who submit proof of previous work showing that they have relevant qualifications and skills or are recommended by individual who is a member of SUMERNET or institution who is affiliated to SUMERNET as current or previous partners will be given priority in the selection process.
  • Candidates with relevant work experience, education, and skills relevant to Component 2 (Research for Policy and Practice) and/or Component 1 (Multistakeholder engagement) will be given priority in the selection process.

Important dates

  • Application submission deadline: 6 August 2022
  • Application review: 8 – 20 August 2022
  • Panel interview: tentatively 22 – 26 August 2022
  • Endorsement by SSC: 26 – 31 August 2022
  • Expected announcement by: 31 August 2022
  • Start date of fellowship: First week of October 2022  

For detailed call, please refer to our announcement at this website link or directly download the call document (in pdf) at this link

Please ensure you have the following documents before going through with this online submission:

  • Motivation letter (entry in the submission form) - mandatory
  • Brief abstract on task contribution and learning plan - optional
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae (CV) - mandatory
  • At least one reference from current or former work/academic supervisor  - mandatory
  • Relevant samples of work (report, paper, other media, etc., optional) - optional
  • At least one letter of recommendation from current home institution or previous institution - optional

Please proceed to below form to submit your application.

Online application

5 themes for 2022

  • Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in the context of COVID-19 and the climate crisis (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 25 February 2022)
  • Climate-resilient practices to promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural systems and value chains (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 20 March 2022)
  • Improving water resources management and climate resilience by integrating socio-ecological systems thinking (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 20 March 2022)
  • Closing the loop: circular waste management in Asia’s cities (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 20 March 2022)
  • Rethinking climate adaptation and mitigation through gender transformative approaches and amplifying local agency (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 20 March 2022)

Note: The deadline for submissions is at 11:59PM Bangkok Time (GMT+7)

Stockholm Environment Institute