About the Organization:

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children was launched in July 2016 by the UN Secretary-General. Today, the End Violence Partnership is the only global entity focused solely on Sustainable Development Goal 16.2: ending all forms of violence against children. They are made up of over 500 partners, including governments, UN agencies, research institutions, international non-governmental organisations, foundations, civil society organisations, private sector groups, and more. Though different in many ways, one simple belief unites us all: every child deserves to grow up free from violence.

Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund

End Violence and the Technology Coalition have launched the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). They are seeking proposals for research that will expand knowledge of online CSEA and explore the most effective measures for preventing it.

The objective is to advance the understanding of experiences and patterns of online CSEA for child and adolescent victims as well as offenders and would-be offenders and learn from effective efforts (behavioral, technological, and educational) to prevent, deter and eradicate it.

Research should increase their understanding and provide the application of:

  • Efficacy and impact of online CSEA deterrence and prevention interventions, including an understanding of offender pathways and children’s digital experiences. This includes increasing the evidence base for effective, actionable industry reporting to and investigation by the appropriate authorities; impactful education and outreach strategies; and strengthening the capacity of all stakeholders in preventing, disrupting and responding to online CSEA.
  • Evolving technology may present new or exacerbate existing threats by contributing to changes in offenders or children’s behaviour or creating new challenges and risks. The research could provide solutions to respond to implications of evolving technology, for example, abuse detection in encrypted environments or real-time reporting in live streams. This area of focus also includes potential solutions and opportunities offered by technology developments for risk mitigation and better tools and strategies around behavioral interventions.
  • Well-being, collaboration and support for survivors, improving well-being and resilience for staff such as content moderators and others, as well as enhancing collaboration among all sectors working to end online CSEA.
  • Policy and legal considerations are critical to shaping online CSEA deterrence and response. In this channel, the research could include assessment of policy implementation over time and upstream interventions such as public health or safety-by-design approaches; addressing age-appropriate design and experiences; and understanding how privacy and ensuring children’s rights intersect in the fight against CSEA.

Funding:

  • Winning proposals will be awarded grants from US$20K to US$250K. End Violence encourages applications that fall anywhere within this range, though there is more limited opportunity for larger funding amounts.
  • End Violence and the Technology Coalition invite non-profit organisations (i.e. research institutes and academic institutions, civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations) to respond to this Request for Proposals (RfP).
  • Consortia are also encouraged to apply; however, the organisation submitting the application will be considered the main grantee and must be a non-profit organisation (i.e. research institutes and academic institutions, CSOs, NGOs, and international organisations), bearing all the contractual responsibilities vis-à-vis End Violence.

Criteria:

Only entities that fulfil these mandatory requirements will be considered eligible:

  • legally registered non-profit entity
  • the research addresses one or more of the four areas of the 2021 Open Call
  • all funding will be directed to an institution, not to individuals
  • the research project lead may submit one proposal
  • at minimum, the applicant organisation should have demonstrated relevant prior expertise and/or research experience
  • the organisation has a safeguarding policy in place or is willing to develop a policy *

*Researchers are also responsible for obtaining ethical approval for their proposed project, such as approval from a university’s ethics/ institutional review board (IRB) or when not available, include a detailed description of their ethics policy (e.g. embedding a UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research in the research design) which will be evaluated carefully as a part of the criteria for selection.

Deadline: 11 April 2021 11:59 PM EST.

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Name of the Organisation
End Violence Against Children
Location
India
Grant Amount
USD 2,50,000
Closing date of Proposal
Sunday, 11 April, 2021
RFP Email
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RFP URL
https://www.end-violence.org/tech-coalition-safe-online-research-fund
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