South Designs – FAQs
By when does the project proposal have to be submitted?
The deadline for the submission of project proposals is the 28th of June, 2022. Please send your proposal via email to Laura Nkula at firstname.lastname@example.org (cc’ing email@example.com)
What format should the proposal be submitted in?
To allow for an easy assessment of your proposal, please submit documents in common formats such as .pdf or .docx that can be opened without specialist software.
The call is very broad, what are your selection criteria?
We have kept the call deliberately open, to encourage a range of possible proposals. We are particularly interested in supporting collaborative, relational, and public-facing projects that are site-based, community-based or process-based and that can have enduring outcomes. Since we believe it takes diverse teams to translate between different registers of knowledge, we explicitly encourage collaborative practices, e.g. between academics and designers, community activists and creative practitioners, purpose-driven organizations and indigenous knowledge workers etc. We also expect an equitable distribution of labour, funds, and risks. Hence, we are asking all applicants to please articulate the team composition as well as the ethics of their Southern positioning as part of the proposal.
If my project is selected for funding, when can I start?
If your project is successful, we will draw up Terms of Reference based on your proposed workplan and budget, including dates and conditions for the dispersal of the three tranches of funding. Successful applicants will be notified after the 15th of July and the payment of the first tranche will be triggered once the TORs have been reviewed by all parties and finalized. The earliest date for this will be August 2022. The maximum running time of the project is 2 year from payment of the first tranche of funds.
Who can receive the funding? Can funds be received by personal accounts, or do we have to go through an institution?
The funding is explicitly geared towards supporting a range of applicants from different background, working in diverse teams. Hence, to receive the funding, it will not be necessary to be affiliated with a formal institution (such as an NGO or University). However, in the interest of keeping the financial administration on our part to a minimum and avoid unnecessary transaction costs, the project lead or designated project finance manager will be responsible for further dispensing the project funds after the reception of the respective tranche. This includes accounting for the funds spent (i.e. keeping a paper trail of expenses for yours and our books and ensuring funds are spent as per the Terms of Reference) and managing any national tax liabilities that might be associated with the transfer and reception of the funds.
Do I have to have a specific degree or a PhD to be eligible for funding?
No specific qualification or degree is required to apply. Rather, we envision that your CV and that of your team reflects your experience and capabilities to complete the project, regardless of whether these were acquired through formal education or through ‘learning by doing’.
What costs are eligible for funding?
In general, we are bound by the global funding principles of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Please note that we will not be funding university/institutional overheads or the acquisition of technical equipment unless essential to the project (and then it should not make up more than 20% of the total funds). Furthermore, the funding does not constitute or entitle the recipient(s) to any form of employment with the University of Basel or the SNSF. Furthermore, as this is a subproject of a larger program, you may not refer to the support received from us as an SNSF grant that you have yourselves acquired.
What is the ‘peer network of support’ mentioned in the call? How will it work?
Once the six successful projects have been notified, due diligence has been completed and Terms of Reference reviewed and finalized, we will host a virtual workshop for all project teams. Here, we will chat through the specific goals, aims and expectations of each project team and what individual and collective support might be needed. We then imagine regular meetings and explicitly envision peer-support between projects. Furthermore, projects will also be able to draw on the project organizers and the scientific committee for feedback and advice to realize their project goals, both practically and intellectually.
Our collective is too big, can we also send a synopsis of our CVs?
We understand that in certain instances, attaching the CVs of all project members – for example in the case of indigenous collectives or larger community structures – attaching the CVs of all collaborators would go beyond the scope of the proposal. In this case, you’re welcome to just attach the CVs of the lead applicants and otherwise provide a synopsis of other collaborators.
Can we add people to the project after we have been selected?
Yes, if this will add to the realization of the project, then it is possible to add collaborators to the project team, even after your project has been selected and you have started the work. Just note that additional team members and collaborators will have to be accommodated within the existing allocated budget.
I am an academic/activist/designer/practitioner/artist and I think my project might fit the call. But I am unsure. Can I get your advice?
Yes! If you feel like you have a project that fits the bill but are unsure about how to submit, please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to assist you to the best of our ability.