Calls for projects
Call 4 : Setting up Livings Labs & developing smart solutions to face geohazards and climate change
Expected start: May 2023 – Expected end: December 2024 (final report included).
GO. Design and deploy smart, frugal, and user-centered solutions to cope with natural hazards and support coastal economy.
SO1. Structure Living labs, i.e. consortia of public-private stakeholders following an open innovation approach (user-centered, with a major input of researchers, and with a sustainable and self-sustained model).
SO2. Promote the development, maturation and deployment of solutions/innovations helping to address natural hazards.
SO3. Foster public/private partnerships around the R&I capacity developed in academic laboratories.
SO4. Ensure solutions that are frugal, respective of the environment, and have significant prospect for broad-scale adoption by the various stakeholders.
Topic 1. Climate change adaptation
- Develop new sensors and sensor networks that are citizen-oriented (seismic,
meteorologic, air quality, etc.).
- Engage citizens, communities, etc. in the design of information content, flow, display, and usage.
- Use virtual reality — games, etc. as a tool to engage specific stakeholders such
as youth, low-income population, etc.
- Test the level of ownership of these solutions and the possible behavioural
changes (e.g., increased resilience).
Topic 2. Disaster and risk management
- Develop smart, real-time, sensor networks for rapid post-disaster diagnostics.
- Use crowdsourcing approaches to gather relevant information on risks and
Topic 3. Coastal area management
- Develop smart solutions for artisanal fisheries.
- Develop smart solutions for the tourism industry.
- Optimize coastal management for disaster risk reduction agencies.
- Foster the acquisition of business-relevant environmental data under the leadership of local agencies or micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
- Living Labs formed by regional public/private consortia that tackle Caribbean
geohazards and climate change issues and have the potential to become longterm and self-sustainable. They develop/deploy innovations that are adopted by intended users. One of the Living Labs could play the role of Living Labs’ Hub.
Applicants (legal entities) from the following OACPS Caribbean Countries are eligible to apply as Lead Applicant or Partners: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Academic and research institutions/organisations; spin-off companies; VET providers; organisations representing indigenous and local communities; agencies and associations working for gender equality in research and innovation; national science, technology and innovation agencies; non-governmental organisations; innovation support organisations (technology clusters, innovation labs and technology transfer offices); incubators and start-ups; and other similar organisations.
At least 2 Applicants (one Lead Applicant and one or more Co-applicants) from 1 or several different OACPS Caribbean countries: at least 1 academic / research institution and 1 other type (from the list above).
6 Living Labs: 2 for each topic
Grant: EUR 300,000 per Living Lab
- Launch: 20/02/2023
- Submission Deadline: 24/03/2023
- Evaluation: 27-31/03/2023
- Publication of results: 07/04/2023
- Contract Signature: April 2023
- Project Start: 01/05/2023
- Project End: 31/12/2024
Interested parties are encouraged to contact the coordination team via email as soon as possible to email@example.com for all information needed.
To access all the administrative and financials rules and requirements, please consult the GEOACT Grants Operations Manual (Annex 4 of this document).
Proposals must be written in English and use the following templates (Annexes
attached to these Guidelines):
- Annex 1. Project proposal Template
- Annex 2. Project proposal Logical Framework & Schedule
- Annex 3. Project proposal Budget Template
Proposals must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:
- Official letter of support from the head ofthe applying institution (LeadApplicant) and from each Co-applicant, stating the project title, the activities carried out by each Applicant, the funding requested by each Applicant, and the overall Project budget.
- Official documents certifying the creation, registration and status of the Lead Applicant and Co- applicants (among others, it should indicate the date of creation and address of the organisations).
- For the Lead Applicant, activity and financial reports, demonstrating experience and responsibility in the preparation and management of funded activities (evidence of having managed at least two grants for research and innovation projects, of at least EUR 75,000 each between 2018 and 2022).
- CV of the Project coordinator (Lead Applicant) and evidence of his/her position in his/her organisation.
- CVs of the Co-applicants’ focal points and evidence of their position in their organisations.
GEOACT has already launched 2 Calls for Proposals with submission deadlines of 07/10/2022.
In case an Applicant (as Lead Applicant or Co-applicant) is successful in one or more GEOACT grants, the accumulated grants amount will not exceed EUR 400,000