SVRI Research Grant 2025: Contribute to the Prevention and Response of Violence Against Women (VAW) and Violence Against Children (VAC)

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is calling for research proposals that are priority-driven, impactful, and exemplify equitable research partnerships. The SVRI Research Grant 2025 aims to support studies that contribute to the prevention and response to violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC). This grant prioritises research grounded in feminist principles, addressing imbalanced power dynamics, and promoting leadership among researchers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Nature of supported projects:

🔎 Research projects that are either stand-alone projects or a component of a larger project that will guide efforts to effectively address or prevent VAW and VAC.
🔎 Qualitative studies that explore the effectiveness and process of creating change with innovative VAW and VAC prevention interventions, or the acceptability, impact, and process of change created by interventions that support and assist survivors of VAW and VAC.
🔎 Projects that seek to address prevention and response to VAW and VAC together, simultaneously, or in a single intervention with distinct elements.
🔎 Projects that develop innovative methods and tools for VAW and/or VAC research.
🔎 Projects that evaluate how to effectively expand tested interventions for preventing and responding to VAW and VAC.
🔎 Secondary analysis of existing data that will provide insights into addressing VAW and VAC more effectively and sustainably.
🔎 Research addressing intersectional forms of violence across diverse populations facing increased vulnerabilities on the basis of age, poverty, disability, ethnicity, race, sexuality,etc.
🔎  Projects that enhance our understanding of sexual violence against children or adolescents, including research on interventions to prevent such violence and/or support child and adolescent survivors of such violence.

Eligibility Criteria

The SVRI seeks proposals that:

  • Are from local organisations based in LMICs, or multidisciplinary and multisectoral consortia led by researchers residing in LMICs.
  • Embrace an intersectional approach to research and involve relevant communities ethically.
  • Provide a clear breakdown of responsibilities for consortium proposals, ensuring equitable partnerships and including experts in VAW/VAC and child sexual violence research.
  • Emphasise capacity building for early-career researchers from LMICs.
  • Outline strategies for effective dissemination of findings.
  • Provide a logical and clear budget with sound justification.

Proposals should also:

  • Clearly explain how the study builds on current evidence and explores existing research.
  • Address a gap in the field, advancing knowledge on VAW/CSV research and programs in LMICs.
  • Demonstrate how the work will strengthen policy and practice or enhance methodology within the field.

How to Apply

Applications must be made via the  Proposal Central online system at:

If you are a first-time user of Proposal Central, you must first register before you can proceed with your application.  All information needed for proposal submission is available online in the SVRI Research Grant Guidelines.

Applicants should ensure that their research supported by the SVRI Research Grant should:

    • Advance our understanding and knowledge.
    • Apply feminist and women-centred principles to research and partnerships.
    • Promote equitable participation and bring to the field diverse voices from low and middle-income countries (young researchers, practitioners, survivors, marginalised groups).
    • Adhere to international safety and ethical
    • Strive for innovation in ideas, new methodologies and partnerships, while building on existing evidence.
    • Strive to be collaborative, cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary.
    • Where relevant and appropriate, endeavor to engage the community where the research will take place.
    • Challenge the gender hierarchy that contributes to VAW and VAC specially child sexual violence in order to promote gender equality.


All applications must be submitted by midnight (South African time) on July 9, 2024.

Only applications submitted via the online system before the deadline will be considered. Given the potential complexity of online applications, it is advised to submit well before the deadline to avoid issues with internet connectivity or the online form.

Grant Information Summary

  • Level of Award: $40,000 up to $150,000
  • Period of Award: 12-18 months
  • Closing Date for Applications: July 9, 2024
  • Further Information: Email
  • Method of Application: Applications must be submitted online, Click Here (Select Award Maker: Sexual Violence Research Initiative).
  • Language of Application: Applications in English, French, and Spanish will be accepted.

Take this opportunity to contribute to the global effort in preventing and responding to violence against women and children by submitting your research proposal to the SVRI Research Grant 2025.

For more details, please visit – svri-research-grant-2025  

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