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Request for Proposals, April 2013

The Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Faculty and Curriculum Development for Environment, Health and Development Project.

Up to ten grants will be awarded in 2013-2014 for a maximum of $5,000 per project. Grants will provide funds for: developing curricula or teaching materials linking health, environment and development; for activities designed to build cross-disciplinary networks of faculty and staff on health, environment and development within and across institutions; and for activities building collaboration between universities and local communities to respond to local environment and health problems.

The deadline for applications is May 22nd, 2013.


It is widely acknowledged that the relationship between development, environment and health is multi-directional and dynamic, and that professionals and citizens need an understanding of these issues that goes beyond the confines of disciplinary-based learning. Yet, an interdisciplinary approach remains the exception rather than the norm. Over the last four years, the SSRC China Environment and Health Initiative (CEHI) and the Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) have built a network of academics and other professionals with different backgrounds to promote an interdisciplinary approach to understandings of environment and health problems that takes consideration of their complex interactions with processes of economic and social development.

The network has now amassed a substantial body of information and experience. In this new phase of work, FORHEAD will support the introduction of an interdisciplinary perspective on health, environment and development into mainstream education and training programs and strengthen capacity within institutions for ongoing collaboration and innovation.

Program Goals

  • To create curriculum materials, tailored to the Chinese context, which can be adapted for use in a variety of university-level courses relating to environment, health and development.
  • To develop cross-disciplinary networks of faculty and staff within and across institutions of higher education that can provide a basis for ongoing sharing of teaching materials and experience, and the development of innovative, locally-grounded approaches to environment and health problems.
  • To encourage collaborations between universities and local communities to respond to local environment and health problems.

Applicant Requirements

Proposals are sought from universities and other institutions of higher education with existing research and teaching in one or more areas related to environment, health and development.

Applicantion Requirements

  1. Projects should strengthen training, education, or awareness raising regarding the linkages between environment, health, and development among specific target audience(s).
  2. Proposals should show how the project will bring together disciplinary expertise and experience to enable understandings of interactions between environment, health and development. Disciplines/sub-disciplines that could be considered include: geography, environmental sciences (including specialities such as soil sciences), public health, epidemiology, law, development studies, political science and policy analysis, anthropology. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate linking of natural and social science disciplines.
  3. Proposals should show principal activities the project will develop and how these will contribute to strengthening training, education, or awareness raising regarding the linkages between environment, health, and development.
  4. Proposals should show target audience(s), and should include the disciplines and departments of participating faculty and the level and major(s) of student population, as well as their likely future employment if known. (For example, if students are in a professional program such as public health, or large numbers of graduates generally take jobs in health, environmental protection or other government agencies.)
  5. Applications should demonstrate how the project is relevant to their institution in terms of the students it serves and its professional focus (if any), and the local area; how it builds on the strengths of their institution and is expected to have a lasting impact.
  6. As well as supporting development of cross-disciplinary teaching and networking in grantee institutions, all projects are expected to result in materials that can be shared with the FORHEAD network. Proposals must detail the specific outputs that the project will produce.
  7. As appropriate to the institution and target audience, projects may include general introductions to interactions between environment, health and development, or focused courses or activities, e.g. impacts of agricultural or industrial development on environment and health, or specific issues such as food safety, urban air pollution or waste management. Of particular interest are projects which link natural sciences, developmental questions and policy/social responses.

Project Activities

Activities that will be considered for support include the following:

  • Seminar series: A seminar series may be organized for faculty and/or graduate students to develop linkages across departments/disciplines and strengthen faculty understanding of interactions between environment, health and development. This should be a first step towards the development of curricula and teaching materials and/or integrated teaching on environment, health, and development.
  • Concentrations and/or certificate programs building on existing courses: In institutions where a critical mass of relevant courses is already being taught, faculty may apply to develop concentrations or certificate programs in environment, health and development. Curricula for such programs should be tailored to the institution in which they are intended for use and proposals should show clearly how the new curriculum will add value to courses already being taught by developing additional components or building linkages between existing courses. Applicants should indicate likely enrollment for the program and the way in which it will be assessed in the context of existing degree requirements. If necessary, applicants should detail the approval process for the program and provide evidence of the university’s support.
  • Teaching materials and specific courses: Development of materials for integrated teaching on environment, health, and development. This could include development of textbooks, edited collections of articles, or research-led teaching materials, for example interdisciplinary teaching materials that draw on case studies carried out by faculty. (Note that funding would be for development of materials based on existing data and research, not for collection of new data.) Proposals should indicate how the focus of the course or teaching materials will add value to existing disciplinary-based approaches, and how they will be tailored to the needs of the institution and student population. If the proposal is for a new course that will require approval, applicants should describe the approval process and provide evidence of university support for course development.
  • Co-teaching: Projects that design and implement co-teaching of cross-disciplinary courses on environment, health, and development. This is principally envisaged in situations where teaching staff must be seconded from other departments or institutions.
  • Pilot in-service professional programs: Projects that develop pilot in-service professional training for professionals in government agencies, NGOs, the media, etc. These would adapt curriculum on environment, health and development linkages to the needs of particular professional groups (e.g. journalists reporting on these issues, public health workers, environmental protection officers). An assessment of needs might be included as part of program development.
  • Visiting lecture series: Invitation of speakers from outside the host institution to deliver lectures on aspects of environment, health, and development, and the linkages between these, where this expertise is not available in the host institution. Lectures could target faculty or students, and may also be open to the public if appropriate. Proposals should indicate the rationale for the choice of topics and speakers and the way in which the lectures will contribute to an integrated understanding of environment, health and development (for example through the provision of an overview of key issues, or through more in-depth exploration of a smaller number of topics).
  • Campus-community programs: Projects that bring faculty and/or students together with local communities, NGOs or media to understand and address environmental health problems of local concern. This could include the collaborative design of locally appropriate public education materials, collaborative collection and analysis of data on environmental health problems, or related community awareness and responses, etc.

Other activities not included above but which fall within the overall remit of the project may be considered at the discretion of the review committee.

Proposals may span multiple activities, e.g. combining development of curriculum and teaching materials, or combining organization of a visiting lecture series with faculty training or seminars. If including multiple activities, please show how activities are complementary.

Project Outputs

Proposals must detail the specific outputs that the project will produce. Outputs may vary by type of project, e.g.:

  • Concentrations and/or certificate programs building on existing courses: Detailed curriculum and class outlines and PowerPoint presentations of classes delivered, plus lists of resources to be used for teaching. Where feasible, video recordings of classes delivered should be made for use in interactive dissemination and skill sharing materials. If not feasible, revised transcripts of classes should be provided.
  • Teaching materials and specific courses: Teaching materials developed (e.g. textbooks, edited collections of articles, research-led teaching materials) should be provided, along with lesson plans and/or guidance for classroom use. If feasible, please provide video recordings of actual use of materials (e.g. student discussion of case study materials).
  • Seminar series, Co-teaching & Visiting lecture series: PowerPoint slides used in lectures, plus revised transcripts of lectures should be provided. Where feasible, video recordings of lectures/classes delivered should be provided.
  • Pilot in-service professional programs & Campus-community projects: Tailored training materials developed during the project, including PowerPoint slides, leaflets, revised transcripts of lectures, etc; training plans; photographs and/or video recordings of project activities where possible.

Materials developed during the project may be used or disseminated by FORHEAD. Forms of dissemination may include: web-based sharing of resources, as well as development of materials (reports, pamphlets, books, multimedia resources) designed to share materials and lessons learned with a wider audience. Where necessary, FORHEAD will apply for copyright for published articles, but applicants must agree in their grant contract to share materials.

Proposal Format

Proposals should be no more than 5 pages in total and include:

  • a summary of the proposed project (250 words);
  • a description of the proposed activities, including: goals and rationale; activities; organization; participating parties and disciplines; target audience; contribution to institutional capacity building (see relevant sections above for details);
  • a description of the organization submitting the proposal (max. 200 words), including mission, constituency, geographical scope of work, and annual budget. If collaboration between institutions is envisaged, please provide details of collaborating institutions;
  • the name, institutional affiliations, research background, and CV of the project lead, including a description of current teaching and courses (maximum 2 pages); where participants other than the project lead are to take part in the project, a CV and description of relevant experience should be included alongside that of the project lead;
  • a description of the relevant knowledge, data or skills that each partner brings to the collaboration.


A budget of up to $5,000 may be submitted, with itemized major expenditures. The budget should be appropriate to the work to be conducted, and indicate the following:

  • Personal Costs: Salary should generally be costed as a percentage of actual salary with the time commitment for each individual indicated as a percentage or number of months/weeks/days.
  • Honoraria for invited lecturers, experts: Cost estimates should be provided for travel, food and other expenses. Where possible, local experts should be invited in order to build sustainable networks.
  • Other relevant travel: This should indicate destination and purpose of trips, which must be directly related to project activities.
  • Dissemination, outreach costs: Funds will be provided only for dissemination activities directly related to the project. Grantees will be invited to participate in program-wide dissemination activities (including the Annual FORHEAD Conference). The program cannot pay for the establishment of new websites but will assist in dissemination of project materials through the FORHEAD website.

Budgets cannot generally cover purchase of equipment for recording of lectures, seminars, etc. If such equipment is required, it may be possible to borrow this from FORHEAD. If applicants are unsure about whether other particular costs may be included they should consult the Program Officer. In the event of funding, FORHEAD may request adjustments to project budgets.

Terms of the Grant

  • Project meetings: Two project meetings will be held (see Project Timeline). Grantees are expected to attend these and to revise initial proposals based on feedback at the June meeting, and/or based on feedback from proposal reviewers and project staff.
  • Reporting: Grantees should provide: (a) a short interim report on progress of the project to FORHEAD project staff in September 2013; (b) a final report detailing project outcomes and future plans; (c) a short account of the challenges faced in implementing the project, and of lessons learned.
  • Resource sharing: Grantees are required to make available resources developed during the project for use and dissemination by FORHEAD.

Application Process, Project Timeline and Budget

Proposals may be submitted in Chinese or English by May 22nd, 2013.

Project Timeline:

22nd May 2013

      Deadline for submission of proposals


June 2013

      First project meeting; revision of proposals


September 2013

      Interim report on project progress to FORHEAD


November 2013

      Second project meeting


Autumn-Spring 2014

      Finalizing and submission of project outputs; teaching of first courses; submission of final project reports


  • First project meeting: An opportunity for participants to present their proposals and receive feedback. The meeting will also introduce resources and case study materials available through FORHEAD, and discuss how materials might be used.
  • Second project meeting: Interim discussion of materials and activities under development by project participants and experience-sharing.
  • Delivery of project outputs: Project start date should be appropriate to the nature of the project. Projects with a short lead time, including seminar series or visiting lectures, may begin as early as 2013. Activities that require longer preparation time or approval processes may be conducted in Spring 2014. Proposals for courses to be delivered in Fall 2014 will be considered only if institutional approval process requires this schedule and assurance of likely approval is provided through a letter from the university administration.

Any inquiries, or requests for clarification: please contact the Communications Officer, Cai Chao.

The Faculty and Curriculum Development for Environment, Health and Development in China Project is supported by the United Board.

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