Call for proposals 2021 - One new EIBURS sponsorships under the EIB Knowledge Programme - 2021 -1 EIRBUS-2021-1 Closed!


EIBURS provides grants to university departments or research centres associated with universities in EU, candidate or potential candidate countries working on research topics of major interest to the Bank. EIBURS sponsorships – of up to EUR 100 000 per year for a period of three years – are awarded through a competitive process to interested university departments or research centres with recognised expertise in the selected area. Successful proposals entail the delivery of a variety of outputs that will be the subject of a contractual agreement with the European Investment Bank.
For the academic year 2020/2021, the EIBURS programme is seeking proposals on a new research theme:
‘Impact of gender mainstreaming in infrastructure projects – Evidence from a water project in Madagascar’


Three main challenges will need to be addressed by the research team. First, the identification of an optimal methodology for carrying out an ex ante estimation of the impact of water infrastructure investments in urban areas on wider societal gender inequality and the selection of the most appropriate indicators that could apply in this context. Since this methodological challenge is recurrent when appraising EIB support, the research team should develop a rigorous methodology, backed by academic research, which can be used in a simple way to inform EIB gender tagging and project selection and design where relevant.
Second, given the long-term nature of the water project in Madagascar, the three-year time frame for this assignment will only enable the initial stages of the impact evaluation to be carried out. However, the research work is expected to collect data at the onset of the project, when the project has not yet influenced the outcome variables of interest (i.e. women’s economic resilience and well-being). This, combined with the identification of a valid comparison group, will make it possible to compare baseline data with the same indicators collected ex-post. The research team is expected to engage in discussions with the relevant EIB services and project promoter to explain the overall approach and its implications.
Finally, infrastructure investments, including water projects such as this one, have the potential to have indirect and induced impacts on women’s prospects, and these are harder to measure. Nevertheless, they are also important to consider in terms of both risks and opportunities in designing projects.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 0,10 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 30 April 2021 - 4 months ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible


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