An ALIGN convening in Laos


ALIGN hosted two funding rounds in 2018/9: a Research Fund and a Convening Fund. Both aimed to encourage collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation on gender norms and norm change. ALIGN is building on the success of these rounds by inviting donor support for its re-granting scheme. Drawing on its growing global community, its research portfolio on discriminatory gender norms and its insights on how these can be challenged, ALIGN is well placed to fund rigorous research and ground-breaking events that bring key players together. 

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About the funds

The Research Fund

ALIGN’s Research Fund supports small-scale action research or research translation projects which advance knowledge and evidence on gender norms across a wide range of contexts. 

Successful applicants are given around nine months to carry out projects and their resulting research outputs are made available to ALIGN’s community of practice. ALIGN launched its first round of research funding in 2018. 

The Convening Fund

ALIGN’s Convening Fund has been set up to support individuals and organisations that host regional and international meetings on gender norm change. 

The Fund supports events that stimulate thinking and support knowledge exchange and debate, share best practice, advance learning and promote transformative action on gender norms and processes of norm change. As well as convening meetings, successful applicants are expected to deliver outputs that are profiled on the ALIGN platform.


Fund award winners

Research Fund award winners

ALIGN called for proposals for applications for small-scale research and research translation projects to further learning which closed in January 2018. The six funds award winners explore a range of themes across highly varied contexts.

The first round of ALIGN’s Research Fund awarded a total of £90,000 to explore a range of themes from education to media and gender norm change. 

The projects include desk-based research synthesising insights on norm change from the Girls’ Education Challenge; an evaluation examining the impact of comprehensive sexuality education on intimate partner violence in Mexico City; studies of the impacts of gender-responsive curricula on gender norms in Peru and Indonesia; and action research projects exploring gender norm change through digital media in Somalia. 

The Research Fund award winners are:

Research Fund Grantees discuss their findings

Convening Fund award winners

ALIGN called for applications for its Convening Fund to support global meetings on gender norms in May and June 2018.

The Convening Fund award winners are: