Global CCB Research Agenda 2021 - Call for Bids on Projects​

The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) invites bids for research projects, on cybersecurity skills & education, cyber incident management, cyber norms implementation and cyber diplomacy, by Sunday, 17 January 2021.

The application for research projects is CLOSED for all projects, except for Cybersecurity Skills and Education. The deadline for this project has been extended to Sunday 24th January 2021.

Cybersecurity Skills & Education – Research Project Proposal (OPEN)

Cyber Incident Management – Research Project Proposal (CLOSED)

Cyber Norms Implementation – Research Project Proposal (CLOSED)

Cyber Diplomacy – Research Project Proposal (CLOSED)



The Global Cyber Capacity Building (CCB) Research Agenda is a new tool developed for and by the GFCE Community to identify and fill knowledge gaps. Research projects aim to provide data, evidence and analysis to directly inform the work of the GFCE Working Groups and wider capacity building community.

In November 2020, the GFCE Working Groups and Task Forces, with the support of the GFCE Research Committee, identified and proposed a total of fifteen (15) research ideas. The ideas were then prioritised, forming the Global CCB Research Agenda 2021.

Based on funding made available, we are seeking consultants/researchers to implement four (4) projects:

1) Cybersecurity Skills & Education: to understand how countries are developing a sustainable talent pipeline of cyber security professionals from school age and draw best practices from engaging selected countries in this space.

2) Cyber Incident Management: to provide low-income countries with a practical, affordable, flexible, and achievable workforce training and development methods; including a menu of resources mapped to CSIRT organizational, technical, and operational service requirements.

3) Cyber Norms Implementation: to support national implementation efforts of the 2015 UNGGE norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace by identifying and illustrating examples of (‘successful’) implementation in a consolidated guide.

4) Cyber Diplomacy: to identify what tools and support is available for the practice of cyber diplomacy, including how widely they are used, and where are the gaps in tools/support.

See further details on the projects, including the selection criteria, in the above project proposals for each project.

Main responsibilities and expected deliverables

The consultant/researcher will be responsible for implementing the research project through activities such as desk research, interviews, analysis, etc. The specific activities are outlined in the research project proposals and may vary across the projects. The selected consultant/researcher is also responsible for connecting with the GFCE throughout the duration of the project.

Some expected deliverables could include, but are not limited to:

1) Initial identification of priority countries (if applicable)

2) Methodology document explaining the approach, expected interviewees (if needed), datasets that will be used, etc.;

3) Draft report/policy paper/policy brief (based on expected output)

4) Final report/policy paper/policy brief (based on expected output)


How to Apply

If you would like to submit a bid for one of the research projects, please send an email to the GFCE Secretariat at with the following documents by 17 January 2021:

1) CV or company profile

2) Technical proposal including the following:

  • Brief description on how the consultant/firm will implement the research idea;
  • Clear timeline of work, including key milestones, planned points to connect with the GFCE and 1-2 weeks-long feedback moments towards the end of the project;
  • Payment schedule.

3) Short motivation letter and list of at least 3 examples of previous work (i.e. reports, publications, projects’ description, etc.)

4) Completed Disclosure of Interest form

Please remember to state clearly which research project you are submitting the bid for.

Additional details

Location: Remote

Type of contract: Short-term research consultancy

Starting date: End Jan – Feb 2021

Duration of the contract: Up to 6 months