Call for Proposals: Fund for Innovation in Development Grants

Call for Proposals: Fund for Innovation in Development Grants

Call for Proposals: Fund for Innovation in Development Grants

About the Organization:

The ambition of the FID is to support innovation in the service the fight against poverty and inequality. They allow innovators from all types of organizations – research institutions, NGOs, governments, companies – to test new ideas, experiment and demonstrate what works on the basis of proven scientific evaluation approaches, and scale the most effective solutions with the most positive and lasting impact. FID offers flexible financing via staged grants for emerging or growing innovations.

Fund for Innovation in Development Grant Program

The Fund for Innovation in Development (FID) is inviting innovators and researchers from around the world to apply for grant funding to more effectively or efficiently address poverty and inequality. Through flexible grant funding, FID enables innovators and researchers to test new ideas, build rigorous evidence of what works, and scale the highest-impact and most cost- effective solutions.

Objectives:

  • To encourage and facilitate innovation, from wherever it might come
  • To accelerate global innovation in the fight against poverty and inequality
  • To rigorously evaluate new ideas through collaboration with the research community
  • To support the scale and widespread deployment of the best solutions

Through this Call for Proposals, we are inviting innovators and researchers from around the world to apply for grant funding to more effectively or efficiently address poverty and inequality. This document describes what we are interested in funding, who is eligible for funding, core principles guiding our funding decisions and how to apply for funding.

What they fund:

Open Innovation:

  • FID takes a broad view of innovation, considering any solution with strong potential to achieve development impact at scale in less costly, faster, or otherwise more feasible ways than existing approaches.  FID seeks to support any innovation that more effectively or efficiently addresses poverty and inequality around the world, with a specific focus on innovations targeting particularly acute problems of marginalized populations.

Sectors:

  • FID accepts applications for innovations in any sector which addresses poverty and inequality, and specifically encourages applications for innovations in education, health, climate change, and gender equality. FID particularly encourages applications centered on interventions that improve outcomes for marginalized groups, including, for example, women and girls, underrepresented minorities, and refugees and displaced persons.

Geographies:

  • FID funds initiatives in all low- and middle-income countries, with special emphasis on the countries2, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, that are official priorities for French development assistance.

Core principles and assessment criteria:

FID is designed to accelerate the deployment of impactful solutions in the fight against poverty and inequality, support France’s partners in the generation and application of evidence to improve social policy, and foster the exchange of knowledge between research and development actors.

FID assesses every application against three core criteria:

  • Rigorous evidence of impact on improving the lives of people living in poverty;
  • Cost-effectiveness of the innovation in improving development outcomes;
  • Potential for scale and sustainability

Type of Grants:

FID accepts applications for five types of grants:

  • Prepare Grants (up to €50,000)
  • Stage 1: Pilot Grants (up to €200,000)
  • Stage 2: Test and Position for Scale Grants (up to €1,500,000)
  • Stage 3: Transition to Scale Grants (up to €4,000,000)
  • Transforming Public Policy (TPP) Grants (up to €150,000)

Application forms here

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