Tag Archives: New Ideas

The Explorers Club: Inviting applications for ‘Student Grants’ to recognize the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration.

Funding brief: The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, offers exploration grants in the following categories. ● High […]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘Innovations Driving Programmatic Performance in Immunization: Service Experience and Data Use + Measurement’ to promote the effective use of timely and relevant data to drive programmatic performance, and thus increase the number of children vaccinated globally, they are looking for innovative ideas.

Funding brief: Within this call to promote the effective use of timely and relevant data to drive programmatic performance, and thus increase the number of children vaccinated globally, they are looking for innovative ideas in the following areas: Innovative ideas for improving the measurement approaches for immunization data (e.g., process, equity, coverage indicators) with a […]

USAID: Inviting applications for ‘Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)’ to source innovative ideas, pilots and rigorously tests them, and supports the scale-up of solutions that demonstrate proven impact and cost-effectiveness.

Funding brief: Through a year-round grant competition, Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) sources innovative ideas, pilots and rigorously tests them, and supports the scale-up of solutions that demonstrate proven impact and cost-effectiveness. DIV’s tiered funding model; inspired by venture capital funds, invests comparatively small amounts of funding in a variety of unproven ideas, and provides more substantial […]

Echoing Green: Inviting applications for ‘fellowship’ for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels to build a diverse and inclusive social impact space.

Funding brief: This is the fellowship for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels. We know that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not—which is why they invest in talent wherever it is. Fellows represent diverse ethnic, religious, and gender experiences, with varied educational, economic, and geographic backgrounds. As they seek to build a diverse and […]

Munich Re Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘The RISK Award’ to fund a project, dedicated to improve risk reduction, risk management or adaptive capacities in regards to the special situation in coastal areas.

Funding brief: The 2019 RISK Award will fund a project, dedicated to improve risk reduction, risk management or adaptive capacities in regards to the special situation in coastal areas. Projects may include eco-system services or infrastructural approaches, capacity building or awareness raising measures, risk-sensitive land use planning, building codes and many more. The alignment of […]

The Commonwealth: Inviting applications for ‘Commonwealth Young Person of the Year’ to find exceptional young people who are making a difference in their communities.

Funding brief: The Commonwealth is offering exceptional young people who are making a difference in their communities a chance to win a Commonwealth Youth Award. Nominations are opening for the 2019 edition of the awards, which includes a cash grant and a trip to attend the awards ceremony in London next March, during Commonwealth Week. […]

Transparency International (TI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark: Inviting applications for ‘A Global Competition: Mini-grants for Social Entrepreneurs’ to solve social problems and develop new methods, tools, and projects to fight corruption.

Funding brief: Transparency International (TI) is calling for young people under 35 years old who are motivated to solve social problems and develop new methods, tools, and projects to fight corruption. TI, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark ahead of International Anti-Corruption Conference Series, are together launching a global competition for new project ideas […]

The Elsevier Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge’ to seek to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities.

Funding brief: The Elsevier Foundation believes that chemistry plays a critical role in developing a sustainable future. Chemists have a special responsibility to develop those new products, resources and processes to make that happen. The Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge seeks to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities. […]

Toptal: Inviting applications for ‘Toptal Scholarships for Women: Empowering Future Female Leaders to Change the World’ to support women with great leadership potential.

Funding brief: As part of our commitment to supporting women with great leadership potential Toptal has established the Toptal Scholarships contest. These scholarships provide assistance to women from around the world to help empower them to follow their passion and become leaders. Subject to these Toptal Scholarships Official Rules, the selected recipients will receive US$10,000 […]

IREN: Inviting applications for ‘IREN Startup Award’ to find startups and technology companies that aim at revolutionizing the utilities sector.

Funding brief: IREN, a top player among Italian multi-utilities, is seeking startups and technology companies that aim at revolutionizing the utilities sector for the second edition of its Startup Award, powered by Intesa Sanpaolo’s international acceleration program StartUp Initiative. This year IREN is launching IREN UP, the new Corporate Venture Capital instrument that will provide […]

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, joins the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): Inviting applications for ‘a call for applications’ to participate in the prestigious youth entrepreneurship pitching event entitled Start and Scale-up for SDGs.

Funding brief: IOM, the UN Migration Agency, joins the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and partners in announcing a call for applications to participate in the prestigious youth entrepreneurship pitching event entitled Start and Scale-up for SDGs. The event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 15 […]

FundsforNGOs: Inviting applications for ‘ProposalsforNGOs Small Grant Competition 2018’ to pitch their innovative ideas.

Funding brief: Proposalsforngos by FundsforNGOs has launched a “Small Grant Competition” for NGOs around the world to pitch their innovative ideas using a one-page Concept Note. The contest aims to show how grassroots NGOs can develop a project idea to reality. Selected concept notes will be showcased to proposalsforngos.com users, for the purpose of sharing […]

Nokia: Inviting applications for ‘Nokia Open Innovation Challenge’ for new innovative products and solutions within the Industrial IoT domain.

Funding brief: The Nokia Open Innovation Challenge, in partnership with NGP Capital, is looking for new innovative products and solutions within the Industrial IoT domain. It is time to submit your greatest ideas for technology and business models which could change the world. Together with Nokia Bell Labs experts and mentors you can make a […]

Wellcome Trust (WT): Inviting applications for ‘Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science’ to promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery.

Funding brief: Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. This scheme funds teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach. They’re looking for teams to tackle research questions that can only be approached collaboratively. Teams […]

Leatherman Tool Group, Inc: Inviting applications for ‘The Leatherman Grant program’ to not-for-profit around the world who are paving the way for change through innovative ideas.

Funding brief: The Leatherman Grant program exists to unleash world-bettering potential. Getting started is always the hardest, but one break is all you need. Let’s do it together and change the world. They’re awarding $100,000 to not-for-profit around the world who are paving the way for change through innovative ideas. Calling all fixers, tinkerers and […]

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF): Inviting applications for ‘SAMPREETI’ from Bangladeshi organizations/ institutions/ groups/ clubs to explore some innovative ideas, models and proposals from greater Dhaka.

Funding brief: Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) is a national non-governmental organisation that promotes human rights and good governance through funding, policy advocacy and capacity building of NGOs and CSOs. MJF dreams for a world free from poverty, exploitation and discrimination where people live in dignity and human security through promotion of human rights and governance […]

WorldLabs: Inviting applications for ‘Elevating Ideas’ to help ideas develop and grow by providing the funding, tools and connections needed to thrive.

Funding brief: Got a bright idea? They can help you elevate it! WorldLabs’ mission is to help ideas develop and grow by providing the funding, tools and connections needed to thrive. Too many promising entrepreneurial projects fall by the wayside due to lack of resources, help or funding. This is why they created the Elevating […]

Solution Search, Rare: Inviting applications for the funding theme-‘Climate change needs behavior change’.

Funding brief: Climate change needs behavior change. What people eat, what they buy and what they use contributes directly to climate change. In just eight months, humans consume what the earth can sustainably produce in a single year. Nearly two-thirds of global emissions are linked to both direct and indirect forms of human consumption – […]

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Inviting applications for ‘Global youth video competition’.

Funding brief: Are you 18-30 and taking part in activities to fight climate change? Send a 3 minute video for a chance to be a youth reporter at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland in December. The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is co-organized by the UNFCCC secretariat and the UNDP-GEF Small […]

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘The Grand Challenge’ for the funding title-‘ Ending the Pandemic Threat: A Grand Challenge for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development’ to recognize that solving the most pressing challenges in global health and development requires more of the world’s brightest minds working on them.

Funding brief: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recognizes that solving the most pressing challenges in global health and development requires more of the world’s brightest minds working on them. The Grand Challenges family of initiatives seeks to engage innovators from around the world to solve these challenges. Grand Challenges initiatives are united by their […]

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB): Inviting applications for ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Transform Fund (IsDB-STIF)’ to support its Member Countries in finding practical solutions to their key development challenges through the power of innovation.

Funding brief: The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has established a special Fund, known as Science, Technology and Innovation Transform Fund (IsDB-STIF) to support its Member Countries in finding practical solutions to their key development challenges through the power of innovation. Transform is a multi-million-dollar fund that provides seed money for innovators, startups and SMEs to […]

The World Bank Group: Inviting applications for ‘online competition’ for women entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations.

Funding brief: In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to “create the future we want in 2030.”SDGs&Her is an online competition for women entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations. The objectives of the initiative are to: […]

Unilever and DFID: Inviting applications for ‘Transform’ for innovative models that open up access to high-impact products for underserved consumers in hard-to-reach rural locations.

Funding brief: The call is for innovative models that open up access to high-impact products for underserved consumers in hard-to-reach rural locations. They are open to applications focused in countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. TRANSFORM’s goal is to enable access for 100 million people to products that will enhance their livelihoods, in areas […]

Free Press Unlimited: Inviting applications for ‘Free Press Awards’ to support journalists worldwide to make stories be told.

Funding brief: Free Press Unlimited is excited to announce the fourth edition of the Free Press Awards. They aim to celebrate the work of the best journalists and media professionals. Free Press Unlimited wants people to have access to reliable information they need to develop and prosper. They support journalists worldwide to make stories be […]

UNESCO and The Goi Peace Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘International Essay Contest for Young People 2018’ to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development and to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

Funding brief: Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2018 International Essay Contest for Young People organized by the Goi Peace Foundation, a Key Partner of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP). The annual contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s […]

OpenIDEO and GHR Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘Bridgebuilder Challenge’ to invest in the building and repairing of unique bridges between people, organizations, issues, and beliefs at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet.

Funding brief: BridgeBuilder invests in the building and repairing of unique bridges between people, organizations, issues, and beliefs at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet.  In doing so, BridgeBuilder aims to promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion, and sustainable, community-led change. Our world, our countries, and our communities are facing great challenges: from conflict […]

The Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC): Inviting applications for ‘The village to raise a child 2018’ to identify and nurture young social entrepreneurs from around the world.

Funding brief: Village to Raise a Child is a program established by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative that identifies and nurtures young social entrepreneurs from around the world. These students—called “Global Trailblazers”—are selected via a global competition that searches for the most inspiring high schoolers with the most innovative ideas from countries around the globe. […]

Fondazione Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN): Inviting applications for ‘The 2018 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition’ to find solutions to the food paradoxes, through innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary ideas.

Funding brief: Since the very first edition, BCFN YES! has embodied the identity and the ambition of the BCFN Foundation. Indeed, it brings together young people from around the world, with different disciplinary approaches, and invites them to come up with practical projects to create a better balance between food sustainability and environmental sustainability. The […]

Science for People and Nature Partnership (SNAPP): Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to deliver rapid solutions to the most critical challenges facing humans and our planet.

Funding brief: The world’s biggest conservation and sustainable development challenges demand innovative solutions. The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) takes on this key challenge and believes that successful solutions cannot be achieved by a single organization acting alone. SNAPP announces its 2018 Request for Proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams and invites you to […]

Teach A Man To Fish: Inviting applications for ‘The School Enterprise Challenge’ to create globally aware, socially responsible young entrepreneurs.

Funding brief: The School Enterprise Challenge is a global business start-up Awards Programme run by the educational charity Teach A Man To Fish. It aims to create globally aware, socially responsible young entrepreneurs. The Awards Programme is FREE and helps students to plan and set up school businesses that: ● Generate real profits to help support […]

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA): Inviting applications for ‘WHPCA palliative care direct stakeholder grants’ from palliative care organizations and organizations comprised of people living with life-threatening illness, or organizations of older people, to increase the voice of direct stakeholders to advance palliative care.

Funding brief: WHPCA is pleased to invite applications from palliative care organizations and organizations comprised of people living with life-threatening illness, or organizations of older people, for up to $15,000 per project to increase the voice of direct stakeholders to advance palliative care. Applications must be led either by hospice and palliative care organizations, organizations […]

The Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS): Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to find transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining issues of our time: Rapid Urbanization, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.

Funding brief: The Cities for our Future Challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with UNESCO UKNC and the ACU. Are you an imaginative, problem solving young professional, start up or student involved in surveying, urban design, architecture, or engineering? Then share your transformative ideas for […]

Valeo: Inviting applications for ‘Valeo Innovation Challenge 2018’ to reward an innovative project, whether it is a technological innovation or an idea for new ways to use cars.

Funding brief: The aim is to reward an innovative project, whether it is a technological innovation or an idea for new ways to use cars. The participants will have to propose new solutions in one of the following categories: ● Vehicle electrification ● Autonomous vehicle ● Digital mobility Donor Name: Valeo Funding name: Valeo Innovation Challenge 2018 Deadline: […]

Wellcome Trust (WT): Inviting applications for ‘Collaborative Awards in Science’ to promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery.

Funding brief: Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. They fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. Donor Name: Wellcome Trust (WT) Funding name: Collaborative Awards in Science Deadline: […]

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The UK National Commission of UNESCO, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU): Inviting applications for ‘The Cities for our Future challenge’ to find imaginative problem solvers from the wider field of surveying, urban design, architecture and engineering to submit transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining challenges of our time: Rapid Urbanization, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.

Funding brief: The Cities for our Future Challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with UNESCO UKNC and the ACU. Are you an imaginative, problem solving young professional, start up or student involved in surveying, urban design, architecture, or engineering? Then share your transformative ideas for […]

The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA): Inviting applications for ‘Open Call for Innovation’ to find innovative ideas on how they can improve the defence and security of the UK.

Funding brief: The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas on how they can improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity. Defence innovations can apply to any part of defence, and can include technological solutions as well as product, service […]

Milken Family Foundation and Penn Graduate School of Education (GSE): Inviting applications for ‘The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC)’ to applicants worldwide and offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Funding brief: The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is open to applicants worldwide and offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike. The Competition includes a path for Ventures (opening January 2018), as well as a path for Ideas. In offering multiple prizes and prize categories, the EBPC attracts innovative ideas in […]

Rice University: Inviting applications for ‘The Rice Business Plan Competition’ to the support of entrepreneurship.

Funding brief: The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship. This is the […]

The Kellogg School of Management and Morgan Stanley: Inviting applications for ‘The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge’ to identify outstanding proposals offering novel investment strategies to meet some of the most pressing global challenges ahead.

Funding brief: The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge seeks to identify outstanding proposals offering novel investment strategies to meet some of the most pressing global challenges ahead. As the world’s population approaches 9 billion people by the year 2050, the challenge of meeting human demand for scarce global resources will intensify. Finance has a key […]

The U. S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST): Inviting applications for ‘The GIST Tech-I Competition’ for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide.

Funding brief: The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online which are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. New this year, U.S. Department of State is […]

Cisco: Inviting applications for ‘Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge’ to recognize new innovative solutions that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world.

Funding brief: Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of our work, we seek to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. With digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) connecting […]

SEAS-NVE: Inviting applications for ‘Energy services of the future contest’ to identify and serve a genuine need for B2B energy customers.

Funding brief: Are energy providers going to stay the same for the next years and decades or will there be another Tesla-effect within the industry? They want to disrupt the current business model and they need your help! Find a business model that will make SEAS-NVE’s current energy consulting business model obsolete or find a […]

Wellcome Trust: Inviting applications for ‘Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science’ to fund teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach.

Funding brief: Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. This scheme funds teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach. They’re looking for teams with a track record of working together to tackle research […]

Misk Foundation: Inviting applications to find new innovative ideas that transform teaching or school leadership to better prepare children with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in the future.

Funding brief: The Misk Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aim to empower the youth and prepare them for success in the future knowledge economy. Great opportunities exist as technologies and industries advance faster than ever before. But disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, also present challenges. Industries will undergo major transformations and according […]

Commonwealth Foundation: Inviting applications to support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation.

Funding brief: The Foundation offers grants of up to £50,000 in support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. The Foundation also believes in the power of stories […]

Roddenberry Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘the Catalyst Fund’ to award small grants for early-stage, innovative, and unconventional ideas that address urgent challenges.

Funding brief: The Catalyst Fund awards small grants for early-stage, innovative, and unconventional ideas that address urgent challenges. They’re looking for ideas that challenge our thinking, that compel us to see a problem in a new light; and whose creativity and imagination redefine notions of what can be done and how. They don’t limit themselves […]

H&M Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘Global Change Award 2018’ for early stage ideas presenting new circular approaches intended to reinvent the fashion industry.

Award brief: H&M Foundation  is looking for early stage ideas presenting new circular approaches intended to reinvent the fashion industry. This means changing the way garments are currently designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled by adding disruptive technology, processes, or new business models. Neither the H&M Foundation nor the company H&M will take […]

Cartier international: Inviting Applications for Cartier Women’s Initiative Award to early-phase women entrepreneurs to grow significantly in the years to come.

Donor Name: Cartier international Award name: Cartier Women’s Initiative Award Award brief: The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. It is a unique opportunity for early-phase women entrepreneurs to take their companies to the next level. Deadline: From […]

DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise-The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia: Inviting Applications to identify and support innovative new ideas and existing social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact.

Donor Name: DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise-The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia Funding name: The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia Funding brief: The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia is an Asia-wide competition for social enterprises, open to any member of the public. Organized by NUS Enterprise and DBS Foundation, the Challenge aims to identify and […]

International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG): Inviting Applications for award to submit innovative best practices to tackle climate change or to face a related challenge.

Donor Name: International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) Award name: Best Climate Practices 2017 Contest Award brief: In the effort to harness the collective brilliance and promote a wide range of valuable proposals, every year the Best Climate Practices observatory invites the users to submit innovative best practices to tackle climate change or to face […]

OpenIDEO and GHR Foundation: Inviting Applications to support organizations working to address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways.

Donor Name: OpenIDEO and GHR Foundation Fund name: Innovation Challenge Funding brief: This innovation Challenge, in collaboration with GHR Foundation, will support organizations working to address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways. How might we work together to design and innovate for the global good? The […]

Tata Group and Australia’s Aid Program: Inviting Applications to revolutionize access to water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere at a combined operating and capital cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.

Donor Name: Tata Group and Australia’s Aid Program Fund name: The Water Abundance XPRIZE Funding brief: The Water Abundance XPRIZE challenges Teams from around the world to revolutionize access to water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere at a combined operating and capital […]