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Round 2, Phase 1. Up to £60,000 available for projects that have the potential to transform lives in developing countries. Phase 1 provides funding for discovery: enabling businesses to gain insights into local market feasibility for the innovation prior to prototyping.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 2 March 2020

  • Competition closes: Wednesday 10 June 2020 12:00pm

  • Funding amount: up to £60,000 for phase 1

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will invest up to £9.3 million in prototype stage projects. The projects must have the potential to transform lives in developing countries, through appropriately designed innovation that responds to real market demand.

We will support projects that address one of the 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the development of innovative processes, products and services. These projects must lead to the deployment of those innovations within one OECD DAC list recipient country in scope for this competition.

This funding is split into 2 phases:

  1. Discovery: enabling businesses to gain insights into local market feasibility for the innovation prior to prototyping.

  2. Prototype phase: to test, validate and improve a prototype of the innovation in a developing country market. 

This competition is to secure funding for phase 1 projects. Only successful phase 1 applicants will be eligible to apply for the phase 2 funding.

Your phase 1 discovery project:

  • must include human-centred research and design to make sure your idea meets the needs of customers and users, and your prototype plans reflect realistic use cases

  • can include activities to ensure that your prototype will be technically feasible in the local context of a developing country

  • must determine how the innovation could be effectively prototyped in that country during phase 2

The competition closes at midday 12pm UK time on Wednesday 10th June.

Your project’s maximum grant can be no more than £60,000 for phase 1 and your total eligible costs must be between £85,000 and £120,000. If you request more than the maximum grant award, your application will be ineligible.

Projects must start by 1 October 2020, finish by 31 March 2021 and last no more than 6 months.

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