GCRF demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development goals: phase 1

Fund Name: GCRF demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development goals: phase 1
Project Length: 6 months
Project Value: £85k-£120k
Deadline: 13/11/2019


The aim of this competition is to find transformative commercial solutions to societal challenges recognised by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

It will enable businesses to collaborate with end-users and other stakeholders. Together they can demonstrate the potential of new processes, products and services and their associated business models in transforming the lives of people and economies in developing countries.

Fund Details Phase 1

Innovate UK will support innovations which are pre-commercial in the partner developing country. These are innovations which, before they can become commercially available, need further research and development to make sure they:

  • are technically feasible, and
  • are affordable, appropriate and attractive from the perspective of users and other stakeholders, in the developing country

The innovation to be demonstrated must focus on addressing the needs of people in developing countries. These are people who are unable to afford or access existing commercially available solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions. Cultures, attitudes and other context-specific factors may also present challenges and opportunities relevant to the successful adoption of innovation. Technology alone is only ever one part of a solution.

In your application, you will be asked to provide information on:

  • gender equality
  • social inclusion
  • how your innovation and your project may impact people differently
  • how you would mitigate any negative effects

Projects must start by April 2020, finish by September 2020 and last no more than 6 months.

Your project’s total eligible costs for phase 1 can be between approximately £85,000 and £120,000 with a maximum grant award of up to £60,000.

Specific Themes

Your project must be relevant to one of the following 10 Sustainable Development Goals within an OECD DAC list recipient country (please see ‘Projects we will not fund’ for country exclusions).

SDG 3: good health and well-being
SDG 4: quality education
SDG 6: clean water and sanitation
SDG 8: decent work and economic growth
SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12: responsible consumption and production
SDG 13: climate action
SDG 14: life below water
SDG 15: life on land
SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions


Lead organisations

The administrative lead:

  • must be a UK registered business, of any size
  • will be the recipient of the award and will distribute any funding to international (non-UK) partners
  • will manage and be accountable for the project’s finances in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award
  • must claim funding through this competition

The technical lead:

  • can be from any country
  • can be a business, research organisation, public sector organisation, research and technology organisation or not for profit organisation
  • will lead on the development of the scope, work packages within the project and other work from a technical perspective
  • must claim funding through this competition

A UK business can be both the administrative and technical lead.

Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.

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